Pantlin to Receive USA South Woman of the Year Award September 19

posted: August 22, 2014, by Wendy Jones, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Commissioner Rita Wiggs will present cross country alumna athlete Lara Pantlin with the 2014 USA South Woman of the Year award Friday, Sept. 19. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes for their collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics. Pantlin was named in May as the USA South’s recipient and nominee for the NCAA award.

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Members of the Meredith College community are invited to the USA South presentation Friday, September 19, at 10 a.m. Meredith’s Johnson Hall rotunda.

Pantlin graduated Magna Cum Laude in May and accepted a doctoral fellowship in the Colorado State University cognitive neuroscience program. She appeared on Meredith's Dean's List five times and on the USA South All-Academic team each of her four years on campus. Pantlin was named Outstanding Senior in Psychology and recognized as a Top 10 Most Outstanding Senior of the Class of 2014.

A three-time All-Conference performer and senior captain, Pantlin helped the Avenging Angels to the program's first-ever USA South Championship title in November 2013 and was named the team's Most Valuable Runner for her efforts.

During her Meredith career, Pantlin dedicated her time as an intern on multiple research projects and has several documents under review for journal publication. Additionally, Pantlin served as a student ambassador for Meredith's Office of International Programs, served as a teaching assistant and tutor within the college's psychology department, and held several executive positions in campus organizations.

Pantlin joined more than 120 NCAA Division I, II and III student-athletes nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. The NCAA selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division to be recognized in early September and will then announce the top three finalists from each division at the end of the month.

The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote on the nine finalists to determine the 2014 Woman of the Year. The top 30 honorees will be honored and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 19.

Tennis alumna Puja Patel was included as the conference minority candidate for the NCAA award and will be considered among the more than 120 student-athletes.

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