Meredith College alumna Lara Pantlin was named a top-30 honoree in the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year selection. NCAA colleges and universities nominated 446 student-athletes for this national award.
Pantlin earned the 2014 USA South's Woman of the Year in May and is now one of 10 finalists representing all of Division III. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes for their collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics.
Conference Commissioner Rita Wiggs will present Pantlin with the USA South award Friday, Sept. 19. Members of the Meredith community are invited to attend the presentation at 10 a.m. in 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.
At the end of the month, the NCAA selection committee will announce the top-three finalists from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then 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.