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Charlene Nowotny is NCAA Women of the Year Nominee

Jul 15, 2020

Flagler College women’s soccer graduate Charlene Nowotny has been named as one of nine female student-athletes from the Peach Belt Conference nominated for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

NCAA member schools have nominated a record 605 female college athletes for the annual award.

Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, including 259 nominees from Division I, 126 from Division II and 220 from Division III. Nominees competed in 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.

Member schools are encouraged to honor their top graduating female college athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year Award. Schools can recognize two nominees if at least one is a woman of color or international student-athlete.

Conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.

From the Top 30, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.

Nowotny, a native of Marburg, Germany, earned College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America® Division II Women's Soccer Team Member of the Year this past fall. She finished with a 3.97 cumulative grade point average as a psychology major with a biology and business administration minor.

A four-year letterwinner, she helped guide Flagler to its first final four appearance and first NCAA Division II Southeast Region crown in women’s soccer. The Saints also won their first Peach Belt Conference regular and post-season titles.

Nowotny broke the school records for career assists (43) and points (115). She obliterated the single-season assist record with 20 in 2019. Nowotny is a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region selection and was an all-American in 2017. She was a three-time all-conference pick and was a three-time academic all-conference honoree.    

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