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Atlantic Coast Conference News: Miami Hurricanes Ellis one of 30 candidates for NCAA Woman of the Year Award


Brittny Ellis


September 17, 2020


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Woman of the Year Selection Committee announced Thursday that Miami track and field All-American Brittny Ellis is among the Top 30 honorees for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Click here for full release. 

Selected from a record 605 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 161 nominees by conference offices — the Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 14 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including nursing, mechanical engineering, biochemistry, criminal justice, kinesiology, accounting and advertising.

“The 30 honorees selected this year excelled in the classroom and in competition while also remaining committed to serving their peers and communities,” said Suzette McQueen, chair of the Woman of the Year Selection Committee and senior associate commissioner for external relations and strategic marketing/senior woman administrator at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. “These outstanding women represent the thousands of diverse and talented women competing in college sports each year, and we’re proud to recognize their achievements on and off the field.”

Ellis will depart Miami as one of the most successful student-athletes in school history. A stellar runner in the 400 meters, she finished her career with three ACC Indoor Championship gold medals. She added five total silver medals – two in indoor competition and three in outdoor – and was a member of four ACC championship teams.

The Gurnee, Illinois, native is a two-time USTFCCCA All-America second-team selection and twice earned USTFCCCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. Ellis left her mark in the UM record books with the fourth-fastest 400m indoor time in school history and ran on two 4×400 relay teams that rank among the top five. She added the fourth-fastest time in the outdoor 400m and is part of Miami’s second-fastest time ever in the 4×400 relay.

Ellis’ success story extends beyond the track and includes several academic honors. She is a five-time All-ACC Academic Team member and a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree. Ellis has been inducted into Miami’s highest honor society, Iron Arrow, and is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Fraternity.

A 2020 NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship recipient, Ellis graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing and is pursuing her master’s degree in health informatics.

Ellis joined NC State soccer All-American Tziarra King as one of two student-athletes nominated by the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year honor. The pair emerged as the ACC’s candidates following a vote of the league’s 15 member schools. The strong list of nominees from member institutions also included Boston College’s Emma Guy (basketball), Duke’s Meible Chi (tennis) and Alyssa Marsh (swimming & diving), Florida State’s Molly Carlson (swimming & diving) and Shanice Love (track & field), Georgia Tech’s Jeanine Williams (track & field), Miami’s Kristina Fisher (soccer), North Carolina’s Jacqueline Litynski (fencing), Pitt’s Stephanie Williams (volleyball) and Taylor Middleton (track & field), NC State’s Mackenzie Glover (swimming & diving), Syracuse’s Lila Nazarian (lacrosse), Virginia’s Zoe Morse (soccer) and Jocelyn Willoughby (basketball) and Virginia Tech’s Rachel Pocratsky (track & field/cross country).

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in mid-October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated, and the Woman of the Year will be named this fall.

Nominee Name School Name Division Conference Sports Major
Charlotte Luise Ahrens Arizona State University Division I Independent Triathlon Supply chain management
Nia Akins University of Pennsylvania Division I The Ivy League Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Nursing; Nutrition science
Emily Berzolla Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division III New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Soccer Mechanical engineering
Cassidy Boensch Grand Valley State University Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Basketball Biochemistry
Addison Cantor Florida Southern College Division II Sunshine State Conference Cross Country, Outdoor Track and Field Biochemistry and molecular biology
Maddi Chitsey-Crisler Lubbock Christian University Division II Lone Star Conference Basketball Exercise sport science: health promotion
Gina Dello Russo Stevens Institute of Technology Division III Middle Atlantic Conferences Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Mechanical engineering
Raena Eldridge Texas A&M University, College Station Division I Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Genetics; Animal science
Brittny Ellis University of Miami (Florida) Division I Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Nursing
Alelee Figueroa Florida A&M University Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Criminal justice: pre-law studies
Aly Fowler Spring Hill College Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Biology; Psychology
Alison Gibson University of Texas at Austin Division I Big 12 Conference Swimming and Diving Advertising: media and analytics
Emily Hageboeck Washington and Lee University Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Accounting
Kierstin Hensley West Virginia State University Division II Mountain East Conference Tennis Psychology
DeAnna Hernandez Texas Lutheran University Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Biochemistry
Jaime Jacob California State University, San Marcos Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association Golf Global business management: marketing
Arielle Johnston Salisbury University Division III Capital Athletic Conference Field Hockey Community health
Stasia Mallin University of Memphis Division I American Athletic Conference Soccer Biomedical engineering
Annie McCullough Tusculum University Division II South Atlantic Conference Tennis Chemistry: mathematics and solar energy research
Faith McKie Claflin University Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Sport management
Audrey Miller Loras College Division III American Rivers Conference Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field Chemistry
Emma Morgan-Bennett Swarthmore College Division III Centennial Conference Volleyball Medical anthropology
Sophie Nick Vassar College Division III Liberty League Basketball Biochemistry
Erica Ogwumike Rice University Division I Conference USA Basketball Health sciences; Policy studies
Mikayla Pivec Oregon State University Division I Pac-12 Conference Basketball, Outdoor Track and Field BioHealth sciences
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda Emmanuel College (Massachusetts) Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference Basketball, Softball Criminal justice
Asia Seidt University of Kentucky Division I Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Kinesiology – exercise science
Lexi Thomeczek The College of St. Scholastica Division III Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Ice Hockey Nursing
Juah Toe West Chester University of Pennsylvania Division II National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Rugby Psychology
Laura van der Doorn Southern New Hampshire University Division II Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey Sociology



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