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NCAC Pam Smith Award Winner for 2010 is Ohio Wesleyan’s Sarah Shinn

Info courtesy of the North Coast Athletic Conference

Recent Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Sarah Shinn of Edinboro, Pennsylvania/General McLane High School, has been named the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference Pam Smith Award winner.

Shinn was a four-year member of the Battling Bishops’ indoor and outdoor track and field teams, as well as a three-year member of the Ohio Wesleyan University cross country squad. A five-time individual conference champion, she was part of seven NCAC championship teams and totaled 15 all-conference certificates in her career. Twice named team MVP, Shinn holds two school records and one conference record. The four-time All-Ohio champion’s best finish at the NCAA Championships was 10th in the 800 meters in 2010.

Sarah Shinn Ohio Wesleyan Track and Field (photo courtesy of the NCAC)

Shinn was presented OWU’s Top Female Athlete Award, and was a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary, as well as the Mortar Board national senior honor society. The summa cum laude graduate was named the top 2010 graduate in the business department, and was a three-time Top 50 Scholar Athlete award winner. The accounting major finished with a 3.96 grade-point average.

Her efforts on the track and in the classroom were matched by the energy she spent in volunteer roles. She is active in Pasta for Life, which supports St. Jude’s Children Hospital, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Council. She served as a tutor in economics, assisted in grading calculus assignments and worked in the accounts payable office at Ohio Wesleyan University, all on a volunteer basis.

Sarah Shinn plans to attend Wake Forest University, in pursuit of a Master of Science in Accountancy.

Shinn was one of five outstanding nominees considered by the selection committee.

The other candidates include:

* Stephanie Boardman of Wittenberg University basketball

* Whitney Dropsey of Hiram College softball

Nora Erickson of Kenyon College soccer

Kymberly Wenz of The College of Wooster basketball

The NCAC Woman of the year Ward commemorates former Wittenberg women’s basketball Head Coach and Associate Director of Athletics Pam Smith who had a profound impact upon the athletes she coached and the students she taught over an illustrious career that spanned more than two decades. She was the architect of the women’s basketball program with the most wins and highest winning percentage in NCAC history through 2007. A 1999 Wittenberg Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee, Smith earned seven NCAC Coach of the Year awards and compiling a record of 401-170 after taking the reins of a struggling program prior to the 1986-87 season. She led the Tigers to eight NCAA Division III tournament appearances, twelve 20-win seasons and 11 NCAC regular season championship.

As the NCAC winner, Shinn will be nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows. The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each NCAA conference, and independent institutions, can nominate one distinguished female student-athlete for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will meet in August to select the top 10 winners in each division. In September 2010, the selection committee will then evaluate the 30 honorees and choose the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the Woman of the Year. The Top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Division I, II and III will be honored and the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis October 17, 2010.

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