May 23, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference today announced its eight nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Representing eight A-10 institutions and seven different sports, all eight candidates are outstanding student-athletes and leaders who play a significant role in their respective communities.

The A-10’s Council of Senior Woman Administrators will choose one or two representatives from the eight candidates to represent the Atlantic 10 as the league’s Woman of the Year nominee. The Conference may choose two if one of the nominees is an international student or a minority.

One of the most prestigious NCAA awards, The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 22nd year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletics achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.

NCAA member institutions from all three divisions nominated their own woman of the year. To be eligible, these women must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in their primary sport.

A brief bio of each of the Atlantic 10 candidates follows.

Alexandra ZinnALEXANDRA ZINN, CHARLOTTE
Senior Finance Major | Women’s Tennis

Trelleborg, Sweden

A first team All-Conference selection from 2011-2013, Zinn played No. 1 Singles for Charlotte for the last four years. Ranked No. 48 in the nation in doubles in 2012, she has been a member of the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team, she earned the ITA Scholar Athlete Award and was a member of the UNC Charlotte Chancellor’s List. Zinn has been a member of Charlotte’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for four years, serving as the President in 2012-13.  She also was Charlotte’s Team captain from 2011-13 and she served on the University Chancellor’s Council for Intercollegiate Athletics and the Chancellor’s Tuition & Fees Advisory Board. Also active in the Charlotte community, she has volunteered at Levine’s  Children’s Hospital, participated in the Epilepsy Walk for four years and provided support for Samaritan’s Feet in 2010.


Rachel KrabacherRACHEL KRABACHER, DAYTON
Senior | Chemical Engineering Major | Volleyball

Cincinnati, Ohio

A team captain and Olympic College National Team member, Krabacher was a Senior CLASS Award Top 10 Finalist and an All-American selection. She has led Dayton to the NCAA Tournament in all four of her years, advancing the Flyers to the second round three times. A two-time All-Region and All-Conference selections, she had five tournament MVP awards, including the 2012 A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player award. A Cum Laude graduate with honors, Krabacher was a nominee for the UD Presidential Scholar Award. She was a Capital One Academic All-District selection and an A-10 All-Academic Selection in 2011 and 2012. She also has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Visited with elderly, helped run free volleyball clinics for youth and participated in Christmas on Campus.


Brienne RyanBRIENNE RYAN, FORDHAM
Senior | Communications & Media Studies Major | Women’s Swimming

New Windsor, NY
An Olympic Team Qualifier in 2012 and a NCAA Championship competitor in 2012 and 2013, Ryan was Fordham Women’s Swimming MVP twice during her career. She was a Regional All-American in two events and Honorable Mention All-American in two events. She also earned All-Conference honors or was a Conference Champion in 12 other events. A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic Selection, and an A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection, Ryan finished with a minor in Visual Arts. Also a member of the Fordham SAAC representing the Rams swimming & diving team, she has volunteered with Special Olympics. She also has been a major participant and organizer in Sandy Saturday, designed to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Ryan was named Fordham’s Female Athlete of the year in 2013.


Anna KaminskiANNA KAMINSKI, GEORGE WASHINGTON
Senior | International Affairs Major | Women’s Rowing

Bainbridge Island, Wash.
A member of GW’s Varsity 8 boat all four years, Kaminski earned First Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, and led her boat to the Atlantic 10 Varsity 8 title in 2013. Also a member of the 2012 United States Under 23 National Olympic Team, she competed at the World Championships. Kaminski led the Colonials Varsity 8 Team to a number of boat and team championships, earning MVP awards, gold and silver medals during her career. This year she was honored with the 2013 Lynn George Outstanding Senior Woman Athlete Award. An Atlantic 10 All-Academic selection and Commissioner’s Honor Roll member, Kaminski also is a two-time member of the GW Department of Athletics & Recreation Dean’s List. A team leader, she volunteers extensively with The Grassroots Project, participating with the Grassroots Colonials, the Grassroots Meridian and the Grassroots Howard Road Academy. She has also participated in Global AIDS Week and helped GW athletics by volunteering at the basketball home opening tailgate in 2013.


Gabrielle PakhtigianGABRIELLE PAKHTIGIAN, LA SALLE
Senior | Nursing Major | Women’s Soccer

North Wales, Pa.
The La Salle Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, Pakhtigian was a defensive stalwart for La Salle as its starting goalkeeper. She earned First Team All-Conference honors in leading the Explorers to their first-ever A-10 title and second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Her volunteer experience encompasses weekly youth soccer sessions through BuxMont Torch FC, assisting in the St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen, and working to provide education to special needs persons. She served as a summer work camp team leader, organizing projects and Bible studies with teenagers. She sponsored an Armenian girl with World Vision. Pakhtigian also served as La Salle Women’s soccer’s SAAC representative, she served on the Student Affairs Committee and was a member of her church’s Staff Parrish Relations Committee. Academically, was selected as the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American, and twice earning a spot on the A-10 All-Academic Team. She was also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and a four-year member of the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.


Lydia MortonLYDIA MORTON, RICHMOND
Senior | Mathematical Economics Major | Women’s Track & Field

Lebanon, N.H.

A distance runner for Richmond’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams, she ran the third leg of the Spiders 4 X 800 gold medal relay team at the 2013 A-10 Indoor Championship. She also earned All-Conference honors at that meet. A Presidential Scholar Athlete, she was also an A-10 All-Academic Team selection. Morton earned the Herman P. Thomas Economics Scholarship and was in four different honor societies: Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key International and Phi Beta Kappa before graduating Summa Cum Laude. She served in leadership positions, serving as the Treasurer of Givology Spiders, and working withthe Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Morton was an Academic Skills Tutor, a peer advisor, a CHAT After School Volunteer and a Crossover West Clinic Translator.


Chatilla van GrinsvenCHATILLA van GRINSVEN, SAINT JOSEPH’S
Senior | International Marketing Major | Women’s Basketball

Helmond, Netherlands
A forward on the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Champion Hawks’ women’s basketball team, van Grinsven earned First Team All-Conference honors after transferring from Colorado State. She led the Hawks to the NCAA Tournament, earning A-10 All-Championship honors. She was also the Philadelphia Big 5’s Player of the Year and a First Team All-Big 5 selection. A member of the Netherlands Olympic Under 20 National Team, she competed at the U-20 FIBA European Championships. She founded the Children’s Hope United program, designed to give hope and support to poverty-stricken children in Morocco. She also has volunteered at Children’s Hospital, a Philadelphia Soup Kitchen and the Girls’ Got Game organization.


Taylor StreidTAYLOR STREID, SAINT LOUIS
Senior | Physical Therapy Major | Women’s Swimming

Peoria, Ill.
A school record holder and four-time team MVP, Streid earned second and third team All-Conference honors during her career. She ranks in the Top 10 in several events in Billiken history and contributed to five SLU relay records that were set during the 2013 A-10 Championships. A two-time A-10 All-Academic selection that is graduating Magna Cum Laude earned straight As in five of her seven collegiate semesters. A seven-time Blue-Scholar Billiken and six-time Dean’s List member, she has earned a spot on the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of her semesters. Streid is also active in leadership and community service roles, working with 1,2,3 You & me Pre-School for eight years. She also volunteered time with Kid Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), Make a Difference Day , Showers of Service and the Special Olympics. She served as the Vice President of Programming on the Physical Therapy Student Council and was a Physical Therapy Student Ambassador. Streid also was a Laboratory Teacher’s Assistant in Biology.