NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Two extraordinary former female student-athletes have been selected as the 2017 Atlantic 10 Conference nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Duquesne's Amadea Szamosi and Michelle Wallerstedt of George Mason were announced Tuesday as the league's two candidates for one of the NCAA's most prestigious honors.
Both student-athletes completed their eligibility this past year and graduated from their respective universities in May. They were selected from a pool of 12 outstanding institutional honorees, representing eight A-10 sports and 10 different A-10 institutions. Szamosi, a women's basketball player and Wallerstedt, a track and field student-athlete, were chosen as the conference's nominees by the Atlantic 10's 14 Senior Woman Administrators (SWAs) based on their athletic achievements, academic prowess, community involvement and leadership abilities. Both A-10 candidates have exceptional resumes in all four areas.
The NCAA will select the top 30 (10 per division), and then will narrow the list to the top nine (three per division) in late September. The 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be chosen from those nine candidates and will be announced Sunday, Oct. 22, at the awards dinner in Indianapolis.
A standout forward for Duquesne, Szamosi was an All-Conference Third Team selection as a senior and she was named to the 2017 Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team. A Pécs, Hungary, native, she helped lead the Dukes to an A-10 regular season title and back-to-back championship final game appearances, and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a junior. She also was named to the U20 European Championship All-Tournament Team.
Szamosi was named to the Duquesne Dean's List and Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times, graduating cum laude in May. An accounting and marketing major, she has secured internships with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is an active member of several campus organizations, including the Duquesne Entrepreneurial Alliance, Phi Beta Lambda and Lambda Sigma. Szamosi volunteered her time with the Lupus Loop, the Women's Shelter of Great Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers Art Festival, TreeVitalize and Dia los Mujertos.
A USTFCCCA Second Team All-American, Wallerstedt is a two-time conference individual champion in the discus throw. The Omaha, Neb., native is a three-time NCAA preliminary qualifier and finished 15th in the discus throw at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Wallerstedt was a member of four A-10 championship teams and twice earned USTFCCCA Academic All-American honors.
A recipient of the prestigious Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship, Wallerstedt is an integrative studies major with a concentration in life sciences, who has been named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll six times and has been on the George Mason University Dean's List for six straight semesters. In addition to having served on the George Mason Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Athletic Council and the President's Student Advisory Group. She has served as a youth track and field coach for the Cornhusker Flyers and received the Susan Collins Leadership Award for Women in Sport at George Mason.