Clarion’s Day Travels to Indy for NCAA W.O.T.Y. Announcement Sunday

DayINDIANAPOLIS, In. – All Clarion’s Kristin Day can do now is wait.

On Sunday night, at the Westin – Indianapolis, Kristin Day (Reynoldsville/DuBois) will find out who will be named the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year. There are 9 finalists for this year’s award, the 25th year the award has been given out.

Day, one of those 9 finalists, would be the first woman representing any Pennsylvania University to win the coveted award – if she wins. But she’s just happy to be going to Indianapolis to be part of the overall ceremonies.

“Just to be going to Indianapolis is such a great honor,” said Day. “All of these finalists are so talented, I’m honored to be among them. I’m looking forward to having a great experience in Indianapolis.”

Day, a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion diver in her career, graduated from Clarion in May with a perfect 4.0 gpa while completing 153 credits. She earned a degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. She is current enrolled in medical school at LECOM on an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

As one of the NCAA W.O.T.Y. finalists, Day is the third Clarion University student-athlete to so honored. Day joins Kayla Shull in 2013 and Dr. Jamie Wolf (Jackel) 2007 as finalists for the award. Clarion, who is the only PSAC school to have a Top 9 Finalist in the history of the award, now has three.

The NCAA W.O.T.Y. Finalists are:
• Kristin Day/Clarion – swimming and diving (the only honoree to earn a perfect GPA in college)
• Supriya Davis/Swarthmore College – swimming and diving
• Margo Geer/University of Arizona – swimming and diving
• Kelsey Graham/Wheaton College (Illinois) – soccer
• Margaret MacPhail/DePauw University – tennis
• Colleen Quigley/Florida State University – cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field
• Zoe Scandalis/University of Southern California – tennis
• Taylor Skala/Rockhurst University – soccer; basketball
• Rebecka Surtevall/Arkansas Tech – golf

The finalists were selected from a group that started with more than 480 nominees. That number was reduced to 30 on September 3rd, before today’s announcement.

Day, who is currently attending medical school at LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) on an NCAA Post-Graduate scholarship, is one of the most decorated athletes that have ever attended Clarion. Named in July as the Capital One NCAA D-II Academic all-America of the Year, she was a two time At-Large Academic All-America of the Year (2015, 2014), the PSAC Pete Nevins Scholar Athlete of the Year, the NCAA D-II “Elite 89” award winner at swimming nationals, a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion and 8-time career All-American. She won the NCAA D-II one meter national title this year (2015) with 506.85 points, while finishing 4th on 3 meter 512.20 points. In 2014 she won both NCAA championships in dominating fashion. She won the 3 meter springboard title setting a new NCAA record with 539.35 points, winning the event by 52.9 points. She followed that with a 1 meter national title scoring 497.05 points, winning by 30.2 points. For her efforts she was named the CSCAA NCAA D-II Female “Diver of the Year”.

Kristin finished third on the three meter board with 491.70 points and 5th on 1 meter with 449.90 points in 2013. In 2012 she was second on three meter scoring 484.75 points and fourth on one meter scoring 495.70 points.

Day, a May, 2015 graduate with a degree in Chemistry and a concentration in Biochemistry, earned 153 credits at Clarion University with a perfect 4.0 gpa. She is the daughter of Dennis and Susan Day of Reynoldsville, Pa., Kristin is a 4-time Clarion and PSAC Scholar Athlete, plus a two-time Spring Top 10 PSAC award winner.

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