Reynoldsville Native Honored Again with Prestigious NCAA Top 10 Award

DayINDIANAPOLIS, In. – Former Clarion diver Kristin Day (Reynoldsville/Dubois), who was named the NCAA “Woman of the Year” in October, will receive “Today’s NCAA Top 10 Award” in January at the NCAA Convention; it was announced yesterday by the NCAA Honors Committee. It is the second major NCAA honor for Day this year.

The Top 10 Award recognizes 10 extraordinary student athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. The award recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2014-15 academic year and will be honored at the Honors Celebration during the 2016 NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

The 10 student athletes honored represent men’s and women’s athletes from NCAA Division I, II and III. The award began in 1973 and Day is the third student athlete from the PSAC to win – the other two were also from Clarion – Dr. Jamie Wolf Jackel in 2008 and Kayla Shull in 2014.

The Top 10 winners for 2016 are: Ana Bogdanovski (Johns Hopkins); Matt Brown (Penn State); Lucy Cheadle (Washington – St. Louis); John Coleman (Clarkson); Georgia Dabritz (Utah); Kristin Day (Clarion); Ruben Gimenez (Bridgeport); Kendra Harrison (Kentucky); Colleen Quigley (Florida State) and Zach Zenner (South Dakota State).

On October 18 Day was named the 2015 “NCAA Woman of the Year” in awards ceremonies held at the Westin – Indianapolis. She was the first winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award from any Pennsylvania based university.

A three-time NCAA Division II National Champion diver in her career, Day 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.

“Another great honor for Kristin Day – and for Clarion University,” said a proud Clarion President Dr. Karen M. Whitney. “Her exciting and successful career shines a bright light on her outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, as a national champion diver and in the community. We congratulate her on this prestigious award and say once again we are Clarion Proud!”

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. Also 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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