Courtesy of Kenyon Athletics
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee released the names of its Top 30 candidates Thursday. Recent Kenyon College graduate and former Ladies swimmer Julia Wilson was among those honorees.
There were a record 581 nominees put forward, a group that was later cut down to 154 by conference offices. Thursday's list of the Top 30 honorees includes 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions.
A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Wilson was a 16-time All-America award winner in the pool for Kenyon. She was also a part of two North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships as well as a pair of runner-up finishes at NCAA Division III Championship meets. Two years ago, she qualified for the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
An ace breaststroke specialist, Wilson is both Kenyon's and the NCAC's record-holder in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke event. At the end of her senior year, she was presented with the team's Stephen E. Bennett Memorial Award, an honor that goes to a graduating senior that supported the program through devotion to training and competition.
Wilson's superior marks in her studies led to her being named a 2018 NCAC Scholar-Athlete and a three-time member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll. She graduated with a degree in psychology and was later named the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American of the Year, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Outside of competition in the pool and her studies, Wilson found time to volunteer at the Salvation Army and at East Knox Elementary School. Additionally, she assisted with fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer Association and Relay for Life, while also performing volunteer duties during Kenyon's annual Girls and Women's in Sports Day.
From the current Top 30, the selection committee will announce nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year. The winner will be announced October 28 and, along with the Top 30 honorees, will be celebrated at a ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana.