July 25, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Former Cowgirl tennis player Veronica Popovici was chosen by the Mountain West as its 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year representative. She, along with San Jose Staté swimmer Darcie Anderson, is one of more than 120 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III honored by their athletics conferences and by independent schools.
Now in its 24th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes for their achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The conference honorees represent student-athletes from 15 different sports. By division, 52 honorees competed in Division I conferences, 25 competed in Division II, and 49 competed in Division III. Next, the Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this pool to be recognized. These top 30 honorees will be announced in early September.
The selection committee will then choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from amongst those nine finalists to determine the 2014 Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Popovici, a native of Piatra Neamt, Romania, finished the year with a 4.0 grade point-average in family and consumer sciences. She is a three-time Academic All-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete honoree. Recently, she was earned Capital One Academic All-America Third Team honors as selected by CoSIDA. She moved onto the ballot after earning Capital One First Team Academic All-District honors.
She earned her fourth-consecutive First Team All-Mountain award in singles after going 20-11 overall during the 2013-14 campaign. Popovici was also selected All-Mountain West for the third-straight year with doubles partner Dorottya Jonas. She holds the all-time school record in victories in singles (85) and doubles (88).