INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced its 151 conference-level nominees across all three divisions for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award, and basketball standout, Chanel Jemmottand tennis all-stars, Lauren Krakerhave been selected to represent the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) as the league’s nominees.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program was established in 1991 and honors the academic achievements, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2021.
Next, conference-level nominations will be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which will choose the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. The NCAA will announce the Top 30 honorees on ncaa.org in October.
From those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three finalists in each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the Woman of the Year from the nine finalists.
The 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during an award ceremony at the NCAA Convention in January. You can learn more about the award, selection process and previous winners at ncaa.org/woty.
Chanel Jemmott, Brooklyn College – Women’s Basketball/Softball
Wrapping up a storied athletic career at Brooklyn College in the Spring, Jemmott has earned a number of awards. In her final season with the women’s basketball team, the Brooklyn native earned her third WBCA Honorable Mention All-American nod, her second straight CUNYAC Player of the Year award, and was named the All-Met Writers Division III Player of the Year to go along with a number of other regional honours. This past season she became BC’s all-time leading scorer (1,688 points) and all-time leading rebounder (1,144 rebounds). She helped the team to their third conference championship in her four seasons and first NCAA Tournament win in 2022.
A two-sport athlete, Jemmott played four seasons of softball for the Bulldogs and was a regular starter during her career. She finished in the top-five on the team in hits in her final season.
Graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing last year with a 3.3 GPA, Jemmott has excelled as a BC graduate student, earning 3.8 GPA toward her master’s in Business Administration.
Courtesy of Brooklyn College Sports Information
Lauren Kraker, Baruch College – Women’s Tennis
A native of Howland, Ohio, Lauren recently graduated from Baruch with a 3,862 GPA with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Her goal of her is to become a doctor and follow in her family’s footsteps.
“It’s an incredible honor to even be nominated for such a prestigious award and I would like to thank Baruch for all the opportunities that they gave me in order to be in position for this nomination,” said Lauren.
Lauren led the Bearcats to the 2021 CUNYAC Fall Tennis Championship that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament in the Spring. She garnered CUNYAC All-Star recognition in each of her three seasons on the team, which included First Team honors during her last two seasons.
Off the court, she was voted the 2021-22 CUNYAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which is the highest honor given to a student-athlete in CUNY. Her academic accolades from her also include Dean’s List and being a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete.
While juggling her academics and athletics, Lauren continued to find time to give back, as she was also a member of Baruch’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and gave tennis lessons at Yorkville Tennis Club.
Courtesy of Baruch College Sports Information
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