Former Missouri Western softball player Morgan Rathmann, a former Neosho High standout, has been named one of 117 NCAA Division II nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Former Missouri Western softball player Morgan Rathmann, a former Neosho High standout, has been named one of 117 NCAA Division II nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Rathmann earned four Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Academic Excellence awards and a second team CoSIDA Academic All-American after her senior season on the diamond.
Rathmann majored in English education at Missouri Western.
Missouri Western volleyball player Kelsey Olion — who maintained a cumulative 4.0 GPA over her entire collegiate academic career — also ranks among the 117 NCAA-II nominees.
Of course, this list will be whittled down on the road to the announcement of the winner Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
The Woman of the Year committee then chooses a top 30 — 10 from each division — from the pool of nominees and then the selection committee picks three honorees from each division to announce the nine finalists in September.
The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics chooses the final winner from those nine finalists.
Past winners are Canisius’ Mary Beth Riley (1991), Tennessee’s Catherine Byrne (1992), Villanova’s Nnenna Lynch (1993), Arizona’s Tanya Jones (1994), Connecticut’s Rebecca Lobo (1995), Nebraska’s Billie Winsett-Fletcher (1996), Georgia’s Lisa Coole (1997), Virginia’s Peggy Boutilier (1998), UC-Davis’ Jamila Derby (1999), Georgia’s Kristy Kowal (2000), Georgia’s Kimberly Black (2001), UC-Davis’ Tanisha Silas (2002), Kenyon’s Ashley Jo Rowatt Karpinos (2003), UC-Davis’ Kelly Albin (2004), Tennessee’s Lauryn McCauley (2005), Wake Forest’s Annie Bersagel (2006), Arizona’s Whitney Myers (2007), Tennessee’s Nicky Anosike (2008), Arizona’s Lacey Nymeyer (2009), Arizona’s Justine Schluntz (2010), Stevens’ Laura Barito (2011), Washington St. Louis’ Elizabeth Phillips (2012), Texas Tech’s Ifeatu Okafor (2013), Notre Dame’s Elizabeth Tucker (2014), and Clarion’s Kristin Day (2015).