Aug. 27, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- OU gymnast Brittney Koncak-Schumann was named the Big 12 representative for the coveted NCAA Woman of the Year award, announced by the NCAA on Monday. The McQueeney, Texas, native joined 29 other conference nominees representing Divisions I, II, and III for the award that will be announced during the annual awards dinner Oct. 27 in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Woman of the Year Award honors exceptional female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, while completing their collegiate athletics eligibility.
A committee comprised of representatives from NCAA member schools and conferences selected the top 30 out of 128 conference and independent nominees. The top nine finalists will be announced in September with the NCAA Woman of the Year being selected by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics from among the group.
Koncak-Schumann joins Stephanie Barnes of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire as the only two women gymnasts among the 30 conference nominees. Koncak-Schumann is the only Division I female gymnast selected.
The OU gymnast capped off a stellar collegiate career in earning first team All-America honors on vault (9.9) at the 2007 NCAA Championships. She tied for third in the nation on vault with a 9.85 at the NCAA event finals and was the beam champion (9.9) at the NCAA Central Regional.
The 2006 honoree was Anne Bersagel, a former cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field student-athlete from Wake Forest University.