INDIANAPOLIS - Rachel Thibodeau is up for another honor following her outstanding career at Southwestern University. Thibodeau joins 140 female student-athletes as an honoree for the prestigious 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Thibodeau was the first student-athlete from Southwestern to earn the SCAC Woman of the Year honor earlier this spring as the psychology major and the owner of a perfect 4.00 grade-point average, also received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship last fall. She was the only SCAC student-athlete to be selected during the fall sports period and one of just 58 total recipients of the honor.
A native of Richardson, Texas, Thibodeau was also a First Team All-SCAC volleyball student-athlete her junior and senior seasons, culminating with her selection as SCAC Player of the Year and a Third Team AVCA All-American. She also earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2011.
More than 140 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III have been selected as 2013 Woman of the Year honorees by their athletics conferences and by independent schools.
In August, the Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this pool to be recognized. In September, the selection committee will announce the top nine finalists (three from each division), and the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from amongst those finalists to determine the 2013 Woman of the Year.
On Oct. 20 in Indianapolis, the NCAA will announce the 2013 Woman of the Year and will honor the top 30 nominees.