Monday, July 18, 2022

NCAA Woman of the Year Candidates Named


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  NCAA Women of Year Candidates Named



NCAA Division III institutions have nominated 202 students for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Established in 1991, the award recognizes female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics and in academics throughout their college careers. There are a total of 577 nominations across all three NCAA Divisions, representing 23 sports.

Conference offices will select up to two students from the nominations to move onto the next round (If two are chosen, one must be an international student-athlete or student-athlete of color.). 

The Woman of the Year Selection Committee will then select 10 student-athletes from each division, determining the Top 30 honorees.

Of the Top 30, the Woman of the Year Selection Committee will announce nine finalists, three from each NCAA division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will review the finalists and name the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year.

For the first time in the award's history, the Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named at the NCAA Convention. The 2023 Convention will take place in January in San Antonio.

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>> List of Nominees


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2. Women's Volleyball History

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We continue our historical look at fall championships with NCAA Division III women's volleyball.

Most Championships
Washington MO 10, UC San Diego 7, Calvin 3, Central 3, Elmhurst 2, Emory 2, Juniata 2, La Verne 2, UW-Whitewater 2, Cal Lutheran 1, Claremont-M-S 1, Hope 1, Johns Hopkins 1, St. Thomas MN 1, UW-Eau Claire 1, Wittenberg 1.

Most Appearances Without a National Title
Ohio Northern 33, Colorado College 31, Trinity TX 26, Cortland 25, Ithaca 24, Saint Benedict 23, Eastern 20, MIT 20, Christopher Newport 18, Benedictine 17, Eastern Connecticut 17, UW-Oshkosh 17.

Most Wins in NCAA Tournament
Juniata 113, Washington MO 104, Calvin 68, Emory 61, UC San Diego 54, La Verne 50, Wittenberg 50, UW-Whitewater 49, Ohio Northern 38, Trinity TX 37.

Most Final Four Appearances
Juniata 27, Washington MO 18, UC San Diego 13, Calvin 11, La Verne 9, Emory 8, UW-Whitewater 8, Wittenberg 6, Elmhurst 4, UW-Oshkosh 4.

Most Final Fours Without a National Title
UW-Oshkosh 4, Benedictine 3, Carthage 3, Ithaca 3, Trinity TX 3, Christopher Newport 2, Eastern 2, MIT 2, NYU 2, Ohio Northern 2, Wellesley 2, UW-La Crosse 2.

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3. Baseball Proposes Action Clock Changes

The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee recommended modifications to the 20-second action clock with runners on base.  

All rule proposals must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to discuss baseball proposals Aug. 11. The action clock proposal would take effect in the 2022-23 academic year.

Under the proposal, with runners on base, a pitcher would be required to start the motion of throwing a pitch or making a pickoff throw to avoid violating the action clock.

Pitchers would be allowed one step-off or fake throw to a base per batter to reset the clock.

The committee recommended that all action clocks be visible on the field by Jan. 1, 2025 for all Division III games.


  • The committee proposed expanding umpires' use of video replay review. 
  • Committee members recommended a minimum 3-foot fence or protective netting on the field side of dugouts.
  • Starting with the 2023 season, celebratory props would not be allowed outside the dugout.
  • Either by conference rule or mutual consent between the two teams, all extra innings (10th inning of a nine-inning game or eighth inning of a seven-inning doubleheader game) would start with a runner on second base.

>> Quotable: "With this being a new rule the last couple of years, there have been some growing pains with it," said Doug Aiken, committee chair and associate athletics director at Chapman. "We had to see these things play out in real time. The committee wanted to take out the fake or feinting of throws because it has had a negative impact on the game."

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4. Calendar

18-19 - Management Council, Indianapolis
20 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee
27 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Commissioners Association Meeting, Hershey

1 - Presidents Advisory Group
3 - Presidents Council
16 - Championships Committee
17 - Interpretations and Legislation Committee

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5.  Lightning Round 


  • Otterbein and Antioch have announced a partnership to create an affiliation that aims to build a national university system focused on graduate education and adult learners. The two universities hope to officially launch shared programs by fall 2023. Otterbein and other colleges joining the system that have undergraduates will keep their athletics programs separate.
  • The new Vermont State University, a consolidation of Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College, has secured accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education, the Vermont State Colleges System announced July 12. The unified university will welcome its inaugural class in the fall 2023 term. 
  • John Carroll announced the addition of women's wrestling as its 24th varsity sport effective in 2023-24.
  • U.S. News and World Report took 10 colleges off of its influential rankings for 2022, saying they had misreported data. Included in that group are Northland, SUNY Morrisville, and Whitman
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  • Monday: Mike Christie, assistant commissioner, USA South Conference
  • Tuesday: Iggy Rodriguez, Swarthmore alum, program analyst at Dept. of State; Chuck Yrigoyen, commissioner of HCVL; Greg Lewis, coordinator of athletic faciltiies, Emory

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6.  Comings and Goings

7. The "Lego" Office

Lego revealed its highly anticipated model of Dunder Mifflin Scranton, the workplace for "The Office," Axios' Ina Fried writes.

  • The 1,164-piece set costs $119.99 and ships from Oct. 1. In the U.S., has the exclusive.

The set comes with 15 mini-figures: Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Jim Halpert, Pam Beesly, Ryan Howard, Angela Martin, Oscar Martinez, Kevin Malone, Stanley Hudson, Kelly Kapoor, Phyllis Lapin Vance, Meredith Palmer, Creed Bratton, Toby Flenderson and Darryl Philbin — along with Garbage, one of Angela's cats.

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