INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Recent graduate and former Temple fencer Kamali Thompson is one of 429 female student-athletes, spanning NCAA Divisions I, II and III, to be nominated for the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout the collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Thompson, a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier, capped her incredible career by earning All-America honors in the sabre at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The first two-time winner of Temple's Female Student-Athlete of the year, the Teaneck, N.J. (Teaneck HS) native defeated three of the nation's top sabre competitors, including 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Becca Ward of Duke to become only the third TU All-America in the sabre. A Biology Major and member of the Director's Honor Roll, Thompson also was named Philadelphia Inquirer Performer of the Year in 2012. This upcoming fall, Thompson will begin attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to pursue her career in the medical industry.
Each year, every NCAA member college and university is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration.
Conferences then select one or two women from the nominees to represent their conference. Those names are then sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. Finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from among the finalists to determine the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 14.
To view the list of college and university nominees, click here