Culver Nominated for 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year

Culver Nominated for 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year

BUCKHANNONKimmy Culver, a senior on the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat swim team this past season, was recently nominated for the prestigious 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Culver, who graduated in May, left behind quite the career in the Wesleyan pool.

She holds three school records, one individual record in the 100-meter butterfly and two relay records in the 400-meter freestyle and the 200-meter medley relay.

Culver also has top 10 times in school history in the 200-meter butterfly (third), the 500-meter freestyle (fourth), the 200-meter freestyle (sixth), the 200-meter individual medley (10th), the 400-meter medley relay (second) and the 800-meter freestyle relay (third).

She was a Bluegrass Mountain Conference All-Conference swimmer three times (2014-16).

Culver is just as talented in the classroom as she is the pool as she was named a CSCAA Scholar All-American seven times (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016).

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in math and biology with a 3.50 GPA.

It is an absolute honor to see Kimmy up for this remarkable award," remarked her former Wesleyan head coach April Gitzen. "She is an incredible young woman who has an extremely bright future ahead of her."

A record 543 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III. The nominees competed in 21 different women's sports, and 122 were multisport athletes during their time in college.

The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.

From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.

The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.

Please click here to see the complete list of nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.