Softball’s Lantz Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Softball’s Lantz Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Katie Lantz was Harvard's 2015 nominiee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

INDIANAPOLIS – On Friday, June 19, the NCAA announced a record-number of nominees for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Among the 480 nominees from all three divisions of the NCAA was standout Harvard softball player Katie Lantz.

On the playing field, Lantz was a three-time All-Ivy League selection, including consecutive first team nods as a junior and senior. She led the Crimson in 2015 with a .350 average and 27 RBI, while tying for the team-lead in homers with five. A Capital One Academic All-District team selection this spring, Lantz finished her career as a .292 hitter with 88 RBI, 10 homers and 17 stolen bases.

Off the field she served as the co-chair of SAAC and led or contributed to a number of community service projects. Lantz and her teammates have been integral in volunteering with disabled children, at-risk youth females, as well as raising money for colon and breast cancer research and the One Fund to support Boston marathon victims, through t-shirt drives and events such as the Bench Press for Breast Cancer. With SAAC, she helped organize the first-ever Harvard ESPY's Award show to bring the Crimson community together to celebrate the athletic accomplishments of the year, in addition to helping organize a Harvard survey to evaluate and bring healthier dining options to campus dining halls.

Lantz graduated in May with a degree in psychology.

Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics.

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.

Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.

From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.

Click HERE for a complete list of nominees.