Fencing's Adrienne Jarocki Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Fencing's Adrienne Jarocki Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – On Tuesday, June 27, the NCAA announced a record 543 female college athletes that have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Senior Adrienne Jarocki of the fencing team was among those nominations, which span all three divisions of the NCAA.

Jarocki, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, finished her senior year as an Ivy League sabre champion with a 15-3 tally, and her fourth consecutive first team All-Ivy nomination. By finishing sixth at the NCAA Championship, Jarocki secured an All-America nomination for the fourth year in a row. She had previously been a reigning NCAA champion in her freshman and junior years, making her the first two-time NCAA fencing champion at Harvard and just the second two-time women's sabre champion in the nation.

An active member of the university community during her time at Harvard, Jarocki was president of the IC Women's Club and a member of the Harvard Polish Society, the latter involving raising funds for children's medical treatments for families that cannot afford them as a volunteer for the Children's Smile Foundation.

Jarocki graduated in May with a degree in human evolutionary biology.

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

Next, conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then 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.

Click HERE for a complete list of nominees.