Former Harvard diving standout Jing Leung '18 is one of 30 finalists for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Harvard diving standout Jing Leung has been named one of 30 finalists for the NCAA's Woman of the Year Award, the organization announced today (Sept. 6).
Selected from a record 581 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 154 nominees by conference offices — the Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
"These 30 women have demonstrated outstanding commitment to excelling in the classroom and in their sports while also serving their peers and communities," said Sherika Montgomery, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and associate commissioner for governance and compliance at The Summit League. "They represent the best and brightest of women competing in college and sports, and we're thrilled to celebrate them and their achievements."
Leung, a native of Orpington, England, is the sole representative from the Ivy League on the finalist list. A statistics concentrator, Leung graduated last May, earning Academic All-Ivy honors. A three-time platform zone diving champion and Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver, Leung served as a team captain during her senior season, guiding Harvard to its 13th Ivy League title and third in five years.
She also excelled out of the pool, where she was a four-time CSCAA Scholar All-America selection, while volunteering her time to numerous community service projects. Additionally, during her time at Harvard she was an active member of the Harvard Alumni Association as the Student Reunions Coordinator as well as a Quincy House Green Representative.
The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 28 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.