Aug. 27, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana University swimmer Margaux Farrell was named one of 30 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year honor, the NCAA announced Monday.
The 30 women were selected from a group of nearly 430 nominees. The top 30 women are composed of 10 honorees from each NCAA division and span various NCAA sports. In September, three finalists will be chosen from each division to form nine finalists for the award. The 2012 Woman of Year will be announced and the top 30 women will be honored during an Oct. 14 ceremony in Indianapolis.
"Margaux' s nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year culminates a fantastic four years at Indiana University for her," said IU head swimming coach Ray Looze. "In this day and age it is very uncommon for a nonprofessional swimmer to win an Olympic medal. We look forward to watching Margaux grow as an individual through her pursuit of a career in broadcast journalism over the next few years. Anything she sets her sights on she doggedly pursues until success."
Farrell, a native of Woodbridge, Conn., is an 11-time All-American and two-year captain for the IU swimming team. Just a few weeks ago she won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics as a member of France's 4x200 freestyle relay team.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Farrell was named the 2012 winner of the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship and has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. She earned her degree in journalism with a psychology minor in May.
As a freshman in 2009, Farrell helped lead Indiana to a Big Ten team title by finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle at the Big Ten meet, while winning a Big Ten title in the 400 freestyle relay. Her sophomore year the Hoosiers won another Big Ten title behind her victory in the 200 freestyle, second-place finish in the 100 freestyle and Big Ten title in the 400 freestyle relay. As a junior Farrell led Indiana to its third-straight Big Ten Championship, winning a conference title in the 800 freestyle relay and placing third in the 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay.
Farrell capped off her IU career in 2012 with a Big Ten title in the 800 freestyle relay, fourth-place finish in the 200 freestyle and seventh-place finish in the 100 freestyle. She leaves Indiana as the school record holder in the 100 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay, 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay, and has top-five times in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. For example:
Cumulatively, the top 30 earned a 3.87 grade-point average and more than 90 Academic All-America honors.
The top 30 earned nearly 20 national championships (individual and team) and nearly 110 All-America honors.
The top 30 volunteered for more than 375 organizations during their college careers.
Many served as team captains and held leadership positions in various campus and community organizations.
Alecia Shields-Gadson of Coppin State, NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chair, described the extraordinary commitment to academics and athletics by each of the top 30 honorees.
"Being an NCAA student-athlete takes dedication to both academic and athletic excellence," said Shields-Gadson, who will chair the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee starting next month. "These women rose to that challenge and became leaders on the court, in the classroom and in their communities. The Woman of the Year honorees are excellent role models and will most certainly continue to make a positive impact on the world."
The NCAA contributed to this release.