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Chu's The Choice

Friday, August 31, 2007


The NCAA announced its 30 conference nominees for its prestigious Woman of the Year award and Harvard All-American ice hockey player Julie Chu represents the Ivy League.

Chu - a two-time Olympic medalist and member of the U.S. national women's ice hockey team since 2000 - was chosen as the winner of the 2007 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the nation's top collegiate player. A top-10 finalist for the 2005 Kazmaier Award, she was the Ivy League player of the year and a unanimous first team All-ECAC Hockey League pick as a senior as she finished the year ranked first nationally in points per game (2.20), assists (48) and assists per game (1.60). She had at least one point in 27 of the 30 games in which she played, and she finished her playing career at Harvard with a school-record 196 career assists.

Chu graduated in third place on Harvard's career scoring chart with 88 goals and 196 assists for 284 points in 129 games. Her point total ranks first in NCAA history, while she is a three-time All-America selection - including a first-team pick last season.

Now in its 17th year, the Women of Year award honors exceptional female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility. A committee comprised of representatives from NCAA member schools and conferences selected the top 30 out of 128 conference and independent nominees.

The conference winners present outstanding credentials as students and athletes. Of the 30 nominees, four competed on national championship teams; 10 were named academic all-Americans; and 25 served as their team captains or co-captains. Twelve were multi-sport student-athletes; four received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship; and 12 represented their fellow student-athletes on their campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).

In addition, they found time to help in their communities, volunteering for a wide variety of organizations, including United Way, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Headstart, YMCA, Make-A-Wish Foundation and also served as volunteers in schools, hospitals and churches.

The top 30 nominees earned an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.83, with seven posting a perfect 4.0 GPA. They graduated with a variety of majors, including biotechnology, political science, mathematics, psychology, marketing, exercise science, engineering physics, criminal justice, information systems management, Spanish, pre-med and education.

There are 10 conference winners from each division. These student-athletes participated in 12 of the 20 sports in which women compete for NCAA championships.

A national winner - the NCAA Woman of the Year - will be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics from among nine finalists. The top nine finalists will be announced in September.

The 2007 Woman of the Year will be announced during the annual awards dinner Oct. 27 in Indianapolis.