AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College women's swimming & diving standout student-athlete Emily Hyde '16 was nominated as the institutions NCAA Woman of the Year nominee for 2016.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, nominees must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in her primary sport.
Eligible female student-athletes are nominated by their member school. Each conference office then reviews the nominations from its member schools and submits its conference nominee to the NCAA. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30 – 10 from each division and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women's Athletics selects the winner from the Top 9.
All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2015 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis, Ind. on October 16.
A Vernon, N.Y. native and one of eight nominees from the NESCAC, Hyde graduated from Amherst this past May with a degree in psychology, and received the Gordon B. Perry Memorial Award which recognizes scholarship and citizenship, in 2013.
Athletically, Hyde turned in a tremendous four years in the pool and graduated as one of the Purple & White's most decorated swimmers in school history, helping her team finish sixth at the NCAA Division III Championships in each of her four seasons. A 23-time All-American, and five-time Honorable Mention All-American, Hyde concluded her illustrious career by winning the national title in the 200-yard breaststroke in NCAA Division III Championship record time, and also secured the national crown in the 200-yard individual medley, having also won the event in 2014. Hyde also turned in powerful performances in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing as the national runner-up in the race both in 2015 and 2016.
In NESCAC competition, Hyde completed her four years as the 2016 NESCAC Swimmer of the Year, as well as the NESCAC Four-Year High Point Swimmer. A four-time NESCAC champion in the 200-yard breaststroke, and a three-time league champion in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM, Hyde was a co-captain as a senior, and graduates as the conference record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke, and holds the NESCAC championship meet record in the 200-yard IM.
Hyde, who owns five individual Amherst school records, and two relay records, has excelled out of the pool as well. In the Amherst community, Hyde was a four-year member of Amherst Dance, and was a co-choreographer during her senior year. She also played performance piano for four years, and served as a swim instructor for three seasons.
This year marks the 26th edition of the Woman of the Year program which was established in 1991, and also marks the most honorees (517) in a single year to date. Division I leads the way with 231 nominees, followed by Division III with 169, and Division II with 117.