Date Posted:09/12/2003,  5:30PM

Libby Barney Honored As NCAA's Woman of the Year For Maine

BRUNSWICK, Maine - NCAA Woman of the Year award winners representing the states and the District of Columbia were announced September 12, 2003. Bowdoin College was honored as Elizabeth Barney '03 (Troy, Ohio) was named as Maine's recipient. This prestigious award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility.

Academically, Barney was outstanding, completing her degree in Biochemistry with a 3.979 GPA. Her numerous academic awards included being the winner of the Bowdoin Cup, a Book Award Winner as well as being a Sarah & James Bowdoin Scholar. She was twice named Academic All-NESCAC and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Athletically, Barney competed for all three of Bowdoin's women's track teams, including cross-country, indoor and outdoor track. She owns Bowdoin indoor records in the 1,000 meter run and distance medley relay and was an All-NESCAC honoree.

Barney also participated in numerous leadership roles on campus and in the Brunswick community. She served on Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years and was also a Special Olympics volunteer. She served as a tutor for an introductory chemistry class and was a team captain.

Over 340 student-athletes were nominated for this year's award by their colleges and universities. A committee comprised of representatives from member schools selected the state winners. The state-level winners include 29 student-athletes from Division I, nine student-athletes from Division II and 12 student-athletes from Division III. These student-athletes participated in 17 of the 20 sports in which women compete for NCAA championships, including basketball, field hockey, skiing, golf, rowing and soccer.

A national winner - the NCAA Woman of the Year - will be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics from among 10 finalists. The finalists will be announced in late September.