NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester University soccer and track and field standout Bridgette Rowe, originally from La Quinta, Calif., has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Rowe, a December 2015 graduate, is among 515 put forward for the honor, the largest number of candidates in the program’s 26-year history, from across NCAA Divisions I, II and III. She’s one of three from Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schools, joining Melissa Sanders of Franklin College and Eme Miller of Defiance College, to be within a group of 169 Division III nominees.
Rowe, the HCAC’s inaugural Female Athlete of the Year in 2014, concluded a star-studded collegiate career in 2015-16. On the track, she wound up a combined three-time indoor and outdoor All-American in the high jump and claimed the HCAC’s indoor and outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award four times as part of garnering six all-league awards between the two sports.
Competing for the Black and Gold soccer program, Rowe was a second team all-conference selection in 2014 after leading MU in scoring. Amassing a combined six indoor and outdoor track and field school records, she also earned the athletic department’s M Association Female Athlete of the Year honor in 2015.
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 nine.