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Akinniyi named Big Ten's honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year


Aug. 2, 2013

NCAA Woman of the Year Information

MADISON, Wis. -- Senior Dorcas Akinniyi has been selected as the Big Ten Conference’s honoree for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Akinniyi, a Carrollton, Texas, native, graduated from Wisconsin in May with philosophy and sociology degrees. She was named UW Student-Athlete of the Year twice and was a team captain for four years.

A five-time Big Ten champion in the multi-events, Akinniyi qualified for the NCAA championships in each of her eight seasons of competition for the Cardinal and White. She earned first-team All-America status six times and was runner-up in the pentathlon at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. Akinniyi, the school record-holder in the pentathlon, was a 2012 USA Olympic Trials qualifier in the heptathlon and was the silver medalist in the heptathlon at the 2010 NACAC Under-23 Championships.

Akinniyi was very involved in student activities, as she was president of Student-Athletes Equally Supporting Others during her senior year after serving as the organization’s secretary her junior year.

She was involved with the Academic Athletic Mentor Partnership for four years, and was a part of the Diversity Intergroup and UW-Madison Athletic Board her senior year. In addition, she helped organize Party for Parties, a free event for UW students that educated them on the 2012 presidential election, and Soul Food Night, an event for students and staff that celebrated Black History Month.

“It’s great to see Dorcas recognized for all of the hard work she poured into her five years at UW,” Wisconsin head coach Jim Stintzi said. “She was a leader for us on the track and was an excellent example for all our athletes in terms of getting involved and taking advantage of the opportunities we have here to learn, volunteer and build leadership skills.”

Akinniyi is one 146 female student-athletes representing various sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III that have been selected as 2013 Woman of the Year honorees by their conferences and by independent schools.    

The Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from that pool to be recognized in August. The selection committee will announce in September the top nine finalists (three from each division), and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from amongst those finalists to determine the 2013 Woman of the Year.

The NCAA will announce the 2013 Woman of the Year and will honor the top 30 nominees on Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.


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