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Jessica Van Galen'13 Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Jessica Van GalenManhattanville graduate, Jessica Van Galen'13, was recently nominated as a candidate to receive the 2013 The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Woman of the Year award for her accomplishments in college softball. According to the NCAA, this year's award will honor its recipient because of her prowess in the athletic field as well as achievements in academics.

The NCAA is committed to safeguarding student athletes as they complete their studies and honors graduating female athletes through its annual Woman of the Year Award in recognition of their advancements in college athletics. This year, Van Galen was selected as the 2013 honoree for Division III's Freedom Conference, which operates under the Middle Atlantic Conference.

"It's an honor to be nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award," Van Galen said. "I was definitely a little shocked when Coach Martin told me about the nomination, but I am so honored that I was chosen." Van Galen credits Manhattanville with supplying opportunities for success both within and outside the classroom. "Throughout my four years, I was able to accomplish many goals and succeed both academically and athletically, which helped me to receive this honor," she said. "Also, I was able to succeed because of my family, teammates, and coaches. They all played an important role in my life on and off the field, and I thank all of them.

"This past year and season were especially memorable and rewarding," Van Galen said. "And this honor of being nominated is an extremely special way to end my career."