Maggie McNamara Voted Honda Sports Award Division II Female Athlete of the Year
courtesy Concordia-St. Paul athletics
NEW YORK - Concordia University Division II volleyball star Maggie McNamara (Sr., Zumbrota, Minn.) along with Bethel University's Division III track & field standout Marie Borner (Sr., Cottage Grove, Minn.) have been voted the nation's top collegiate female athlete in their respective divisions. The honors were based on the results of national balloting among NCAA Division II and Division III schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 34th year. Each winner will be presented the Honda Sports Award for Division II and Division III Athlete of the Year, respectively, at a ceremony at UCLA in Los Angeles on June 21, 2010. Along with the award, each institution will receive $5,000 for the women's athletic programs.
Maggie McNamara: Star Setter for "Three-Peat" Championship Golden Bears
As the lead setter for the Concordia University Golden Bears, Maggie McNamara, a native of Zumbrota, MN, is a second-time DII Player of Year (AVCA and Daktronics). She led her team to an undefeated season this year, as well as to a "three-peat" third straight national title and a fourth NSIC crown. In her senior year of competition, McNamara sealed her name in the NCAA record book as the all-time leading setter, putting up a new record for career assists with 7,351. For the fourth season in her career, McNamara led the nation in assists per set, this year with a mark of 13.26. She is a four-time All-American and leads the NCAA for all-time assists. An Academic All-America second team, CoSIDA Academic All-District first team, McNamara is a mathematics major with a 3.87 cumulative GPA.
Noted McNamara, "Winning the Honda Sports Award is an amazing honor and I am very proud to have received this award. I wouldn't have been as successful as I have without the help of my teammates and coaches, and I share this award with them. I wouldn't trade my athletic career at Concordia for anything in the world. I am proud to have been a part of such a great organization and look forward to my professional life and coaching."
The other nominees for Division II were:
Division II Nominees
Maggie Bloskey | field hockey | Bloomsburg University
Jackie Borkowski | swimming | West Chester University
Celethia Byrd | track & field | Angelo State University
Sandra Changkija | golf | Nova Southeastern University
Irie Dennis | soccer | Grand Valley State University
Johannah Leedham | basketball | Franklin Pierce University
Maggie McNamara (winner) | volleyball | Concordia University
Sona Novakova | tennis | Armstrong State University
Claire Petersen | lacrosse | Adelphi University
Sarah Phillips | softball | North Georgia College & State University
Jessica Pixler | cross country | Seattle Pacific University
During the awards ceremony on June 21 in Los Angeles, McNamara will receive her Honda Sports Award. The Honda Inspiration Award and the coveted Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award will also be presented. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions. The winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup at the awards ceremony, at which the "Top Three" finalists are scheduled to attend.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has sponsored the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program for 24 consecutive years. Honda has donated over $2 million in grants and scholarships to universities over the course of the program. See www.hondaawards.com for more information.