Swimmer Ana Bogdanovski, a 2015 Johns Hopkins University graduate, has been selected as an NCAA Woman of the Year top 30 nominee, the first-ever Hopkins athlete included among the 30 finalists for this prestigious honor.
Bogdanovski, who captured 10 NCAA titles and earned All-America honors 23 times in her Blue Jays career, is one of 10 Division III athletes honored and one of five swimmers.
The NCAA Woman of the Year top 30 honorees, selected from an initial group of 480 nominees, exemplify excellence in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership. Later this month, a selection committee will name nine finalists—three women each Divisions I, II, and III. The 2015 Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 18 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.
"This year marks the 25th celebration of the Woman of the Year program, and these women continue the tradition of being the best and brightest in college sports," said Shantey Hill, chair of the selection committee and assistant vice president and senior director of athletics of St. Joseph's College (Long Island). "This year's top 30 honorees are outstanding examples for women competing in sports at any level, and we are confident that they will continue to make a difference in the world for many years to come."
Also see: Complete list of top 30 nominees
Bogdanovski, who has also represented her native Macedonia in international swimming competitions over the past several years, led the Blue Jays to top-five NCAA championship meet finishes in each of the past three seasons. She won twice as many national titles as any other swimmer in program history and ranks second all-time at Johns Hopkins in All-America honors. She claimed six NCAA titles in 2014 en route to being named the NCAA Women's Swimmer of the Year.
She graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in public health studies and a 3.74 cumulative GPA. She plans to take a year off from her studies this year in order to train for the 2016 Summer Olympics in hopes of competing for Macedonia in Brazil. She will then attend medical school at Rutgers University.Read more from hopkinssports.com