INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former University of Delaware field hockey standout Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos) was selected Tuesday as one of two student-athletes from the Colonial Athletic Association to be nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by the 2017 summer term.

“I’m extremely honored to have been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award,” exclaimed Peet. “It has been an amazing experience to be a part of such a great team and staff. The University of Delaware has given me many opportunities over the past four years and I have grown both on and off the field. Helping build a National Championship program is an experience that will stick with me for the rest of my life.”

A three-time NFHCA All-American and the 2016 CAA Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Peet led the Blue Hens to four CAA Tournament trophies, two CAA regular season titles and the 2016 NCAA Division I Championship during her four seasons at Delaware.

Peet, a two-time team captain, graduated cum laude in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in operations management. She is looking to pursue a Master of Science in business information management from Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

“UDFH would like to congratulate and thank Esmée for all that she has done for herself, our team, our program and the University of Delaware,” remarked UD head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “Esmée has been an outstanding Blue Hens student-athlete and ambassador for our institution, but even more impressive, she is a great leader, team player and competitor. Her commitment, dedication and sacrifices have allowed her to grow immensely as a person during her University of Delaware career. The lessons learned and experiences gained will allow her to be very excited and confident while continuing her life journey. As a team and staff, we are very proud of Esmée and are looking forward to how she will continue to represent Blue Hens nation in years to come!”

UNCW softball student-athlete Lauren Moore was the CAA’s other nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

Eligible female student-athletes are nominated by their member school to their respective conferences with each conference office submitting no more than two nominees to the NCAA. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chooses 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 9.

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