RICHMOND, Va. -- University of Delaware standout javelin thrower Jillian Seamon (at right), who capped an outstanding career on the track and in the classroom this past spring, has been selected as one of two Colonial Athletic Association nominees for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in their primary sport, graduated no later than the end of the 2012 summer term, and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
Seamon, a native of Hazle Township, Pa. (Hazleton Area High School) who earned her degree in athletic training this past May, was joined by Georgia State volleyball standout Vineece Verdun as the CAA’s two nominees.
The top 10 honorees in NCAA Division I, II and III will be announced in early September, followed by the top three honorees per division in late September. The NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 14.
Seamon, who will attend graduate school for athletic training at the University of Georgia this fall, is the second Blue Hen student-athlete to be named the CAA’s NCAA Woman of the Year candidate since conference offices began making the selections in 2008. Blue Hen volleyball standout Colleen Walsh was the CAA nominee in 2008. Blue Hen field hockey standout Leah Geib was a top 10 national finalist for the award in 2005.
A four-year standout and all-conference honoree in the javelin throw for the Blue Hens’ track and field squad, Seamon was named the University of Delaware Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2012, becoming the first UD field athlete to receive the award since 1991.
Seamon captured the CAA title in the javelin in 2010 and 2011, placed second in 2009, and finished third in 2012. She won 12 individual meet titles during her career and broke a 30-year old school record in the event with a toss of 146-11 in 2010. An outstanding all-around athlete, she also competed in the shot put, weight throw, long jump and hurdles during her career with the Blue Hens.
Seamon also excelled in the classroom, compiling a 3.8 grade point average and making the Dean’s List each semester while completing her major in athletic training. She was a four-time recipient of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award, earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic Award and was a member of the National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Seamon was an officer for the Student Athletic Trainers Club and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at UD. She was involved in many community service activities, including working for four years with the Delaware Special Olympics.
Verdun became the first Georgia State volleyball player to earn first-team All-CAA honors in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011. The Panthers’ middle blocker led the league in hitting percentage (.348), ranked third in points per set (4.0) and fourth in kills per set (3.33) as a senior. She was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America third team and was recognized as the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball in 2010 and 2011.