by SUU ATHLETICS STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
CEDAR CITY, Utah – Former Southern Utah University gymnast Tyly Bozzuto has been nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
This is the 27th year the NCAA Woman of the Year award has been given out, which honors female student-athletes that have proven themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
“Tyly was a dream to coach,” SUU head coach Scotty Bauman said. “You don’t get kids very often like that, who will go the extra mile in everything they do. We could use her at any time on any event. She was always ready, prepared and hungry to do whatever she could for us. She had a team first mentality, which showed through and the team appreciated that, and led to her becoming a fantastic leader for us in and outside of the gym. She’s one of those kids that came in and goes above and beyond in every aspect.”
Bozzuto was a senior leader for the Flippin’ Birds last season, in one of their most successful seasons in the history of the program. The T-Birds set the highest score in school history with a 197.025, in a meet that Bozzuto scored a 9.900 on bars and floor.
Following the 2017 season, Bozzuto was named Academic All-MRGC, which she also earned in 2015 and 2016. During the course of the last season she was named Specialist of the Week by the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference three times.
She also competed in NCAA Regional competition all four seasons she competed for the Thunderbirds, and SUU finished high in the national rankings in all four seasons Bozzuto was part of the competition team.
In total, 543 female student-athletes have been nominated for the award, and 229 of those came from the Division I ranks.
Bozzuto is just one of seven gymnasts that have been nominated for the award.
The next step in the process is for conferences to select up to two nominees from the pool of names, and then the Woman of the Year selection committee will narrow the field down to 30 honorees from the conference selections. Those honorees will be recognized at a ceremony in October that will be held in Indianapolis.
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