CEDAR CITY–Former Thunderbird soccer standout Ally Thimsen has been nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award following the conclusion of her career at SUU.
Thimsen wrapped up her career as a Thunderbird last fall with a senior season that saw her become the Thunderbirds’ all-time leader in goals scored after scoring her record-breaking 20th goal on October 20th at Northern Arizona. She also became second all-time in career points with 44.
Thimsen was named to the Big Sky All-Conference team three times in her career, including Honorable Mention honors in 2015 and 2017 and a Second Team honor in 2016. She was also named to the Big Sky All-Academic team during all four years of competition.
Thimsen is one of 581 nominees for the Woman of the Year Award this year, making 2018 the biggest year for the award in its history. 251 of those nominees come from Division I institutions with 20 different sports being recognized. Nominees are evaluated on academic performance, athletic performance, service, and leadership.
Next, conference offices will select up to two conference nominees to move forward. Each conference nominee will be notified by the NCAA, and all conference-round nominees will be announced on ncaa.org in early August.
Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.
The Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, Oct. 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis.