FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Presented to the female athlete deemed to be the most exceptional in a given year.
Alexis Thompson, Volleyball – Thompson broke the school record for digs in a game with 44 against Clarkson University on October 15, 2016. She helped the Flying Dutch to a MIAA Tournament title, securing post-season play in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Thompson was named to the All-MIAA First Team and received honorable mention recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Megan Klintworth, Women’s Golf – As a junior, Klintworth was named the MIAA MVP as the top women’s golfer in the league in the fall 2016 season. She set the MIAA-record average of 76.7 with 460 strokes over 108 holes. Klintworth was a member of the MIAA Championship team and was also named to the All-MIAA First Team.
Nancy Benda, Women’s Tennis – Benda set the women’s tennis doubles record on April 1, 2017 with her 79th career doubles win. She finished the 2015-16 season with a 20-7 record at #1 doubles and 17-7 record at #1 singles. She led the Flying Dutch to their fifth consecutive MIAA Tournament title and received All-MIAA First Team honors.
Erin Herrmann, Women's Cross Country and Track and Field – Herrmann qualified for three different NCAA Division III Championships over the past year – Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field. She earned All-America honors after running to a fourth-place finish in cross country and finishing national runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Herrmann’s performances set records for all three sports. She was also named MIAA Most Valuable Runner in Cross Country and earned All-MIAA and All-Region honors for both cross country and track.
Molly Meyer, Women’s Swimming – In her senior season, Meyer was the 2017 MIAA Champion in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke. She finished nearly four seconds ahead of the runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke. Meyer was also a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay, which established a new Hope College record at the MIAA Championship. Her performances at the meet earned her All-MIAA honors for the fourth consecutive year.
Elizabeth Perkins, Women's Soccer – Perkins broke two long-standing Hope Women’s Soccer records in the 2016 season; the single season points record at 57, and for most goals scored in a season with 25. Those 25 goals had Perkins in a three-way tie for first in the nation at Division III in scoring. She was named MIAA Player of the Year, earned All-MIAA First Team honors, claimed All-Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Additionally, Perkins was recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-American and NSCAA Academic All-American.