Hope College has nominated Sarah Sheridan for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The recent graduate from Richmond, Indiana (Richmond HS) is a national champion diver and a six-time NCAA Division III All-American for the Flying Dutch.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
This pool of school honorees marks the largest in the 26-year history of the award. Of the nominees for the national award, 231 competed in Division I, 117 competed in Division II and 169 competed in Division III athletics.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Next, conferences assess their member school nominees and select up to two conference nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
Sheridan became Hope's first diving national titlist this year when she won the 3-meter event at the NCAA Division III Championship in Greensboro, N.C. She also finished third in 1-meter diving during the meet.
Sheridan was named the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association Female Diver of the Year for 2015-16.
Sheridan also concluded her career as a six-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion. She also was a three-time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Diver. She holds four school records and one pool record at Hope.
Sheridan majored in physics education and minored in mathematics education at Hope. She is set to be a four-time member of the MIAA Honor Roll when it is announced this summer.