Indianapolis, Ind. - Lenoir-Rhyne's Kate Griewisch has been selected as one of the Top 30 finalists for the 2012 NCAA Woman Of The Year award. The top 30 consists of 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions.
Each of the top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
In addition to Griewisch, Lincoln Memorial's Sofia Lopez Mimendi was another finalist from a South Atlantic Conference institution.
Griewisch, a native of Banner Elk, N.C., graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne this past May with a bachelor's degree in biology and a 3.85 grade point average.
Griewisch left L-R as a seven-time NCAA Division II All-American in three sports: women's cross country (2009-11), women's indoor track and field (2012) and women's outdoor track and field (2011-12).
This past year, Griewisch finished fourth at the NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country National Championships in Spokane, Wash., and won her third straight women's cross country Southeast Regional Championship.
During the spring of 2012, Griewisch earned All-American honors in the 5K at the indoor track and field finals and AA accolades in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs at the outdoor track and field national championships.
Griewisch also won the 2009 and 2011 South Atlantic Conference Women's Cross Country Championships and led the Bears to the 2008 and 2009 league titles.
An outstanding student as well, Griewisch is a two-time Capital One CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-America honoree for Women's Cross Country (2011-12) and Track and Field and a three-time SAC Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Of The Year (2009-11).
In addition, Griewisch was named the 2010-11 female recipient of the South Atlantic Conference Presidents Award and the 2011-12 SAC Female Athlete Of The Year.
Three Woman of the Year finalists from each division will be selected in September, with the winner scheduled to be announced on Oct. 14 during a ceremony in Indianapolis.