Jamaican athlete Trisana Fairweather has been listed as one of the top 30 honorees named for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee announced earlier today.
Fairweather, a native of Hope Bay Port Antonio, Portland in Jamaica, was selected from a record 581 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 154 nominees by conference offices in July.
The Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 13 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including finance, biochemistry, microbiology, kinesiology, nursing and communication.
“These 30 women have demonstrated outstanding commitment to excelling in the classroom and in their sports while also serving their peers and communities,” said Sherika Montgomery, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and associate commissioner for governance and compliance at The Summit League.
“They represent the best and brightest of women competing in college and sports, and we’re thrilled to celebrate them and their achievements.”
In May of this year, Fairweather graduated from Claffin University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). She is a graduate transfer from the NCAA Division 2 institution to the prestigious Division 1 Indiana University, where she will begin pursuing a master’s degree in accounting in the fall.
But Fairweather, who had to ‘walk on’ at Claffin as she was not a highly recruited athlete coming from Titchfield High School in Jamaica, has also done exceptionally well on the track.
She was the NCAA Division 2 Outdoor 200 meters champion in 2016 and also finished 3rd in the 100m.
That same year she also earned All-American honors after placing third in the 200m at the Indoor Track and Field Championships and was named Claflin University Female Athlete of the Year, as well as Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 28 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.