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August 22nd, 2009

Love Named NCAA Woman of the Year Semifinalist

Emily Love.
POUGHKEEPSIE - In May of 2009, Emily Love received her diploma, tossed her cap in the air with her fellow graduates and moved on to life after Vassar College, but the two-time All-America swimmer continues to bring the Vassar swimming program national recognition. On August 20, Love was named a 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year semifinalist, one of just 30 such honorees across all three NCAA divisions. Love is the second Vassar athlete in the last three years to advance in the Woman of the Year awards process. In 2007, tennis player Debbie Sharnak was a Woman of the Year finalist, one of nine athletes reaching the final stage.

The recipient of the 19th annual award will be announced on October 18 at the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner in Indianapolis, IN. Love is the Liberty League nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, initially one of a pool of 132 conference nominees. In order to represent their conferences, these 132 athletes were nominated by their host institutions and then assessed by their respective conference on their collective achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics. An NCAA committee then selected the top ten honorees from each division. In the next step of the process, the committee will honor the top three in each division with the national winner selected from that final pool of nine.

A four-year member of Vassar’s swim team, Love graduated as the owner of six individual records (50, 100, and 200 Yard Freestyle and 50, 100, 200 Yard Backstroke) and four relay records (200 and 400 Yard Medley Relay and 200 and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay). She was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year in 2005-06, the Swimmer of the Year in 2007-08 and 2008-09, and became a near-regular on the list of Liberty League weekly awards, named Swimmer of the Week on 20 occasions and Rookie of the Week three times. Love qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 100 and 200 Yard Backstroke in both 2007 and 2008, earning All-America recognition both years. A diligent student, Love graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education Policy and Practice.

“Emily Love has been a talented swimmer, a tested scholar, a wonderful teacher, and a rare talent who demands greatness from herself and who helps to instill it in those around here; she is an absolutely wonderful, personable, and strong young woman,” said head coach Lisl Prater-Lee. “Emily has the heart of a champion. She trains hard. She applies herself. And she does so while enjoying the whole process and making it fun for those around her. She handles pressure superbly and absolutely annihilates opponents on relays. Her guts and determination have proved formidable for many opponents.”
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