Mercy College has selected senior softball student-athlete Chelsea Methot as the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year award recipient. The prestigious honor is presented to a graduating student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership.
Methot (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central), the starting centerfielder, captained the Mavericks this season to a 21-23 mark, including 14-14 in the East Coast Conference. The 21 wins were the most for Mercy since the 1987 campaign. Methot led the team in virtually every offensive category, including hits (52), extra base hits (25), home runs (15), RBI (40), total bases (108), batting average (.441), slugging percentage (.915), and on base percentage (.522). The centerfielder also had a fielding percentage of .941
Additionally, the senior ranks among the nation's leaders in several offensive categories. She is ranked sixth in homeruns per game, seventh in slugging percentage, 21st in batting average, 23rd in on base percentage, and 42nd in RBI per game. She achieved an impressive 26 game hitting streak.
Earlier this month, the senior was named to the First Team All-Conference, as well as Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-East Region.
A criminal justice major at Mercy, Methot was an Honor Society member and graduated with a 3.58 GPA.
The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) manages the nomination process and selections. In the past four years, 522 student-athletes were nominated by their conference or independent institutions, representing multiple ethnicities and all NCAA-sponsored sports within Divisions I, II, and III. In 2010 alone, 452 student-athletes were nominated by their institutions. From 1998 through 2005, an average 410 female student-athletes per year were nominated for the award; and since the program's inception in 1991, 1729 women have been recognized as state or conference honorees.
Upon receiving nominations from its member institutions, each conference will be responsible for assessing each nominee's eligibility and subsequently selecting a conference nominee based on collective achievements in service, leadership, athletics, and academics. Conferences may recognize two nominees if one of the nominees is a woman of color or international student-athlete.
All conference nominees will be forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will choose the top 10 honorees in each division. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top there in each division, Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year.