UMES' Megan Buja Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
(Photo: Mark Stahl/UMES)
INDIANAPOLIS— Already a three-time NCAA Elite 89 winner, a two-time Academic All-America honoree and an All-American for her bowling skill, Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill), a 2014 University of Maryland Eastern Shore graduate with a perfect 4.0, was recently named a nominee for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Buja was one of 446 female student-athletes nominated for the award “that honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership,” according to NCAA.org.
The four-time National Champion was one of the 205 nominated from a Division I school while 75 were form DII and 166 from DIII.
As the nominee from UMES and from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), she was selected as one of no more than two women that the conference forwarded on to the NCAA for consideration. The NCAA’s Woman of the Year Committee then selects the top 30 honorees, 10 from each division, for the award.
In September, the committee determines the top three in each division and announces them as finalists. Former Hawk bowler Kristina Frahm was a finalist in 2011.
The top 30 nominees will be honored at the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 19th. They will also announce the overall winner at that time, as selected by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics.