PHILADELPHIA -- Jenna Hebert continues to add to her impressive collection of accolades as the 2016 graduate has been named one of two nominees from the Ivy League for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
From the Ivy League Release...
Now in its 26th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
The Woman of the Year selection committee will next select the top 10 honorees in each division. These top 30 honorees will be announced in early September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will cast votes among the nine finalists to determine the 2016 Woman of the Year.
This is the third major honor that Hebert has received during her senior year. In October, she was one of just 32 recipients nationwide for a Rhodes Scholarship, what is considered the nation's most prestigious scholarship. Hebert was the first Penn student-athlete to be a Rhodes Scholar since 1984, and just the second since 1963. Recently she became the 16th Penn athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Hebert rowed for Penn's Varsity 8 all four years she was on campus, and helped that boat to an 18-15 record in the spring and a best-ever fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Championships in May. She was a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) first-team All-Region selection, and the summer between her freshman and sophomore years Hebert represented the United States at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria.
Academically, Hebert was a three-time CRCA National Scholar Athlete and twice was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year in women's rowing. In June, she was named the Philadelphia Inquirer's Female Overall Academic All-Area Performer of the Year.