Panther skier honored for excellence in academics, athletics, service and leadership
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Recent graduate and Plymouth State University ski team standout Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) has been honored as a nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year following an impressive career on and off the slopes.
One of the most outstanding female skiers in the rich tradition of Plymouth State skiing, Einarsdottir became the first PSU student-athlete to compete in the Olympic Games when she represented Iceland in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
Among the most prestigious of NCAA awards, the Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to honor graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership throughout their careers.
Einarsdottir's athletic achievements alone are worthy of recognition. She became Plymouth State's first female skier to qualify for the National Collegiate Skiing Championship as a freshman in 2016, then went on to post a 12th place finish in the slalom, still the highest finish for any PSU skier at NCAAs. As a sophomore she became the first skier with multiple top-15 finishes after placing 15th in the slalom, and she added a 19th place finish in the GS to become the only Panther skier to place in the top-20 three times. In addition to skiing for Iceland in the PyeongChang Games as a junior, Einarsdottir made a third-straight trip to NCAAs, where she posted a pair of top-30 finishes.
In the meantime she was busy carving up the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) carnival circuit, placing in the top ten in four of eight New England Regional Championships to claim All-EISA recognition four times (one First Team and three Second Team honors). A four-time Icelandic National Champion, Einarsdottir is also a three time winner of Plymouth State's Janet Nell Female Athlete of the Year honor, was named Iceland Female Skier of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and was a two-time PSU skiing Panther Award winner.
Einarsdottir was just as successful in the classroom, graduating summa cum laude in May with a degree in Exercise and Sport Physiology and minor in Biology. She claimed National Collegiate All-Academic Team honors in both 2017 and 2019 and was a President's List honoree in all eight semesters, in addition to being selected as a PSU Top-20 Outstanding Senior.
Additionally, Einarsdottir was active in the community volunteering time with the Plymouth Youth Center, KYMMA Cancer Walk, Project Linus and Give it Forward campaigns while also participating in health and risk assessments and student-athlete test groups through her academic programs.
Einarsdottir is one of a record 585 Woman of the Year nominees encompassing all three NCAA divisions, including 192 from Division III. Nominees who competed in a sport not sponsored by their school's core conference, all associate conference nominees and all independent nominees will be considered in a pool for advancement to the conference round of nominees. A selection committee will decide the nominees to move forward from this pool to the conference round. The nominees(s) selected from this pool will be announced on ncaa.org in early August.
Conference office nominations and nominations from the separate pool are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis, Ind.
|By the Numbers:||Nominees by Division:||Top Five Sports:|
|585 - most nominees in program history||262 - Division I||114 - Outdoor Track & Field|
|3.71 - average GPA of nominees||131 - Division II||99 - Indoor Track & Field|
|144 - multisport student-athletes||192 - Division III||87 - Basketball|
|77 - Softball|
|75 - Soccer|
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