CMU’s Chiesa Named NCAA Woman of the Year Award Nominee

MT. PLEASANT – Central Michigan women’s soccer player Christen Chiesa has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Chiesa, who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, was a three-year starter for the Chippewas, playing midfield and defense. She helped lead CMU to a 15-3-3 record in 2016, which is tied for the third-highest win total in school history, and won the Mid-American Conference Medal of Excellence during the 2016-17 season.

A member of the 2012 MAC All-Freshman Team, Chiesa is a three-time Academic All-MAC honoree and was named a Second Team Academic All-America and First Team Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Created in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

Nominees from all three NCAA divisions are considered for the award, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III. The award selection committee will then select the top 30 honorees, with 10 representing each division. From there, the top three finalists from each division will be announced in September.