Lim, McClish nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Lim(L) was the 2017 and 2018 UCSC Athlete of the Year, while McClish won it in 2019
Lim(L) was the 2017 and 2018 UCSC Athlete of the Year, while McClish won it in 2019

INDIANAPOLIS - Women's soccer's Claire Lim and Cross Country runner Shannon McClish were nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The two have combined to win UCSC's last three Female Student Athlete of the Year awards.

McClish graduated earlier this month with a degree in Earth Science. She holds the school record in the 5K, 6K AND 10K events. She placed tenth in the nation at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming the first Banana Slug to participate in Nationals."This is such an incredible honor for Shannon on top of an already outstanding year!" said head cross country/track coach David Klech. "Shannon succeeds not only on the track, but the classroom, and as a team leader." 

Lim finished her eligibility in 2017, but finished her degree in Psych this year after playing on the Philippines national team the past two springs. In her last two seasons at UCSC, she won consecutive Defender of the Year awards from the Association of Division III Independents while leading the squad to the NCAA Tournament both years. She is one of 28 Division III soccer players in the running.

A record 585 athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. 

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Former Georgia track and field athlete Keturah Orji won the award in 2018, while Washington University's Lizzy Crist was the last Division III student-athlete to win back in 2017.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony October 20.