Cedar Crest College's Maggie Olock Selected as NCAA Woman of the Year Conference Nominee

Cedar Crest College's Maggie Olock Selected as NCAA Woman of the Year Conference Nominee

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Maggie Olock of Cedar Crest College has been selected as the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award, as announced Tuesday by the NCAA.

Olock, who competes in the NEAC as a member of the Cedar Crest College women’s swimming and diving team, is one of 145 conference nominees for this year’s award. The NCAA Woman of the Year award, which is in its 27th year, honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

A record 543 female college student-athletes were nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award, with the 145 conference nominees moving on to the next round. Fifty-three nominees hail from Division III for the annual award, while 58 Division I student-athletes and 34 Division II student-athletes are also represented. The average GPA for this year’s conference nominees is a 3.88 with 49 student-athletes playing two or more sports.

A native of Bethlehem, Pa., Olock has been proved to be a standout swimmer in the conference ranks. At the 2016-17 NEAC Swimming & Diving Championships, Olock claimed seven individual wins and set four new NEAC records to help guide her team to a second-place finish. She also earned six individual victories in the 2015-16 conference championship. With the book on her collegiate career closed, Olock currently holds NEAC records in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard individual medley and 200-yard medley relay. Olock’s senior season was rewarded as she was named 2016-17 NEAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year. She was also recognized at the NEAC Women’s Swimmer & Rookie of the Year in 2013-14. While Olock only competed in the NEAC as a swimmer, she was also a member of Cedar Crest’s women’s volleyball team. 

In addition to her dominance in the pool, Olock has excelled in the classroom by earning a spot on the Cedar Crest College Dean’s List six times and earning NEAC Scholar-Athlete accolades in 2014, 2016 and 2017. She has also served within her community by volunteering at local elementary schools to teach different sports and coaching the Macungie Bears Swim Team for the past three years.

“Maggie has not only been an outstanding student-athlete within the NEAC, but she truly embodies all that Division III stands for by excelling academically and dedicating time to her community,” said NEAC Commissioner Candice Murray. “We are proud to have Maggie represent the NEAC for Woman of the Year and we wish her the best of luck throughout this process and beyond.”

Following today’s announcement, the Woman of the Year selection committee will choose the top 30 honorees with 10 nominees coming from each division. From the top 30, the selection committee will narrow it down to the top three honorees from each division en route to naming an eventual winner. The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf).  The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.