– Maya Moore, University of Connecticut
(Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year)
A native of Jefferson City, Missouri, Moore grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She helped her team achieve an NCAA record of 78 consecutive wins over two seasons, as well as its sixth undefeated season and second straight NCAA National Championship. Moore ended the season averaging 18.9 points and 8.3 rebounds, and scored in double figures 34 times. She finished the 2009-2010 season with 736 points, the second most points scored in a season by a UConn player only to herself (754 pts in 2008-09). So far in her career Moore has scored 2168 points, with 963 rebounds and 243 three-pointers. She is also the first junior in the program’s history to score over 2000 points. She received both the 2010 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and Dayton Regional’s Most Outstanding Player award and is a three-time AP First Team All-American. A Sports Marketing and Media major with a 3.85 GPA, she has been honored this year as the Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year, ESPN Academic All-America of the Year, CoSIDA Academic First-Team, 2010 Wade Trophy winner and Wooden Award finalist.
COUNTRY – Angela Bizzarri, University of Illinois
As a University of Illinois senior, Bizzarri won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in cross country. A native of Mason, OH, Bizzarri was an eight-time All-American and was named the 2009 USTFCCCA Cross Country National Athlete of the Year after winning the NCAA Cross Country title with a time of 19:46.8, which broke the school-record time for the 6K. That victory marked her second national title in less than six months after becoming the NCAA 5,000m champion the previous June. She also won the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships after tallying runner-up finishes the previous three years and was awarded the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Athlete of the Year accolade. She earned All-Big Ten First Team honors for the fourth year in a row, the first Illini to do so in school history. She took the top spot at this year’s Pre-Nationals Invitational and finished second at the Big Ten Championships.
HOCKEY – Katie O'Donnell, University of Maryland
As a University of Maryland junior, O'Donnell won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in field hockey. A native of Blue Bell, PA, Terrapin co-captain O’Donnell is both a three time first-team All-American and ACC Offensive Player of the Year. O’Donnell led the nation in points (87) and assists (31) as a junior in 2009 and became the 24th player in NCAA history to reach 200 career points, in only her third year of eligibility. In 2009, O’Donnell became the first Maryland player to record 25 goals and 30 assists in one season, and her postseason performance (7 goals, 8 assists, 22 points) is one of the strongest in school history. O’Donnell tied the NCAA Tournament record in assists with 13, and in 2009 she broke both the ACC and Maryland career assist records with 74. She has been a member of the U.S. Senior National team since 2005 and became a U.S. Junior World Cup Team member this year.
– Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State University
As a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, Hedwall was last year’s NCAA individual champion and was chosen as the nation’s top female golfer. A native of Loddekopinge, Sweden, Hedwall finished last year’s NCAA Championships four shots in the lead to become the first player in Oklahoma State history to capture the NCAA individual title, tying the NCAA scoring record with her 12-under score. A First-Team All-American for the second consecutive year, she was also named the PING/NGCA Division I Player of the Year by the National Golf Coaches Association. She finished the year with five victories and was never lower than fourth in any of the meets in which she competed. She finished under par in seven of her 12 starts this year and was 25-under par overall on the season. She tallied a 71.14 stroke average to break the school’s single-season scoring record – which she set herself as a freshman. She was awarded the Golfstat Cup, in addition to being named Big 12 Player of Year for the second-straight season.
– Susan Jackson, Louisiana State University
As a senior at Louisiana State University, Jackson was last year’s all-around NCAA champion and was chosen as the nation’s top collegiate female gymnast. A native of Spring, Texas, Jackson became the first gymnast in LSU history to win the all-around NCAA title, capping off last season with a national individual title on the beam (9.9625), a second-place finish on the vault, and a fourth-place finish on the bars. She was also named SEC and Central Region Gymnast of the Year. She finished her career with three individual titles, a first for the LSU gymnastics program. Her four First-team All-America honors this year make a total of 12 for career. In addition, Jackson is a two-time SEC vault champion and she was named this year’s Senior Outstanding Gymnast by AAI. One of the nation's top elite-level performers, she was a four-time member of the USA National Team.
– Caitlyn McFadden, University of Maryland
As a senior midfielder at the University of Maryland, McFadden won the Honda Sports Award in lacrosse. A native of Phoenix, MD, she was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player last year after leading the Terrapins to the national championship. The win capped a best-ever 22-1 season record for the team. The three-time IWLCA All-American ran up an astounding 48-game point-scoring streak, and tied for third on the all-time assists list at Maryland with a total of 110. She was chosen ACC Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP, both for the second time, after pacing her team to its second-straight ACC championship. She also repeated this year as the Womenslax.com Midfielder of the Year. Winner of the Tewaaraton Trophy, McFadden also played for the winning U.S. team during the 2009 FIL World Cup.
– Whitney Engen, University of North Carolina
As a senior at the University of North Carolina, Engen won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in soccer. A resident of Rolling Hills Estates, CA, Engen was named last year’s NCAA Women’s College Cup MVP on Defense after helping her team to its third national championship in the past four years. She was also named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year on a team that allowed just 12 goals and had 19 shutouts. She is a first-team All-American and first-team All-ACC selection. She was named a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America in 2009.
– Danielle Lawrie, University of Washington
As a University of Washington senior and pitcher for the Canadian Olympic team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lawrie won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in softball. A native of Langley, BC, Lawrie led the Huskies last year to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, concluding her college career with a 40-5 record for the 2010 season. The Huskies ended the 2009-2010 season with a 50-9 record, with the team’s 50 wins ranking as the second-best ever for a single season. Lawrie finished the season with a 1.11 ERA, 495 strikeouts, and 46 walks in 302.1 innings. She pitched four no-hitters, including three perfect games and 27 starts with double-digit strikeouts this year. She is just one of four pitchers to ever surpass 1,800 career strikeouts. Adept at the plate as well as at the pitcher’s mound, she also led her team with 15 home runs, 57 RBI and a slugging percentage of .609. She was named 2010 ASA/USA Softball Player of the Year (only the second athlete ever to win the award more than once), First Team All-Pacific Region, All-Pac-10 and repeat winner of Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. In 2008 Lawrie competed in the Olympic Games in Beijing with the Canadian National Team, where they came in fourth.
– Julia Smit, Stanford University
As a senior at Stanford University, two-time Olympic medalist Julia Smit won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in swimming & diving. She grew up in Mt. Sinai, NY and she excels in the backstroke, freestyle and Individual Medley (IM), and was last year’s NCAA Championship Swimmer of the Meet, winning titles in both the 200 IM and 400 IM for the third time. She also swam on the 400 free relay team and on the runner-up 200 and 400 medley relay teams, helping her team to a second-place finish. Smit is the world record holder in both the 200 and 400 IM short-course. She broke two of her own American/ NCAA records last season in the 200 IM and 400 IM at the Pac-10 Championships, where she was named Swimmer of the Meet. She was also Pac-10 Swimmer of Month for an unprecedented four straight months and won six career Pac-10 titles. She is a 26-time All-American. As a member of the U.S. Olympic team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she distinguished herself as the only active collegiate swimmer to win two medals, earning Silver in the 400-meter free relay and bronze in the 800 meter free relay.
Laura Vallverdu, University of Miami
As a senior at the University of Miami, Vallverdu won the Honda Sports Award in tennis. A native of Valencia, Venezuela, she is the Hurricanes’ all-time leader in singles wins with 131. She reached the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships last spring and ended last season leading her team with 35 wins. She completed the doubles season at 19-6 with a #1 ranking and finished 21-12 against nationally ranked opponents. Vallverdu is the first player in University of Miami history to win at least 30 times in each of her four years. She is also a four-time All-American, the third four-time All-American in school history, and a four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference, a first in the program’s history.
FIELD – Lisa Koll, Iowa State University
(Top Three Finalist)
Koll capped her college career as the track collegiate record holder in 10,000 meters and sixth-fastest American woman ever with time of 31:18.07. She was one of the three finalists for last year's Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. The Fort Dodge, IA native is a four-time NCAA champion, finishing first in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She is an eleven-time All-American, as well as a nine-time Big 12 Conference champion. She was named the 2010 Outdoor Big 12 Female Performer of the Year after winning the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter in Columbia, MO, becoming the only woman to win four consecutive Big 12 titles in the same event (10,000-meter).
– Megan Hodge, Penn State University
(Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year)
A native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hodge grew up in Durham, NC. During her career, she led the Nittany Lions to their second undefeated season and third straight NCAA championship title in 2009, winning 102 straight matches. Her average of 4.67 kills per set (560 kills total) led the Big Ten and earned her an eighth place national ranking. She ranked second on her team in digs with 295 (2.46 per set). She is one of only two players ever to reach 2000 career kills at Penn State, with 2,142 total, and she amassed a career win/loss record of 142-5. Her win/lose career percentage of .966 is the best in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history for classes that have won national titles. Hodge was chosen AVCA Division I National Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and is a four-time AVCA First-Team All-American. She was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2009 for the second time, the first as a freshman in 2006. She was also honored as CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year. Megan graduated with a business management degree and is currently a member of the 2010 U.S. women’s volleyball team.