Swarthout named Woman of the Year nominee for conference

WASHINGTON – Former CUA standout Mary Swarthout has been chosen as the Landmark Conference's NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee for 2012.  429 student-athletes have been nominated for the award, with the Top 30 honorees set to be announced in early September on NCAA.org.

A nursing major, Swarthout graduated from CUA with a 3.7 grade point average, and recently put the finishing touches on one of the school's most distinguished academic and athletic careers.  Swarthout helped lead the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams to five conference championships during her time in the red and black.

Swarthout is just the second student-athlete in school history to be named a three-time All-American in women's lacrosse, and the first to receive First Team accolades on two occasions.

Swarthout was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was a four-time First Team All-Region and All-Conference performer.  The Rockville, Md., native wrapped up her career with 226 goals and 331 points.

On the field hockey field, Swarthout was a two-time First Team All-Conference pick, a two-time All-Region selection and a 2011 Third Team All-American.  She finished her career with 36 goals, 25 assists, 97 points and 13 game-winning goals.

Off the fields, Swarthout earned multiple selections to the Dean's List, Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll, NFHCA National Academic Squad, and IWLCA Honor Roll.  She was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and was the recipient of the 2012 Marion Award (second most outstanding senior female student at CUA) and the 2011 Mary J. Flynn O'Dwyer Award (most outstanding female student at CUA, junior class). 

Swarthout added one more accomplishment to her list in June when she received Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA.

The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics.  Now in its 22nd year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletic achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.

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