ROCK HILL, SC–Winthrop graduating seniors Dequesha McClanahan and Jeanne Stroud are among the 13 official nominees for the 2013-14 Big South Conference’s Woman of the Year award. it was announced today by the conference office. The 13 student-athletes from 11 member institutions comprising this year’s list of candidates ties the record for most nominees.
The Big South’s Woman of the Year Selection Committee will determine two finalists, which will be announced next week, and the overall winner will be announced and presented her award at the Big South’s Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on Thursday, May 29 at The Marriott Resort in Hilton Head, SC. The Big South Woman of the Year winner is nominated as a candidate for the national NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
McClanahan, an exercise science major and three-time Big South Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, spent three years volunteering with the Friedham Park Community Day Celebration, and Eagle Week with the Boys & Girls Club. She has also volunteered at First Baptist Church in Rock Hill, and with Global Learning Games.
Stroud, an English major, served as Winthrop’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) President this past year and has been a SAAC member since her freshman season. She has been a race buddy for the Richmond Drive Girls on the Run, and was involved with the Big South SAAC food drive (2012-13) and Soap for Souls (2010-11), as well as Eagle Week activities with the Boys & Girls Club of York County.
The other 11 nominees include Campbell softball player Shaela Churchill, Charleston Southern tennis player Alexandra Walters,Coastal Carolina volleyball player Meghan Laffin, High Point soccer player Becca Hemby, High Point lacrosse player Jasmine Jordan, Liberty field hockey player Jordan Richardson, Longwood golfer Amanda Steinhagen, Presbyterian basketball player Sherece Smith, Radford soccer player Rachel Conway, UNC Asheville tennis player Zoe Hamel and VMI track & field athlete Kate Collins.