Utah State duo named NCAA Woman of the Year

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LOGAN, Utah – State of Utah Bri Lerma and Katie Haviland were nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year, representing two of the 577 nationally nominated for the annual award.

Lerma, a member of the USU softball team since 2018, has been a two-time varsity all-Mountain West selection and a two-time MW athlete-scholar. Lerma appeared in 51 games a season ago, making 47 starts while recording 27 hits, including five doubles, a triple and a homer. In all, Lerma appeared in 77 games for the Aggies with 59 starts and hit .280 for his career with five doubles, three homers and a triple. Lerma finished his career ranked fourth in school history, with 23 hits per pitch, and ranks first all-time in a single season with 15 hits per pitch during the 2022 campaign. Lerma graduated from Utah State with a degree in business administration.

Haviland, a member of the USU cross country and track and field teams since 2018, finished his career second in school history in the 5,000 meters indoors (16:23.77), second in the 3000 meters outdoor steeplechase (10:12.29) and fifth in the 5000 meters outdoor (16:34.92). Haviland qualified for back-to-back NCAA National Cross Country Championships as the Aggies went as a team in 2021, while Haviland was an individual qualifier during the 2020 season. Haviland earned two all-conference accolades during his career, earning first-team 3,000-meter steeplechase honors in 2022 and second-team cross-country honors in 2021. In addition to his competitive excellence, Haviland earned numerous college honors with eight citations all-MW academic awards, to accompany eight MW Scholar-Athlete honors. She graduated from USU with a degree in Residential Landscape Design and Construction.

Lerma and Haviland will be among the nominations submitted to Mountain West, with conference offices releasing its nomination for the award in August. Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 winners in each of the NCAA’s three divisions. From these 30 winners, the selection committee then determines the three finalists from each division for a total of nine finalists. The Women’s Athletics Commission will select the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award is in its 32nd year with 577 total nominations across all three NCAA divisions. The highest number of nominees came from Division I with 248, followed by Division III (202) and Division II (127).

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