Courtesy of Dominican University
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- The NCAA released the Top 30 honorees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, naming Dominican University's Alyssa Domico among the ten finalists from NCAA Division III.
Domico, a four-year standout on the softball diamond for the Stars, graduated from Dominican University in May with a perfect 4.0 career grade point average, earning a bachelor of science in neuroscience with a concentration in neurobiology and a double-minor in chemistry and business administration. The Naperville, Illinois, native is currently continuing her studies at the College of Dentistry at the University of Kentucky where she will continue to work towards her career aspiration of becoming a dentist.
On the softball diamond, Domico was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and a 2016 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Third Team selection. In 441 career at-bats over 154 games, Domico posted a .345 batting average with 24 doubles, five triples and three home runs for a .442 slugging percentage. The right-hander drew 60 walks while striking out just twenty times over her four year career. During her time, Domico helped the Stars post 106 wins to just 59 losses, including tying the program's record for wins in a season her senior season when the Stars went 30-13.
"Alyssa is the definition of a student-athlete and example of hard work," said Cristina Lukas, Domico's coach on the softball diamond. "She achieved unparalleled success in the classroom, on the field and in our community. Alyssa set the bar as high as it could go for our program, and then did whatever it took to achieve success at those levels. She made a great impact on our program in every possible way."
In addition to dedicating herself to her studies and sport, Domico managed to find the time to dedicate herself to service, serving as a Dominican University student ambassador and participating in a number of service opportunities including the university's Pack the Bus campaign and Thanksgiving basket program. Away from the university, Domico volunteered as a youth softball coach during the summer, working with the Mizuno Hawks.
For Domico, the honor is the latest in a long line of awards that includes being selected as one of three finalists for the 2016 Diverse Magazine Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award and as a finalist for the 2017 Dominican University Dorothy Reiner Mulroy Award, an award honoring the top senior student at the university.
"The Top 30 honorees are remarkable representatives of the thousands of women competing in college sports each year," said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at Georgia. "They have seized every opportunity available to them on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community, and we are proud to recognize them for their outstanding achievements."
Schools nominated a record 543 women for the award this year, which conferences then narrowed to 145 nominees to be considered by the committee.
In late September, the selection committee will announce three women from each division as the nine finalists. From the finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2017 Woman of the Year, who will be named Oct. 22 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.