North Florida's Penrod, Stetson's Noble Named NCAA Woman of the Year Candidates

North Florida's Penrod, Stetson's Noble Named NCAA Woman of the Year Candidates

NCAA Woman of the Year 

ATLANTA, Ga. - North Florida Softball student-athlete Navia Penrod and Stetson Beach Volleyball student-athlete Rachel Noble were selected as the ASUN Conference's representatives for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award. The duo was selected through a vote among the ASUN's Senior Women Administrators.

Penrod finished her career as the back-to-back ASUN Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a 3.87 GPA majoring in Special Education and recently wrapped up her first semester of graduate school at UNF for Public Health. A four-time ASUN Academic Honor Roll recipient, the Naples, Fla., native is a four-time Dean's List honoree and earned the Arthur Ashe Student Scholar First Team Award this season. She was also named the 2018-19 UNF Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is now a three-time ASUN All-Academic Team honoree. Penrod actively involved in suicide prevention and autism volunteer work while also participating in the Naples Community Beach Cleanup.

Penrod was named to the ASUN All-Conference Team all four years, the last three being a First Team selection. She concluded her career with 285 hits, which is tied for the conference record, along with program records in batting average (.404), hits (285), steals (83) and on-base percentage (.451).

Noble, a Sport Business major with a minor in Applied Statistics, is a two-time ASUN Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was named to the conference's All-Academic Team three times while maintaining a 3.82 GPA. She served as Stetson's SAAC Co-President while earning the Stetson Business Foundation Merit Award, the Wendell Jarrard Award and has made the ASUN Honor Roll three times in her career. The ASUN SAAC Social Media Coordinator also received the R. Dale Melching Leadership Award while being named to the Stetson Dean's List seven times. The senior has gained valuable professional experience as a Development Intern at the NASCAR Foundation and also as a Summer Sport Management Staff member at IMG Academy. 

On the beach courts, Noble finished the 2019 campaign with a 27-13 record at the No. 3 pair including 12 wins against ranked opponents, seven of those being in the top-10. The Carlsbad, Calif., native registered a 96-45 (.681) career record with those 96 wins setting new ASUN Conference and Stetson records. In the NCAA Tournament, Noble helped the Hatters become the first No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed as Stetson upset top-ranked USC in its first match. Stetson ended the season ranked No. 6 in the nation.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2019.
Eligible female student-athletes are nominated by their member school. Each conference office then reviews the nominations from its core member schools (and sponsored sports) and submits its conference nominee(s) to the NCAA.
All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2019 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the Westin Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.