Salcedo Chosen as NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Just like they've done throughout their careers as student-athletes, Justine Raterman and Manuela Marin Salcedo have another chance to represent the Atlantic 10 Conference among the NCAA's elite.
The A-10 announced Thursday that Raterman, a Dayton women's basketball standout, and Salcedo, a St. Bonaventure women's tennis student-athlete, will be the Atlantic 10 Conference nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
The pair will join nominees from member institutions from all three NCAA divisions. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Hailing from Weston, Fla., Salcedo was a four-year standout, playing No.1/No.2 singles and doubles for Bona women's tennis. An All-Conference selection in three of her four years, Salcedo served as team captain and also was a member of the Bonnies' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She led Bona to four A-10 Women's Tennis Championship appearances, herself competing in each of those tournaments.
An honors student, Salcedo graduated this spring Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Journalism/Mass Communication and minors in English and Italian. The impressively multi-lingual Salcedo is fluent in Spanish, English and French and proficient in Italian. A Dean's List member, she was awarded the Dr. Mary A. Hamilton Woman of Promise Award and is a recipient of the SBU student-athlete merit award.
Besides exemplifying the term student-athlete, Salcedo, who has studied abroad at Oxford in England, also has a strong attraction to photography. She worked as the photo editor for the Bona student newspaper The Intrepid and as a photographer for the independent student paper The Bona Venture. She has assisted Buffalo Bills photographer Craig Melvin and is a recipient of the prestigious Father Cornelius Welch Award for Achievement in Photography. This award is given to one journalism/mass communications senior each year.
Both A-10 candidates will be reviewed by the NCAA, which will then announce the top 10 honorees per division in August. That list will be narrowed to three finalists in each division and the Woman of the Year will be awarded on Oct. 14 at a ceremonial dinner. The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. From 1998 through 2005, an average of 410 female student-athletes per year were nominated for the award; and since the program's inception in 1991, 2200 women have been recognized as state or conference honorees.