INDIANAPOLIS, IND.--Sarah Jane Otey, who graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in May, is one of nine student-athletes that have been selected as finalists for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award that will be announced on Oct. 14 during a ceremony in Indianapolis.
Otey, who was the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) representative for the award, has landed among the top nine from a group of nearly 430 total nominees.
The nine finalists are among 30 Woman of the Year honorees who will be honored during the event.
Otey, a three-time NEWMAC All-Conference rower, is an accomplished rower and swimmer, helping to lead the Coast Guard crew team to a spot in the NCAA championship in 2008 and 2012 and qualifying for the NCAA swimming & diving championship five times in her career. She is also an outstanding student, carrying a 3.97 GPA in marine and environmental science, earning six NEWMAC Academic All-Conference distinctions and receiving the George C. Alexander award at the Coast Guard Academy for "highest proficiency in physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and toxicology."
Otey took on a number of leadership and service roles during her time at the Academy. In 2009-10, she stepped away from her classmates and teammates at Coast Guard and spent a year doing humanitarian work in Peru. During her time in Peru, Otey worked at a local clinic, tutored children in English and helped build clean-burning stoves for rural families.
Otey has also been a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and was the community service department head at Coast Guard in 2011. She is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District honoree and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honors society. She received the Elite 89 award at this year's NCAA rowing championship and is a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-American.
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, community service and leadership.