St. Louis, Mo., July 11, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis graduate Lizzy Crist was selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) honoree for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as announced by the conference office.
Crist is one of 53 nominees from NCAA Division III and 145 from all three NCAA Divisions. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which is in its 27th year, honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
The Top 30 nominees (10 per division) for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award will be announced in early September, and the Top 9 finalists (three per division) will be selected in late September. The 2017 Woman of the Year Award winner will be announced at an awards dinner Sunday, Oct. 22, in Indianapolis.
Crist was named the 2017 Division III Honda Athlete of the Year and the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Soccer Association (NSCAA) National Player of the Year after helping lead the Bears to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Championship. She was also the D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year and a NSCAA, HERO Sports and D3soccer.com First-Team All-America selection.
Crist started 23 games in goal for the Bears and recorded a 19-1-2 mark with a single-season school record 0.29 goals against average. She also set the single-season school record with 13 shutouts, and tied the single-season win total. Crist led the UAA and ranked fifth in NCAA Division III in goals allowed (6) and goals against average.
She was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second-consecutive season after posting a 2-0 mark with a 0.90 goals against average in two games at the Final Four. Crist helped guide the Bears to the program's first NCAA Championship in school history and concludes her career as the school's all-time leader in shutouts (31) and was second in wins (48).
Crist also excelled in the classroom during her four years on the Danforth Campus. She graduated in May with a 3.90 grade point average while majoring in biomedical engineering. Crist was the 2016 NSCAA National Scholar of the Year and College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First-Team Academic All-America and All-District selection.
She was also a three-time Academic all-UAA honoree, and will enroll in the University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering PhD program in the Fall.
Crist earned the Department of Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Senior Achievement Award and was the first student in school history to sweep the three major awards at the Chancellor's Dinner. She served as an undergraduate researcher in the transport and tissue engineering laboratory since 2015, and earned summa cum laude and Tau Beta Pi honors in 2017.
In addition, Crist was also a four-year student tutor for Engineering Student Services and a teaching assistant for Quantitative Physiology II in 2017. She also was named the 2016-17 William K.Y. and Anne Tao W Club Distinguished Athlete of the Year Award.