Geer One of 30 Honorees for NCAA Woman of the Year - Tucson News Now

Geer One of 30 Honorees for NCAA Woman of the Year

TUCSON – Arizona swimming and diving’s Margo Geer has been selected as one of 30 honorees in the running for NCAA Woman of the Year, the association announced on Thursday. The 30 honorees are made up of 10 from each division, three of which will move on to make up the nine finalists.

Geer and the other 29 student athletes exemplify excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. Nine finalists – three from each division – will be announced Sept. 25, 2015. The 30 finalists were selected from a pool of 480 student athletes.

The Pac-12 Woman of the Year is now in the running to become Arizona’s fifth NCAA Woman of the Year. UA’s four winners are more than any school in the country. In addition to the four winners, Arizona has also had four finalists for the NCAA recognition.

In June, Geer was named the Pac-12 Woman of the Year, becoming the sixth Wildcat to receive the designation in the award’s 10-year history. Arizona swimmers have won half (5-of-10) of the awards. With two winners, Stanford is the only other Pac-12 school, regardless of sport, that has won the prestigious award more than once. Geer joined Brigetta Barrett (track and field, ‘13), Annie Chandler (swimming, ‘11), Justine Schluntz (swimming, ‘10), Lacey Nymeyer (swimming, ‘09) and Whitney Myers (swimming, ‘07) as the other Wildcats to win the award.

Schluntz, Nymeyer and Myers went on to win the NCAA Woman of the Year, along with track and field’s Tanya Hughes in 1994. Arizona’s four winners of the NCAA Woman of the Year award are more than any other school in the country. UA has also had four finalists for the the NCAA recognition.

Geer was a world-class swimmer at Arizona, a winner of three national championships and a 27-time All-American, but it was her work outside the pool that separated Geer, who exhausted her eligibility in 2014, from the other candidates.

Throughout her time at Arizona, Geer was active in the community, volunteering her time at countless nonprofit institutions in the Tucson area including Ben’s Bells, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Casa Maria Soup Kitchen amongst many others. Her efforts in the community underscore the Arizona swimming and diving program’s relentless efforts to give back to the community.

In addition to her participation in said projects, Geer has also asserted herself as a leader in those efforts, offering direction and initiative to those around her. From coordinating the Springfield YMCA Alumni Meet and representing her class at the Eller Sales Summit to being chosen as a team captain by her teammates and now offering expertise as a volunteer assistant coach, Geer has showcased what it has meant to lead and influence both in the pool and out of the pool since her first day on campus.

For her efforts in the classroom, Geer was named the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014 and was a three-time Pac-12 all-academic honoree. Geer graduated Cum Laude in 2015, posting a 4.0 in both semesters in 2014 to earn the University’s Golden Eagle Award. Geer graduated this spring with a degree in business management and was an Academic Champion for four years.

Athletically, Geer was a standout swimmer for four years at Arizona, earning a pair of national titles in the 100 free (2013, 2014) as well as the 50 free (2014), highlighting her 27 All-America honors in four seasons with the Wildcats. Geer made an impact immediately, earning the athletic department’s distinction as female freshman of the year in 2011, an award she would defend as a sophomore, junior and a senior as the department’s top female athlete.

Geer currently holds the school record in the 100 free (46.86) and is a part of the school-record holding relay teams in the 400 free (3:10.63), 800 free (6:57.26) and 400 medley (3:28.83). Additionally, Geer’s 50-free time of 21.53 is second best in Arizona history.

Geer has represented her country, competing for the U.S. National Team each of the last four years, including finishing as a finalist at the 2012 Olympic Trials. This year, Geer represented Team USA at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Her body of work has previously earned her the Pac-12’s Tom Hansen Medal and made her a semifinalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup in 2014, two distinguished awards that honor student-athletes that excel in athletics, academics, community service and leadership.

Geer will now hope to become Arizona’s fifth NCAA Woman of the Year. All honorees receive an NCAA certificate and will be recognized on NCAA.org. The top 10 honorees from Divisions I, II and III, including the nine overall finalists, will be honored, and the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced, at a dinner in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

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