Aoyama and Mejia Named Nominees
June 28, 2017

NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS –
The NCAA announced the full list of NCAA Woman of the Year nominees on Wednesday, and Brittany Aoyama and Diana Mejia will represent Boise State as the institution’s two nominees. The recently graduated swimmer and gymnast will be two of 543 female college athletes who will be in the running for the prestigious honor.

Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

Conferences will now select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees — 10 each from Division I, II and III.

Aoyama – a recent CoSIDA Academic All-All-America Women's At-Large Second Team selection – graduated from Boise State with her degree in health science and a 3.96 cumulative GPA. She has thrice earned Academic All-Mountain West honors as well as being a three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

She recently enjoyed a career year in the pool in the 2016-17 season, earning All-America honorable mention with the Boise State 200 free relay's 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She also captured six Mountain West event titles (100 fly, 100 free, 200 FR, 400 FR, 800 FR, 400 MR), finished second in the 50 free and earned seven All-Mountain West honors.

Aoyama set the Bronco career record for individual victories with 64 and was named the College Swimming News National Swimmer of the Week on two occasions. From a team standpoint, she helped Boise State capture the 2014 and 2017 Mountain West titles, as well.

Diana Mejia was also sensational in the classroom, finishing her time at Boise State as a three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honoree. A three-time academic all-conference selection, Mejia graduated with a 3.72 cumulative GPA and a degree in health sciences.

She was named to the NACGC/W All-America second team on uneven bars in 2016-17 as she finished the regular season with a 9.910 RQS to tie for 12th place in the country. She won the uneven bars title at the conference championships with a career-high 9.95 and was a first-team All-MRGC selection on the apparatus in each of her four years as a Bronco.

The 2014 MRGC Co-Freshman of the Year finished her Boise State career with 11 wins on uneven bars, putting her No. 8 on the Bronco all-time list. The senior co-captain led the Broncos to the 2017 MRGC team title, marking the first time in program history that Boise State captured three-straight conference titles (2015, 2016 and 2017).

Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see if Aoyama or Mejia are named as one of the two Mountain West nominees to advance to the next round.


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