INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Franklin College senior women's soccer player Maddie Fleet was announced as the institution's nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award, announced by the NCAA on Wednesday (June 26) afternoon.
The 2019 recipient of the Jenny Johnson-Kappes Award as the top senior female student-athlete, Fleet was one of a record 585 nominees across all three NCAA divisions.
"Being nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year is the icing on the cake for Maddie's great career," Head coach Cristin Allen said. "She's been honored for her soccer and academic successes, but she means so much more than that. Maddie exemplifies what is means to be a great person and we have been fortunate to have her as our role model at FC and in our soccer program."
The driving force behind the most successful four-year run in program history, Fleet captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's (HCAC) Offensive Player of the Year all four campaigns, becoming the first player in the history of the league to do so. Additionally, she was a named an All-American by the United Soccer Coaches in 2016 and 2017, and is a four-time all-region selection by the coaches' association.
She ended her career last fall as the program's all-time leader in goals (96), assists (34), points (226) and game-winning goals (22). The Grizzlies won 54 matches with Fleet suiting up in the blue and gold, including a pair of HCAC regular season titles and the first HCAC tournament title in the fall of 2017.
Fleet was also recognized on several occasions for her work in the classroom, becoming the first student-athlete in school history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America on three occasions. In 2017, Fleet became the first player in program history to be named a First Team Academic All-American, an honor sandwiched between Second Team Academic All-America honors in 2016 and 2018.
The list will be narrowed down when each conference selects up to two nominees from the pool. The Woman of the Year selection committee will choose 10 student-athletes from each NCAA Division, with the top 30 honorees being celebrated at the annual award ceremony on Oct. 20 in Indianapolis. During the ceremony, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will name the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.