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September 4, 2002

NEW LONDON, NH......... For the fifth time in the last eight years, the NCAA Woman of the Year for New Hampshire comes from Colby-Sawyer College. Women's basketball player Julie Ann Sheehan (Hudson, MA/Nashoba Regional HS) will be honored at the 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner on Saturday, November 2 at the Westin Indianapolis Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The prestigious award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, and community leadership, and have completed their athletics eligibility. From the 50 state winners, 10 finalists will be named in mid-September. The 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year will be chosen from among the 10 finalists and announced on November 2 at the awards dinner. This is the 12th year of the award.

The 50 state-level winners, which were chosen from more than 340 nominations, include 27 students from Division I, 12 representatives from Division II, and 11 Division III honorees. These selections participated in 16 of the 19 sports in which women compete for NCAA championships. Nominees from Divisions I, II, and III were considered for awards.

Colby-Sawyer volleyball player Kristin Anderson (Penacook, NH) was the NCAA Woman of the Year for New Hampshire in 2000, soccer and lacrosse athlete Kim-Laura Boyle (Plainfield, VT) earned the honor in 1998, tennis and track and field competitor Lori Monroe (Littleton, NH) was the NCAA's Granite State pick in 1997, and volleyball player Ann Marie Ferretti (Brockton, MA) represented the Chargers in 1995.

Sheehan is continuing her education this fall at Northeastern University in Boston where she will pursue a master's degree in clinical exercise physiology.

Academic Achievement
Sheehan graduated from Colby-Sawyer in May with a 3.50 grade point average as an Exercise and Sport Sciences major with a concentration in exercise science. She was the Colby-Sawyer Senior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Colby-Sawyer's ECAC Female Scholar-Athlete. Sheehan was chosen to the New Hampshire Division III Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Academic Team as a junior and a senior, and her name appeared on the Dean's List of Scholars from 1999 to 2002.

Athletics Excellence
The Chargers averaged over 20 wins per season during Sheehan's four-years and went 81-29 (.736) in the process. In her rookie campaign (1998-99), she was part of a squad that set its single-season victory record (25-4), won the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Sheehan, the team's Most Improved Player as a sophomore, served as a co-captain in each of her last two seasons and helped lead the Chargers to the program's first two appearances in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. The frontcourt standout was named to the New Hampshire Division III Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-Defensive Team in her junior and senior years, and ended her career by going 8-for-13 from the field and recording 21 points (career high) and 10 rebounds in an ECAC game at Keene State.

Service and Leadership
Sheehan has served as an after-school peer mentor for at-risk children and as a Colby-Sawyer teaching assistant. She represented Colby-Sawyer in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Athletes in Service program and has been a volunteer basketball referee for Special Olympics. Sheehan also spent time as a volunteer in the pediatrics and elder life units at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and was the treasurer of Colby-Sawyer's Exercise and Sport Sciences Majors Club.

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