Aug. 29, 2002
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - Former University of Washington rower Anna Mickelson has been named a finalist for the 2002 Sportswoman of the Year Award, the Women's Sports Foundation announced.
Mickelson is one of 21 finalists for the national honor that includes 10 nominees from individual sports, including figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes and tennis standout Serena Williams.
A product of Bellevue's Newport High School, Mickelson is one of 11 finalists from the team sports category. The list includes WNBA All-Star Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm.
One individual-sport and one team-sport athlete will receive the prestigious honor at the 23rd-annual Salute to Women's in Sports Awards Dinner on Oct. 21 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
On-line voting is underway at: www.WomensSportsFoundation.org for the 2002 winners. Previous awards have gone to such legendary female stars as Mia Hamm. Lisa Leslie, Jenny Thompson and Venus Williams.
"This is a great honor for Anna to be nominated for the Sportswoman of the Year," exclaimed Washington women's crew coach Jan Harville. "Anna is deserving of this nomination because of her accomplishments at Washington and now with the National Team."
Mickelson completed her collegiate rowing career in June, capping four spectacular years as a Husky with a gold medal in the NCAA varsity eight championship race. She also rowed in the winning varsity eight boat at the 2001 NCAAs.
As a freshman, Mickelson was a member of the varsity four that won the 1999 NCAA championship. She was on the silver-medal winning crew in the 2000 NCAA varsity eight race.
On Monday (Aug. 26), Mickelson was selected to represent the United States in the women's eight at the upcoming world championships. She was named to the Senior National Team that will compete at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships, September 19-22 in Seville, Spain.
Last year, Mickelson competed for the U.S. women's eight boat that finished fourth at the 2001 world championships in Lucerne, Switzerland.
2002 Sportswomen of the Year Finalists
(sponsored by the Women's Sports Foundation)
Kelly Clark (snowboarding, United States)
Karen Corr (billiards, United Kingdom)
Natalie Coughlin (swimming, United States)
Sarah Hughes (figure skating, United States)
Janica Kostelic (alpine skiing, Croatia)
Simone Luder (orienteering, Switzerland)
Toccara Montgomery (wrestling, United States)
Annika Sorenstam (golf, Sweden)
Sarah Will (disabled skiing, United States)
Serena Williams (tennis, United States)
Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers (bobsled, United States)
Sue Bird (basketball, United States)
Valerie Halesworth (football, United States)
Misty May and Kerri Walsh (beach volleyball, United States)
Anna Mickelson (rowing, United States)
Tiffeny Milbrett (soccer, United States)
Stacey Nuveman (softball, United States)
Brenda Villa (water polo, United States)
Hayley Wickenheiser (ice hockey, Canada)