Sept. 4, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - All-American Husky rower Anna Mickelson was honored Wednesday by the NCAA as its Woman of the Year for the state of Washington. Over 340 student-athletes were nominated nationally, with winners from each state selected by a committee comprised of representatives from member schools.
The prestigious award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility.
A graduate of Bellevue?fs Newport High School, Mickelson capped a spectacular collegiate career with a gold medal in the 2002 NCAA varsity eight championship race, and also rowed in the winning varsity eight boat at the 2001 NCAA championships.
As a freshman, Mickelson was a member of the varsity four that won the 1999 NCAA championship, and was on the silver-medal winning crew in the 2000 NCAA varsity eight race. Mickelson has also excelled internationally, and was selected in August to represent the United States for the second-straight year at the 2002 FISA World Rowing Championships.
Mickelson graduated from Washington in 2002 with a bachelor?fs degree in communications, completing her coursework with a 3.63 grade-point average. Her hard work in the classroom earned Mickelson first-team Academic All-Pac-10 honors in 2001, as well as a national scholar-athlete designation by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches?f Association.
Recently, Mickelson was named one of 21 finalists for the Women?fs Sports Foundation?fs 2002 Sportswoman of the Year award, alongside such nominees as Olympic gold-medal winning figure skater Sarah Hughes, tennis star Serena Williams and the Seattle Storm?fs Sue Bird.
It is the second-straight year that a Husky has claimed the NCAA?fs Woman of the Year honor. Former All-American distance runner Anna Aoki was the state of Washington?fs winner in 2001.