SEATTLE – Seattle University graduates Isabelle Butterfield and Kaylee Ree have been chosen as SU’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominees for the 2018-19 school year. Butterfield and Ree concluded standout career with women’s soccer and softball, respectively, this year.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Butterfield is a native of Bellevue, Wash. She finished her undergrad degree last fall, double majoring in mathematics and computer science and compiling a 3.95 GPA. She then earned her graduate degree this month. Butterfield was United Soccer Coaches All-Region Third Team, All-WAC Second Team, and WAC All-Tournament. She earned United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-West Region Third Team and CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. Butterfield claimed SU’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award last month.
The midfielder was vital in SU’s run to the 2018 WAC Tournament title. In her career, she started all 83 games in which she appeared, scoring eight goals. Butterfield helped the Redhawks win three WAC Tournament crowns, appear in three NCAA Tournaments, and win two WAC regular-season titles.
Ree graduated with a sport and exercise science degree this month. The Gresham, Ore., native was an All-WAC Second Team selection, starting all 57 games at second base. The Redhawks had their most successful season in program history, winning the WAC regular season and tournament championships and qualifying for their first Division I NCAA Tournament. Ree hit .337 to go with five home runs and 10 doubles. She homered in the final at-bat of her career, setting the school’s career runs record (123).
Next, the WAC will choose a candidate from member schools to represent the conference on the national level. Conference candidates will be announced next month.