SEATTLE (June 27) – Seattle University's Wilma Afunugo and Blaise Wittenauer-Lee have been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Afunugo (basketball) and Wittenauer-Lee (swimming) both graduated last month following standout careers at SU.
From the NCAA, “The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating female student-athletes for their achievement in service, leadership, athletics and academics.”
Afunugo earned Seattle U's Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award last month. She wrapped up her career by taking a spot on the WAC All-Tournament Team in March, tallying a pair of double-doubles to help the Redhawks advance to the WAC Championship game. Afunugo graduated with a degree in molecular cell biology in June.
Wittenauer-Lee was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Female Swimmer of the Year after winning three gold medals at the WAC Championships in February. The Portland, Oregon, native set conference records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, also claiming the title in the 200 butterfly. Wittenauer-Lee became the first Redhawk swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships, where she placed 27th in the 200 breaststroke.
Wittenauer-Lee won Seattle U's Female Athlete of the Year Award in May. She graduated with a degree in social work. She was a finalist for SU's Student-Athlete of the Year honor.
There were 543 nominees for the award across all three NCAA divisions. Afunugo and Wittenauer-Lee will be candidates to be nominated by the WAC to represent the conference in the next stage of the NCAA Woman of the Year process.