Ashland University senior first baseman Kylie Asmus is the athletic department's nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Asmus was in her third season as a starter at first base for the Eagles in 2019, finishing her senior campaign hitting .313 with 24 runs scored, 14 doubles, three triples, a home run, 33 RBIs, a .428 slugging percentage and just seven strikeouts in 201 at-bats.
In her Ashland career, Asmus was a .330 hitter, and compiled 69 runs scored, 174 hits, 33 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 74 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.
Asmus was named the AU Class of 2019 valedictorian, and graduated in May with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as an Exercise Science major. She was a second-team College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American and Academic All-District in 2018, was a two-time second-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, and twice earned All-GLIAC Academic Excellence honors.
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.
A record 585 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division. The selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony on Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.