MOUNT BERRY, Ga. — Berry College alumna Marie Collop has been chosen to represent her alma mater as the school's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Collop joins a list of 544 nominees, the most ever in the history of the Woman of the Year program, across all three NCAA divisions. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Student-athletes are nominated only once in their career by their school.
As one of the most decorated Berry softball players in the program's history, Collop earned NFCA second-team All-America honors after her senior campaign for the first time in her career after being selected as the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Pitcher of the Year for her efforts in the circle.
It was her third straight All-Conference honor after posting a 15-2 record and tossing 104.2 innings for Berry. She was selected as one of the top 25 softball players in the nation in the mix for the 2017 Schutt Sports/ NFCA Division III Player of the Year honor. Collop also finished the year with an SAA-best 1.07 ERA, striking out 98 batters in her 19 games for Berry. She also led the SAA in RBI on the year (49) after hitting .375.
She became just the second Viking in program history to earn All-America distinction, with her pitching doppleganger Kassie Howard earning recognition last season. Collop is the first Viking to earn second-team honors.
In addition to her efforts on the field, she graduated with honors and led the Vikings' partnership with Special Olympics this season. Collop assisted in planning the team's silent auction which raised over $2,800 for the charity.
The top 30 finalists will be announced in early September with the final announcement taking place on October 22nd. For more information on the NCAA Woman of the Year award, click here.