Way to Go, Brooke!
Awards season seems to be ongoing for our fantastic Missouri Tigers Softball team, and Thursday brought about a new nomination. Mizzou Athletics announced that outfielder Brooke Wilmes will be the university’s nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year award for her “outstanding work in athletic competition and in the community” !
Why Brooke, you ask? Well, that is simple, according to the MUTigers.com press release.
- Brooke set career highs in runs, hits, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and stolen bases.
- Defensively, Brooke threw out six runners from the outfield over the season
- Her 79 hits tied her for fifth all-time in Mizzou Softball single season history and her 16 doubles tied for fourth.
- This season, Brooke became the 14th Tiger to surpass 200 hits, and now sits in ninth place.
- During the Tigers’ magical Super Regionals run, Brooke hit safely in each postseason game, and homered in five of six NCAA postseason games.
- Brooke was named Third Team All-American by the NFCA, earning the program’s 25th All-American honor.
- Brooke was named Second Team All-SEC and First Team NFCA Southeast All-Region.
- Also great off the diamond, Brooke made the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the fourth time this season, and in her spare time serves as a softball instructor and mentor for young girls.
Here’s some more information on the nomination process, according to the release:
Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. Over 220,000 women are competing in college sports, and the NCAA received 535 nominations for this prestigious award. Conference offices will select their nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year from each school’s nominations. Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 honorees, the selection committee determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists. The Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists.
Way to go, Brooke! Onto the Links!
Yesterday at Rock M
- In a new Dive Cuts pod, Matt and Sam chat about Mizzou Hoops recruiting and the finances of college basketball. Have a listen!
- COMING UP: The end of Rock M’s All-Mizzou Team! And Matt will have a post on what each SEC hoops team is returning now that the transfer portal/NBA dust has seemingly settled
- Eric Blum of the Columbia Tribune wrote about how Mizzou football looks to establish consistency in the offensive trenches. (possibly subscribers only)
- 51 DAYS TIL GAMEDAY!
- Well, this just looks lovely.
- In regards to the passing of recent NIL legislation, NCAA President Mark Emmert had this to say in a new article by USA Today’s Dan Wolken.
Emmert (cont'd) "...but we see a lot of creative young men and women working with businesses big and small and on their own and it's going to be fascinating to watch and really fun and entertaining."— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 15, 2021
- Another 2023 recruit name to add to the list!
- Former Tiger Mitchell Smith has inked a deal with the Swedish team, the Norrköping Dolphins. According to the KC Star’s Briar Napier, the Dolphins are five-time Swedish Basketball League champions, most recently taking the title in 2017-18.
Mitchell Smith will play professionally in Sweden. Norrköping finished second in the 9-team Basketligan this past season and won the finals 4-0 against the 1-seed pic.twitter.com/4C2k7CmHr8— Colin O’Brien (@cpatobrien) July 15, 2021
- Way to go, Mama!
- Love this from new soccer coach, Stephanie Golan
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