Ana Bogdanovski, a junior from Johns Hopkins, was named the 2014 DIII Woman of the Year nominee for swimming & diving as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Woman Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year.
A native of Fanwood, N.J., Bogdanovski was named the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III Swimmer of the Year and helped lead the Blue Jays to a program-best third-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championship. She earned seven All-America nods in the meet and now has 17 All-America honors as a junior.
Bogdanovski won national titles in the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle and went on to set school records in six events, including three relays. She was a member of four of the five relay teams that swept the podium at the NCAA Championship and anchored three of the teams in come-from-behind victories. It was the first time since 2004 that a school claimed all five relay titles. Her national title in the 800 free relay last year gives her seven career NCAA titles overall.
"I couldn't have done any of it without my coaches, teammates, and family, “ stated Bogdanovski. “They push me to do my best and keep me grounded. I can always count on them."
"Ana is a racer who loves to put it all on the line for her teammates in the relays,” said head coach George Kennedy, named the CSCAA Women's Swimming Coach of the Year. “All of her relay splits were significantly faster than her individual swims. Tremendous team chemistry is created when the Most Outstanding Swimmer in DIII thinks of her teammates first.“
All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 CWSA Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.