Kimberly Kahnweiler, a senior at Bowdoin College, was named the field hockey nominee for the Class of 2016 Division III Honda Athlete of the Year as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Honda 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 40th year.
“I'm extremely honored to be named the Division III Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for field hockey,” stated Kahnweiler. “To be selected among a group of incredibly talented women is very humbling. Wearing the Bowdoin uniform, playing for my coaches, and sharing the field with an inspiring group of teammates has been an irreplaceable part of my collegiate experience and has helped me develop in all aspects of my life.”
Kahnweiler, a senior from Winnetka, Ill., anchored a Bowdoin defense that permitted just 16 goals in 21 games (0.73 GAA) this season. She also added two goals and three assists in 2015 giving her four goals and seven assists for 15 career points from the backfield.
She is a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) first-team All-American in 2015 and was named the 2015 New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the year. The co-captain is also a two-time NESCAC and All-New England first-team honoree. The co-captain
"It has been an absolute pleasure to coach Kim for the last four years," said Bowdoin head coach Nicky Pearson. "She epitomizes the type of student-athlete every coach wants. Her dedication, work ethic and unselfish play has been an inspiration to us all."
All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2016 Honda Collegiate Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented on a live telecast on June 27, 2016, in the Founders’ Room at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in downtown Los, Angeles.
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 CWSA, celebrating its 40th year, has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship thirty years ago in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.0 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.