(GREENVILLE, Pa.) – Recent Thomas More College graduate Laura Finke (Fort Wright, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) nominee for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year following her outstanding career at Thomas More.
One of the most prestigious NCAA awards, the NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 28th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Finke graduated in May with a 3.95 grade point average in biology and was a member of the James Graham Brown Honors Program. She was a two-time Google Plus Academic All-America selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). On campus she was involved with Student Government Association, Biology Club, Student Ambassador, Pro-Life Club, Chemistry Club, Pre-Health Professional Society and Beta Beta Beta (biology honors society). Finke also volunteers her time at Christ Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Northern Kentucky Special Olympics.
On the diamond this season, Finke was named first team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) this season. She started all 48 games for Thomas More and was 63-of-163 at the plate for a .387 batting average. Finke had seven doubles, two triples, 44 runs scored and 18 RBI, while she was 26-of-30 in stolen base attempts.
Finke ranks in the Top-5 in five Thomas More career statistical categories as she is first in hits (206), third in stolen bases (73), tied for third in runs scored (129), fifth in triples (seven) and batting average (.377). She played in 177 games, including 175 starts and had 21 doubles, three home runs and 50 RBI.
Finke is currently attending graduate school at The Ohio State University for physical therapy.