Guernsey of Trinity Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

HADLEY, Mass. - Elizabeth Guernsey (Essex, Conn.), a 2006 graduate of Trinity College and a former member of the Bantams’ Women’s Rowing team, has been nominated for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year Award by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991.

A four-year starting rower on the Trinity First Varsity Eight, Guernsey served as captain for the Bantams for last three seasons, helping her squad qualify for the NCAA Championship Regatta in each of her four years. Trinity earned NESCAC Women’s Rowing titles in 2004 and 2005, along with the NCAA Varsity Eight Championship in 2005. Guernsey received Collegiate Rowing Coaches All-America honors for the first time in her career this past spring.

Guernsey majored in Economics with a minor in Public Policy and Law at Trinity, graduating with honors with a 3.92 grade point average this past May. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa society, Guernsey received Trinity’s Ferguson Prize for Economics for the best economics essay and the G. Keith Funston Prize in Economics, along with the Susan E. Martin Award as Trinity’s senior female scholar-athlete of the year. She has been recognized by the Connecticut General Assembly with a Citation for Academic Achievement, and has earned the Trinity College Trustee Award for her outstanding academic record and excellence in one or more other areas of activity. Guernsey has also been honored as a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine District I Academic All-American and as a College Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete.

An active member of the community, Guernsey has volunteered countless hours to local organizations and participated in a variety of service projects. Guernsey served on the Presidential Council for Women with other students and members of the faculty during her four years at Trinity, addressing women’s needs on campus, while also contributing to the Trinity campus community as a Resident Assistant over the past three years. Guernsey has volunteered her time with residents at the Avery Heights Assisted Living Facility in Hartford, along with interning in the office of U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd, conducting research on school bus safety, and helped tutor Hartford youths at the South Middle School in mathematics along with assisting students at the Hartford Learning Corridor.

The 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 28 in Indianapolis, Ind.

NESCAC member institutions offer extensive and broad based intercollegiate as well as club and intramural opportunities for both men and women. The Conference sponsors 24 conference sports and with member schools sponsoring an average of nearly 30 varsity programs, the NESCAC provides more than 7,500 opportunities for participation in intercollegiate competition at the Division III level.

Founded in 1971, The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) consists of 11 liberal arts colleges and has consistently reflected its commitment to the values of athletics and academic achievement. The member colleges of the conference are Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College. For more information on the NESCAC, visit www.nescac.com.