Winthrop senior tennis athlete Caitlin Cridland (Perth, Australia) is a finalist for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She is among 544 nominees, including 24 from women’s tennis who are being considered for the honor.
Cridland wrapped up a stellar career this past spring by helping the Eagles capture their 19th Big South Conference championship and clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships for a 15th time. She finished her senior year with a 15-8 singles record and a 19-6 doubles mark.
Cridland was selected to the All-Big South Singles First Team, the All-BSC Doubles Second Team, and was named to the Big South All-Academic Team after compiling a 3.56 grade point average while majoring in chemistry with a minor in biology.
The four pillars of the Woman of the Year award include academics, athletics, service and leadership. Cridland excelled in all four areas.
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During her Winthrop career, Cridland served as team captain, a representative and co-vice president on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a volunteer with numerous organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of York County, Toys for Happiness, the Bone Marrow Donor Registry, and a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Pediatric Cancer Research.
In addition, she worked as a volunteer in the Winthrop Admissions Office, served as a receptionist in the Winthrop Chemistry Department, and was a student worker for Winthrop’s Aramark Catering Service.
“Traveling over 11,000 miles from Australia to pursue my dreams of being a college athlete has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life,” said Cridland. “I had no idea that I would graduate having the opportunity to contribute to cancer research, travel to the NCAA nationals and become involved in local and national cancer research foundations.”
She now intends to pursue a career in pharmaceutical and cancer research, and continue to mentor and encourage girls from Australia and around the world to pursue their dreams of becoming college athletes.