Sidney Peters Advances in NCAA Woman of the Year Selection


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Press Release from the University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota alumna Sidney Peters is one of 154 remaining nominees for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award, the NCAA announced Thursday. The award, which began in 1991, recognizes graduating athletes who excel in the four pillars of academics, athletics, service, and leadership.

NCAA member schools nominated a record 581 female college athletes for the 2018 award. From those 581 nominees, 154 female student-athletes have been selected by conferences and an independent selection committee for consideration for this year's award. With the Gopher women's hockey team competing in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) rather than the Big Ten Conference, Peters is one of four non-core conference selections as individuals who do not compete within their school's core conference.

The remaining 154 candidates represent 18 different NCAA sports and include 58 Division I honorees, 34 Division II honorees, and 62 Division III honorees.

Peters was a four-year letter winner for the University of Minnesota women's hockey team, completing five years on the team from 2013-14 to 2017-18. A two-time NCAA national champion, she appeared in 82 games with a career record of 53-17-6. After seeing limited playing time her first two seasons in uniform, Peters backstopped the Gophers to the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four and led the Maroon & Gold to the 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff title and the league's automatic NCAA tournament berth as a senior. Her 53 wins, 16 shutouts, 1.65 goals against average, and 1,464 total saves all rank fifth among all-time Gopher goaltenders. Peters wrapped up her career ranked sixth in program history with a .921 career save percentage as well.

Peters' contributions on the ice are only topped by her impact in the community as she logged over 830 hours of community outreach and volunteer activities during her Gopher career. A certified Emergency Medical Technician, Peters spent significant time volunteering with the University of Minnesota EMS and the Rush-Copley Emergency Department in Aurora, Ill., near her hometown of Geneva, Ill. She also traveled to Haiti during the summer of 2016 with Project Medishare and spent eight days volunteering at Hospital Bernard Mevs, the country's only critical care and trauma hospital.

Peters was honored as college hockey's finest citizen when she received the 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Award, given annually to a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team, but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism. A four-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete, WCHA All-Academic, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Peters graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in biology. She has been accepted into medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where she is serving in the Air Force.

In early September, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee, which is made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the top 30 honorees made up of 10 individuals from each division. From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine finalists.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 28 in Indianapolis. The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
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