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UGA's Chantal Van Landeghem named NCAA WOY finalist

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's Chantal Van Landeghem has been chosen as one of the 30 finalists for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, according to an announcement Wednesday by the award's selection committee.

The top 30 honorees - including 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions - have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. They represent 12 sports and a wide range of academic majors.

"The top 30 honorees are remarkable representatives of the thousands of women competing in college sports each year," said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at Georgia. "They have seized every opportunity available to them on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community, and we are proud to recognize them for their outstanding achievements."

Later this month, the selection committee will announce three women from each division as the nine finalists. From the finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2017 Woman of the Year, who will be named Oct. 22 at a ceremony in Indianapolis. Schools nominated a record 543 women for the award this year, which conferences then narrowed to 145 nominees to be considered by the committee.

Van Landeghem graduated in May 2017 with First Honor Graduate status with an overall GPA of 4.0. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and became the first UGA student-athlete to win the Dean William Tate Award in recognition of a perfect GPA. Van Landeghem was Georgia's female nominee for the 2017 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year and she was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She was chosen as the SEC Co-Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving and she was named to the 2017 Academic All-America Division I Women's At-Large Team.

The native of Winnipeg finished her career as one of the top sprinters in Georgia history. She was a 19-time All-American with two NCAA team titles and one NCAA relay championship. Van Landeghem claimed 11 SEC individual and relay crowns along with three conference team titles. Representing Canada at the 2016 Olympics, she claimed a bronze medal as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay. She recently won a bronze at the World Championships on Canada's 400-meter mixed freestyle relay.

Georgia swimmers Lisa Coole (1997), Kristy Kowal (2000) and Kim Black (2001) each claimed NCAA Woman of the Year honors. Georgia was the first school to have more than one winner and all three came from the swimming program.