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Seidt is Finalist for 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

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Kentucky's Asia Seidt is one of nine former college athletes that have been selected as finalists for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The nine finalists, three women from each NCAA division, were selected for their outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. Finalists were chosen from the Top 30 Woman of the Year honorees, who represent 10 honorees from each division and 14 sports, including two emerging sports. In 2020, schools nominated 605 graduating female student-athletes for this prestigious award.

The finalists and Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during a virtual awards show on Friday, November 13. The show will be streamed on the NCAA Twitter account and, and it will be streamed by ESPN.

Former Wildcat swimmer Asia Seidt is an eight-time College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America first-team All-American, with 21 CSCAA All-America career honors. Seidt was the 2017, 2018 and 2019 SEC champion in the 200-yard backstroke and 2018 SEC champion in the 100-yard backstroke. The 2019-20 team captain holds nine school records and earned a silver in the 200-meter backstroke for Team USA at the 2019 World University Games. Seidt was named the 2020 CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America Female Team Member of the Year, also earning first-team honors in 2019 and third-team honors in 2018. She was a 2019 recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average competing at an NCAA championship finals site. She earned the 2020 H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholar of the Year Award, given to an SEC graduate, and was the 2019 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Seidt was the 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Female Sport Scholar of the Year and was inducted into the University of Kentucky Frank G. Ham Society of Character. Seidt volunteered for three years at Hope Center, a recovery center for alcoholism and substance abuse, and mentored a 10-year-old girl through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She also volunteered for four years with Special Olympics Kentucky and was a four-year member of the Emerging Leaders Committee on campus.