After completing two very strong careers at West Virginia University, two Mountaineers are now vying for one of the most prestigious awards given by the NCAA.
Ginny Thrasher (rifle) and Bianca St. Georges (soccer) have both received nominations for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, which honors female athletes who have completed their eligibility and exceeded in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Thrasher gained international notoriety in the 2016 Rio Olympics after she earned the first gold medal of the games in the 10-meter air rifle event. She was well-known among rifle-shooting and Mountaineer fans alike before the Olympics, however, when she became the first freshman to sweep the sport’s individual titles at the NCAA National Championship.
She would go on to help the Mountaineers to another national championship sweep in 2017, and back-to-back national runners-up in 2018 and 2019.
Along with her countless athletic accolades, Thrasher has been recognized for her excellence in the classroom as well. This past season, she received an at-large second team academic all-America honor from CoSIDA, as well as academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team honor (among others).
St. Georges has been a mainstay for West Virginia women’s soccer, starting in 80-of-81 matches. As a defender, she was second on the team in both goals (7) and points (14), and led the country with a perfect five-for-five from the penalty spot. she served as team captain in both 2017 and 2018, while earning the team’s MVP award in both seasons as well.
The Quebec native also has received accolades for her work off the pitch as well. St. Georges was nominated for the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, which is the Big 12’s highest academic honor. She is also a three-time honoree to the Academic All-Big 12 first team.
Thrasher and St. Georges are among 585 nominees for the honor. Conferences will soon select two student-athletes of the pool of nominees to represent them. That list will again be cut down by the selection committee, which will determine the top 30 nominees for the award.
The top 30 will be invited to Indianapolis on October 30, where the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named.