Swarthmore College volleyball player and recent graduate Sarah Wallace '18 is one of two student-athletes selected to represent the Centennial Conference as a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The honor is presented annually to a graduating student-athlete who has distinguished herself through her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Wallace, a computer science major, was an American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American in 2014 and 2015. She was also a part of the Garnet Go Green club and served as a Women in Computer Science mentor and a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative during her time at Swarthmore.
Wallace completed multiple internships at Google as an undergraduate and will work full-time as a software engineer with the company in the Bay Area.
"My experiences on the volleyball court highly influenced my success at my internships," Wallace wrote in her personal statement. "I already knew how to work easily with a team, a skill set that most other interns were lacking. I also knew how to work hard at something and never give up."
Swarthmore's all-time leader in kills with 1,576, Wallace was a senior on the 2017 Garnet volleyball team that won a regional title and advanced to the NCAA National Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
This year, the NCAA conferences and a selection committee nominated 154 women from a program-record 581 school nominees for the award. Wallace is the seventh Swarthmore student-athlete to be placed on the national ballot since the award began in 1991.
The aforementioned committee will select the top 30 honorees—10 from each division—from the conference honorees. From those 30, the committee determines the top three in each division as finalists to be announced in September. After a vote, the winner will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.