Gymnastics' Raineri Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
Recent graduate is recognized for academic achievement, athletics excellence and community service
WASHINGTON - Recent George Washington gymnastics graduate Chelsea Raineri has been named GW's nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
A record 544 nominees are in the running for the Woman of the Year Award, which honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service work and leadership of graduating female student-athletes from all three divisions.
Raineri rounded out a decorated four-year run, during which she helped the Colonials to a pair of East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) titles, with her finest individual season in 2017. She became just the third gymnast in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championship as an individual qualifier when she competed at the national meet on vault.
She also made history as GW's first-ever NCAA Regional Champion when she tied for first place on the vault with a 9.875 at the NCAA Morgantown Regional on April 1.
Raineri was a four-time EAGL Specialist of the Week during the 2017 season and earned postseason honors as a First Team All-EAGL pick on both vault and uneven bars, in addition to a Second Team nod on the floor exercise. In total she accumulated seven First Team and four Second Team All-EAGL honors during her career, in addition to being named the 2014 EAGL Rookie of the Year.
The Telford, Pennsylvania, native has been very active in community-service initiatives throughout her career. During the 2016-17 academic year she spent time volunteering with the Special Olympics, MLK Day of Service, The FoodTank Summit, Drink the District, Adopt-A-Family, Buddy Walk and Colonial Harvest. She also spent significant time as a note taker for students with disabilities as well as serving in GW's Leadership Academy.
In the classroom, Raineri is a three-time honoree on the GW Department of Athletics Dean's List and was a member of the 2014 EAGL All-Scholastic team.
The 2017 Atlantic 10 institutional Woman of the Year nominees are recognized for being standout citizens with robust academic success, complimented by competitive athletic resumes, while sustaining dynamic leadership in their communities. The 13 candidates have noteworthy credentials, including All-American and Academic All-America honors, conference championships and All-Conference award winners, NCAA Championship success, and campus involvement, including serving as student-athlete leaders.
The Atlantic 10's Senior Woman Administrators will vote on 12 of the nominees to select two who will represent the Atlantic 10 Conference in the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year finalists. Raineri, who competes in a sport which is not sponsored by the Atlantic 10, will be considered from among a national pool of candidates.
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