Santoli to Represent SSC in NCAA Woman of the Year Competition

Santoli to Represent SSC in NCAA Woman of the Year Competition

INDIANAPOLIS - Emily Santoli of Florida Southern College and Colett Rampf of Saint Leo University will represent the Sunshine State Conference in the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year competition. The nominations of Santoli and Rampf mark the tenth time in the last 13 years that two SSC student-athletes have been put forward for the award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership since its inception in 1991.

Santoli and Rampf will join 152 other conference honorees that represent college athletes from 18 different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those recognized, 58 honorees competed in Division I, 34 competed in Division II, and 62 competed in Division III.

In September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which will include 10 women from each division. At the beginning of October, the selection committee will announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet October 28 in Indianapolis.

To view the list of conference nominees, click here.

About the SSC Nominees:

Emily Santoli, Florida Southern College -
The Fort Salonga, New York native, becomes a three-time First Team All-America selection, as she led the Moccasins in goals (72) and was second in total points (86) during her senior year. Santoli scored three or more goals in 16 games during the 2018 campaign, including three in an upset over then-No. 1 Adelphi University on February 17th. One of the most decorated players in program history, Santoli led the SSC and finished 12th nationally in goals while ranking 40th in total points.

During her four-year career at Florida Southern, Santoli started and played in 86 games for the Moccasins. Over that time span, the women's lacrosse program had a combined record of 79-12 with a 17-1 record in conference play. Santoli helped lead Florida Southern to NCAA tournament appearances in all four years, including a National Championship in 2016 and runner-up performances in 2017 and 2018.

In 2018, Santoli graduated from Florida Southern magna cum laude with a 3.81-grade point average in Biology. She was also selected to FSC's Dean's List, FSC's President's List, and the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll this year. Additionally, CoSIDA honored Santoli as a member of its Academic All-District At-Large team.

Off the field and outside the classroom, Santoli remains engaged on campus as a four-year member of FSC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She is also an All-American in the community. In 2018 alone, Santoli spent her time working with special needs students at Tim Tebow's "A Night to Shine" event, painting houses for the elderly in Lakeland, and motivating/coaching high school students in Tampa.

Colett Rampf, Saint Leo University -
A native of Premnitz, Germany, finished first in every race in which she competed during the cross country season except the NCAA Championships where she placed eighth overall. She won both the Sunshine State Conference and NCAA South Regional Championships. She broke her program 5K record (17:05.0) at the Queens Royals Challenge midway through the season. In track, she helped set the school record in the distance medley relay early in the season at the UT Track Classic as her, and her three teammates won the event in 12:37.34. A few weeks later, she set the program mark in the 5,000m at the Jesse Owens Track Classic in Columbus, Ohio as she finished third in the event at 16:32.91. She then broke her school mark in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships as she took third overall at 10:00.96, lowering the record by nearly four seconds. She qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in both the 3,000m steeplechase and the 5,000m. Due to her third-place finish in the steeplechase, Saint Leo finished t-40th in the team race at the NCAA Championships.

The senior was named a 2017 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Cross Country All-American. She also earned 2018 USTFCCCA First Team Outdoor Track & Field All-American status (3,000m SC). She was the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year, her fourth-straight honor. She became the first athlete to be named the Runner/Player of the Year four times in their respective sport in SSC history. She was the 2017 USTFCCCA South Region Women's Athlete of the Year for the third-straight season. She became the first three-time runner of the year selection of either gender in the history of the South Region. She also earned USTFCCCA All-South Region honors in both the 3,000m steeplechase and the 5,000m.

Rampf becomes just the second student-athlete in Saint Leo history to earn three Academic All-American honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) dating back to the Lions first honor in 1972. Rampf was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team following her third-team selection last season and her second-team recognition as a sophomore.

Rampf spent this past season working on her Master of Business Administration degree after graduating with her bachelor's from Saint Leo. To earn Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a significant contributor to their team.

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