McIntosh soccer grad Malasek nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award

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McIntosh graduate Taylor Malasek lines up a shot on goal for North Georgia University.
McIntosh graduate Taylor Malasek lines up a shot on goal for University of North Georgia.

The NCAA has announced the 535 nominations for the 2021 Woman of the Year award, and University of North Georgia women’s soccer player Taylor Malasek is one of the nominees on the list.

Malasek, a senior from Peachtree City, Georgia, is a 2019 All-American and has been named All-Conference three times in her career. Additionally, she was named to the PBC Team of Academic Distinction three times so far in her career and has multiple academic awards at the regional and national level. A soccer standout, she graduated from McIntosh High School in 2017.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award is rooted in Title IX and recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The nominees competed in 24 sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 251 nominees from Division I, 107 from Division II and 177 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 141 of the nominees.

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female college athletes by nominating them for the Woman of the Year award.

The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30, and the nine finalists will be announced this fall. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will choose the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year later this fall.