Barr, French Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
NCAA Woman of the Year
Big West Conference Institution Nominees
UC Irvine Release
The Big West Conference nominated Chloe Barr of Hawai‘i and Avery French of UC Irvine for consideration for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
A record 581 nominees in 2018 by conferences and independent schools spanning all three NCAA divisions were submitted, including 251 from Division-I before being narrowed to 153. The winner will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 28 in Indianapolis. 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.
A standout in her sport, Barr was the 2015 Big West Women's Water Polo Player of the Year, named all-conference first team three times, and was recognized as an ACWPC All-American honorable mention honoree last season. The utility player from Adelaide, Australia averaged 1.80 goals per game her senior year and scored at least one goal in 23 games while adding 15 multiple-goal games in 2018. Barr ranks No. 2 all-time in the UH record book after having converted .573 shot attempts and ranks in a number of other categories including: assists (96 – 4th), shot attempts (383 – 6th) and steals (110 – 10th). The senior notched 47 goals in her final collegiate campaign which was second-most on her squad and sixth-best in the Big West.
The Kinesiology and Rehab Sciences major earned Dean’s list honors three times over the course of her academic career and received her Bachelor of Science from Hawai‘i.
French wrapped up a decorated career at UC Irvine after posting six top 10 finishes in her final collegiate campaign and earned All-Big West First-Team honors in women’s golf. The Laguna Nigel native completed her undergraduate degree in just three years and earned her Masters in Accounting, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2017 then graduating with a second Masters in Demographic and Social Analysis this past June.
French won her first collegiate tournament at the Fresno State Classic after shooting a tournament-low 69 on the final round and a final score of 211 (70-72-69). She finished third at the Big West Championship.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees – 10 from each division in early September. Three finalists from each division will be named at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the Woman of the Year from those finalists.