INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Last month the conference announced the six institutional nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. This afternoon the NCAA released the conference honorees and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) is pleased to announce our selections of Ama Biney of WPI and Zoe Rubinstein of Smith College as our representatives. Selection of the conference honorees are selected by vote of the 11 NEWMAC Athletic Directors. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes based on academics, athletics, service and leadership.
2018 marks the 28th year of the Woman of the Year Award program.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 28th in Indianapolis, Indiana. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found here.
Ama Biney, WPI
Biney is a 2018 graduate of WPI where she earned her degree in Management Engineering with a concentration in Operations Management. She earned numerous academic honors from the NEWMAC, NFCA and CoSIDA during her four year career. The dual sport athlete is a two-time Academic All-American, three-time Academic All-District and NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree in both basketball and softball and a two-time NFCA Scholar Athlete.
As a basketball and softball student-athlete Biney has combined for seven NEWMAC All-Conference honors, was named Defensive Player of the Year back to back while earning Athlete of the Year honors in both sports during her senior year. Biney earned All-Region honors every year while with the Engineers while being named a 2018 All-American in softball.
Outside of athletics, Biney participated in many volunteering opportunities with Big Brother Big Sister, the WPI Business School, Team Impact, Girls Inc. and Relay for Life. She was a member of the APICS Club, Institute of Industrial and System Engineers and was a participant in the WPI Student-Athlete Leadership Series.
Zoe Rubinstein, Smith
Rubinstein is a 2018 graduate of Smith College where she earned a degree cum laude in Neuroscience. She has earned numerous academic accolades being a four-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree, two-time Academic All-American while earning Dean's List all four years.
A track and field student-athlete, Rubinstein is a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference winner holding the league pole vault record. She earned three All-America honors during her four year career, two being in indoor while she capped off her 2018 outdoor season with a sixth place finish at the NCAA National Championship.
Outside of athletics, the neuroscience major was a tutor on campus in multiple subjects while participating in a Science Teaching Fellowship and Research for Construction Union. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Nu Rho Psi.
Past NEWMAC Honorees
|Meghan Bascetta||Springfield College||2006|
|Angela Astuccio||Mount Holyoke College||2007|
|Doria Holbrook***||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2008|
|Shanti Freitas**||Smith College||2008|
|Kate Sorenson||Wellesley College||2009|
|Nicolette Hay||Springfield College||2010|
|Kelly Johnson||Worcester polytechnic Institute||2010|
|Collen Kelly***||Babson College||2011|
|Sarah Jane Otey**||U.S. Coast Guard Academy||2012|
|Lauren Kuntz||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2013|
|Ashante Little||Wheaton College||2014|
|Christy Rogers||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2014|
|Ambika Krishnamachar||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2015|
|Nathalie Gruet||Wellesley College||2015|
|Margaret Guo*||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||2016|
|Cathleen Pruden***||Mount Holyoke College||2016|
|Lauren Holt||Springfield College||2017|
*NCAA Woman of the Year Winner
** Top Nine Honoree
*** Top 30 Honoree