Florida State student-athletes Molly Carlson and Shanice Love were among the record-breaking 605 nominations for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award that was announced on Tuesday.
A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Carlson finished her senior campaign by capturing her second career ACC Women’s Diver of the Year in 2020. She is the only diver in school history to win a medal in all three diving events at a single ACCs. At the 2020 meet, she took home silver on 1-meter (300.85), as well as gold on 3-meter (340.00) and platform (297.25), earning her third ACC Diving Meet MVP honor.
Carlson won CSCAA All-American honors in all three diving events after the NCAA Championships were cancelled due to COVID-19. Carlson also became the first Seminole in history to win the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.
She later was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America third team, for at-large sports team and also was a first team CSCAA Scholar All-American for the fourth time in her career.
Carlson graduated with a degree in psychology in Spring of 2020 and plans to pursue her master’s while training to become a professional cliff diver.
Love, from Kingston, Jamaica, will graduate this summer with a degree in accounting and return to Florida State as a graduate student while completing her eligibility in 2021.
A three-time All-American in the discus, she was the 2019 NCAA runner-up, capping her most recent collegiate season of competition when she won six of eight events. Among those victories were her second consecutive ACC and Penn Relays titles. Love also set the Mike Long Track record in the discus and was named ACC Women’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Year. She followed up by representing Jamaica internationally, winning gold at the North America, Central America & Caribbean (NACAC) Championships in Mexico, placing sixth at the Pan American Games in Peru and finishing 16th at the October IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Love was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team last month and is a three-time All-ACC Academic and USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree. She was the recipient of an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship in February, and recognized as one of Florida State’s exceptional undergraduate student leaders at the March Torchbearer 100 ceremony.
This marks the fifth time a member of the Florida State track & field program has been nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year as Love joined Colleen Quigley (2015), Amanda Winslow (2013), Kimberly Williams (2012) and Kandia Batchelor (2008).
Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, including 259 nominees from Division I, 126 from Division II and 220 from Division III. Nominees competed in 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.
Member schools are encouraged to honor their top graduating female college athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year Award. Schools can recognize two nominees if at least one is a woman of color or international student-athlete.
Conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the Top 30, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.