Demers Finalist For NCAA Woman Of The Year

September 20, 2010

Middlebury College women's soccer and track athlete Anjuli Demers (Dracut, Mass.) has been selected as one of the top 30 candidates for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Demers was one of 30 chosen from 130 conference nominees. 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 award has been given annually since 1991. Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan of Bates is the league's other nominee.

A two-sport All-American, Demers played defense on the Middlebury women's soccer team for the past four years and competed in the 200- and 400-meter dash for three years on the Panthers' indoor and outdoor track & field teams, serving as a captain of all three squads during her final season. A member of Middlebury's 2006 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship team, Demers garnered All-Conference First Team honors in each of the last three seasons. Demers closed out her career on the pitch this past fall by leading a Panther defense that recorded 11 shutouts and a 0.77 goals against average while scoring her first collegiate goal. She also snagged All-America plaudits from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for the second time, earning a spot on the 2009 Second Team. As a short distance runner, Demers claimed All-NESCAC honors five times as part of the Panthers' 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams with a first-place performance in the 4x400 at this year's league meet. She picked up her second All-America honor this year in indoor track & field. Among the numerous college awards she earned while at Middlebury, Demers was selected as the A. Bayard Russ '66 Memorial Athletic Award recipient, given in honor of the senior who is most outstanding in two intercollegiate sports by best exemplifying the excellence of performance, aggressiveness, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit.

Demers double majored in sociology and psychology and graduated from Middlebury magna cum laude this spring with a 3.67 grade point average. Her academic honors include being named to the NESCAC All-Academic team four times, as she was selected to the fall, winter, and spring teams this year, recognized as a Middlebury College Scholar five times and a member of the Dean's List twice, chosen as a Third Team honoree on the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America squad, selected as a NSCAA All-American Scholar, and inducted into Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society. Demers enjoys a strong connection with her surrounding community, lending her talents as a mentor to various organizations. She has served as a high school academic tutor through the T.E.A.M. project, mentored middle school youths as part of the Ticonderoga Mentoring Program, worked as a teacher and an aide for preschool children, and was a research assistant for the Children's Memory Project. Demers also represented her teammates on the Middlebury Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered for the college's annual Girls Sports Day.

The 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 17 in Indianapolis, Ind. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found at www.ncaa.org.