EDINA, Minn. – June 21, 2016 – University of North Dakota alumna Shelby Amsley-Benzie, a two-time women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Student-Athlete of the Year and the 2016 WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship winner, is one of 517 nominees for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Nominated by her institution, Amsley-Benzie is among the largest pool of school honorees in the 26-year history of the award, including nine that played ice hockey (across all three Divisions of intercollegiate athletics). The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
By any and all measures, Amsley-Benzie represents the very best of college athletics. One of the nation's top goaltenders, a 4.0 student while pursuing a combined degree program, and tireless in her devotion to giving back in the community, she is an ideal representative of UND, the WCHA and the NCAA.
A two-time, top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, a 2015 All-American and WCHA Goaltending Champion, and a First Team All-WCHA performer (junior season), Amsley-Benzie posted a 67-33-10 career record in 111 collegiate games, along with a .929 save percentage, a 1.69 goals-against average and 22 shutouts. She is UND's all-time leader in every major goaltending category, while in WCHA history she ranks sixth for shutouts, eighth for games played, tied for eighth for wins, 12th for GAA, tied for 14th for save percentage and 16th for saves (2,474).
While compiling a prestigious and ongoing athletic career, which has also included invitations to four USA Hockey camps or training sessions, Amsley-Benzie has excelled academically. The native of Warroad, Minn. maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in a combined degree program within UND's College of Engineering and Mines, which allowed her to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science with a major in chemical engineering over the course of five years.
Simply put, her career goals in the field are nothing short of remarkable. Amsley-Benzie will now pursue a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at UND, with the hope to then apply knowledge of how drugs interact with the body and apply it to help those who are suffering from various afflictions – from working to develop new cancer-fighting drugs to enhancing current medications to assist those plagued with disease to live longer and fuller lives.
A three-time Academic All-American, Amsley-Benzie was also a four-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient and was a member of the WCHA All-Academic Team four years running. She spent nine semesters on the UND Dean's List and President's Honor Roll, and was part of the Athletic Department Honor Roll for Student-Athletes during each of her five years. She has also consistently given back to the community by volunteering across a variety of settings, both on campus and in the greater Grand Forks area.
The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will eventually choose the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division. From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
For more information on the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award and to view the full list of school nominees, click here.