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    Pancake Named NCAA Woman Of The Year Finalist

    INDIANAPOLIS - Former Alabama golf standout Brooke Pancake is one of nine student-athletes who have been selected as finalists for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award that will be announced on Oct. 14 during a ceremony in Indianapolis.

     Finalists were selected based on academic achievement, athletics excellence and dedication to community service and leadership. Three women from each NCAA division were chosen.

    The nine finalists are among 30 Woman of the Year honorees who will be honored during the event. The pool of 30 emerged from a group of nearly 430 nominees. It includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division who represent a range of NCAA sports.

     As a four-year member of Alabama’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and women’s golf team captain, Pancake was a campus and team leader. She also impacted the lives of those within the Tuscaloosa community, dedicating time at the Caring Days Center and to a disaster relief program. Following a tornado in April 2011, Pancake helped unload trucks, organize donated supplies and assemble meal packets.

    She was named to the dean’s list every semester at Alabama and was a first-team academic All-American in 2011 and 2012. As a junior, Pancake received the Edith Cummings Munson Award, an accolade given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA among first-team All-Americans.

    Pancake helped lead the Crimson Tide to their first national championship in 2012, and she finished second in the individual competition as well. A two-time first-team All-American, she also led Alabama to its first SEC championship in 2012.

    “I have had the privilege of volunteering many times in the community during my college years, the foremost of which was serving those affected by the devastation of the April 2011 tornados. That experience will stay with me forever. The way this community came together, rose up and rebounded from that disaster created the greatest sense of pride I have ever felt during my Alabama tenure.”