Bama's Brittany Rogers finalist for 2010 NCAA Woman of Year

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Former Alabama softball All-American Brittany Rogers (Dacula, Ga.) was selected as one of nine finalists for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Rogers becomes the fifth athlete from the University of Alabama to be honored as a finalist.

"I am so humbled to even be considered for this honor, more so because I am not responsible for my own successes alone," Rogers said. "The recognition that comes with making it this far belongs to the people who have made a difference in my life and inspired me to pay it forward. This is a true honor and I thank all of the people who have made a different in my life."

The Woman of the Year award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

"This is a tremendous honor for Brittany and our program," UA head coach Pat Murphy said. "To be one of nine finalists for an award like this speaks volumes about the kind of person Brittany is. It is certainly a high water mark for Crimson Tide softball."

A committee of representatives from NCAA schools and conferences selected the top nine finalists from a pool of 30 honorees. Those individuals were identified from an initial pool of 452 conference and independent honorees representing all three NCAA divisions and multiple sports.

The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the national winner. The recipient of the 20th annual award will be announced during the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event, to be held Oct. 17, in the Indiana Convention Center's 500 Ballroom.

Rogers joins gymnasts Michelle Reeser (2005), Kristin Sterner (2003), Merritt Booth (1998) and Meredith Willard (1997) as Alabama's finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The Woman of the Year is the second major honor bestowed upon Rogers by the NCAA after earning the prestigious Top VIII award earlier this year. The Top VIII recognized eight NCAA student-athletes who have completed their athletic eligibility for their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community.

A four-year starter, Rogers helped Alabama register three top-10 national finishes and guided the Tide to three Women's College World Series berths, including back-to-back semifinal appearances in 2008 and 2009. She also helped guide Alabama to the 2006 SEC championship and three SEC Western Division titles.

She was selected as an All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Easton for four straight years, becoming just the third UA player to nab the honors all four seasons. She finished her Alabama career ranked first in stolen bases, second in batting average, runs and hits and fifth in on-base percentage.  In 2009, she played as part of the United States National team in the Japan Cup, helping USA to a gold medal.

Off the diamond her accolades were just as impressive. Rogers was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and an SEC Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship. She was the winner of the 2009 Paul Bryant Student-Athlete Award, which is presented to the top male and top female student-athlete at Alabama.

She served as president of Alabama's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered with multiple community organizations such as Project Angel Tree, Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Easter Seals walk and visited various local elementary and high schools.