Texas A&M’s Gonzalez nominated for NCAA 2019 Woman of the Year

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INDIANAPOLIS – Former Texas A&M swimmer Esther Gonzalez has been nominated for the 2019 Woman of the Year award as announced by the NCAA office on Wednesday afternoon.

Gonzalez is one of 585 female college athletes that have been nominated by NCAA member schools for this award. The NCAA Woman of the Year award was established in 1991 and recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The 2019 Woman of the Year nominees compete in 23 different sports across all three divisions, with 262 females representing Division I. Conferences select up to two nominees from the pool and then the Woman of the Year selection committee will choose the Top 30 honorees – 10 from each division. The selection committee will also determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. The 2019 Woman of the Year award will be determined from the nine finalists, with the annual award ceremony on Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.

Gonzalez was a two-time All-American in the 200 breaststroke in both 2016 and 2018. She holds one of the programs’ top-10 time in both the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard IM. The Torreón, Mexico native also helped the Aggies to SEC titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In 2018, Gonzalez earned a spot on Mexico’s Central American Games team, with qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 IM and 400 IM.

A four-year letterwinner at A&M, Gonzalez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and applied exercise physiology.

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