Zublasing One Step Closer to NCAA Honor

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • July 25, 2013 07:01 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University graduate Petra Zublasing has been selected as a conference honoree for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The Appiano, Italy, native is one of five Division I student-athletes selected as an Independent honoree. More than 140 NCAA female student-athletes, representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III, were selected by their athletics conferences and by independent schools from a pool of 430 individual nominations for the national award.

In August, the Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this collection to be recognized. In September, the selection committee will announce the top nine finalists (three from each division), and the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from amongst those finalists to determine the 2013 Woman of the Year.

A three-time NCAA Champion, Zublasing is one of the most decorated WVU student-athletes. She led the Mountaineer rifle team to its nation-best 15th NCAA Championship in March and also won the 2013 NCAA smallbore and air rifle individual titles; she first won the air rifle title as a junior. Zublasing was the first student-athlete since 2001 to sweep the individual titles, and the second WVU student-athlete to win three career NCAA individual titles in any sport. For her efforts, she was named the College Rifle Coaches Association 2013 NCAA Shooter of the Match.

Zublasing, a two-time honoree on the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Second Team, graduated in May from the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (civil engineering). She was one of 34 seniors to earn the WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior Award, and one of eight students honored with the University’s most prestigious student honor – the Order of Augusta.

She ended her WVU career with five National Rifle Association First Team All-America awards. Zublasing also led the Mountaineers to their fourth straight Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championship, won the GARC smallbore and combined score titles and was named the conference’s shooter and senior of the year.

A 2012 Olympian, Zublasing actively shoots with the Italian National Team and is competing at the 2013 European Shooting Championship in Osijek, Croatia, this week. Most recently, she won the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions Gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation Granada World Cup, in Granada, Spain, on July 9.

On Oct. 20 in Indianapolis, the NCAA will announce the 2013 Woman of the Year and will honor the top 30 nominees.

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