The accolades continue to pile up for Denison University track and field standout, Aedin Brennan. On Wednesday she was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first-team and was announced as a nominee for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Brennan is Denison's seventh student-athlete in the 2015-16 academic year to receive Academic All-America® honors. That runs Denison's Academic All-America® total to 81, which ranks them among the leaders in NCAA Division III.
The NCAA Woman of the Year is based on four pillars: academics, athletics, service and leadership, four areas that Brennan has exemplified since her arrival in Granville in the fall of 2012. This is the 26th year of the NCAA Woman of the Year award and this year a record 511 individuals were nominated.
Brennan is an eight-time national qualifier and the 2015 national champion in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship. She is a seven-time All-America and a 26-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion. Brennan was honored as the NCAC's Field Athlete of the Year six times and was a 15-time NCAC Athlete of the Week.
At the NCAA Division III Championships, Brennan won her first national championship last May in the heptathlon. She has also finished second in the pentathlon at this year's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship. That came after a 10th place showing in 2013, a seventh place finish in 2014 and a fourth place performance in 2015. Unfortunately, due to an injury suffered in preparation for this year's NCAA Outdoor Championship, Brennan was forced to withdraw from the heptathlon and the triple jump.
Despite being unable to compete last May at the Outdoor Championship, Brennan leaves DU with 10 school records. She was also selected as the 2015 United States Track and Field, Cross Country Coaches Association Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year.
Brennan was also active in the community, volunteering for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Salvation Army Adopt-a-Child for Christmas Cheer, Toys for Tots and volunteer works surrounding Denison's Martin Luther King celebration. Brennan was a member of the Denison Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was a Spanish tutor and teacher's assistant.
A biology major and Spanish minor, Brennan was the only senior member of the Plant Ecology Research Team.
A Dean's List student and Founder's Scholarship recipient, Brennan received the Biology department's Outstanding Research Award. At Denison's Top-50 Student-Athlete Celebration, she was the female recipient of the NCAC Scholar-Athlete Award.
Brennan is a native of Fairport, N.Y. and Allendale Columbia High School.
Denison University ranks among the leaders in NCAA Division III with 81 Academic All-America® selections. Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Teams Program is a premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program. It recognizes over 800 outstanding student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.