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Kennon Named CCSA Woman of the Year

June 27, 2014  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty's Bethany Kennon was named CCSA Woman of the Year

Liberty's Bethany Kennon was named CCSA Woman of the Year

Liberty graduating senior swimmer Bethany Kennon has been named the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Woman of the Year for 2013-14.

As the CCSA Woman of the Year, Kennon is now nominated as a candidate for the national NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The CCSA Woman of the Year Selection Committee voted Kennon the winner among the four candidates nominated for the award.  The committee used criteria of service and leadership (including community service, campus activities and leadership positions), academic achievement, athletics excellence and a personal statement from each candidate.

The Egg Harbor City, New Jersey native is the fifth Liberty student-athlete to earn a conference Woman of the Year award. She joins Arlene Zelinskas (women's track & field – 2006-07), Allyson Fasnacht (women's basketball – 2007-08), Karyl Bacon (volleyball – 2010-11) and Karen Blocker (women's soccer – 2012-13), who all won the award from the Big South.

A four-year conference scorer, Kennon helped build the swimming & diving program into a champion, as the team won its first CCSA title in 2014, during the fourth season in program history.

She won the 100 fly at the 2012 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, becoming the second Lady Flame to win an event at the conference meet. For her career, Kennon earned five conference medals (one first-place, four second-place), while swimming on five medal-winning relays at the CCSA Championships. She ranks second all-time on Liberty's performance list in the 100 fly (53.91) and 200 fly (2:00.59), while also swimming on the Lady Flames' program-record 800 free relay in 2014.

A sport management major, she served as Liberty's SAAC President this past year and has been a SAAC member since her freshman season.  She served as a volunteer timer and presented awards at the Special Olympics Swimming events (2010-11), and was involved with Linkhorn Elementary All Sports Reading Night in 2012.  She collected canned food to donate to a local shelter as part of Liberty's Trick-or-Treat so Others Can Eat campaign (2011-13) and the Give Your Threads to the Daily Bread clothing drive (2012-14).  In addition, she served as the team captain on Liberty's 2013-14 CCSA Championship team and led the team Bible study.  Kennon graduated with a 3.46 GPA and was a two-time CCSA All-Academic Honoree, while receiving the Academic Excellence Award on three occasions.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee will determine the top 10 and top three honorees in each division by considering specific guidelines.  The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will also use the same guidelines when selecting the 2014 award winner.  All honorees receive an NCAA certificate and are included in press announcements.  The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 19, 2014.