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Trutor Named 2010 Little East Woman of the Year

Swimmer Kristine Trutor
Swimmer Kristine Trutor

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Keene State College senior Kristine Trutor (Holden, Mass.) was recently named the 2010 Little East Woman of the Year.

She has been nominated by the conference for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student- athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.

“I’m really surprised and honored to receive this award. This past season was a culmination of all my hard work, both in the pool and in the classroom,” said Trutor, who is spending the summer working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Wheelock Park in Keene. “I’m sure there were several worthy candidates, so to be recognized as the top female athlete in the conference is very special.”

I’m just very proud of her,” said KSC swim coach Jack Fabian. “She was really a remarkable athlete at Keene State, who got better over time. It was a result of talent and hard work. She gave back as much as she took.”

“I would like to congratulate Kristine on her selection as the conference’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award,” said Commissioner Jonathan C. Harper. “This award acuminates a phenomenal career as one of Keene’s State most decorated student-athletes. Her leadership and growth as a student- athlete both in and out of the pool will serve her well in her future endeavors.”

Trutor recently completed her standout swimming career this past winter for the Owls. She was selected as the top swimmer in the Little East for the second-straight season. The senior from Holden, Mass. also made her second consecutive appearance at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships where she became the first Keene State swimmer to earn All-America honors in an individual event.

Trutor, who established a new program record in the preliminary round (56.23), touched the wall at 56.35 seconds to place fourth overall in the 100 backstroke. She also combined with her teammates to earn All-America recognition in the 200-yard medley relay (1:46:48) as the Owls’ placed 18th nationally, marking the most successful meet in program history.

Trutor helped Keene State raise the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championship (NEISDA) trophy for the third year in succession. She shattered the program and championship meet records in the 50 backstroke (26.79) to earn the award for the most points accumulated by a senior. Trutor also left her mark at the Little East Championships, where she recorded a pair of NCAA Championship provisional times in the 100 (58.50) and 200 backstroke (2:08:30).

For her efforts in the classroom, Trutor made her second appearance on the Little East All-Academic Teams this past winter. The film production major graduated with a cumulative 3.37 grade point average. In addition to her success inside the classroom, Trutor also volunteered at the Keene Soup Kitchen throughout the winter.

The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) manages the nomination process and selections. The selection committee will choose the top 10 honorees in each division. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year.

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