Coventry Finalist For Award As NCAA's Top Athlete

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn Univeristy senior swimmer Kirsty Coventry is one of five finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Award.

Coventry, an NCAA and Olympic champion who wrapped up her Auburn collegiate career in March, won gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics and helped her Auburn team win three NCAA titles and finish as the NCAA runnerup in 2005.

She won a total of seven individual NCAA titles, including three this year--the 200-yard and 400 individual medley and the 200-yard backstroke.

Swimming for Zimbabwe, Coventry won the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke, a silver in the 100 backstroke and a bronze medal in the 200 individual medley.

The winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup, which will be announced June 29 in New York City, is selected by a vote of more than 1,000 colleges across the country.

Kirsty Coventry shows her gold medal in Greece.

The other four finalists are LSU basketball player Seimone Augustus, track and field athlete Monique Henderson of UCLA, Stanford volleyball player Ogonna Nnamani and softball player Cat Osterman from the University of Texas.

Augustus was named SEC Women's Player of the Year in basketball. Henderson won a 2004 Olympic gold medal in the 4x400 relay as well as the 2005 NCAA 400 meters. Nnamani was MVP of the NCAA Volleyball Final Four. Osterman won a gold medal in Olympic softball and has pitched 15 career no-hitters.

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