by CCC Intern Alex Chin
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Three Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) student-athletes were announced as institutional nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year on Thursday. Those picked to represent their schools were Endicott’s Abigail Keim (Williston, Vt.), University of New England’s Avery Alberghini (Moretown, Vt.) and Roger Williams’ Savannah Fox Tree-McGrath (Billerica, Mass.).
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
The conference nominee will be selected by the league’s Senior Woman Administrators and will be announced later this month.
Abigail Keim - Endicott - Track & Field and Cross Country
Keim, a native of Williston, Vt., was a four-year member of the Gulls cross country team as well as a two-year member of the track and field team. She picked up numerous awards during her time with the two programs. The biology and psychology major was a three-time CCC Academic All-Conference honoree, two time Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, recently named a Google Cloud Academic All-American. She was a three-time Dean’s List recipient, a National Honor Society member, and also a member of the Phi Sigma Honor Society, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She was actively involved around her college community with organizations such as Relay for Life, North Shore road races, and many other organizations.
Avery Alberghini - University of New England - Softball
Alberghini, a three-time team captain from Moretown, Vt. made an impact both on and off the field in her time at UNE as an Student-Athlete. She was the 2019 CCC Softball Player of the Year, UNE’s Player of the Year in 2019, a First Team All-Conference catcher, and earned other numerous awards. On the academic side, she made Dean’s List every semester, was a three-time CCC All-Academic Team member, a 2019 Google Cloud All-American Division III Softball First Teamer, a member of Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society, and is graduating summa cum laude. Off the field, she was actively involved within her community and sport. The health wellness and occupational studies major volunteered with a local elementary school softball practice, at the Saco Festival of Lights, and helped out with both the Special Olympics swimming and soccer events. Alberghini also worked at numerous softball camps.
Savannah Fox-Tree McGrath - Roger Williams - Track & Field
Fox-Tree McGrath, the native of Billerica, Mass. was Roger Williams’ Female Athlete of the Year for 2019 and a three-time CCC All-Academic Team Selection. She was a two-time CCC Field Performer of the Year as the Hawks captured the 2018 and 2019 CCC Women’s Track & Field Championships. She was an All-CCC First Teamer in the javelin both years, while also being recognized as an All-Conference high jumper. She broke numerous school records in both events. She was the only person in the CCC’s two-year outdoor track and field history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. Majoring in Architecture, she has been involved with a lot of community service such as Habitat for Humanity and American Institute of Architecture Students.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.