July 7, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) has nominated Prairie View A&M (PVAMU) bowling standout Kristina Sadler and tennis/golf star Peni Sanjoto, also from PVAMU, for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

The SWAC’s senior woman administrators chose Sadler and Sanjoto as nominees due to their excellence in the four areas of importance for the NCAA Woman of the Year award: service, leadership, athletics and academics.

In order to be eligible for the award, female student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in their primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season and graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term.

Sadler earned 2011 All-SWAC second team honors on the Lady Panthers’ bowling squad that advanced to the SWAC championship for the second consecutive year. She was named team captain as a freshman and held that position throughout her four-year career at PVAMU. Sadler's community service projects included serving as SAAC treasurer and volunteering at H.T. Jones Elementary School. She was also involved with the Pencil Project which collected over 1,000 pencils for needy children in Africa.

Peni Sanjoto

Sanjoto was a member of the Prairie View A&M golf squad that finished third in the SWAC Championship in 2011. She garnered second team All-SWAC honors and was a three-time Academic All-SWAC honoree. Outside of athletics, Sanjoto is heavily involved in volunteer work. She is active with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and has participated in the Panther Ambassador program. Sanjoto has also volunteered with the Austin Women’s Clinic and Undergraduate Medical Academy.

The conference honorees will be recognized on the NCAA Woman of the Year website (www.ncaa.org/woty). The top 30 (10 from each division – Division I, II, III) honorees will be announced in late August. The NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during an awards dinner on Sunday, October 16 in Indianapolis.