UK Athletics Title IX Top 50 to be Honored Throughout Weekend Events

UK Athletics Title IX Top 50 to be Honored Throughout Weekend Events

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Members of the Kentucky Athletics “Title IX Top 50” team honoring the 50 greatest Wildcat women’s athletes of the Title IX era will be honored on court at Big Blue Madness, presented by Kinetic by Windstream, as well as during the UK football game vs. Mississippi State this weekend.

The UK Athletics Title IX Top 50 is one of the leading parts of the department’s multi-faceted celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, which includes commemorative events and experiences, multimedia coverage and community activations.

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UK Athletics Title IX 50th Anniversary Team  
A blue-ribbon panel of women’s sports head coaches, administrators and UK Athletics Hall of Fame members selected the Title IX 50th Anniversary Team, featuring the 50 greatest women athletes of Kentucky’s last 50 years.

Five team members were named each night on WLEX’s BBN Tonight and during the evening news. The full team of 50 will be commemorated on the June 23 anniversary of the signing of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, legislation put in place to end discrimination on the basis of sex.

The team is comprised of 50 women student-athletes, listed and unveiled in no particular order. Only athletes who exhausted their eligibility, or completed four years of eligibility by the end of the 2021-22 season, were included in the top-50.

The difficult and subjective selection process, a function of the tremendous success of so many Kentucky athletes over the last half century, was based on the following:

Only athletes who competed for Kentucky in the last 50 years (only since the implementation of Title IX in 1972) were considered.

Selections only included athletes. They must complete their eligibility to compete for Kentucky in 2021-22 academic year.

Selections were based on athletic accomplishments, defined as their importance to great teams and their individual accomplishments with the emphasis on their career at Kentucky.

UK Athletics Title IX 50th Anniversary Celebration
UK Athletics kicked off its 50th Anniversary celebration of Title IX inside Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center on Feb. 2 when all of the department’s women student-athletes were honored on the court for “National Girls and Women in Sports Day.”

On Friday, October 21, UK Athletics will host a free movie night on the big screen at John Cropp Stadium. UK will screen the 1990s classic “A League of Their Own” and fans can sit in the stadium seats or on the grass. UK Athletics will also provide popcorn and the Title IX Top 50 composite graphic.

All of UK’s 12 women’s sports teams, plus the women of the coed rifle team, and the cheerleading and dance teams took the court at halftime of the Kentucky Men’s Basketball game in front of 20,000 members of Big Blue Nation.

Additionally, in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference’ Title IX anniversary celebration, UK teams wore commemorative warmup shirts honoring the women’s sports pioneers who paved the way for today’s women athletes.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, UK Athletics honored many of the department staff super moms who were elite athletes in their playing days with a fun video featuring their children offering a unique perspective on the legacy Title IX continues to build on.

Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart was part of a distinguished group of “SEC Trailblazers” from all 14 SEC member institutions that were honored at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, which the Wildcats won.

Each of the honorees contributed to the advancement of women and the growth of women’s athletics at their universities and within the Conference.

Throughout the year, UK will continue its decades-long legacy of growing access and opportunity to women’s athletics while renewing its commitment to equity.

Title IX at 50  
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” – Signed by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972.

While the federal legislation applied to the entire education sector, some of the greatest impacts of Title IX applied in the athletics field.

About UK Athletics  
UK Athletics is a leader in college sports, sponsoring 23 varsity sports teams (12 women’s teams plus the coed rifle team) and hundreds of student-athletes, competing for championships, ensuring their education and well-being, and providing opportunities for the present and future.

Two UK women’s sports teams, volleyball and women’s basketball, won SEC Championships in 2021-22, and the coed rifle team won a second NCAA Team title in a row. Riley Gaines was named SEC Community Service Leader of the Year in 2022, and many other women athletes earned prestigious academic and athletic honors throughout the year.

UK Athletics Title IX Top 50 in alphabetical order by last name

Chanda Bell, Softball, 2009-12

Her arrival in 2009 coincided with the emergence of UK softball as a national power … Led UK to its first four NCAA Tournament appearances in school history, including UK’s first Super Regional … Won 68 games with a career ERA of 2.55 … Still holds five school records, including strikeouts in a game (16), season (288) and career (910) along with lowest opponent batting average in a season (.175) and career (.200) … Threw five no-hitters, including the first no-hitter (2009) and first perfect game (2012) in UK history … National Pitcher of the Week in 2012 … Two-time SEC Pitcher of the Week and SEC Freshman of the Week … 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team … UK student assistant coach in 2013 … Assistant coach at Marshall (2014-17) and Indiana (2018-present).


Marsha Bond, Volleyball, 1980-83

Earned All-America honors in 1982 and 1983, the only two-time volleyball All-American in UK history. She led UK to its first NCAA Tournament appearance (1983) and helped the Cats win two SEC Tournament championships during her tenure. A three-year All-SEC and All-SEC Tournament selection, she continues to hold the UK career record for attack percentage (.380), a mark that rates fifth in SEC history.


Lisa Brieding Duerr, Cross Country and Track and Field, 1986-89

Winner of seven SEC titles and one NCAA championship … Earned six All-America accolades as a Wildcat … Won SEC indoor titles in the mile and 3,000-meter run during her career … Outdoor SEC titles include the 3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run (twice) … Also part of two league champion relay teams … National champion in the 3,000 meters as a freshman … Key member of UK’s only national champion cross country team (1988).


Pam Browning, Basketball, 1974-78

One of only two players in UK women’s basketball history to be named All-America by Street & Smith’s annual publication (1977). She ranks fifth on UK’s career scoring list with 1,598 points and she continues to hold the school record for highest scoring average in a season, averaging 25.5 points in 1976-77. As a member of the first women’s basketball team at UK in the modern era, she led UK to its first two wins over ranked opponents in program history with victories over No. 2 Tennessee Tech and No. 18 Indiana during the 1976-77 campaign. Browning averaged 14.9 points during her four-year career.


Dezerea Bryant-Moore, Track and Field, 2013-2015

A two-time NCAA champion in the 200-meter dash, winning the indoor event as a junior and outdoor event as a senior. She set an NCAA record with a time of 22.18 seconds. She was a five-time NCAA medalist and a nine-time All-American in her two seasons at UK. Bryant won the 4-by-100-meter relay at the 2019 World Relays as well was the 200 meters in the 2019 United States Championships.


Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Track and Field, 2015-2018

2020 Olympic Gold Medalist as a professional … Three-time NCAA Champion – 100m hurdles (2016 2018), 4x100m relay (2017) … Six-time SEC Champion – 60m hurdles (2017, 2018), 100m hurdles (2016-2018), 4x100m relay (2018) … 12-time First Team All-America (2016: 100H, 200m, 4x100m | 2017: 60H, 100H, 4×100 | 2018: 60H, 200m, 4×100, 100H, 4×100, 4×400) … No. 2 all-time on NCAA 100H list – 12.40 … 2016 Olympic Semifinalist (Puerto Rico) – 100H … 2016 NACAC U23 Champion (Puerto Rico) – 100H …  2016 SEC Freshman of the Year …  2016 SEC Bronze Medal: 4x100m Relay … 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team: 60H … UK 100H Record: 12.40 … UK 100H Freshman Record: 12.69 … The Bowerman Semifinalist (2018)


Hanna Carr, Rifle, 2016-2019

One of the best competitors in school history … Helped lead UK to the program’s second NCAA Team Championship in 2018 … GARC Championships Air Rifle Champion in 2016 … ThreeUSA Shooting Junior Olympic Champion (Smallbore) in 2016 … USA Shooting Women’s Three-Position Rifle National Champion in 2017 … Seven-Time All-American … honorable mention All-American as a senior in 2019.


Abbey Cheek, Softball, 2016-2019

2019 NFCA/Schutt Sports National Player of the Year … 2019 SEC Player of the Year … 2019 NFCA Unanimous First Team All-American … UK all-time leader in home runs, RBI and second in runs scored and slugging percentage … 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team … USA Softball National Player of the Year finalist in 2019 … First Team All-SEC … SEC All-Defensive Team (3B) … NFCA First Team All-Region … Three-time NFCA All-Region winner … CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2019.


Gabby Curry, Volleyball, 2017-2021

Three-time SEC Libero of the Year … 2020 NCAA National Champion … 2020 All-NCAA Tournament Team member … Three-time AVCA All-American … Three-time All-SEC performer … Led SEC liberos in passing numbers from 2018-2020/21 in her three seasons as UK’s libero … 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team … 2021 Senior CLASS All-American … Carried a 3.91 GPA in undergrad, and graduated Kentucky with an MBA in four years … Had a career-high 33 digs vs. Southern California in 2019.


Victoria Dunlap, Basketball, 2008-11

First-team All-America as a junior and third-team All-America as a senior … Two-time SEC Player of the Year … SEC Defensive Player of the Year … Two-year WBCA All-Region … First-team All-SEC as a junior and senior, second team as a sophomore … Led team to NCAA Elite Eight as a junior … Ranks top 10 on numerous UK career lists, including second in games started (133), rebounding (1,099), blocks (178), free throws made (445) and free throws attempted (714), third in scoring (1,846), steals (307) and double-doubles (31), and sixth in games played … First UK player with more than 100 assists, 100 blocks and 300 steals in her career and just the second player with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career … Played two seasons in the WNBA.


Leah Edmond, Volleyball, 2016-19

Four-time AVCA All-American … Kentucky’s leading all-time kills player in both the rally-scoring era and the non-rally scoring era … 2018 SEC Player of the Year … 2016 SEC Freshman of the Year … Four-time All-SEC member … 2019 AVCA All-Southeast Region Player of the Year … 19-time winner of SEC Offensive Player of the Week award … 2019 Senior CLASS Award finalist … Was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2017, 2018 and 2019.


Mary Elsass Weeks, Rifle, 1996-99

Named a four-time All-American in both the smallbore and air rifle … Finished third at the NCAA  Championships in smallbore (1999) and fourth in the air rifle (1997, 1998 and 1999) … Led UK to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 1997 … Helped guide UK to third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1996 and 1998 … Earned Shooter of the Year, ScholarAthlete and Outstanding Senior awards from the Great American Rifle Conference in 1999.


Makayla Epps, Basketball, 2013-2017

Had an All-America senior season, leading Kentucky with 17.7 points per game SEC Academic Honor Roll (2014, 2015, 2017) …First-Team All-SEC by league coaches/AP (2015, 2016, 2017) … First-Team All-American by CollegeSportsMadness (2016) … SEC All-Tournament Team (2015, 2016, 2017) … SEC Co-Player of the Week (Feb. 16, 2015) … espnW National Player of the Week (Dec. 14, 2015) … SEC Player of the Week (Dec. 15, 2015) … NCAA Starting Five (Dec. 16, 2015) … WBCA All-Region Team (2016) … WBCA All-America Honorable Mention (2016) … AP All-America Honorable Mention (2016, 2017)


Danielle Galyer, Swimming and Diving, 2013-2017

2016 NCAA Champion in 200 Backstroke … 2016 US Olympic Trials Qualifier & Finalist … Four-time First Team All-American … 2016, 2017 NCAA Elite 90 Award Recipient … 2016, 2017 All-SEC Second Team … 2016, 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American At-Large First Team … 2015-15 USA Swimming National Team Member … 2014-15 USA Swimming Junior National Team Member … 2015 SEC Champion in 200 Backstroke … 2015 All-SEC First Team … 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 NCAA Championships Qualifier … 2015, 2016 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year … 2014 CSCAA First-Team Scholar All-American … 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


Arin Gilliland Wright, Soccer 2011-2014

2014 NSCAA All-American, the second in program history … 2013 and 2014 Hermann Award finalist for National Player of the Year … 2014 espnW Female Athlete of the Year finalist … Three-time All-SEC First Team selection (2012-14) … Ranks in the top five at UK in total minutes played (third), goals scored (30, third), assists (25, third) and shots (210, first) … 2014 SEC Defensive Player of the Year … Set school record with eight career game-winning goals … Led UK to its only NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2014 … 2014 Honda Award Winner for Inspiration … Selected by Chicago with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League draft and still plays for the Red Stars … First UK women’s soccer player to receive a call-up to the U.S. Women’s National Team.


Jenny Hansen, Gymnastics, 1993-1996

One of the most distinguished gymnasts in NCAA history, holding NCAA records with eight individual titles at the national meet; four titles in one year (1995, floor exercise, balance beam, vault, all-around); and three all-around championships (1993-95). The 1995 SEC Female Athlete of the Year, Hansen was recently named the NCAA’s most outstanding gymnast of the past 25 years.


Keni Harrison, Track and Field, 2014-15

Set the then-world record in the 100-meter hurdles at 12.20 seconds in 2016 as a professional …. 2020 Olympic Silver Medalist in the 100H as a pro … National Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA as a senior, as she was the NCAA champion in the indoor 60m hurdles and outdoor 100m hurdles … NCAA silver medalist in the 400m hurdles as a junior and senior … Led UK to an NCAA second-place outdoor team finish in 2015, the best showing in school history … All totaled, a 15-time All-American … Five-time SEC gold medalist – 60m indoor hurdles as a junior and senior; 100m outdoor hurdles as a junior and senior, and 400m outdoor hurdles as a junior … Still holds the school record in the 60m hurdles … Exemplary student who earned Academic All-America and received the NCAA Top 10 Award as a senior.


Patty Jo Hedges, Basketball, 1980-1983

Member of 1982 SEC Championship team … Averaged double-figures scoring on that legendary team … Team USA member while at UK, leading the team to Pan-Am Games Gold and Silver at 1983 World Championship … Finished her career Hedges is the 16th highest scorer in team history and with the record for most assists additionally she is third in steals in program history


Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Track and Field, 1986-1989

A seven-time All-America honoree, she won SEC (Southeastern Conference) championships in the mile and on a pair of relay teams during her career. Hoover Bordner set 10 school records during her career, including outdoor records in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, 4×800 meter relay and the distance medley relay, and indoor records in the 1,500 meter run and 4×800 meter relay. She broke the outdoor freshman record in the 800 meters and indoor freshman records in the 1000-yard run, 1,500-meter run and the mile. Hoover Bordner was a ember of the 1988 national champion cross country squad, which remains the only women’s national championship team at UK


Rhyne Howard, Basketball, 2019-2022

The most decorated player in Kentucky women’s basketball history … Selected first overall at the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream … the only player in program history to receive multiple first-team All-America honors from multiple organizations along with being the only UK WBB player to earn four first-team All-SEC honors. This season alone, Howard earned first-team All-America honors from the Senior CLASS Award, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, The Associated Press, Wooden Award and United States Basketball Writers Association. Howard joined Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, South Carolina’s Wilson, Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Tennessee’s Holdsclaw, Duke’s Alana Beard, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and UConn’s Breanna Stewart and Maya Moore as the only three-time first-team AP All-America honorees. Howard was also tabbed Wooden Award, AP and USBWA First-Team All-America in 2020 and 2021 after historic seasons for the Wildcats. She was WBCA First-Team All-America in 2021 and honorable mention from the organization in 2020.


Taryn Ignacio Patrick, Swimming and Diving, 2004-2007

Became Kentucky’s first-ever national diving champion, winning the platform event at the 2006 NCAA Championships with an NCAA, SEC and UK record score of 335.20 in the finals … Also owns the school record with a 333.90 on 1-meter … Is a five-time All-American in three seasons at UK … Was named SEC Diver of the Year in all three seasons with the Wildcats … Won a total of five SEC titles, including two each in 2005 and 2007, the most of any male or female in UK history … Became the second diver in SEC history to win three consecutive conference titles on platform … Currently the diving coach at Fresno State.


Tina Johnson Ybarra, Diving, 1993-1996

An eight-time All-America diver, winning the honor in one-meter, three-meter and platform diving. She was the 1996 SEC one-meter diving champion and NCAA runner-up in the platform event, she was named SEC Swimmer and Diver of the Year by league coaches three times (1995-97). She was also an Academic All-American and a three-time member of the SEC All-Academic Team, leaving school as UK’s record-holder in three categories.


Molly Johnson-Belcher, Softball, 2007-10

Program’s first All-American … UK’s first four-time All-SEC honoree …  NFCA Scholar-Athlete … Led UK to its first NCAA Tournament berth … Ended her career owning career records in batting average (.389), doubles (56), runs (161), home runs (35), slugging percentage (.656), total bases (445); was second in assists (510) and RBI (135); third in hits (264) and stolen bases (66); fourth in triples (10) … Also set single-season records in hits (81), doubles (20), runs scored (53), on-base percentage (.498), as well as single-game records for runs (4), doubles (3), home runs (2) … Member of U.S. National team in 2009 and 2010 helping lead the Americans to gold at the 2012 ISF World Championship and the 2011 Pan Am Games … Current UK assistant coach.


Griffin Joiner, Softball, 2012-15

Ended her career ranked top-10 all-time on UK’s career record list for games played, hits, RBI, batting average, walks, at-bats, home runs, slugging percentage, total bases, fielding percentage and putouts … SEC All-Defensive Team in 2013 and 2014 … All-SEC in 2013.


Stephanie Klefot Vonderheide, Volleyball, 2009-12

First player in UK and SEC history to win SEC Libero of the Year in three consecutive seasons … AVCA All-America Second Team in 2011 and was also an honorable-mention selection in 2012 … Four-time All-SEC selection … Four-time NCAA Tournament participant and a part of three teams that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 … Finished career with 1,924 career digs, which ranked second in UK history and fourth in league history … Appeared in a 489 career sets, two shy of the school record … Her 608 digs in 2011 were the most ever in a single season in UK history and the sixth most in the SEC … During the 25-point rally scoring era, ranked first in sets played (489), digs (1,924), matches with 10 or more digs (98), and matches with 20 or more digs (28).


Rachel Komisarz, Swimming, 1996-1999

A record-breaking swimmer, Southeastern Conference champion and All-American, going on to earn two Olympic medals. She set records in five individual events and four relays for the Wildcats. She won SEC titles in the 200-yard butterfly and the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle and earned the Commissioner’s Trophy for scoring the most points at the 1999 SEC Championships. She earned six All-America honors over five events and also was an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.


Mollie Korth, Gymnastics, 2017-2020

Named first-team WCGA Regular Season All-American on vault and second-team WCGA Regular Season All-American on bars and all-around … Named All-SEC in 2020… 2020 AAI Award Finalist … Named SEC Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 7, 2020 … Won SEC Specialist of the Week on Feb. 25 (first athlete in program history to earn each SEC weekly award over career) … Named WCGA Scholastic All-American … Second-team WCGA Regular Season All-American on vault and all-around in 2019 … 2019 All-SEC in vault … Named first-team All-American on vault and second-team All-American on all-around in 2018 … 2018 NACGC/W Regular Season All-American on vault and all-around … 2018 All-SEC with 9.9 on vault … 2017 First Team All-American on bars and Second Team All-America in the all-around after her performance as an individual at the NCAA National Championships



Kayla Kowalik, Softball, 2019-Pres.

2021 NFCA First-Team All-American … Second Team All-SEC … Led the NCAA power five and SEC in batting average for 2022 … Per D1Softball’s Graham Hays: Only nine Power 5 players won the batting title in past 40 seasons. List includes Kaitlin Cochran, Lisa Fernandez, Jessica Mendoza, Stacey Nuveman. … Set the UK single-game record with five runs scored vs. NC Central on Feb. 20 … This season, has set school records for consecutive games with a hit (26) runs scored in a season (79) and hits (100) … Leads the Kentucky records book for runs scored and career batting average … 2022 All-SEC … 2019 SEC All-Freshman Team member


Madison Lilley, Volleyball, 2017-2020/21

2020 NCAA National Champion … 2020 AVCA National Player of the Year, the first in the history of Kentucky Volleyball … 2018 and 2020 SEC Player of the Year … 2020 AVCA All-Southeast Region and Southeast Region Player of the Year … Member of the 2020 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team … Named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2020 NCAA Final Four … 2017 SEC Freshman of the Year … ESPY Finalist for Most Outstanding College Athlete (Female) … HONDA Award Winner for Volleyball, the second all-time for any sport at Kentucky … Member of USA Volleyball and now has signed a professional contract with a European Team.


Bernadette Madigan-Dugan, Cross Country/Track and Field, 1981-85

One of the greatest distance runners in Kentucky history … First UK female to win a national track championship when she won the NCAA two-mile run in 1982 … Won two Southeastern Conference titles, the 1982 3,000-meter run and the 1983 three-mile run … Earned All-America honors in five separate events – cross country, indoor two-mile, outdoor 3,000 meters, indoor 3,200-meter relay and the outdoor 10,000 meters … Competed for Great Britain in the 1985 World Student Games … Has coached collegiately at Marshall, Furman, UK and Transylvania … Currently coaching at Lexington Catholic High School … Also has been a mentor for numerous athletes in the running community.


Alex Martens, Softball, 2017-2020

In 2020-shortened season, was the NCAA leader with 47 RBI at the point of interruption of the season, while also leading the NCAA in runs batted in per game … In the top-10 all-time at Kentucky in runs scored, home runs, runs batted in and slugging … 2019 NFCA Second Team All-Region … 2017 CATSPY finalist for Performance of the Year with her performance in the 2017 NCAA Lexington Regional, hitting .417, logging four hits, four runs scored, a home run and three RBI on the weekend in her first-career postseason.


A’dia Mathies, Basketball, 2010-13

At UK, Mathies was AP All-American second team (2013) and third team (2012). A two-time finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy, she was the SEC Player of the Year as a junior and senior. Mathies is UK’s all-time leader in steals (320), games played (140) and started (139), while ranking second in scoring (2,014) and 3FG made (177), third in FG made (712), FT made (413) and ninth in assists (349). She was the first player in UK history (men or women) to accumulate over 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals in a career. Part of UK’s all-time winningest class with an overall 111-30 (.787) record, Mathies helped UK claim an SEC regular-season title for the first time in 30 years in 2012 and advanced to four NCAA Tournament Sweet 16s and three Elite Eights.


Valerie McGovern Young, Cross Country/Track and Field, 1988-91

Won three individual national championships in the 5,000-meter run and was a key contributor on the 1988 cross country team that won the NCAA national championship. McGovern Young was UK’s top performer at the 1989 national meet, finishing second individually. An eight-time All-American in cross country and track, McGovern Young won eight individual SEC championships, including cross country, 3,000-meter indoor, 5,000-meter indoor (twice), 3,000-meter outdoor (twice) and 5,000-meter outdoor (twice). She still holds five UK track records: 3,000-, 5,000- and 10,000-meter outdoor and the 3,000- and 5,000-meter indoor.


Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, Track and Field, 2017-18

World-Record Holder, Two-Time 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2022 Double World Champion as a professional …  The Bowerman Finalist NCAA Champion – 2018 400H … Three-time SEC Champion – 2018 400m (indoor), 400H and 4x400m relay … Five-time All-America (2018 indoor 200m, 400m, 4x400m | oudoor 400H, 4x400m) … Collegiate record: 400H – 52.75 … UK record – Indoor 400m (50.36), Outdoor 400m (50.07) … 2016 Olympian – Team USA (400H) … World U20 Record – 400H (52.75), 400m (50.07) … National HS Record – 300H (38.90) … National HS Indoor Record – 400H … World Record – DMR (10:40.31) … 2015 IAAF World Youth Champion – 400H … 2016 USATF U20 Champion – 400H … 10-Time HS National Champion


Ashley Muffet Kovacs, Track and Field, 2007-10

All-America First Team in the discus and shot put, for both indoor and outdoor seasons, including NCAA runner-up in the indoor shot … Two-time SEC champion, 2007 in the indoor shot put and 2009 in the discus … Won the 2007 and 2009 SEC Commissioner’s Cup for scoring the most points at the SEC outdoor championship meet … 2009 SEC Outdoor Co-Field Athlete of the Year … Three-time All-SEC … Competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the shot put … Finished UK career holding school records for discus and indoor/outdoor shot put … Set UK freshman records for indoor/outdoor shot put, weight throw and hammer throw … 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District … SEC Academic Honor Roll.


Nancy Napolski Johnson, Rifle, 1993-96

A UK Rifle All-American and Olympic gold-medal winner for the United States. She captured the individual national championship in air rifle in 1994 and was a three-time first-team All-American (1994, 1995 and 1996). Napolski Johnson led the team to three consecutive third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships from 1994-96. She continued competitive shooting after her collegiate career and won the gold medal in women’s 10-meter air rifle in the 2000 Olympics. She also went on to win gold medals at several other international events.


Leslie Nichols, Basketball, 1983-86

Remains one of UK’s greatest performers on the hardwood. She was a three-time All-SEC honoree by the league’s coaches en route to a career record of 72-41 and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure. She still ranks fourth all-time in UK’s career scoring chart with 1,797 career points good for an average of 18.2 per game. A four-year starter at forward, Nichols remains the only player in program history to log a triple-double. She totaled 18 points, 13 rebounds and 11 steals against Louisville in 1986. Furthermore, she ranks second all-time at UK in double-doubles (35), fourth in steals (278), fourth in career rebounds (877) and fifth in blocks (102).


Kelsey Nunley-Moore, Softball, 2013-2016

Pitched Kentucky to the 2014 Women’s College World Series, its only appearance in the WCWS … 2016 NFCA First-Team All-American … 2016 SEC Pitcher of the Year … Holds UK career records for appearances (171), innings pitched (943.1), ERA (1.96), wins (92) and saves (9) … 2016 First-Team All-SEC … 2016 Senior CLASS Award All-American … Fifth overall pick in the 2016 NPF Draft to the USSSA Pride, the highest-picked Wildcat in program history … 2014 WCWS and SEC All-Tournament Team … 2013 SEC All-Freshman Team, 2014 All-SEC Second Team … Won all 10 postseason wins for Kentucky in 2014 as the Wildcats made their way past the Lexington Regional, Los Angeles Super Regional and into the Women’s College World Series … Continues to be active in the game as a high school coach.


Chelsea Oswald Hall, Track and Field, 2009-13

All-American, SEC champion and record-setting distance runner … SEC champion in both the outdoor 5,000-meter run and the 10,000-meter run in 2013 … In the 10,000 meters, she posted an SEC championship record of 33:38 that still stands … All-America in the 3,000 meters and distance medley relay in 2013 … Her distance medley relay unit still holds the school record in that event … All-America in DMR and 3,000 meters in 2013 … Cross country honors during her career included All-America, All-Southeast Region, All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC … Completed a double major in biology and psychology with a 4.0 grade-point average, earning the SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2013 (covering all sports).


Katie Reed, Softball, 2016-2019

2017 NFCA All-American (3rd in program history) … 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-American (First player to receive first-team honors in program history) … 2018 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year … 2017 First Team All-SEC … 2018 Second Team All-SEC … 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team … 2017 NFCA All-Southeast District Team … 2018 SEC All-Defensive Team (SS) … 2018 and 2019 SEC All-Preseason Tea. … Has appeared 2x on SportsCenter’s Top 10 … Was drafted in the 2019 NPF Draft by the Chicago Bandits … Now attending dental school at the University of Pittsburgh.



Passion Richardson, Track and Field, 1994-1997

Starred for women’s track and field from 1994-97 and served as a track and field assistant coach from 2001-05 … four-time All-American in the 55 meters, 100 meters and 4×100-meter relay while at UK….. Set the school record at 60 and 100 meters and was a member of the school-record 4×100-meter relay … earned a bronze at the 2000 Olympics as the anchor leg on the U.S. 4×100-meter relay team in the opening round and semifinals.


Sarah Rumely Noble, Volleyball, 2006-09

Only player in program history to be named SEC Freshman of the Year (2006) and SEC Player of the Year (2008) … Two-time AVCA All-American … Four-time All-SEC … Academic All-American third team … Led team to NCAA Tournament four times, including the Sweet 16 in 2009 … Finished career owning UK records in career assists (5,703) and aces (165) … 5,703 career assists also ranked fifth all-time in SEC history … Capped career ranking in the top 10 in sets played (3rd), block assists (9th), digs and attack percentage (10th) … Only player to record a triple-double in a match in program history (10 kills, 56 assists, 18 digs vs. Ole Miss) … Led team to No. 7 national ranking in ’09 … Played professionally overseas … Currently an assistant coach at LSU.


Sha’Keela Saunders, Track and Field, 2012-2017

NCAA Champion – 2017 Indoor Long Jump … Two-Time SEC Champion – 2015 and 2017 Indoor Long Jump … Fourth place at 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials while a junior at UK, missing the U.S. Olympic team by one spot, and 1.75 inches… Three-time NCAA Silver Medalist – Long Jump (2014 outdoor, 2015 indoor, 2016 indoor) … NCAA Bronze Medalist – 2015 Outdoor Long Jump … 12-time All-America (six in long jump, four in triple jump, twoin 4x400m relay) … Key contributor on two NCAA Championships podium teams (national runner-up in 2015 and fourth place in 2017).


Nancy Scranton, Golf, 1983-84

Kentucky’s first All-SEC performer in women’s golf and also is UK’s most successful player in the LPGA ranks. The 1983 All-SEC performer won two tournaments as a senior, the Western Kentucky Invitational and Southern Illinois Invitational. She graduated in 1984 and began playing on the LPGA Tour in 1985 where she has won three LPGA events, including one major, the 1991 du Maurier Classic. Overall, Scranton has garnered more than $3.3 million in career earnings. She won the LPGA’s Heather Farr Award for the player who “best exemplifies outstanding dedication and perseverance,” and received the 2003 Daytona Beach (Fla.) Kiwanis Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.


Asia Seidt, Swimming and Diving, 2017-2020

2021 NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award Winner … 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year  … 2020 H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year … 2020 CoSIDA At-Large Academic Female Team Member of the Year … 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier … 2019, 2020 CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-America First Team … 2018, 2019, 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team … 2019 Gold Medalist at Phillips 66 National Championships in 200 Backstroke … 2019 Silver Medalist at Phillips 66 National Championships in 400 Medley Relay … 2019 Silver Medalist at World University Games (Team USA) in 200 Backstroke … 2019 NCAA Elite 90 recipient … 2019 Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year … 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars First Team … 2019 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year … 2017-18, 2018-19 USA Swimming National Team … 2018, 2019 U.S. World University Games Team … 2017, 2018, 2019, *2020 NCAA qualifier … 21-time All-America honors total at NCAA Championships (2017-2020) … Eight-time First Team All-American


Abby Steiner, Track and Field, 2018-2022

American, Collegiate, SEC and Kentucky record-holder in the indoor 200m (22.09) … Collegiate, SEC and Kentucky record-holder in the outdoor 200m (21.80) … Collegiate, SEC and Kentucky record-holder in the and 300m (35.80) … Member of collegiate record 4x400m relay (3:21.93) … U.S. Champion in the 200m (2022) … NCAA Outdoor 200m & 4x400m Champion (2022) … Two-time NCAA Indoor 200m Champion (2021, 2022) … NCAA Indoor 60m Runner-Up (2022) … 15-time All-American, 11 first-team honors … Three-time SEC indoor 200m champion (2020, 2021, 2022), 4x400m outdoor champion (2022) … SEC outdoor 100m, 200m, 4x100m silver medalist (2022) … SEC 60m and 4x400m bronze medalist (2022) … SEC indoor 4x400m silver medalist (2021) … Finalist for The Bowerman (2022) … Honda Sport Award winner for track & field … USTFCCCA Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year (2022) … Five-time USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week (2022) … USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year (2020, 2022) … SEC Indoor & Outdoor Scholar Athlete of the Year (2022) … SEC Indoor Women’s Runner of the Year (2022) … Four-time SEC Women’s Runner of the Week (2022) … SEC Indoor All-Freshman team (200m, 2019) … School record-holder in the 60m, 100m, indoor and outdoor 200m, 300m, indoor and outdoor 4x400m


Valerie Still, Basketball, 1979-83

Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer … all-time leading scorer in both men’s and women’s basketball history at the University of Kentucky  … Honored as such on Jan. 12, 2003 with a jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of the Alabama game … the first female letter winner in any UK sport to have her jersey retired … Still is the leader among all Wildcats (men or women) for career scoring (2,763) and rebounding (1,525) … Three-time consensus All-American and led the program in scoring four-straight seasons with a career average of 23.2 points … At one point during the 1981-82 season, she led the nation in both scoring and rebounding before finishing second in both categories (24.8 ppg and 14.3 rpg) … Led the Cats to their highest national ranking (4th) in 1983 and helped UK roll up a 30-game home court win streak from 1980-82 … In 1983, led the sixth-ranked Cats to an 80-66 upset over powerhouse Old Dominion before a record crowd of 10,622 in  UK’s Memorial Coliseum


Alli Stumler, Volleyball, 2018-2021

2020 NCAA National Champion … 2020 NCAA Tournament All-Tournament Team … Four-time SEC Champion … 2021 SEC Player of the Year … Four-time All-SEC performer … 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year … Had the championship-winning kill in the 2020 NCAA National Championship match vs. Texas in Omaha as part of a 26-kill night … Three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, including first team in 2019 and 2020 … AVCA All-American.


Lea Wise Prewitt, Basketball, 1980-1983

All-SEC member of 1982 SEC Championship team … Averaged 12 points per game … Ranks in the program top-10s for all time starts, assists, and assists per game … Inductee to Centre College Hall of Fame as a coach


Sarah Witten Cantey, Tennis, 2000-03

Ranks as the only player in UK women’s tennis history to earn three consecutive All-America selections (doubles in 2001-03) … Remains one of only two players with four career All-America accolades (singles in 2003 and doubles in 2001-03) … Finished as the NCAA doubles runner-up in 2003 … Led UK to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2002 and 2003 … Ranked among the nation’s top doubles tandems in 2003 with two different players (No. 4 with Amy Trefethen and No. 14 with Nathalie Roels) … Coupled with teammate Carolina Mayorga to rank seventh in 2002 and 23rd in 2001 … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three years.


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