COLUMBIA, Mo. – Brooke Wilmes, a standout on the Mizzou softball team, earned a nomination for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year award for her outstanding work in athletic competition and in the community.
Wilmes had a banner season, leading the Tigers in numerous offensive categories out of the leadoff spot. The senior led Mizzou to the NCAA Super Regionals while hitting safely in each postseason game and homering in five of six NCAA Tournament contests.
The Johnston, Iowa native set career highs in runs, hits, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and stolen bases. Defensively, Wilmes threw out six runners from the outfield over the season. Her 79 hits put her in a tie for fifth in Mizzou Softball single season history and her 16 doubles were good enough for a tie for fourth.
Wilmes has also reached the top of numerous career totals in the Mizzou Softball record books. During the 2021 season, she became just the 14th Tiger to surpass 200 hits. She now sits in ninth with 227 hits over her time at Mizzou.
She was named the program’s 25th All-American after earning a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association third team. Additionally, Wilmes earned second team All-SEC honors and first team NFCA Southeast All-Region recognition. She was also listed on the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the fourth time in her career.
In her spare time, the outfielder has spent time as a softball instructor and mentor for young girls.
Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. Over 220,000 women are competing in college sports, and the NCAA received 535 nominations for this prestigious award. Conference offices will select their nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year from each school’s nominations. Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 honorees, the selection committee determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists. The Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists.
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