Kahnweiler Honored As Academic All-America, NCAA Woman of Year Nominee

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin graduate Kimberly Kahnweiler (Winnetka, Ill.) has received a pair of distinguished honors following commencement last week.

The former Polar Bear field hockey captain has been named Second Team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors Association and one of eight finalists to represent the NESCAC as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. Kahnweiler is the first Bowdoin field hockey player to receive Academic All-America recognition by CoSIDA (At-Large Division).  A committee of conference administrators will select the NESCAC's representative for the NCAA Woman of the Year award in the coming weeks.

Kahnweiler proved to be well-rounded in academics and athletics and a valuable member of the Bowdoin community. A cum laude graduate with a degree in economics, she was a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, a four-time member of the NFHCA Division III All-Academic Squad and a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection in 2016. Kahnweiler was a quantitative reasoning tutor, teacher's assistant and grader in the economics department for three years. She also served as a liaison between economics students and faculty members for three years. During her junior year, Kahnweiler conducted independent research in Sri Lanka entitled "The Empowerment of Women Through Business Ownership." She also received the President's Award, which is given to a senior for uncommon contributions to Bowdoin.

In the community, Kahnweiler was a co-leader of the Alcohol Team (A Team), which created programming around the alcohol culture on campus and led meetings between faculty and students to discuss this culture. She was a four-year mentor in the local Big Brother Big Sister program. Kahnweiler was a co-leader of Fostering Female Leadership in Youth (FFLY), a group-based mentoring program at a local middle school, and Winning Together in Athletics, an event where students talked about their experiences with race and athletics. Over the course of her collegiate career, she volunteered at the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Center, Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, Safe Passage in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and the annual Women and Girls in Sports Day hosted at Bowdoin. She was also an RA during her sophomore year. Kahnweiler is currently serving as a Class of 2016 Class Agent.

On the field, Kahnweiler was a member of the 2013 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship team and the last two NCAA runner-up squads. The co-captain had a banner senior campaign, as she was the 2015 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, a First Team All-American, an All-NCAA Tournament Team selection, and was named the Division III Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for field hockey. Kahnweiler, who was the co-recipient of the 2016 Anne L.E. Dane Award for Outstanding Leadership by a Female Athlete, was a two-time NFHCA First Team All-Region pick (2014, 2015) and a Second Team All-Region selection in 2013.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991. The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.