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Three WNY women athletes nominated for NCAA award

Alexandra Cochrane of D’Youville, Selena Cerra of Niagara and Jennifer Morris of St. Bonaventure are among the 534 female athletes who have been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be honored on Oct. 22 in Indianapolis. The Woman of the Year Awards honors academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

Cochrane, of New Port Richey, Fla., graduated from D’Youville in three years with a degree in Exercise and Sports Studies. She played basketball for three seasons. She organized events such as Project Linus that made and donated fleece blankets to hospitals and shelters, a breast cancer awareness t-shirt fundraiser, and Habitat for Humanity events among her activities.

Cerra, of Carbondale, Pa., majored in Spanish Education at Niagara where she was a member of the golf team for four years. She was participated in student government, Spanish club and other leadership opportunities. A three-time member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, she is currently working with Teach for America while pursuing her master’s degree.

Morris, of Canfield, Ohio, played defense on the Bona women’s soccer team, starting all but two games during her four seasons. She majored in Physics Engineering and was heavily involved in volunteer work, participating in town cleanups, the SBU Orion Astronomy Club, volunteering with the SPCA and serving as a physics lab assistant and tutor. She also volunteered with Special Olympics and the annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.


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