Caroline Flaharty Named Bowdoin's NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Caroline Flaharty, of the Polar Bear volleyball team, has been named as Bowdoin's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

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. She is one of eight nominees submitted to the New England Small College Athletic Conference, where committee of conference administrators will select the conference's representative for the award. 

Flaharty was a four-year standout member of the Bowdoin volleyball team. A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, she will teach in La Rioja, Spain after graduating from Bowdoin with a degree in psychology and education coordinate with a minor in sociology. Flaharty was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2019 and was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team three times, graduating with a 3.61 GPA.

Flaharty was a volunteer tutor supporting English as a Second Language students as part of the Bear PALS (Partners in Academic Language Support) program and a mentor for the Bowdoin Mentoring program. She was a leader of the V-SPACE Club, the Bowdoin Girls and Women in Sports Day, an ally for the OutAllies organization, and a photographer for the Bowdoin Orient student newspaper. She volunteered for Special Olympics, the annual Dig Pink Fundraiser, and the Midcoast Maine Hunger Prevention Center. Flaharty also spent time working as a program assistant at the Canterbury School and was a Cahn Fellows Program Assistant at Columbia University Teacher's College. She also did an independent scholarly research project for the Bowdoin Education Department in 2020.

A captain, Flaharty was a four-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. She finished her career as one of three players in program history to surpass 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Her 1,270 career kills stands second all-time at Bowdoin and she was a three-time All-NESCAC First Team selection. Flaharty was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2016 and later garnered NESCAC Player of the Year honors in 2018. She helped the Polar Bears capture the NESCAC title in 2018 and finish as the NESCAC Runner-Up in 2019. Bowdoin improved upon its NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2018 with a spot in the Elite 8 in 2019.