Florida Tech Swimmer Savannah Brennan Named 2021-22 Sunshine State Conference Woman of the Year
By Christina Hardman, Florida Tech News Bureau // July 19, 2022
first panther to receive woman of the year honors
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Savannah Brennan is honored as the 2021-22 Sunshine State Conference Woman of the Year. The First Team All-American and Academic All-American becomes the first Panther to win the award.
Candidates for The Sunshine State Conference Woman of the Year award were scored based on the NCAA’s Woman of the Year guidelines.
Selected by Athletic Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Athletic Communication Directors, and Faculty Athletic Representatives from each of the 11 Sunshine State Conference league members.
“Savannah has epitomized the goals we set for our athletes to become scholars, leaders, and champions,” said Athletic Director Jamie Joss.
“Just when you think she has reached the pinnacle of success, she finds another level to reach.
“We are very proud of all she has achieved during her career and this honor validates all of the hard work she has put forth in the pool and in the classroom.”
In the pool, Brennan earned three CSCAA All-America honors in 2021-22 for her performances in the 400 Individual Medley, 1000 Free, and 500 Free at the NCAA Division II championship.
She placed ninth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:18.40 and 10th in the 500 Free with a time of 4:54.56. Her best finish came in 1000 Free, where she finished fifth at 10:04.04.
All three marks stand as Florida Tech records. Brennan now holds six Panther records in individual events and four relay records with her teammates.
The Oviedo, Florida native, recently became the first three-time winner of the SSC’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. She earned the distinction following First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
She was also tabbed Second Team Academic All-America in 2020-21, after completing a double major in Genomics and Molecular Genetics and Biomedical Science with a 3.97-grade point average.
Brennan is pursuing a Master’s in Biotechnology and has earned every CSCAA Scholar All-American, SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and Dean’s List award she has been eligible for during her career.
Brennan will represent the SSC and Florida Tech as a 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. She is the first scholar-athlete from Florida Tech to be nominated for the NCAA’s award by the league.
SSC Woman of the Year Award Winners
■ 2020-21: Julia Ingram, University of Tampa (Basketball)
■ 2019-20: Addison Cantor, Florida Southern College (Cross Country)
■ 2018-19: Kristina Ortiz, Lynn University (Golf)
■ 2017-18: Emily Santoli, Florida Southern College (Lacrosse)
■ 2016-17: Marie Coors, Saint Leo University (Golf)
■ 2015-16: Rebecca Matthews, Lynn University (Swimming)
■ 2014-15: Linda Fritschken, Barry University (Tennis)
■ 2013-14: Ellen Chambers, Lynn University (Golf)
■ 2012-13: Lauren Boudreau, Nova Southeastern University (Tennis)
■ 2011-12: Grace Collins, Barry University (Softball)
■ 2010-11: Barbara Pocza, Barry University (Tennis)
■ 2009-10: Maria Garcia-Austt, Nova Southeastern University (Golf) / Lydee Benoit, Eckerd College (Volleyball)
■ 2008-09: Shyla Rider, Barry University (Softball)
■ 2007-08: Virginia Davenport, Saint Leo University (Soccer)
■ 2006-07: Kelly Morrisroe, Eckerd College (Volleyball)
■ 2005-06: Greta Trotman, Barry University (Tennis)
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