When you’re a four sport athlete at the division one level, people tend to take notice. First it was the AAU, which made Brenner the only collegiate finalist for the prestigious Sullivan Award — the AAU’s equivalent of the Heisman — and now it’s Sports Illustrated, which has nominated Brenner for Female College Athlete of the Year.
The sophomore has made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances with the volleyball team, played with Mike White and the softball team in the Women’s College World Series, spent two seasons on Paul Westhead’s basketball team and even won the javelin competition at the Oregon Twilight. Her main focus in college has been volleyball, though she initially joined the basketball and softball teams when injuries opened up roster slots.
Also nominated is Baylor star Brittney Griner, Taylor Thornton of Northwestern lacrosse, Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU track and North Carolina field hockey player Loren Shealy. Trey Burke and Kahled Holmes are among the nominees for the men’s award.