Arizona’s Barrett named Pac-12 Woman of the Year

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – University of Arizona silver medalist high jumper Brigetta Barrett has been named the Pac-12 Conference Woman of the Year for the 2012-13 academic year, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday. Barrett becomes the Conference’s candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year, presented annually to graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

Barrett is a rising star in the sport of track and field, nationally and internationally. Barrett was a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the high jump, where she recorded the best mark ever by a collegian with a height of 6 feet, 7 inches. A three-time Pac-12 Champion in the event, she set the NCAA record in a collegiate meet at the Pac-12 Championships in May, jumping a height of 6-6.25. Barrett has won three NCAA indoor high jump titles and two in the outdoor event. She will be going for a third national title in the outdoor this week at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore. Additionally, Barrett has been named a Bowerman finalist twice in her career. The honor is given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s collegian in the sport of track and field.

Barrett has also excelled in the classroom, graduating cum laude in May, earning a bachelor of arts degree in theater arts.

Barrett has served in several leadership positions, including being selected the co-president of the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a team captain on the Wildcat track and field squad. She is also the co-president of the Committed to Christ student group on campus, was voted Homecoming Queen and continues to participate in several community service efforts, including Mentor Kids USA, a program that encourages young girls to pursue education and self-respect; Susan G. Komen with specific focus on helping to promote and facilitate race-day coordina-tion; and Students on Stage, where she mentors fellow students and helps create an environment where they can express themselves and achieve common artistic goals.

Barrett hopes to eventually pursue a career in the performing arts and has performed the national anthem at numerous sporting events, including a Diamondbacks game and the Fiesta Bowl.

The 2012 Pac-12 Woman of the Year was Arizona State softball pitcher Hilary Bach. Four of the previous seven selections were University of Arizona swimmers: Annie Chandler (2011), Justin Schluntz (2010), Lacey Nymeyer (2009) and Whitney Myers (2007).

The top 30 honorees, 10 from each NCAA division, will be announced in early September. The NCAA Woman of the Year is announced in October.