July 29, 2020
Ramirez-Tejeda '20 Garners GNAC Woman of the Year Honors

Two-sport Saints athlete Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda ’20 was recently named co-recipient of the 2020 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Woman of the Year Award.

As part of the NCAA Woman of the Year program, Ramirez-Tejeda ’20 will automatically be put forth for the prestigious national NCAA award, which spans across Divisions I, II and III. Each nominee must be a graduating female student-athlete, and the selection process is based upon service & leadership, academic achievement, athletics excellence, as well as a personal statement. Ramirez-Tejeda’s co-recipient is Emily Manfra from Suffolk University. She is just the second Saint to earn the honor, after Cathryn LaRiviere Chviruk '09 in 2009.

Ramirez-Tejeda was a Saints two-sport standout both on the basketball court and the softball diamond. The criminology & criminal justice major also minored in Spanish, graduating from Emmanuel with a 3.90 GPA. The Cambridge, Mass., native has three times earned the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in her career: 2019 Basketball Second Team, 2020 Basketball First Team and 2020 Softball Third Team.

In women's hoops, she was a three-time All-GNAC First Teamer and was named the 2020 GNAC Player of the Year. In 86 career games, she averaged 18.6 points (.524), 10.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and led Emmanuel to back-to-back GNAC titles and NCAA appearances her junior and senior seasons. Meanwhile for softball, she was a 2018 GNAC Third Team selection and was voted the 2019 GNAC Player of the Year along with the First Team nod, hitting .396 with 38 extra-base hits, including 18 homers, 59 runs, and 68 RBI in 76 career games. She had a 1.653 OPS through six games this spring before the season's abrupt cancellation.

Ramirez-Tejeda was the Andrew Yosinoff Athletic Achievement Award Recipient, given annually to a senior athlete who has excelled on the playing field and provided the greatest contribution to the athletic reputation of Emmanuel College through exceptional athletic achievement. Some of her leadership opportunities included lead captain for local school community service projects with the basketball program, a youth counselor and camp mentor at Tenacity Summer Camp, member of the SAAC, work-study student within the athletic department, stints working for both Campus Safety and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and a Boston Police Department internship.

"I am extremely honored to be a co-recipient for the GNAC Woman of the Year honor," said Ramirez-Tejeda upon learning of the distinction. "I am humbled to have been selected for this award alongside an amazing student-athlete in Emily Manfra. Emmanuel gave me more than I could have ever imagined, and I am forever indebted to those that played a part in my journey there. I'm thankful to all my coaches, teammates, professors, athletic admins, trainers, family and forever friends for their continuous love and support over the last three years! This journey wouldn't have been half of what it was without you guys, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much! This award isn't just mine, it belongs to every person who has contributed to making me the player and person I'm today. You all deserve it more than I do."

This year, a record 605 female college athletes were nominated for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. The nominees include 259 nominees from Division I, 126 from Division II and 220 from Division III. Nominees competed in 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.

Read the full release from the GNAC Communications Office.

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