The University of Arizona's Olympic 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 has announced.
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.
She also was named the Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Year and ended her career at the UA by winning her last 25-straight collegiate competitions. She will leave the University as the most successful women's collegiate high-jumper ever.
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 2.03m/6-7. 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 1.99m/6-6.25.
In the June 2013 in Eugene, Oregon, Barrett secured her sixth NCAA championship in the high jump. She won with a soaring 6-4.75 (1.95m) leap.
And on June 22 at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Barrett won the women's high jump championship with a career personal-best clearance of 6-8.25 (2.04m).\
She is currently ranked number one in the world for the 2013 outdoor season and will represent Team USA for the second-straight time at the World Championships.
Barrett was named a Bowerman finalist in 2012 and is on the watch list again this season. 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's degree in theater arts. In 2011, she was voted a Capital One Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America and earned a spot on UA's Dean's List in the fall of 2009. She has also been honorable mention Dean's List five times during her academic career.
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 currently the co-president of the Committed to Christ student group on campus.
Voted UA's Homecoming Queen this year, she 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 a specific focus on helping to promote and facilitate race-day coordination; and Students on Stage, where she mentors fellow students and helps create an environment where they can express themselves and achieve common artistic goals.
Looking to eventually pursue a career in the performing arts, Barrett has been invited to sing the National Anthem at numerous sporting events, including the 2012 Pac-12 Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships, a Diamondbacks baseball game, the Fiesta Bowl and Arizona football games. She has also sung the National Anthem at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, the State of the City address where she was invited by the mayor of Tucson, and at different high schools where she also has talked about the importance of academic success.
Barrett is the eighth student-athlete to be named Pac-12 Woman of the Year. Previous winners were: Hilary Back, ASU (2012); Annie Chandler, UA (2011); Justine Schluntz, UA (2010); Lacey Nymeyer, UA (2009); Arianna Lambie, Stanford (2008); Whitney Myers, UA (2007); Kate Richardson, UCLA (2006). Barrett is the fifth Wildcat to earn the honor. Four from the Conference have won the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year honor.
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.