ATHENS, Ga. – Graduate student-athletes Callie Dickinson (women’s swimming & diving) and Cecily Stoute (soccer) have been named the University of Georgia’s nominees for the 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Dickinson and Stoute, two of a record-breaking 619 national nominees, will join student-athletes from throughout the Southeastern Conference for potential selection as the league’s nominee before the pool is narrowed to the top 30 nominees. Three finalists from each of the NCAA’s divisions will be announced in September before the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics announces the winner at January’s NCAA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
Four Georgia student-athletes have won the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, including three swimmers: Lisa Coole (1997), Kristy Kowal (2000), and Kim Black (2001). Most recently, track and field athlete Keturah Orji was honored in 2018. Dickinson is the 17th Georgia swimmer to be nominated by the university, while Stoute is the first soccer player to be nominated.
Dickinson, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, previously received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. She is on track to graduate later this summer with a master’s degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences. In May 2022, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Science, earning Summa Cum Laude honors with a 3.92 GPA. She is intending to pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon, while continuing to train in preparation for the upcoming World University Games.
During her five seasons in Athens, Dickinson qualified for the NCAA Championships in all five seasons and earned six CSCAA All-America honors, including a 2022 First Team honor in the 800-yard freestyle relay and an individual citation this season in the 200-yard butterfly. At the SEC Championships, she won four medals, including a silver medal this season in the 200-yard butterfly. She closed her career with top-10 times in program history in four events: 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard butterfly, and 100-yard butterfly. In international competition, she has competed at two U.S. Olympic Trials and reached two finals at this year’s Phillips 66 National Championships.
Dickinson was named to the College Sports Communicators/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in 2022 and 2023. She was also named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll in all five seasons, along with being named to the 2021 SEC Community Service Team. A member of the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll in each semester, she has received Presidential Scholar honors (4.0 GPA with 14+ credit hours) three times. She is the president of the UGA chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, a team representative on the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and a member of the UGA Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) Academy.
Stoute, an Atlanta native, graduated in May with a master’s degree in Journalism after graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in Journalism in May 2022. She recently began her professional career as a reporter for WMAZ-TV in Macon. In March, she was one of three Bulldogs recognized as a Peach of an Athlete Role Model by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
During her five seasons at Georgia, Stoute was twice named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Team, earning Second Team honors in 2021 and Third Team honors in 2022. She was also a two-time Second Team All-SEC honoree (2020, 2021) and a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2018. She started in all 90 appearances for the Bulldogs, accumulating over 8,130 field minutes as the team’s defensive anchor. Last season, the backline only allowed 17 goals and a .078 shooting percentage while tying the program record with 12 shutouts. She also contributed on the offensive end with four career assists. Outside of Georgia, she started three matches for the Trinidad & Tobago national team in the 2022 Concacaf W Championship tournament.
Stoute was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in all five seasons and was a member of the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll in each semester. In March 2022, she was named an Arthur Ashe Sport Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. She was also a member of the UGA Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) Academy.