Across the nation, conferences selected 149 female athletes as nominees.
“It is an honor to represent a team of intelligent and capable women, led by women, that works so hard to motivate each other to pursue our passions in athletics and every aspect of our lives,” Bales said.
The conference recognized the recent graduate for her academic and athletic achievements and leadership.
On the field, Bales helped the Tritons to four CCAA Tournament titles in each of her four years. The team won back-to-back West Region crowns in her final two seasons.
During her senior year, the Tritons ended the season with a 19-3-2 record. The team went 10-2-0 in CCAA play.
The Temecula native graduated in June with a degree in international studies and political science. In the fall, Bales returns to UCSD for graduate studies in public policy.
An NCAA selection committee will choose the top honorees from each division, before the winner is announced Oct. 20.
– Staff reports