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Helena Jansen
Helena Jansen was the number one seed for App in 34 matches.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State’s Jansen Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Tennis standout Helena Jansen has been nominated by App State as the school’s candidate for the 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Jansen showed her prowess both on the court and in the classroom during her senior year at App State, as she graduated in May with a degree in psychology (human services) and a minor in sociology and was a member of the Spring 2023 Dean’s List.

On the court, the Girona, Spain, native excelled in both singles and doubles competition during her three years at App State. She compiled 34 singles wins, 31 doubles wins and helped lead the Black & Gold to their first postseason appearance in program history in 2023.

Jansen was a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Week and was selected to the 2022 All-Sun Belt first team in singles after achieving an undefeated season in conference play (5-0).

Over the course of her career, Jansen competed at the No. 1 spot in App State’s lineup in 34 matches.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes since 1991 for excellence in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership throughout their college careers. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2023.

The Top 30 nominees – 10 from each NCAA division – will be announced in October, while the winner will be selected at the NCAA Convention in January 2024.