Cross Country/Track And Fencing Stars Selected Yale's Top Female Athlete
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Frances Schmiede, one of the most decorated middle distance runners in the history of Yale women's track, and fencer Katherine Miller, an All-American who represented Brazil at the 2016 Olympics, are the recipients of the 2017 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. The award was presented at today's Class Day exercises.
The Nellie Pratt Elliot Award goes to the senior woman whose excellence in the field of athletics and in her life at Yale best represents the ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition. It is awarded in memory of Nellie Pratt Elliot, who was an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale for 46 years.
Schmiede, a member of Pierson College and a Pymble, Australia native, was a two-time second team All-America selection in the indoor mile run. She is the Ivy League record holder in the 1,000 run and the Yale record holder in the mile, 1,500 and 1,000. Earlier this month, she won the Ivy League 1,500 outdoor championship to earn first team All-Ivy recognition. In February, she finished second in the 800 run at the Indoor Heptagonal Championship and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year.
In the fall, Schmiede captained the cross country team to a berth in the NCAA Championship for the first time in 15 years. She earned All-Ivy recognition for the second straight year by finishing seventh at the Heptagonal Championship. In addition, she is a two-time All-Northeast Region selection in cross country.
Schmiede, a political science major, has shined in the classroom as well. She earned Academic All-Ivy recognition in cross country this fall and in outdoor track last spring. She also is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.
Miller, also a resident of Pierson College, earned second team All-America recognition this year after finishing eighth in the epee at the NCAA Championship. In her Yale career, she made three appearances at the NCAA Championship.
She took a leave of absence from Yale in 2015-16 to train with the Brazil national fencing team. She represented Brazil at the Junior World Championships, Senior Pan American Championships and Senior World Championships. In all, she fenced on four continents. At the 2016 Olympics in Rio she competed in the epee.
Miller earned second team All-Ivy recognition at Yale in 2014 and 2015. She served as team captain this year, guiding the Bulldogs to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championship.
Miller, a New York City native, is a global affairs major and a student fellow of the William F. Buckley Jr. Program. She earned Academic All-Ivy honors this winter.
All-Time Nellie Pratt Elliot Award Recipients
1976-77 Anne F. Keating Basketball/Field Hockey/Lacrosse
1977-78 Barbara A. Liebowitz Basketball
1978-79 Mary C. Pew Crew
1979-80 Susanna E. Krentz Volleyball/Basketball
1980-81 Tracy Ball Lacrosse
1981-82 Patricia A. Melton Track
1982-83 Sindee L. Simon Swimming
1983-84 Nicole W. Piasecki Lacrosse/Field Hockey
1984-85 Andrea P. Metkus Fencing
1985-86 Melissa Jane Buchan Track
1986-87 Louisa Gerritz Track
1987-88 Kelly Groteke Cross Country
1988-89 Sarah P. Smith Track/Cross Country
1989-90 Tonya Lawrence Basketball
1990-91 Kristine A. Campbell Fencing
1991-92 Berkeley Belknap Squash
1992-93 Anne Lehman Field Hockey
1993-94 Tasha Taylor Gymnastics
1994-95 Mary Kalich Basketball
1995-96 Kellianne Bartlett Field Hockey/Softball
1996-97 Amanda Taft Softball
1997-98 Laurie Belliveau Women's Ice Hockey
1998-99 Rosanna "Rosie" Wustrack Volleyball
1999-00 Heather R. Bentley Lacrosse
2000-01 Meredith Bryarly Swimming and Diving
2001-02 Sarah Seung-Hee Seo Golf
2002-03 Kate and Laura O'Neill Track and Cross Country
2003-04 Elizabeth "Miles" Whitman Women's Lacrosse
2004-05 Sarah Driscoll Women's Lacrosse/Field Hockey
2005-06 Michelle Quibell Squash
Joslyn Woodard Track
2006-07 Rachel Jeffers Crew
2007-08 Lauren Taylor Lacrosse
2008-09 Christina Person Crew
2009-10 Susan Kim Swimming
2010-11 Kate Grace Track
2011-12 Taylor Cramm Volleyball
2012-13 Elizabeth Epstein Tennis
2013-14 Kendall Polan Volleyball
2014-15 Mollie Rogers Volleyball
2015-16 Eva Fabian Swimming & Diving
2016-17 Frances Schmiede Cross Country/Track
& Katherine Miller Fencing
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity