Nicole Michmerhuizen Presented NCAA Top 10 Award at NCAA Convention

Nicole Michmerhuizen Presented NCAA Top 10 Award at NCAA Convention

(Photo of Nicole Michmerhuizen and Calvin Director of Athletics Dr. Nancy Meyer courtesy of the NCAA)

Recent Calvin College graduate Nicole Michmerhuizen was a recipient of the NCAA's Top 10 Award this past Friday night at the NCAA Convention in Washington D.C.


Michmerhuizen is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing her master's and Ph.D.

She is the second individual in Calvin athletics history to receive the honor as former Calvin women's basketball and track and field athlete Lisa Winkle received the award in 2007.

Michmerhuizen is part of a group of extraordinary student-athletes who were honored this past weekend as the NCAA Today's Top 10 Award winners.

The award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. Recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2013-14 academic year.

The NCAA Honors Committee selects the honorees and is comprised of representatives of member schools and conferences, as well as nationally distinguished former student-athletes.

Before 2013, the award recognized eight student-athletes and was known as Today's Top VIII. The NCAA Honors Committee then expanded the award to include 10 honorees to recognize the increased number of student-athletes, sports and championship opportunities.

A five-time NCAA III All-American in track and field, Michmerhuizen ran cross country and track and field, Michmerhuizen won the Division III individual national championship 10,000 meter run in 2013.

The former team captain led her team to four Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference championships in track and field and three MIAA conference championships in cross country. Michmerhuizen holds the school record in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, and her 10,000 meter personal best time is the seventh fastest in NCAA Division III history.

During her time at Calvin, she received three Capital One Academic All-America honors and multiple academic scholarship awards, including the 2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the 2013-14 Goldwater Research Scholarship, for pursuing DNA research on diabetes as an undergraduate student.

She presented research at the Annual Biophysical Society Meetings in Philadelphia in 2013 and San Francisco in 2014, and has published research articles in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Virology and Biophysical Journal.

Michmerhuizen also spent time working in her community, teaching Sunday school and volunteering with a homeless shelter, the Special Olympics and the West Michigan food bank.