Teresa Noyola, a member of the Paly Class of 2008 and Stanford Class of 2012, is nominated for the ESPY Award for Best Female College Athlete. Jeremy Lin, also a Paly graduate, is nominated for Best Breakout Athlete. The winners of the awards, which are hosted and sponsored by ESPN, will be announced during a live broadcast on July 11.
Unlike some awards, the winners of the ESPYs are determined by fan votes. For a little over two weeks, fans are able to log on to espn.com and vote for their favorite of the nominated athletes. Noyola is up against Baylor basketball player Brittney Griner, USC volleyball player Alex Jupiter, Cal swimmer Caitlin Leverenz and Alabama softball player Jackie Traina. Fans can vote for Noyola HERE and Lin HERE.
“I'm very honored,” Noyola said. “The ESPYs are an awesome tradition and I'm humbled to be part of it.”
Along with the ESPY nomination, Noyola roped in an array of other awards this year, earning the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Honda Award, College Cup Offensive MVP, Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and her third NSCAA first-team All-America honor.
In addition to playing midfield for Stanford, Noyola played for the United States Under-20 National Team from 2007 to 2010, and currently plays for the Mexican National Team. In 2011, she competed with the team in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Mexico did not qualify to compete at the 2012 Olympics in London, but Noyola will likely continue to play for the squad and will have another shot at the Olympics in 2016.
Lin, who led Paly to a basketball state championship before heading off to play at Harvard, broke out this year in the NBA with the New York Knicks. In just a few days, Lin went from being unheard of to a household name, thanks to a sudden influx of fans that has been nicknamed "Linsanity."