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Cantu Named Big Ten Women’s Golf Coach of the Year

By Maryland Athletics Staff

Maryland women’s golf head coach Diana Cantu has been named the Big Ten Women's Coach of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday. This marks the first of her career, as well as the first for the women's golf program.

Now in her sixth year at Maryland, Cantu has led the program to new heights, including the Terps’ first NCAA Regionals since 2012 and earning the program's highest-ever rankings. Cantu and her team in recent seasons have broken over 10 program records.

In addition, seniors Virunpat Olankitkunchai and Laura Van Respaille have been named All-Big Ten First Team selections, the most in program history. This marks the second First Team selection for Olankitkunchai, and the first for Van Respaille, who has also been named the Sportsmanship Honoree for the Terps. Senior Xiaolin Tian has been named to the All-Big Ten Second Team, making the three honorees the most Maryland has had in one season.

Maryland will next compete in its second consecutive NCAA Regionals, with the Terps playing in Baton Rouge from May 10-12.

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