Player of the year finalists announced
California, Oklahoma lead nominations with three each
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Amateur Softball Association of America announced the top-25 finalists for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The winner will be announced at the opening of the 2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by student athletes across the country.
The list includes Ashley Hansen, the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, as well as Katelyn Boyd and Chelsea Thomas, who were the other two finalists.
Now in its 11th year, previous recipients of the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award are UCLA catcher Stacey Nuveman (2002), Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (2003, 2005 and 2006), Florida State pitcher Jessica Van der Linden (2004), Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott (2007), Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher (2008), Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie (2009 and 2010) and Stanford shortstop Ashley Hansen (2011).
The top 25 is comprised of 13 seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores, and one freshman. The student-athletes selected represent 17 Division I universities and eight athletic conferences. While California and Oklahoma lead the way with three athlete representatives each, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Washington each have two.
Just before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be announced May 9. The three finalists will be announced May 23
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball.
|Katelyn Boyd||Arizona State||Senior||Shortstop|
|Raven Chavanne||Tennessee||Junior||Third Base / Outfield|
|Jolene Henderson||California||Junior||Pitcher / First Base|
|Kaitlin Inglesby||Washington||Sophomore||Pitcher / First Base|
|Ashley McClain||FIU||Senior||Outfield / Pitcher|
|Sara Nevins||South Florida||Sophomore||Pitcher|
|Jordan Rutkowski||Valparaiso||Senior||Catcher / Outfield|
|Chelsea Thomas||Missouri||Redshirt Junior||Pitcher|
|Jackie Traina||Alabama||Sophomore||Pitcher / Designated player|