OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today the 25 finalists for the 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
The Top 25 is comprised of players representing 18 colleges and ten different NCAA Division I Conferences. Among the list are eleven seniors, six juniors, five sophomores and three freshman.
The Top 25 finalists for the 2008 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, listed in alphabetical order, are:
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State) Sophomore Catcher/Infield Cordova, Tenn.
Katie Burkhart (Arizona State) Senior Pitcher San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Tonya Callahan (Tennessee) Senior Infield Holden, Mo.
Samantha Camuso (UCLA) Freshman Utility Redding, Calif.
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) - Junior Outfield Yorba Linda, Calif.
Samantha Findlay (Michigan) Senior First Base Lockport, Ill.
Amber Flores (Oklahoma) Sophomore Outfield Calexico, Calif.
Megan Gibson (Texas A&M) Senior Pitcher/First Base Spring, Texas
Sam Marder (Ohio State) Sophomore Catcher Calabasas, Calif.
DJ Mathis (Oklahoma) Junior Pitcher East Alton, Ill.
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) Sophomore Pitcher/Utility Moreno Valley, Calif.
Rosey Neill (Stanford) Sophomore Catcher Laguna Hills, Calif.
Stacey Nelson (Florida) Junior Pitcher Los Alamitos, Calif.
Carmen Paez (Florida Gulf Coast) Senior Outfield Belle Glade, Fla.
Missy Penna (Stanford) Junior Pitcher/Utility Miami, Fla.
Kate Robinson (Hawaii) Senior Pitcher/First Base Honolulu, Hawaii
Brittany Rogers (Alabama) Junior Outfield Dacula, Ga.
Anjelica Selden (UCLA) Senior Pitcher Vacaville, Calif.
Angel Shamblin (Houston) Senior Pitcher/Utility Davie, Fla.
Holly Tankersley (Louisiana-Lafayette) Senior Designated Player/Outfield Kirbyville, Texas
Jordan Taylor (Michigan) - Freshman Pitcher Valencia, Calif.
Angela Tincher (Virginia Tech) - Senior Pitcher Eagle Rock, Va.
Brooke Turner (Long Beach State) Freshman Pitcher Buena Park, Calif.
Jackie Vasquez (Arizona State) Senior Outfield Tucson, Ariz.
Tammy Williams (Northwestern) Junior Infield Roscoe, Mo.
On May 7, just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named from the players on this list. On May 21, the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2008 NCAA Women's College World Series Party at the Park on May 27.
A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with photos of the winner. An additional replica of the award will be presented to the players academic institution at a sporting event in the fall.
Tennessees Monica Abbott captured the 2007 honor before leading her team to the WCWS Final Series. Past winners of the award include Stacey Nuveman (UCLA-2002), Cat Osterman (Texas-2003, 2005 and 2006) and Jessica Van der Linden (Florida State-2004).
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nations largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Mens, Womens, Junior Boys and Junior Girls National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Womens National Team is one of the only two womens sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/
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