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Ten finalists for POY
4/30/2004

Oklahoma City, OK---The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today the ten finalists for the third annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The initial list of 25 finalists was announced on April 7. This award is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

The ten finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Monica Abbott – Freshman - University of Tennessee

Autumn Champion – Sophomore - University of Arizona

Christina Clark – Sophomore - Fresno State

Alicia Hollowell – Sophomore - University of Arizona

Caitlin Lowe – Freshman - University of Arizona

Iyhia McMichael – Senior - Mississippi State

Brooke Mitchell – Junior - Louisiana Lafayette

Kristen Rivera – Junior - University of Washington

Jamie Southern – Junior - Fresno State

Jessica van der Linden – Senior - Florida State

Three finalists will be announced May 11th, with the winner of the 2004 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award being announced May 26 at the opening ceremonies of the NCAA College World Series in Oklahoma City. The winner will be recognized and presented with the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year trophy during the ASA National Council Meeting in Mobile, Alabama, in November.

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 player’s academic institution.

About ASA

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 nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 91 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 www.asasoftball.com.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, 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 Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com.

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