Kristen Rivera Named Finalist For Honda Award

June 1, 2005

SEATTLE- For the third consecutive year, Washington catcher Kristen Rivera has been named one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award in softball.

The Honda Sports Award annually recognizes the top female college athlete in each of 11 sports. The athletes are selected not only for their superior athletic skills, but also for their leadership abilities, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. The Honda Awards winners are then candidates for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which recognizes the outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Only two softball players have ever won the Honda-Broderick Cup and both were from UCLA (Natasha Watley, 2002-03 and Lisa Fernandez, 1992-93).

Washington has had a softball player nominated for the award six times. Rivera has been nominated three times, while Heather Meyer (1996), Sara Pickering (1997) and Jennifer Spediacci (2000) have also been award finalists.

Rivera, a senior from Perris, Calif., led Washington to its 12th straight NCAA Tournament where the Huskies fell to top-ranked Michigan in the third a deciding game of the Super Regional in Ann Arbor last weekend.

Rivera concludes her collegiate career with seven school records including career (79), season (25) and game (3) home runs, career (180), season (68) and game (4) walks, and season on-base percentage (.593). She appears 26 times on the UW all-time charts and ranks second all-time with 233 career runs batted in, an .812 slugging percentage and .523 on-base percentage.

Rivera is a three-time All-American and two-time Pacfic-10 Conference Player of the Year. She was a top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year for the third time this season and has received the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award twice.

Other finalists for the 2004-05 Honda Award for softball are Caitlin Lowe of Arizona, Cat Osterman of Texas and Amanda Scarborough of Texas A&M.

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