Dominique Lastrapes Named Top-10 Finalist For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

April 26, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Washington softball player Dominique Lastrapes has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the Softball Division of the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The award, which recognizes the Outstanding Senior Athlete in six NCAA sports, is in its first year for softball.

The 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ballot for a nationwide vote beginning April 26 and concluding May 23. Fan balloting, available on the award's official website www.seniorclassaward.com, will be combined with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the 2007 award.

The 2007 softball finalists are: Stephanie Brown (Notre Dame), Garland Cooper (Northwestern), Lindsey Gerheim (Army), Kristina Hull (Georgia Tech), Dominique Lastrapes (Washington), Caitlin Lowe (Arizona), Katie Martin (Missouri State), Jamie Reiss (Creighton), Lindsey Schutzler (Tennessee), and Kate Sheaks (DePaul).

The award winner will be announced and presented with her trophy during the opening ceremonies of the 2007 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma, City. The Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team will also be recognized.

Finalists were selected from a list of 20 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While the on-the-field performance this far during the college softball season was a factor in determining finalists, the criteria also includes a high emphasis on the classroom, character and community service.

Lastrapes boasts a 3.2 grade point average in Sociology and will graduate in June. She is a Dean's List member and received Washington's top female athlete award for the quarter. A two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree, Lastrapes would like to pursue a career as a college softball coach.

Lastrapes has demonstrated her strong character as a team captain who has bought a positive attitude toward change. She has had three different head coaches during her collegiate career and has been instrumental to the team's acceptance of each change. She has also had to overcome numerous injuries, including playing with a bone chip in her elbow as a freshman, eventually undergoing surgery; playing with a re-injured elbow and injured shoulder as a sophomore, eventually undergoing surgery on both; suffering a concussion as a junior during a collision at second base and playing with bone spurs in her ankle, eventually undergoing surgery. Earlier this season, Lastrapes was struck in the face by a pitch and had to maintain a liquid diet for two weeks but never missed a game.

She has also been an active volunteer in the community serving as a WASAAC representative for four years where she has acted as a liaison between the student-athletes, the athletics department and upper campus. She has organized various student-athlete community service projects including sending care packages to troops in Iraq, putting on a haunted house for local children during Halloween and visiting sick children and Seattle's Children's Hospital.

Lastrapes, a two-time All-American, is a four-year starter at second base for Washington and has led the Huskies to College World Series appearances in 2003 and 2004 and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Super Regional. She is a three-time All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 selection and has been named to the All-Regional team three times, including the Most Outstanding Player in 2004. Lastrapes ranks eighth on the UW all-time career list in walks (82), is ninth in doubles (40) and on-base percentage (.423), and 10th in hits (237)).

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