McWherter Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Feb. 11, 2010

SEATTLE - Washington senior softball player Alyson McWherter was named one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

McWherter, a Lakewood, Wash., native, is a Sociology major with a 3.32 grade-point average and will also minor in Leadership. A member of Washington's ROTC program who will graduate as a second lieutenant in the Army, McWherter has been able to excel in the classroom and on the field in spite of a busy schedule. She has been on the Honor Roll three times (2006, 2007, 2008) and Dean's List twice (2006, 2007) and has been named Pac-10 All-Academic in each of the last two seasons.

McWherter has been in the Army ROTC all four years at Washington. While leading and training young soldiers of America in various tasks concerning national security, McWherter is also a Distinguished Military Graduate and is in the top 7% in the nation of all upcoming soldiers. She recently participated in the Warrior Forge 2009 (LDAC) and finished second in her regiment of 450 people.

On the field, McWherter was the Huskies' defensive specialist on their run to the 2009 National Championship, holding down the centerfield position for most of the season. She appeared in 53 games, compiling a .971 fielding percentage and making several game-saving plays with her glove, including robbing two home runs in back-to-back innings in a game early in the season, one which would have been a grand slam and the other which would have been a three-run home run. She also batted .273 with eight runs and two RBI, swiping two bases in four attempts.

To view McWherter's player card on the Lowe's website, click here.

This year's candidate class includes 10 student-athletes on teams ranked in the USA Today/National FastpitchCoaches Association (NFCA) preseason top 25 poll and 10 players who finished the 2009 season as Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans. Five candidates were on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America team in 2009. Nineteen of the candidates carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS AwardTM winner at the NCAA Women's College World Series® in June.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.

This marks the fourth year for the softball division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. University of Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson received the award for the 2009 season and Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher took home the 2008 honor. In 2007, University of Arizona outfielder Caitlin Lowe won the inaugural softball award.

2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Softball Candidates

Name, Position, School
Becky Anderson, Pitcher, George Mason University
Blair Bodenmiller, Shortstop, Florida Atlantic University
Chelsea Bramlett, Catcher, Mississippi State University
Mandy Correale, Third Base, College of the Holy Cross
Lauren Delaney, Pitcher, Northwestern University
Michele DePasquale, First Base, Hofstra University
Francesca Enea, Outfield, University of Florida
Christa Fullwood, First Base, Gardner-Webb University
Ashley Griffith, Outfield, Pennsylvania State University
Alissa Haber, Outfield, Stanford University
Becca Heteniak, Pitcher/Designated Player, DePaul University
Liane Horiuchi, Shortstop, Purdue University
Tiffany Huff, Catcher/First Base, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Nina Iduate, Infield, Georgia Southern University
Alyson Intihar, Infield, Cornell University
Molly Johnson, Shortstop, University of Kentucky
Megan Langenfeld, Pitcher/First Base, UCLA
Alyson McWherter, Outfield, University of Washington
Molly Meyer, Outfield, University of Dayton
Elizabeth Milian, Pitcher, Ball State University
Janay Mitchell, Outfield, Bradley University
Charlotte Morgan, Designated Player/Pitcher/First Base, University of Alabama
Nikki Nemitz, Pitcher, University of Michigan
Marissa Nichols, Outfield, UNLV
Tara Oltman, Pitcher, Creighton University
Nicole Pauly. Second Base, Northwestern University
Kellie Sirus, First Base/Third Base, Lipscomb University
Brittany Stanley, Pitcher/Designated Player, Campbell University
Stacie Townsend, Pitcher/Utility, University of Texas at El Paso
Erin Tresselt, Pitcher, University of Texas

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