Kristen Rivera Named Finalist For Collegiate Softball Player Of The Year

April 14, 2003

SEATTLE- Washington catcher and designated player Kristen Rivera (Perris, Calif.) is one of 25 finalists for the 2003 USA Collegiate Player of the Year Award as announced by the Amateur Softball Association.

The award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball and is the only national player of the year award, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. The final list is comprised of 25 players that represent 19 colleges and 9 different Conferences.

Rivera leads the third-ranked Huskies in numerous offensive categories, including batting average (.376), hits (47), home runs (16), slugging percentage (.816) and on-base percentage (.455). Her defensive abilities are just as impressive as she has picked off six base runners this season while maintaining a .982 fielding percentage.

The list will be reduced to ten players on April 29 and three finalists will be announced May 13. The winner of the 2003 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced May 21 at the opening ceremonies of the NCAA College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK. The winner will be recognized and presented with the Player of the Year trophy during the ASA National Council Meeting in Orlando, Fla., in November.

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of amateur softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions. It is also responsible for promoting and growing the sport of softball across the country.

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