Kristen Rivera Named Finalist For Honda Award

June 7, 2004

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

The Honda 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 and Lisa Fernandez).

Rivera, a junior from Perris, Calif., led Washington to its second-straight Women's College World Series appearance as the Huskies defeated Georgia 3-1 in the regional championship in Athens, Ga. Rivera, who is a three-time All-American, led the team in batting average (.385), home runs (17), slugging percentage (.825), walks (54), on-base percentage (.569) and fielding percentage (992). Rivera's on-base percentage set a UW single-season record and she became the first Husky to ever garner Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.

Rivera has also made an assault on the UW career top 10 lists, as she ranks second all-time in home runs (58), slugging percentage (.786) and on-base percentage (.502), third in walks (112), and fifth in average (.375) and runs batted in (179).

Other finalists for the 2003-04 Honda Award for softball are Jessica van der Linden from Florida State, Iyhia McMichael from Mississippi State and Alicia Hollowell from Arizona. The Honda Award winner will be announced later this week.

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