Lawrie Finalist For Sportswoman Of Year Award

Aug. 3, 2009

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - Washington softball player Danielle Lawrie has been named one of 10 finalists for the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year award, joining nine other women from around the world for their accomplishments over the last 12 months.

Lawrie has been nominated in the team category, representing athletes who play in team sports. She is the only softball player nominated, joining other athletes such as Brazilian soccer player Marta and UConn basketball player Renee Montgomery along with athletes representing the tennis (doubles), volleyball, bobsledding, curling, bowling, lacrosse and ice hockey.

Four softball players have won the award in the team category since the award began in 1993, including U.S. Olympians Lisa Fernandez (1994), Cat Osterman (2003), Monica Abbott (2007) and Jessica Mendoza (2008). Other winners include Sheryl Swoops, Rebecca Lobo, Mia Hamm, Serena & Venus Williams and Sue Bird.

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The Sportswoman of the Year award is just another of the several awards Lawrie has been nominated for following a dream season in which she led the Huskies to their first-ever softball National Championship. Lawrie was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year before leading the Huskies to the title, after which she was named the Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player along with winning the Honda Award winner for softball. She was also a finalist for the national Honda Award as well as an ESPY Award nominee for Top Female Collegiate Athlete.

A member of the Canadian National Team, Lawrie competed in the 2008 Olympic Games, leading Canada to the medal round. With the Huskies last season, she broke career and single-season UW strikeout records and led the nation in wins (42) and strikeouts (521).

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