06/25 08:09 CDT UCLA's Rachel Garcia wins Collegiate Woman Athlete of Year
UCLA's Rachel Garcia wins Collegiate Woman Athlete of Year
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- UCLA softball player Rachel Garcia has earned the
Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award.
Garcia was presented with the Honda Cup on Monday night in a ceremony at Galen
Center on the USC campus.
The junior pitcher from Palmdale, California, was selected most outstanding
player of the Women's College World Series after leading the Bruins to their
13th national championship.
Garcia has won consecutive USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honors.
She was the Pac-12 player and pitcher of the year this season. She led UCLA
with a 1.14 ERA while compiling a 29-1 record.
Garcia went 9-0 in the NCAA Tournament and led the field with 16 RBIs.
"She competed with fierceness and intensity, whether she was in the circle or
at bat," said Jean Lenti Ponsetto, chair of the CWSA board of directors.
UCLA pitching coach Lisa Fernandez, who won the Honda Cup in 1993, and head
coach Kelly Inouye-Perez were in attendance. The other finalists were
basketball player Megan Gustafson of Iowa and swimmer Lilly King of Indiana.
Volleyball player Jenna Fessler of Thomas More won the Honda Inspiration Award;
volleyball player Taylor Reiss of Southwest Minnesota State won Division II
Athlete of the Year; and basketball player Madison Temple of Thomas More won
Division III Athlete of the Year.
The 12 finalists were decided in voting by nearly 1,000 NCAA member schools.
The winner was chosen by the CWSA board.