SCIAC Softball Teams Garner NFCA Scholar All-American Honors

SCIAC Softball Teams Garner NFCA Scholar All-American Honors

A grand total of over 8,000 student-athletes (8,161), a first in National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) history, were named 2019 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes, the Association announced on Wednesday afternoon. 

The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across the Association's membership categories. NCAA Division III led the way with 1,928 student-athletes earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for 2018-19. NCAA Division I and Division II followed with 1,769 and 1,306 honorees. High School weighted and High School unweighted earned 1,225 and 793 distinctions. NAIA and two-year programs each amassed 570 recipients.

Seven of the eight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) softball teams had student-athletes garner Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete recognition led by Chapman which placed 15 on the list. Redlands followed with 11 representatives, while California Lutheran and Whittier followed with nine selections each. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) added eight, while Occidental and La Verne rounded out the field with six and five respectively. 

Additionally, a total of 117 teams from Division III earned above a 2.99 GPA including Chapman (3.344), Whittier (3.270), and La Verne (3.250) from the SCIAC. 

2018-19 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes
Cal Lutheran (9)
Celeste Ekman
Taryn Faull
Lexie Findley
Rilee Grau
Kendall Marinesi
Stephanie Ramirez
Sierra Scali
Olivia Serrano
Catherine Slabaugh

Chapman (15)
Hope Ballard
Annika Briski
Erin Coogan
Moran Gallegos
Julia Galloway
Sarah Hartmann
Jessica Kim
Christine LoVerde
Emilee Mason
Kelly McCarty
Julia Muniz
Tracie Okumura
Elizabeth Runge
Sarah Sumida
Heaven Wong

CMS (8)
Jordan Bassett
Ananya Koneti
Rachel Perley 
Lauren Richards
Kawai Scanlan
Alexa Schulten
Alexis Singh
Molly Spaniac

La Verne (5)
Justice Borden
Carly Condon
Mikayla Mendoza
Rachel Ogata
Shelby Tevis

Occidental (6)
Alexis Funaki
Nyla Gatison
Natalie Glover
Kristin LeBlanc
Alexandra Olkein
Elizabeth Pang

Redlands (11)
Mika Imoto
Rani Lauwers
Brooks McVicker
Lindsey Mifsud
Jennifer Ng
Jasmine Parada
Jaci Sanchez
Nova Siegel 
Aya Smith
Jordyn Smith
Jessica Torosian

Whittier (9)
Hannah Angileri
Brittany Attaway
Samantha Casanas
Sarah Gross
Jannelle Ha
Naomi Martinez
Amanda Melodia
Alexis Vargas
Hayley Wishner