NW Sports Briefing
Kristen Rivera up for award
Washington senior Kristen Rivera is one of 25 finalists for softball's college player of the year award, announced by the Amateur Softball...
Washington senior Kristen Rivera is one of 25 finalists for softball's college player of the year award, announced by the Amateur Softball Association and USA Softball.
This season, Rivera is hitting .400 and leads the team with a .923 slugging percentage and .618 on-base percentage. Her 10 home runs and 27 runs scored rank second on the team and her 29 runs batted in rank third. Rivera's reputation as one of the nation's best hitters has limited her number of official at-bats this season. She has been walked 34 times through the first 30 games, including 14 intentional walks.
The Huskies' catcher has been a top 10 finalist for the award each of the last two seasons and became Washington's first Pac-10 player of the year last season.
The winner will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the NCAA College World Series in Oklahoma City in June.
• Lynn University's women's basketball player Jackie Codiga (Kennedy High School, 2001) was a unanimous choice for first-team All-Sunshine State Conference last month. Codiga, just the fifth player in program history to earn first-team honors, averaged 15.0 points and 8.1 rebounds.
• Looking to pull out of a recent 2-6 stretch, the No. 21 Washington women's tennis team resumes Pac-10 play this weekend in Arizona.
The Huskies (12-7 overall, 1-3 Pac-10) have lost three of their last four, all by 4-3 scores. They'll try to turn things around tomorrow against No. 50 Arizona in Tucson. On Saturday, Washington faces No. 27 Arizona State in Tempe.
• One of the nation's oldest track rivalries heats up again this weekend as Washington's men's and women's teams head to Oregon's Hayward Field for a team-scoring battle with Indiana, Missouri and Oregon. The meeting between Oregon and Washington, both sporting top-20 national rankings on at least one side, is the 94th all-time.
• Six crews of Washington rowers travel to the Bay Area (Redwood Shores course in Belmont, Calif.) this weekend to open the season at the two-day Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic. Representing Washington are men's and women's varsity and junior-varsity eights along with a men's freshman eight and a women's novice eight.
• The Western Washington men's and women's rowing teams make their only home appearance of the season Saturday, taking on Gonzaga in a dual meet at Lake Samish, beginning at 10 a.m.
The seven-race schedule will be highlighted by the women's and men's eights at 11:40 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. The winner of each race gets the Blue Cup trophy.
Material compiled from reports by college sports-information departments contributed to this report.
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