Affleck Selected Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Senior Paige Affleck is a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

OVERLAND PARK -- BYU senior pitcher Paige Affleck was selected as one of 30 NCAA softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field as a candidate today for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Affleck, BYU's all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, is currently working on a master's degree in exercise physiology after completing her bachelor's degree in exercise science in the summer after her sophomore year, maintaining a 3.5 GPA in her graduate coursework.

A two-game winner with a 1.83 ERA five games into the 2011 season, Affleck won 32 games, the most by any BYU pitcher in a season in 2010, while earning All-District Second Team, All-MWC First Team and Academic All-District First Team honors.

The 2011 candidate class includes 21 student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of better than a 3.0. Thirteen are from teams ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason top 25 poll, including Affleck and the Cougars, and seven players competed in the NCAA Women’s College World Series last season.

From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in late March. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. The winner will be announced at the 2011 NCAA Women's College World Series in June.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner April 3 at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

For more information on all the candidates, visit www.seniorCLASSaward.com.


2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Softball Candidates

Paige Affleck, Pitcher, BYU

Julie Brechtel, Second Base, Nebraska

Stephanie Brombacher, Pitcher, Florida

Megan Bush, Utility, Florida

Anna Cahn, Designated Player/Pitcher, Cal Poly

Morgan Childers, Pitcher, South Carolina Upstate

Elizabeth Dalrymple, Pitcher, Cornell

Annie Dubovec, Pitcher, Robert Morris

Danielle Glosson, Pitcher, Southern Illinois

Alisa Goler, Infield, Georgia

Kelly Grieve, Centerfield, Tennessee

Kristina Karpun, Catcher, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne

Chelsea Kelley, Pitcher, Radford

Whitney Larsen, Infield, Alabama

Brittany Lastrapes, Left Field, Arizona

Alex Morocco, Centerfield, DePaul

Jennifer Nayudu, Outfield/Designated Player, Loyola Marymount

Kara Nelson, Second Base, Illinois State

Kristin Nicoletti, Outfield, Saint Louis

Toni Paisley, Pitcher, East Carolina

Kristine Priebe, First Base, Georgia Tech

Lesley Rogers, Outfield, Arizona State

Jenn Salling, Infield, Washington

Taylor Schlopy, Outfield, Georgia

Jenna Schwark, Utility, Missouri State

April Setterlund, Outfield, Boston

Dorian Shaw, Outfield, Michigan

Jessie Snyder, Second Base/Utility, Bucknell

Andrea Waters, Outfield/Pitcher, Delaware State

Danielle Zymkowitz, Second Base, Illinois