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Feb. 22, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gamecock All-American left fielder Alaynie Page ranked as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.

A first-team All-American a year ago, Page set new Gamecock records for on-base percentage, slugging percentage and home runs while leading the team offensively in nearly every major category. The Boiling Springs, S.C., native also stood among the top 40 in the country in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage. Page’s performance has helped the Gamecocks to three-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances under head coach Beverly Smith.

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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the 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.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Page also made the USA Softball National Player of the Year watch list and the Preseason All-SEC team in January.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2016 Women’s College World Series®.

2016 Senior CLASS Award Candidates for Softball

Caitlin Attfield, UAB
Allie Bauch, Illinois
Allexis Bennett, UCLA
Kayla Bonstrom, Stanford
Elena Bowman, Manhattan College
Aly Cappaert, Iowa State
Miranda Castiglione, Youngstown State
Megan Cooley, Boston College
Morgan Decker, Lehigh
Andrea Filler, Northwestern
Jailyn Ford, James Madison
Cheyenne Garcia, North Dakota State
Brittany Gomez, Iowa State
Lexi Knief, Penn State
Erika Leonard, Ohio State
Taylor Lockwood, Indiana State
Brianna Lore, Saint Louis
Haylie McCleney, Alabama
Kasey McCravey, Army West Point
Emily Messer, South Alabama
Erin Miller, Oklahoma
Kelsey Nunley, Kentucky
Alaynie Page, South Carolina
Regan Romshek, Illinois State
Lindsey Schmeiser, Maryland
Heather Stearns, Baylor
Lindsey Stephens, Texas
Kiki Stokes, Nebraska
Kelsey Susalla, Michigan
Jordan Whitley, Rutgers