MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Forward Kate Schwindel
of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team has been selected as a candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.
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.
Schwindel, a Livingston, New Jersey, native, is the second Mountaineer in as many seasons to be named a candidate. Frances Silva was the program’s first candidate in 2013. Schwindel is the Big 12 Conference’s lone representative.
To be eligible for the Senior CLASS 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.
“This is a huge honor, and I’m very thankful to be on the candidate list with a lot of great and talented senior athletes,” Schwindel said.
A two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 Soccer Team, Schwindel is a child development and family studies major and is expected to graduate in four years. She also is a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
Schwindel participates in several community service activities with the Mountaineers, including the WVU 4v4 Small-Sided Breast Cancer Tournament and WVU Relay for Life. She also has helped the program raise funds for breast cancer research through personal and team fund-raising projects.
A four-year starter, Schwindel is a two-time NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Central Region Second Team honoree. She also is a two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree. She has won five conference titles in three seasons with the Mountaineers, including back-to-back Big 12 regular-season titles and the 2013 Big 12 Conference Tournament title. She was the team’s top returning point earner, earning a career-best 28 points in 18 matches in 2013, and she currently leads WVU with six points (3 G) through four games in 2014.
Midway through the regular season, the field of 30 will be narrowed down to 10 finalist. The final ballot will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women’s College Cup championships in December.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire College Rankings also were announced today, and the Mountaineers (2-2) check in at No. 21. WVU, one of three Big 12 teams in today’s rankings, ranked No. 13 last week.
Reigning NCAA champion UCLA continues to rank No. 1, while Florida State is No. 2 and Virginia is No. 3. Stanford and Virginia Tech rank No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
The Mountaineers ranked No. 13 in yesterday’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Division I Women’s Top 25 Poll.
WVU stays at home this week and plays host to the WVU 90 Minute Classic on Sept. 5 and Sept. 7 at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers meet Hofstra at 7 p.m. on Friday, and UNC Greensboro at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults, and just $3 for youth and seniors. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $2 each.
Sunday is “Youth Soccer Day,” and all area soccer teams are invited to DDSS to celebrate U.S. youth soccer month. Kids under 13, who bring a completed Musket Coloring Sheet to the stadium gate, will receive one free youth admission and will be entered into a drawing to win a plush Musket toy. The coloring sheet can be found at WVUsports.com. Additionally, fans will be able to take their picture with the 2013 Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament trophies.