DOVER, Del. – Senior catcher Nina Marcano has been selected as one of the eight finalists for the Division III Women's HERO of the Year award, given out annually by HERO Sports. The organization announced the finalists on Wednesday.
Marcano is joined by University of Mary Washington lacrosse player Emily Mott, College of Staten Island softball player Jqcqueline Cautela, Marian University's basketball player Nicole Paulus, SUNY-Purchase basketball and soccer player April Uhl, East Texas Baptist University softball player Jayme Perez, Kalamazoo College basketball and soccer player Grace Smith, University of Texas at Tyler basketball player Michelle Obach, Babson College basketball player Giovanna Pickering, St. Mary's College (Ind.) cross country runner Brittany Beeler and Franklin Pierce University ice hockey player Shannon O'Neil.
The HERO of the Year award celebrates one female and one male graduating senior in each division of NCAA athletics. HERO of the Year finalists are student-athletes who have demonstrated tremendous athletic, academic, and leadership skill throughout their collegiate careers, and are HEROes in their own right.
Marcano collected All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference and Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) First Team accolades as well as National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region Second Team honors. Marcano led the CAC with 21 stolen bases, third in runs batted in (45), batting average (.452), tied for fourth in hits (57), tied for fifth in homers (6) and seventh in on-base percentage (.490). She was twice named the Fastpitch News National Player of the Week in 2017.
A multi-year captain for the softball team and Wesley's Female Athlete of the Year in 2017, Marcano holds Wesley career records in runs scored, hits, runs batted in, triples and stolen bases. She also has single-season records in triples, hits and runs batted in.
The winner will be announced Thursday, May 25 on HEROSports.com and the organization's twitter account.