Berardi one of 480 nominees
NORTON, Mass. – Following an impressive career in the classroom and on the softball diamond, Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) has been named an NCAA Woman of the Year candidate.
Berardi is one of 480 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees nationwide, the most in the history of the program, and one of 180 from Division III institutions. Now in its 25th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
During her four years at Wheaton, Berardi has been a dynamic presence on campus, both in the classroom and on the softball diamond. In her senior season alone, Berardi collected New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference first team honors, National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England Region second team accolades, and CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America laurels.
Berardi also claimed Wheaton Athlete of the Year honors and the Linda Frances Epstein '82 award, which is given to a graduation senior who embodied respect for and commitment to the traditions of Wheaton College in the achievement of academic excellence and dedicated performance in athletics.
Berardi finished her standout four-year career with a .377/.418/.571 slash line along with 53 runs, 103 hits, 21 doubles, one triple, ten home runs, 64 RBI, 20 walks, five stolen bases and a .986 fielding percentage. In the circle, Berardi went 31-16 overall in 73 appearances (56 starts), posted a 2.20 earned run average (ERA) over 302 2/3 innings pitched, struck out 151 batters and held opponents to a .261 batting average.
Academically, Berardi was a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher. Berardi, a classics major with a minor in general education, earned several Dean's List citations along with Balfour Scholar, May Fellow and Wheaton Scholar-Athlete accolades. Berardi also served as a Wheaton Athletic Mentor (WAM), represented Team USA in Holland via USA Athletics International (USAAI) and garnered the Helen and Irma Weiand Fellowship throughout her academic and athletic career.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Conferences then assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.