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2017 HOPEYS Nominees

FEMALE BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE

Presented to an athlete (sophomore and above) that has made the best or most significant breakthrough in his or her sport in a given year.

Nat Curry, Women’s Soccer – As a senior, Curry earned her second year as a full-time starter and captain for the Flying Dutch.  In the 2016 season, she went from a solid player to an impact player for the team.  Curry was named to the All-MIAA First Team and received All-Region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  She was also named the offensive MVP for the team. 

Alissa Frazee, Women's Cross Country – Frazee was one of the seven scoring runners for the Flying Dutch in 2016 after not finishing in the team’s top 10 runners in the previous two seasons.  She earned All-MIAA honors and competed for the team at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship, helping the team to a 10th place finish.

Rachael Webb, Women’s Track & Field – After a strong freshman year in 2015 in which she placed fifth in both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter run at the MIAA Championships, Webb had a breakthrough season as a sophomore in 2016.  She was the MIAA conference champion in both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter run.  Webb was also a member of the Distance Medley Relay team that won at the MIAA Indoor Championship and the 4x400-meter relay that finished in first at the MIAA Outdoor Championship.  Webb earned All-MIAA honors.

Mara Droppers, Women’s Lacrosse – Droppers anchored the defense that helped the Flying Dutch win seven matches in 2016 – the most in the team’s four varsity seasons.  In her second year playing lacrosse, Droppers became the most productive defender and led the team in ground balls (20) and caused turnovers (12).  She was also named to the All-MIAA First Team.

Sophie Hackett, Volleyball – In her first year as starting setter for the Flying Dutch, Hackett had a breakthrough season.  She was named to the All-MIAA First Team and received All-American Honorable Mention recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.  Hackett averaged a MIAA-best 10.38 assists per set this season.

Francesca Buchanan, Women’s Basketball – Buchanan earned a key starting role for the Flying Dutch this year after coming off the bench for the team last year.  She averaged 16 points-per-game, six rebounds, and shot 50% from the field.  Buchanan also averaged one block and one steal per game.  She helped lead the team to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, earned All-MIAA First Team honors and was named to the D3Hoops Great Lakes Region First Team. 

Megan Wierenga, Women’s Golf – During the 2015-16 season, Wierenga was not in the top five and did not score for the team, but her breakthrough performance this fall led her to be a key contributor for the Flying Dutch.  She lowered her season average to 82.3 strokes, was named to the All-MIAA Second Team, and helped the team to their third consecutive MIAA Championship title.  

Emily Hamilton, Women’s Track & Field – Hamilton won the 3000-meter race at the 2017 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.  This event had nationally ranked performers and although she was not seeded first in the conference rankings, Hamilton led the race from start to finish to capture the title in a personal best time.  She received All-MIAA honors for her performance in the race.

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