Hayley Reitsma, Alison Rich Co-Schouten Award Winners As Top Female Student-Athletes

Hayley Reitsma and Alison Rich have been chosen co-recipients of the John Schouten Award as the Hope College's top female student-athletes.

The John Schouten Award has been presented annually since 1983 to the outstanding female athlete in the senior class.

The award is named in memory of John (Jack) Schouten, a long-time physical educator at Hope and the college's first athletic director.

A softball student-athlete, Reitsma hit a career-high .413 this season — tops among Flying Dutch starters. She set a school record with 13 home runs and finished second on Hope this season with a career-high 44 RBIs. She also broke an MIAA record with 11 home runs.

Reitsma, pictured at left, helped the Flying Dutch win a school-record 34 games this season along with claiming MIAA Tournament and NCAA Holland, Michigan Regional titles. She earned All-MIAA and all-region first team honors.

A track & field student-athlete, Rich, pictured at right, competed during indoor and outdoor seasons and helped Hope sweep MIAA titles.

During the outdoor season, Rich was an NCAA Division III Championship qualifier in the heptathlon, where she finished 18th. She also was named MIAA Most Valuable Field Athlete.

During the indoor season, Rich set a school record in the pentathlon.

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