CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball head coach Jenny Allard has announced the addition of eight newcomers set to join the Crimson for the 2016 season. The incoming freshmen, hailing from six different states, represent some of the top talent in the nation.
The eight rookies will join a Crimson squad that finished as the runner-up in the Ivy League North Division for the third-straight season. Harvard posted a 23-21 overall mark and a 13-7 conference record. Harvard defended Soldiers Field admirably in the spring, boasting an 11-3 record on its home diamond.
Kathleen Duncan | Pitcher-Infield
Allendale, N.J. | Northern Highlands Regional
Four-year starting pitcher at Northern Highlands Regional … Also played first base for three years … Earned a total of four varsity letters … Four-time all-league … Two-time third team All-Bergen County and two-time first team … Two-time first team All-North Jersey… Second team all-state in 2015 … North Jersey Sport's Athlete of the Week and Bergen County Record's 2015 Pitcher of the Year… 2015 Big North League Champion … Named Athlete of the 2015 Season by northjerseysports.com … One-year honor roll student and three-year high honors student ... 2012 and 2013 National Latin Exam Cum Laude Award winner … Recipient of the A. John Uhlman III Award for outstanding athletic achievement.
Meagan Lantz | Infield
Parkland, Fla. | North Broward Prep
Played volleyball and softball as a two-sport athlete at North Broward Prep … Four-year starter for softball and two-year starter for volleyball … Three-time softball captain … Softball second team all-county for the Sun Sentinel in 2012 and first team in 2014 and 2015 … Three-time softball first team all-county for the Miami Herald … 2015 Female Scholar Athlete for the Miami Herald and offensive MVP for North Broward … Highest honors honor roll for four years … Inducted into the National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society in 2015 … Recipient of the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award … Student Government Vice President … Sister Katie Lantz '15 also played on the Crimson Softball team.
Erin Lockhart | Infield
Lincoln, Neb. | Lincoln Southeast
Lettered and started for four years at Lincoln Southeast … Two-time captain … All-city and all-conference for four years … All-state in 2012 and 2013 and all-state captain in 2014 … 2013 and 2014 Lincoln Southeast Black and Gold Award (MVP) recipient … 2015 Nebraska State Gatorade Player of the Year … Four-year honor roll student including top 3% in 2013 and 2014 … Inducted into the National Honor Society in 2014 … Volunteered at St. Elizabeth Hospital in 2014 and 2015.
Nicki Nishizawa | Pitcher-Infield
Aiea, Hawaii | Punahou School
Four- year letterwinner and senior captain at Punahou … First team Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) Pitcher and All-State honorable mention in 2015 … 2014 ILH second team and most inspirational player … Played three years for the Wahine Softball Club and captained the team in 2013 … Member of the National Honor Society … Oceanic Cable Television's Impact Player of the Game in 2014 … Participated in President Obama's 2013 Inaugural Parade as the First Civilian Band with the Punahou Marching Band.
Rhianna Rich | Infield
El Segundo, Calif. | El Segundo
Two-sport athlete at El Segundo, playing softball and soccer … Earned a total of seven letters, four for softball and three for soccer … Softball captain in 2014 and 2015 and soccer captain in 2015 … 2015 El Segundo High School California Interscholastic Federation Scholar Award for softball and soccer … Received the Segundo Female Athlete of the Year Award for athletic achievement, scholarship and leadership in 2015 … Three-time first team all-league in softball and two-time first team all-league in soccer … Pioneer League Most Outstanding Softball Player in 2014 … Voted Most Dedicated Player for softball in 2013 and 2014 ... 2014 Team's MVP for soccer and 2015 Coach's MVP … Earned a spot on Daily Breeze's 2015 Top 10 Soccer Players to Watch in South Bay … Four-year principal honor roll student … Member of the California Scholastic Federation … Sisters Jenna Rich and Ciji Rich were members of Division I softball teams while in college.
Kaitlyn Schiffhauer | Infield
Los Altos, Calif. | Los Altos
Four-time letterwinner and starter and two-time captain at Los Altos … Three-time first team all-league … Palo Alto Daily News Newcomer of the Year in 2011 … 2014 San Jose All-Mercury News honorable mention … Cal-Hi Sports Spring CCS 2015 Scholar Athlete of the Year … Los Altos 2015 Scholar Athlete of the Year… Inducted into the National Honor Society in 2013 … Member of the California Scholarship Federation … Received the Harvard Junior Book Award … AP Chemistry and Social Studies Student of the Year.
Elizabeth Shively | Pitcher-Infield
Dallas, Ga. | North Paulding
Four- year letterwinner and starter for North Paulding … 2011 Varsity Freshman of the Year and second team all-region … MVP, all-state and first team all-region in 2012 and 2013 … 2014 MVP and first team all-region … Salutatorian … Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society … Competed in classical piano state and regional competitions for six years.
Sarah Smith | Infield
Somerset, N.J. | Franklin
Played softball, field hockey and ran track as a three-sport athlete at Franklin High School … Captained the softball team in 2015 … Played club softball for the Edison Angels for three years as a pitcher and infielder … Selected as second team all-conference in 2013 and first team all-conference in 2015 for softball … Four-year honor roll student … Inducted into the National Honor Society in 2015.