May 15, 2012

Coast Guard Retires Feindel's #16

NEW LONDON, Conn.--(5/15/12)--For the first time in school history, the Coast Guard Academy will retire a uniform number as senior All-American softball pitcher Hayley Feindel's number 16 will be retired sometime during the Fall it was announced last night at the Annual Athletic Awards Reception

Feindel, who missed 16 games with a broken finger and still led the Bears to a third straight NEWMAC tournament championship and fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance, led the conference with 21 wins and 251 strikeouts. She was 21-10 with a 1.80 ERA and nine shutouts. She also earned a spot on the NCAA tournament All-regional team as she posted a 1.69 ERA and snapped No. 2 Eastern Connecticut's 40-game unbeaten streak by pitching a shutout during the regional.

Feindel will be featured on WFSB 3, the Connecticut CBS affiliate, tonight at 6 p.m. and then the full piece will air at 11:15 pm on WFSB Sports Final.

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The All-American finished her magnificent career as the NCAA Division III all-time leader in wins (124), strikeouts (1,457), innings pitched (1,029.7), games (160), games started (156), complete games (140) and she is second all-time with 62 shutouts. She had a career-record of 124-30 with nine no-hitters and a pair of perfect games.

During her four years, she led the Bears to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, three straight NEWMAC regular season (2009, 2010, 2011) and tournament championships (2010, 2011, 2012). Coast Guard had never won a NEWMAC regular season or tournament championship and never appeared in the NCAA tournament before she arrived on campus. The Bears had a four-year record of 139-40-1, the most wins over a four-year period in school history.

Feindel won the two major awards, the Ladies Fleet Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Award, for outstanding contribution to women's varsity athletics over her four years, and the American Legion Award, for excellence in Athletics during the her career. She was also named the outstanding Spring female athlete and the winner of the softball coaches award.

Other major award winners were Katie Schumacher, the Distinguished Graduate and captain of both the cross country and track teams, who won the Captain Lee. H. Baker Award which is presented for inspirational leadership in athletics. Mary Mills, captain of both the soccer and basketball teams, won the Tommy Award for outstanding sportsmanship and leadership in athletics.

Kelli Normoyle, a member of the Bears Varsity 8 crew that is heading to the NCAA Championships next week, won the Paul Foye Memorial Trophy given to the member of the graduating class that has shown distinguished qualities of character, outstanding display of leadership and sportsmanship and has a humane understanding of people and loyalty to duty which has earned the respect of others.

Jarrod Owens, the quarterback of the Bears football team, won the Jim Freeman Football Leadership Award and the Roger Guyas Comeback Award given to the athlete that has overcome a serious injury and returned to action. Owens missed the entire 2009 season with a knee injury.

Junior Eric Gerken (football) and sophomore Kelsey Deporto (volleyball) were named the outstanding Fall season athletes, freshman All-American Nate Giorgio (wrestling) and sophomore Chantel Ferguson (swimming) were named the Winter season outstanding athletes while Feindel and junior Tyler Vieira (baseball) took home the Spring season outstanding athlete honors.

Giorgio, who placed fourth at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at 125 pounds and Jesse Richardson, who was named the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and a second team All-region selection as the starting catcher hit a team-leading .452 this season, were named the Outstanding Male and Female Freshman Athletes.

The 131st commencement exercises were held on Wednesday.

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