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20070529 Lowe Wins Lowe?s Senior CLASS Award
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Release: 05/29/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">OKLAHOMA CITY</B></st1:City> ? <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s All-American outfielder, Caitlin Lowe, has combined her on-field and off-field achievements to earn the honor of being the first-ever recipient of the Lowe&rsquo;s Senior CLASS Award for softball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The award, selected by a nationwide vote of coaches, media and fans, is presented to college softball&rsquo;s outstanding NCAA Division I senior student athlete.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The trophy was presented to the <st1:City w:st="on">Tustin</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State>, native during pre-tournament festivities at the NCAA Women&rsquo;s College World Series in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Oklahoma City</st1:City></st1:place>, in which the defending NCAA champion Wildcats are playing.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none">&ldquo;This is a tremendous honor that goes beyond any on-field accomplishments and honors,&rdquo; said Lowe.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;I am simply flattered that anyone would recognize what I do as a person, and in that regard, this award should not go to me as much as it should go to my family for making me who I am." </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none">Lowe is the Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year and later this week is expected to become just the second, four-time First Team All-American in softball history at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She led her team to the top seed in the NCAA Tournament and, after Sunday&rsquo;s win over Cal State Fullerton, on to the Women&rsquo;s College World Series.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>As a senior, Lowe has batted .425 with 49 stolen bases and 55 runs scored. </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">While developing herself into one of the best softball players in the nation, Lowe has also been a model student and community leader.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is on track to graduate with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is a leader on campus, working with PAL ? <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s Peer Athletic Leaders ? which is dedicated to helping fellow student athletes make the transition to the university. </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the <st1:City w:st="on">Tucson</st1:City> community, Lowe has participated in numerous events to raise money for charity, including Diabetes, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Cancer</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She also joined several other <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> athletes in a local <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> television commercial &ldquo;Survive the Drive&rdquo; promoting safe driving and warning about the dangers of drinking and driving.</P> <P class=MsoPlainText style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoBodyTextIndent3 style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'">"This award could not go to a better person,&rdquo; said <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> head softball coach Mike Candrea.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;Caitlin is the type of kid that you get once in a lifetime.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>On the field, I am continually impressed by the way she practices.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>You never know when she is practicing or playing in a game because she always has the same approach.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>That passion and dedication on the field can also be attributed to how she lives her life.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is a very grounded person and does things the way you wish every student-athlete would.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She takes care of business by going to class, gives back to the community and is a role model for so many different people."<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none">"This is an extremely exciting time of year for us at Lowe's because awarding the Senior CLASS Award is about so much more than honoring talented athletes," said <SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Bob Gfeller</SPAN>, SVP of Marketing and Advertising at Lowe&rsquo;s. "The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is about acknowledging hard-working students who embody the spirit of their communities.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin has set a great example for us as she reflects on the goals she has accomplished and the promising future ahead of her."</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p></o:p></P>Earlier this year, Lowe&rsquo;s announced the addition of softball and three other NCAA sports to the award program that originally was launched in 2001 with basketball.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>An acronym for <I>Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School</I>, the Lowe&rsquo;s Senior CLASS Award has grown into the nation&rsquo;s premier tribute to college seniors.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN> <P></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The award identifies personal qualities that define a complete student athlete, with criteria including excellence in the <SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">classroom</SPAN>, <SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">character</SPAN> and <SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">community</SPAN>, as well as <SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">competition</SPAN> in sports.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> will take on eighth-seeded Baylor, which is making its first WCWS appearance, on Thursday at 8 p.m. CDT.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The game will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN.</P>
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