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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday Cardinal Couple -- Collins, Fowler named All-Americans


-Tori Collins, Taner Fowler named Softball All-Americans

-"My Favorite Cardinal Womens Sports Moments" -- Arthur Albiero

Congratulations to senior pitcher Tori Collins and sophomore designated player Taner Fowler on their selection to the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association All-American third team. 

A total of 54 players from 33 different schools have earned the honor of being selected to one of the three teams. The selections were made by NFCA member coaches from each region. 

Collins went 25-2 for Louisville this season and had a 1.30 ERA. She fanned 186 batters in 179.1 innings. She finished her career at Louisville third on the schools all-time list for strikeouts (590), wins (86) and saves (10). She also had 23 career shutouts, fourth best in Cardinal softball history.

Fowler batted .366 for the Cards in 60 games and led Louisville with 12 home runs and 52 RBI's. In addition to her designated hitter role, she also spent time at catcher for Sandy Pearsall's squad. 

Louisville finished the season with a 55-5 record, the most wins ever for a Cardinal softball team. They were also the BIG EAST regular season and tournament champions. 

Nevins and USF survived the
Super Regionals
Previous Cardinals selected for All-American honors are Lacy Wood (2006), Kristen Wadwell (2009) and Melissa Roth (2009-2010). 

Other BIG EAST players making the 2012 All-American Teams were Sara Nevins (USF), Amy Buntin (Notre Dame), Kirstin Verdun (DePaul) and Jenna Caira (Syracuse). 


We are starting a feature called..."My Favorite Cardinal Womens Sports Moments." In it, we'll profile the favorite sports moments from coaches, ex-players, fans and other people connected to the University of Louisville sports programs. 

Arthur (right) with Ron Mann. Jeff Walz and Jan Karzan

We kick this feature off with Arthur Albiero, the head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach at UofL.  Arthur is in his ninth year as the head coach of UofL swimming. The Cards won both men's and women's BIG EAST Championship titles in the 2010-11 season and the women repeated again in 2011-12. 

Here's his favorite Cardinal Womens Sports moment:

"Sophomore swimmer Gisselle Kohoyda (Midland, MI) finishes fourth in the 200 yard breaststroke at the Women's NCAA Championships !!...leads team to NCAA top 25, along with two-peat BIG EAST Championship team title." 

More on her outstanding feat can be found at the link below.

Gisselle gets fourth

Thanks to Arthur for sharing this moment in UofL Womens Sports history!

If you'd like to share your favorite Cardinal Womens Sports Moment with us, e-mail us at:



  1. What a great honor for Tori and Taner! A shame that Alicja and Kristin didn't get recognition for their great seasons too.

    Bird Watcher

    1. Two out of 54...we'll take that -- but you are right, Bird Watcher. There are quite a few softball Cards who had exemplary seasons.



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