COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the excitement of freshman move-in taking place Friday morning, the Ohio Dominican softball team welcomed 13 of their newest members to campus.
The incoming student-athletes join fellow class of 2015 members Kacey Locker, Kelsey Seeds and Rachel Stanzel who committed during the early signing period back in December. Five all-state selections and three state appearances from a season ago are represented by the newcomers who join a Panthers squad that enters its second season of competition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference next spring.
Bronson, Mich./Bronson High School
Intended Major: Pre-Medicine
Club Team: Michigan Athletics
Audette comes from Bronson High School in Michigan where she was a four-time All-St. Joseph Valley/Red Arrow Conference selection and helped lead the Vikings to three regional championships and the state final four during her sophomore year. Following junior season, Audette was selected all-district and was part of the all-area softball dream team in Branch and St. Joseph County. Academically, she was also a four-time conference scholar-athlete and National Honor Society member as a senior.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "ODU allowed me to further my softball dreams. Columbus is a great city to be in and it is close to home, but not too close."
Fremont, Ohio/Fremont Ross High School
Intended Major: Business Administration
Club Team: Buckeye Blasters
Twice named Honorable Mention All-Ohio as a sophomore and junior, along with first team all-district honors, Clark led the Little Giants in batting average each year of her career. She is also a four-time All-Greater Buckeye Conference (GBC) member, earning first team honors her final three seasons. The school's single season record holder in doubles with 12, Clark was a Little Giant Academic Award recipient and member of the National Honor Society.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I chose Ohio Dominican because it is a school where academics are extremely important, but there is still an emphasis to excel on the sports field."
Lyndhurst, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School
Intended Major: Business Administration
A four year-starter behind the dish, Cribari earned Division II Honorable Mention All-State honors after leading NDCL to the district semifinals where the Lions were narrowly edged by eventual state champion Poland Seminary.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "It's great. I get to go there and do what I love, which is play softball. A big reason was the coaching staff there. They have been together for many years and they definitely know what it takes to have a winning program."
Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South High School
Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln High School
Intended Major: Criminal Justice
Club Team: Ohio Classics Black
Fishel, a 2011 Honorable Mention All-State selection, helped guide the Lions to the Division I State Runner-Up this past season as well as district championships in 2008 and 2010 and a district runner-up in 2009. She was voted Second Team All-Central District, Second Team All-Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) and Second Team Columbus Dispatch All-Metro in 2010. Her father John Fishel is a former big leaguer with the Astros and Angels and a College World Series Most Valuable Player with Cal State Fullerton, while brother Jacob is beginning a professional career in MMA fighting.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I love the look and feel of the campus. It feels like its own world, but is also so close to everything."
New Albany, Ohio/New Albany High School
Intended Major: Intervention Specialist
Club Team: Phoenix Fastpitch
As a team captain in 2009 and 2010, Goodrich was a two-time First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference and Honorable Mention Columbus Dispatch All-Metro honoree, while earning second team all-district recognition as a junior. A three-time Queen of the Diamonds Showcase Most Valuable Player, Goodrich was selected to play for the North American World Cup Team in 2011. She is also a four-year Honor Roll member.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "Ohio Dominican has a great softball program and as soon as I met with Coach Vanlandingham I knew I wanted to be a part of it."
Belpre, Ohio/Belpre High School
Intended Major: Undecided
Mason, a 2011 Division IV Honorable Mention All-State selection, was a four-time All-Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) selection as a pitcher. This past season, she followed up her TVC Ohio Division Defensive Most Valuable Player award from 2010 with the TVC Hocking Division Offensive Player of the Year as she led the Golden Eagles to the division title with a 13-2 mark. She was also a three-time All-Southeast District pick, earning first team honors as a sophomore and senior.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I really knew I wanted to be in Columbus. I love Columbus and knew that Ohio Dominican was an up-and-coming program and with their move to Division II, I thought that would be the right fit for me."
Hartville, Ohio/Lake High School
Club Team: Ohio Lighting
Sanner, a senior captain and three-year letterwinner for the Blue Streaks, was named to the Honorable Mention All-Federal League squad in 2010. She was also voted team Best Offensive Player and the school's Student-Athlete of the Month as a junior.
Cincinnati, Ohio/ Mariemont High School
Intended Major: Early Childhood Education
Club Team: Cincinnati Storm 18U
Swisher, team captain of the Warriors as a senior, comes to ODU as a four-time All-Cincinnati Hills League (CHL) honoree, including first team selections in 2008, 2009 and 2011. She was twice chosen to the Cincinnati Enquirer All-City Honorable Mention squad as a freshman and sophomore after leading the team in both batting average and RBI. Swisher also was voted the 2011 Eastern Hills Journal Sportswoman of the Year by readers of Cincinnati.com. A two-time CHL All-Academic member in softball, Swisher also excelled on the tennis courts, where she earned All-CHL recognition three times for doubles play.
Why I Chose Ohio Dominican: "I fell in love with the school the moment I stepped on campus. I really like the small classes and love that the campus has a small town feel, but yet is next to a big city."
Bellville, Ohio/Clear Fork High School
As the ace of the Lady Colts staff, Thomas, a Division III First Team All-State pick and Pitcher of the Year in the Ohio Cardinal Conference (OCC), led Clear Fork to a remarkable 32-1 overall mark, a perfect 14-0 record in the OCC and an appearance in the state semifinals where they lost eventual state winner Warren Champion.
Contact: Bryan Desch