After a long list of memorable accomplishments over the past two months, it is time for you to decide who was the very best of the best. We have selected nine outstanding finalists for our annual BlueStreak-Overtime FCIAC Spring Female Player of the Year award.
The winner will receive a trophy from BlueStreak Sports Training and the Stamford Advocate.
Here are the finalists and their accomplishments (based on information submitted by coaches):
HANNAH DEBALSI, STAPLES TRACK: DeBalsi won the 1,600 at the FCIAC and Class LL championships and was second in the State Open meet, won the 3,200 at the FCIAC championships, was second at the Class LL and State Open meets and shattered the record by nearly nine seconds in winning the New England championship. She is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the 3,200.
ELLIE GRAVITTE, RIDGEFIELD TRACK: Gravitte won the javelin at the FCIAC, Class LL (for the fourth straight year), State Open (for the third straight year) and New England (for the second straight year) championships. Her throw of 152-9 at the FCIAC meet set the New England record in the event and ranked her No. 7 nationally.
TEGAN HELMS, WILTON LACROSSE: Helms had 56 goals, 19 assists and 37 ground balls, setting the school record for the most points by a midfielder.
OLIVIA HOMPE, NEW CANAAN LACROSSE: Hompe led the team with 79 goals, 35 assists, 63 draw controls, 43 caused turnovers and 41 ground balls. She broke the school record for goals (268) and was named a first team All-American.
CLAIRE HOWLETT, WESTHILL TRACK: After winning the 3,200 and placing second in the 1,600 in the Class LL championships, Howlett came back and won both events at the State Open meet, setting the state record in the 3,200. She finished third in the 1,600 at the New England championships.
BRENNA MARTINI, FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE SOFTBALL: In 21 games, Martini batted .507, with 7 home runs, 31 RBIs and 21 runs scored. She struck out just 4 times.
KRISTA ROBUSTELLI, STAMFORD SOFTBALL: Robustelli batted .583, with 11 home runs, 35 RBIs, 42 hits — 26 for extra bases — 35 runs scored, a .777 on-base percentage, 1.277 slugging percentage and did not strike out once.
JENN VAZQUEZ, ST. JOSEPH SOFTBALL: Vazquez batted .446, with 8 home runs, 27 RBIs, a .973 slugging percentage and, at catcher, threw out 8 of 9 runners stealing. Vazquez set school records for career home runs (19) and runs batted in (93).
CAYLEE WATERS, DARIEN LACROSSE: Waters, the Blue Wave’s goaltender, stopped 143 of the 260 shots faced and allowed just 117 goals.
Those are the nine finalists. You have until noon on Thursday to select the 2013 BlueStreak-Overtime FCIAC Spring Female Player of the Year.