Although Jennie Finch has been retired since 2010, she has remained an important part of the sport in which she became an all-time great: softball. Last year, Finch publicly voiced the importance of helping softball campaign to return to the Olympics. Softball was dropped from the Olympic program after the 2008 Olympic Games. More recently, she hosted hundreds of girls from seven different states and Canada for the opening day of her Jennie Finch Softball Camp to teach both softball and life lessons. I interviewed Jennie Finch about the upcoming NCAA Softball Tournament, her college experience, and being an Advisory Board member with the Capital One Cup.
MH: Which matchups most intrigue you within the NCAA Softball Tournament?
Jennie Finch: It's going to be interesting. I think Georgia, who won the SEC Championship, is pretty hot right now. They are playing together and things are going well right now. In the PAC-12, Oregon has had a huge year all year long and it's incredible how good that they are and they have fuel with coming up short last year when Nebraska upset them. But I think that Oregon is ready and I am excited about everything with the tournament. The most exciting part about our sport is that anyone can pull an upset off so you never know what's going to happen in the postseason; and most importantly the winner of the WCWS will earn 60 points toward the Capital One Cup. There will be excitement with every game.
MH: What is your most memorable experience in your accomplished college career with the University of Arizona?
Jennie Finch: It was winning the National Championship in 2001.There is no greater feeling that being the last team standing and the minute that you step on campus that is the ultimate goal, to make it to the College World Series and win it all. What a thrill that was with eight seniors that year and I was a junior so to send the seniors out with a championship that was probably the most memorable moment for me.
MH: You are an Advisory Board member with the Capital One Cup. How do you see the women's Capital One Cup standings playing out?
Jennie Finch: It's exciting. The Winter standings just came out in April so definitely go to capitalonecup.com and check out where your school ranks. It is anyone's game right now. Stanford is in the lead right now with the women's water polo team winning the national championship recently. The Capital One Cup is one of the great awards in college athletics. Bragging rights mean a lot and the Capital One Cup gives to college programs through $400,000 in scholarship money. It is going to be a tight race and it is exciting to see how these college sports play out. As a former collegiate athlete, I have been able to work with a lot of people and it is important to empower and educate student-athletes to allow them to continue build those life lessons that will reach way beyond any playing field. The Capital One Cup allows for the athletic and educational pursuits of student-athletes.
MH: Thank you for your time, Jennie.
Jennie Finch: Great! Thank you so much.