Florida's Lauren Haeger is nominated for two ESPYs to be awarded at ESPN's annual celebration of the year in sports in July, the school announced on Wednesday.
Haeger is nominated in the categories of Best Female College Athlete and Best Championship Performance — and, frankly, she would seem to be an underdog in both categories. Haeger was the national player of the year in softball, and had a phenomenal Women's College World Series, but Olympian Missy Franklin finishing her college career at Cal with another raft of national titles and UConn's Breanna Stewart winning an unprecedented third consecutive Final Four Most Outstanding Player award while leading the Huskies to their third straight title will be tough to top.
And while Haeger's WCWS performance stands out as one of the best in the history of the event, she's up against Madison Bumgarner's legendary World Series performance, LeBron James's transcendent NBA Finals, and American Pharoah's Triple Crown. Haeger, unlike James, did lead her team to a title — and, unlike Pharoah, Haeger is a human — but those are four fantastic performances, and I'd guess Haeger being the only woman and only collegiate athlete in those ranks won't help her.
The good news, though, is that Florida fans can vote for Haeger in both categories by heading to the links above — and while the ESPYs site claims "you only get one vote," that doesn't appear to hold true with multiple browser instances.
So, uh, vote early, and if you're so inclined, vote often.