#17 Samantha Nikolich
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Previous School: Lane Tech Prep
"Sam adds so much depth to both our infield and outfield. She has the ability to play multiple positions which is something I love about her. As a hitter I'm looking forward to getting the most out of her this winter as her best years are ahead of her. I'm excited to see what she is capable of doing."-Head Coach Anna Welsh
PREP AND PERSONAL: Started all 4 years on the varsity softball team and 3 years on the basketball team (1 year on varsity) at Lane Tech High School, earned 5 varsity letters, named Toyota Althete of the Week (for pitching a perfect game and sharing a no-hitter) in April of 2007, starter on the winning softball team for the Chicago City Championship in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, starter on 2007 & 2008 Regional Championship Team at Lane Tech runner-up in the Chicago city basketball championship freshman year for Lane Tech, Team Captain in softball as a senior, played summer softball for the Schaumburg Sluggers....daughter of Mark and Petra Nikolich, has a younger brother (Ryan) and a younger sister (Tara)....born December 7, 1991.
WHY SAMANTHA CHOSE BETHEL COLLEGE: "There are many reasons why I chose Bethel College. I felt that Bethel was the best fit for me, I felt comfortable here. Bethel is a great school and I know that the teachers here are really focused on helping us, and they are really accessible which is nice. Another factor that helped me decide on Bethel was that it is not too far from home; I can go home and my family and friends can come out to see me play softball or just to come visit me. The coaches here at Bethel are great coaches and the girls on the team are so nice. I like that they want to help us improve and become successful athletes instead of only focusing on winning and losing. I can play a sport I love and enjoy it with a great group of girls. All of the girls on the team were so nice and welcoming. After visiting Bethel College, I knew that this was the place where I wanted to be."
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT? Being named the Toyota Athlete of the Week freshman year for pitching a perfect game and sharing a no-hitter.