Faster than the speed of… Alissa Larsen? Coming into the 2010 women’s softball season, senior star outfielder and record setter Alissa Larsen had stolen 46 bases in a row without being tagged out. She ripped off 11 more this season before finally being caught, making her total 57 in a row, in a streak that started in 2008. Larsen has played over 150 games as a Loper and has been a consistent impact player since her freshman year. She is currently in the top 10 in the RMAC in batting average at .455. Last season Larsen was voted second team All-RMAC and was a member of the Honor Roll All-Academic team.
MAJOR: Elementary education
In your final year in school and college sports, what’s going through your head?
Although this is my final year, it has yet to affect me personally. Right now this feels like any other season, but once our last home game arrives I’m sure I will be flooded with many emotions. Until then, I embrace every moment I have left with college athletics.
What are your goals for this season?
Our main goal for this season is to take it one game at a time. In the past we always made long-term goals, such as making it to conference or hosting the conference tournament. This year we have a different outlook, and that starts with making short-term goals. I believe we will have a more successful season with this outlook.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
A major highlight of my career was when I tied for second in stolen bases (32) for a single season. Also I set a new school record for consecutive stolen bases without being caught (57).
How did you get so fast?
Well I have been asked this question many times throughout my athletic career, and the only thing I have to say is I was blessed with good genes.
What would you like to get out of your senior year, and what is after school and sports for you?
With this being my senior year, I want to be as successful as I can and make this year unforgettable. When I am all done with school and sports, I guess I have to become a real grown up. My passion is education, so I hope to be teaching elementary wherever an opportunity arrives.