The American Rivers Conference has named Luther College softball player Anna Strien the Johanna Olson Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2017-18 academic year.
Strien graduated Magna Cum Laude from Luther in May 2018 after posting a 3.753 grade point average while majoring in political science with a history minor. She was named to the Dean's List in seven of eight semesters and was inducted into Phi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta.
Strien was also named CoSIDA Academic All-American two times and was selected Academic All-Conference three times. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association also honored Strien as a Scholar-Athlete four times.
During her time at Luther, Strien was involved in service activities with Decorah Parks and Recreation, Luther PALS (big brother/sister program for kids in Decorah) and Luther Athlete's Serving Others. Her work with Decorah Parks and Recreation afforded her opportunities to work with local children in after school programs and mentor local youth through administering varying athletic programs.
Strien wrapped up her softball career helping lead Luther to a third place finish at the NCAA III National Softball Championships, its highest finish in school history. During her career, the Norse posted an overall record of 162-27, won three consecutive conference titles (2015-17), qualified for the NCAA III National Tournament four times and advanced to the Super Regionals twice (2016, 2018).
She was a four-time all-conference honoree, a three-time all-Midwest region team member and a two-time first team NFCA All-American. She also represented Luther as a 2018 NCAA Division Ill National Softball Championship all-tournament team selection. Strien holds Luther College career records for RBI (175), doubles (57), hit-by-pitch (43), defensive assists (291) and in 2017, she recorded the best single season batting average at .531.
Dec. 11, 2013 the conference announced that it had renamed its annual Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in honor and memory of Luther student-athlete Johanna Olson. Olson, the inaugural recipient of the award, was a former cross country and track & field student-athlete at Luther College, who battled brain cancer for over 15 years before her fight ended on January 3, 2013 at age 33.