Sara Groenewegen plays high level softball while managing her Type 1 diabetes, something she has dealt with since age nine. In her first tournament with for Team Canada, Groenewegen threw a no-hitter against China at the 2013 Junior World Championships. Later that year suited up with the Senior National Team at the World Cup of Softball and the Canadian Fastpitch International Championships. Groenewegen had previously pitched a perfect game at the provincial championships during high school. In her freshman season at the University of Minnesota in 2014 she appeared in 28 games, compiling a 14-3 record, a 2.23 ERA and 192 strikeouts in 116.2 innings pitched, picking up 3 saves, 9 complete games, and 5 shutouts. She led the NCAA in average strikeouts per game (11.6) and threw a no-hitter against Penn State. Groenewegen also had a great year at the plate, batting .299 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. She was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was also a First Team All-Conference honoree. At the 2014 World Championships, Groenewegen went 2-1 with 19 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched.
Family: Parents Arnie and Reesa Groenewegen… Older sister Marina Groenewegen (played softball at Bradley University in 2013-14)… Younger sister Melanie Groenewegen… Uncle Leo Groenewegen is a former CFL offensive lineman… Getting into the Sport: Began playing softball at age 5, following her older sister… Outside Interests: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Sophomore – Sport Management)… Enjoys spending her down time outdoors, camping… Participates in JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: ‘Limits are self-imposed’…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
|ISF WCh: 2014 – 4th||WCup: 2014 – SILVER; 2013 – 4th|