AS A JUNIOR: Engineered a historic season, becoming the first Irish athlete to earn All-America honors in discus … placed third at NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., allowing Notre Dame to have it[apos]s best team finish at the NCAA Championships since 1999, placing 24th in the nation … Earned a spot in the finals with a 12th place finish, grabbing the last qualifying spot … recorded a 51.52m throw in the finals … had the top two discus throws on the team in 2009 … also participated in shot put at select meets during the indoor season, including a first place finish in the Notre Dame Indoor Opener with a throw of 13.616m … placed second to teammate Anna Weber in shot put at the Notre Dame Invitational indoor meet in January … then edged out Weber by .08m at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships to finish sixth in the conference in shot put … placed fifth in discus at the Arizona State Invitational, the first outdoor meet of the year, while also placing seventh in shot put … finished ninth in discus in April[apos]s Mt. SAC Relays … placed third in discus at the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, with a throw of 51.10m … won the discus title at the 2009 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, recording a throw of 50.80m … also finished seventh in the league in shot put … recorded a discus throw of 48.08m at the Georgia Tech Invitational, good for a second place finish … placed fifth in discus at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in Louisville, Ky., earning the trip to the NCAA Championships with a 52.55m throw.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Had an outstanding sophomore season that included her second consecutive trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships … opened the indoor season with back-to-back second-place finishes at the Blue and Gold Invitational and the Notre Dame Indoor Opener, tossing the shot put 13.29 meters and 13.05 meters, respectively … finished third in the shot put with a career-best throw of 13.48 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational … grabbed a sixth-place finish with a toss of 13.86 meters at the Indiana Relays … finished 15th in the shot put at the Meyo with a throw of 13.26 meters … closed out the indoor season at the BIG EAST Championships, finishing seventh in the shot put with a toss of 13.97 meters … opened the outdoor season with a fourth-place finish (49.37 meters) in the discus and a fifth-place finish (13.71m) in the shot put at the Arizona State Invitational … finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 49.78 meters at the Stanford Invitational … took top discus honors at the Eastern Michigan Invitational with a throw of 48.20 meters … also finished second in the shot put (13.68m) … finished 14th with a discus throw of 44.58 meters at the Drake Relays … garnered her second all-BIG EAST honor with a second-place performance at the BIG EAST Championship, tossing the discus 51.25 meters … also finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of 14.08 meters … set a new school record with a toss of 52.42 meters (172-0) at the NCAA Mideast Regional, finishing third in the discus … capped off her season with a 25th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, registering a 46.57-meter toss in the discus.
AS A FRESHMAN: Capped an exciting freshman season with a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships … threw the shot put during the indoor season, establishing her best mark at the BIG EAST indoor meet where she threw 13.42m (44-0 1/2) in an eighth-place, point-scoring performance … settled into her specialty, the discus, during the outdoor campaign … made the first of many all-time Notre Dame top-ten performances at the Shamrock Invitational, throwing the discus 48.81m (160-1) … also had her season-best shot put at that meet, tossing 13.52m (44-4 1/4) … won the Mike Poehlein and Spartan Invitational discus competitions … took first in the disc at the Hillsdale Gina Relays, posting a distance of 49.76m (163-3) … finished eighth in the shot put and second in the discus at the outdoor BIG EAST meet to help the Notre Dame team win the league title … the discus result gave her the first all-BIG EAST honors of her career … qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the discus … posted the third-best toss in Notre Dame history and was only the second female ever to throw the discus more than 50m … her fifth-place finish with that mark of 50.48m (165-7) automatically qualified her for the NCAA Championship and earned her All-Region honors … one of just two freshmen to qualify for the NCAA meet in the discus … finished 22nd at the national meet, registering a mark of 48.52m (159-2).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner in two sports (track & field and basketball) at Regis High School in Stayton, Ore. … outstanding in both the discus and shot put, winning a combined total of seven Oregon Class 2A state titles during her prep career … earned four consecutive state discus crowns (first Oregon high school female ever to win four championships in same throwing event) and three shot put titles … best prep marks were school records of 48.18m (158-1) in the discus (2006 Oregon Class 2A state meet, setting new record for that competition) and 13.72m (45-0 ?) in the shot put … discus mark (48.18m, 158-1) also was good for sixth-best in the nation for 2006 campaign … set Oregon state meet record in shot put with 13.12m (43-0 ?) heave in 2006 … named 2005 all-region Athlete of the Year by Salem Statesman Journal … four-time all-Tri-River Conference pick … also a two-time second-team all-state and three-time all-conference selection as a forward in basketball, averaging 14.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game during her final three seasons … National Honor Society member … born May 23, 1988 in Silverton, Ore. … daughter of Julie and Richard Espinoza … third of four children … majoring in marketing and design.
ESPINOZA[apos]S CAREER INDOOR BESTS
|Shot Put (2009 BIG EAST Championship)||14.42m|
ESPINOZA[apos]S CAREER OUTDOOR BESTS
|Shot Put (Ole Miss Invitational)||14.39m|
|Discus (Purdue Mike Poehlein Invitational)||52.10m|