Former Buccaneers Set To Compete In WBSC Women’s Softball World Championships

Former Buccaneers Set To Compete In WBSC Women’s Softball World Championships


FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former FSW softball standouts and New Zealand natives Courtney Gettins (Univ. of Alabama), Mikayla Werahiko (Univ. of Maryland) and Mereana Makea will compete for the New Zealand National team in the XVI WBSC Women’s Softball World Championships in Chiba, Japan.

The premier global softball tournament in the world — the WBSC women’s softball flagship event — is the first of five qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The top finisher in Chiba, not including already qualified/host Japan, will be part of baseball and softball’s historic Olympic return at Tokyo 2020.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship was held Thursday, August 2 at NASPA Stadium. Following the ceremony, the National Teams of Japan and Italy competed against each other in Game 1 of the event. All nations will be in action on Friday (August 3).

The Women’s Softball World Championship will be played across 73 games in 10 days. The Final will be held on Sunday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. local time, at ZOZO Marine Stadium. All the games will be available to watch around the world, on TV or via live-stream.

For complete tournament news and updates, the official tournament website at is available in six languages (English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese).

The most decorated student-athlete in FSW’s young history, Gettins, the 2017 Dudley NJCAA Division I National Pitcher of the Year, helped lead the Crimson Tide to the Super Regionals. Alabama concluded the 2018 season with a 36-20 record, making it to the NCAA Super Regional round for an NCAA-record 14-straight year.

A two-time FCSAA Region 8 Second Team All-State selection, Werahiko started 54 of 55 games for the Terrapins during the 2018 season. The Christchurch, New Zealand native hit .204 with three stolen bases, five doubles, five RBIs and 16 runs scored.

A 2018 NFCA NJCAA Third Team All-American, Makea hit .447 with a team-best 50 RBIs as a sophomore for FSW. The Wellington, New Zealand native also registered 11 doubles, six triples, four homers, 57 runs scored and 31 stolen bases.

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All of FSW’s home games will be available online through FSW Livestream (, and can be viewed on smartphones, tablets and laptop or desktop computers.

The Buccaneers compete in the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Suncoast Credit Union Arena is approximately 75,000 square feet and is home to the FSW basketball teams and a student athletic center. The arena seats approximately 3,300 fans and includes six skyboxes, a hospitality event center, competition courts that convert into recreational courts, athletic office space, student, faculty and staff wellness, and an athletic center with a fitness pavilion, men's and women's locker rooms and a weight training area. The arena has two Daktronics displays, on the north and south walls, that each measure 10 feet high by 20 feet wide. Both displays incorporate variable content zoning to each show one large image or they can be divided into multiple windows to show any variety of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages. One-hundred feet of ribbon displays have been installed on the east and west walls of the arena. The ribbons provide the opportunity to supplement the content on the main displays as well as highlight sponsors throughout events.

The Florida SouthWestern State College athletic program is a member of the Florida College System Athletic Association (FCSAA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The Buccaneers are one of 25 schools in the NJCAA Region 8 and are one of six schools in the Suncoast Conference. Florida SouthWestern State College currently supports four intercollegiate athletic programs (Baseball, Softball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball).

Baseball and Softball began their regular season competition in 2016 at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort Myers is the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena (completed in fall 2016), where FSW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams compete.

The movement to form a unique sports association dedicated to America’s two-year colleges arose in 1937 when several track and field coaches gathered in Fresno, California. A year later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rejected a petition from 13 two-year colleges in California to grant their teams and athletes permission to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.

In the spring of 1938, following the NCAA’s rejection, those same 13 two-year colleges gathered again in Fresno to organize and form an association that would promote and supervise a national athletics program exclusively for junior and community colleges…and the rest is history.

On May 14, 1938, the first constitution of the National Junior College Athletic Association was accepted by its charter members and the organization held its first national championship event a year later in May 1939.

The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes. This section of the association's website is dedicated to celebrating the NJCAA's rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics.

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The Florida College System Activities Association, Incorporated (FCSAA) is a statewide non‑profit corporation regulating, coordinating, and promoting intercollegiate activities in: Athletics, Brain Bowl, Forensics, Music, Student Government, Student Publications, and Theatre.

Membership in the Florida College System Activities Association is open to any of the 28 colleges in the Florida College System. Each member institution is represented in the policy‑making deliberations of the Association through that institution's President or other designated representative. The institutional representatives constitute the FCSAA Presidents Assembly, the ultimate authority in FCSAA.

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Member colleges of the NJCAA are allotted to a specific NJCAA Region upon membership to the association. Unlike other collegiate organizations that defer to conference affiliation, the NJCAA guarantees each member college's membership within the regional structure of the association. In most cases, region assignment is based upon geographic location of the college. 

The region structure of the NJCAA is the primary method used by all sponsored sports of the association in determining qualification for national championship tournaments. In certain sports, two or more regions are partnered to form a competition 'district', which is then used for national championship qualification. The organization of districts varies per sport and is formulated every two years under the authority of the association's board of directors. 

FSW is in Region 8 and is joined by ASA College Miami (Region 8 only; non-FCSAA member), Broward College, Chipola College, College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Gulf Coast State College, Hillsborough Community College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Pensacola State College, Polk State College, Santa Fe College, Seminole State College of Florida, South Florida State College, St. Johns River State College, St. Petersburg College, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and Tallahassee Community College.

The Bucs are also in the Suncoast Conference with Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota. The women’s basketball program is also in the Suncoast Conference, but with only three other teams (Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg College and Eastern Florida State College).

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