Division I offer from Northern Illinois a dream come true for Delaney Ostrowski.

Delaney Ostrowski had no reason to wait.

Entering her junior year at Geneseo High School this fall, Ostrowski jumped at the opportunity to verbally commit to play softball at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, in the spring of 2019.

“When I told my family Northern was the choice, a wave of relief came over me,” Ostrowski said.

After going on an unofficial recruiting visit in September, Ostrowski felt NIU met every standard on her checklist.

“I love the coaching staff, the atmosphere of the campus and the facilities they offer,” Ostrowski said. “It was love at first sight.”

Attending the Huskies’ summer workout camps the past two years, Ostrowski developed a rapport with the NIU Coach Christina Sutcliffe and the rest of the coaching staff.

“I love how personable they can be and their mindset for the game,” Ostrowski said. “The coaches give their athletes the opportunity of allowing them to do whatever they desire to do academically, and athletically they are going to help them have success.”

With two more years to make a decision, Ostrowski felt the choice was overwhelmingly clear leading up to a trip to nationals to compete in the Triple Crown Sports Summer Nationals, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with the Quad City Lady Hitmen ‘01.

“It was the right fit,” Ostrowski said, “And why wait? Nothing better could have come my way.”

“Ever since I first started softball, I said I want to play at the highest level possible and here we are,” Ostrowski said.

Geneseo’s most recent Division I softball athlete was 2008 GHS graduate Alli Rivera who attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Ostrowski said it was her personality and commanding presence in the circle that got the Huskies’ attention.

A pitcher and utility infielder with Geneseo, Ostrowski attributed her success to her traveling team coach Emily (Bergeson) Klemmer, who was a standout at Bradley University and Indiana University.

Ostrowski added she was molded by the efforts of Bob Pettit, pitching coach Mike Kernan and traveling team coach Ryan Bieneman.

In the classroom, Ostrowski wants to pursue a career in physical therapy at NIU.

“I like working with other athletes,” Ostrowski said. “After I’m done being an athlete myself, continuing to work with those people to get back to what they love to do.”