Outstanding men and women receive athletics awards
The Seattle University athletics department and special guests gathered in Pigott Auditorium Wednesday, May 30, for the annual Athletics Awards Show.
Keith Andrews of the men's swimming received the Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award for combining his performance in the pool as well as his commitment to the team as captain, to the department as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and to the community as a volunteer in several service projects. The Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award was given to Katrina Schwab of the women's tennis team. Schwab was named the Great West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year, plus she has maintained a high grade point average and volunteered for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
The Bill Fenton 101 Club Male and Female Athletes of the Year Award were handed to Aaron Broussard (above) of the men's basketball team and Caitlin McCleary of the women's golf team. Broussard finished the year 39th in Division I in scoring average with 18.2 points per game, ending his Redhawk career 13th on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,455 career points. McCleary became the first Seattle U golfer to win a tournament since 1980, completing the year with three tournament victories as well as a runner-up finish at the West Coast Conference Championships after ending 54-hole stroke play in a tie for first place.
The Mission Awards are given to an individual and a team in recognition of their service to the community as a way of following the university's mission. Meeghan Bergmann of the track and field team won the Individual Mission Award in part for her work in putting together a track and field clinic at nearby Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. The men's and women's swim teams earned the Team Mission Award for their increased charitable projects, including delivering holiday gifts on behalf of the Center for Service and Community Engagement.
Bill Hogan, the director of athletics for the past six years, received the Mark Escandon University Sports Service Award for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure Seattle University's transition into Division I and inclusion in the Western Athletic Conference. Hogan established a new award, the Comeback Player of the Year, and announced that Elle Kerfoot of the women's basketball team would be this year's recipient after recovering from struggles early in her career to help the squad win 20 games and reach the WBI semifinals.
The event also featured a tribute to Cam Christian, the baseball player who passed away last October. His family was on hand to accept a plaque signifying Christian as the first honoree of the Senior Class Gift Book Scholarship, a series of 15 $500 book scholarships that will be given to rising seniors who have shown a commitment to the University mission and values.