Honoring Athletes

Annual awards show praises student athletes
By Jason Behenna
Photo Credit: Heath Braun

The Seattle University athletics department gathered together Wednesday night, to celebrate the accomplishments of 2010-11 athletic year. 

Seniors Conor Spink and Jamie Mellies received the department’s most prestigious award, the Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Spink finished the 2011 baseball season with a 4-2 record and a 2.72 earned run average. Currently carrying a 3.6 gpa, he will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Mellies finished her volleyball career with the most career assists in SU’s history and four of the top eight single-season assist totals. She will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and brings a 3.9 gpa into her final quarter. 

The Bill Fenton 101 Club Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards, named after the former athletic director and Seattle U Athletics Hall of Famer, were presented to junior swimmer Jordan Anderson and freshman Emily Walters of the track and field team. Anderson won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) title in the 50 and 100 freestyles at the conference championships, setting a school record during the 100 freestyle preliminaries. Walters set seven school records in indoor and outdoor track and field, won the long jump at the Great West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships and scored in both the long jump and the triple jump at the GWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. 

The Mission Awards are given each year to one or more individuals and one team in recognition of actions that follow the university mission. The individual award was given to junior Renee Vandermause of the women’s soccer team for her work with Professionals Without Borders. For the second consecutive year, the baseball team received the team award, for their partnership and fundraising efforts with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. 

Two teams shared the Competition of the Year Award. The women’s tennis team earned the award for its thrilling 4-3 victory over San Jose State in Las Vegas, Nev. And the baseball team received its award for the historic 5-4 victory over nationally-ranked Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore.  

Athletics Coordinator of Events and Administrative Services Greg Sempadian, received the Mark Escandon University Sports Service Award for his dedication, passion, and generosity towards everyone within the department. The award is named after the long-time athletic trainer and honors those who have gone above and beyond their normal duties to help the department. 

Members of the freshman class were also recognized with the Freshman 15+ Award, given to a freshman member of each team who made an immediate impact on their sports. This year’s talented group of freshmen included: Jeff Baklund (men’s cross country), Jordan Beals (men’s golf), Jason Bediones (men’s tennis), Julia Besagno (women’s soccer), Sterling Carter (men’s basketball), Nicole Doi (women’s swimming), Allison Farley (volleyball), Jake Feener (men’s soccer), Nicole Gaddie (women’s golf), Brandan Haggarty (men’s track & field), Cory Mack (baseball), Tomas Mendez-Beck (men’s swimming), Sarah Petosa (softball), Kacie Sowell (women’s basketball), Cara Talty (women’s cross country), Emily Walters (women’s track & field) and Gabriella Weissmann (women’s tennis).  

Seattle University is completing Year Three of the reclassification process towards full membership back in NCAA Division I.



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