The Austin College coaches and team members honored more than 40 student-athletes, including the Austin College male and female athletes of the year, in its annual Athletics Convocation on Thursday night in Sid Richardson Gymnasium on the Austin College campus.
By virtue of head coaches’ selections, senior men’s soccer player Andy Johnson of Tulsa, Oklahoma and senior volleyball player Adrienne Reynolds of Arlington, Texas were selected as the Pete Cawthon Male Athlete and Gene Day Female Athlete of the Year.
Women’s swimmer Lauren Wheeler of Southlake, Texas and men’s football player Madison Ross of Fort Worth, Texas were named by the coaches as the Tim Jubela Freshmen Athletes of the Year. Wheeler set seven Austin College records in her first season with the team and became just the second women’s swimmer to earn All-SCAC honors, while Ross was named the SCAC Newcomer of the Year after rushing for 290 yards with an average of 5.3 yards per carry.
Reynolds, a three-year letter winner and starter, was among the national leaders in both total digs and digs per set. Her average of 6.14 digs-per-set led the SCAC by a wide margin, and helped her earn two SCAC Player of the Week awards as well as 1st Team All-SCAC recognition. She is also a SCAC Academic Honor Roll member.
Johnson, a four-year letter winner and starter, was a SCAC All-Sportsmanship Team honoree in addition to being one of the top defenders in the league. Despite playing a defensive position, he was third on the team with five goals scored this year for a total of 10 points. Johnson has also been a SCAC Academic Honor Roll member throughout his time at Austin College.
List of Award Winners:
Team Awards (selected by team members)
- Baseball – Cecil Grigg Award (most outstanding baseball player) – Austin Vaughan, senior
- Men’s Basketball – Hustle Award – Ransom Okpala, junior
- Men’s Basketball – Pat E. Hooks Award (most outstanding basketball player) – Ransom Okpala, junior
- Women’s Basketball – Hustle Award – Lexi Beeson, junior
- Women’s Basketball – Brittany Simpson Award – Shayna Clardy, senior
- Women’s Basketball – Pat E. Hooks Award (most outstanding basketball player) – Erin Riley, junior
- Women’s Cross Country – Ron Munden Award (most outstanding runner) – Jessica Carlson, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Genevieve Norman, Emily Olvera, Carina Parikh
- Football – Shellie Hersh Special Teams Player of the Year Award – Andrew Klink, junior
- Football – William B Traylor Award (for hard work and dedication) – James Roh, senior
- Football – Gene “Duke” Babb Award (most outstanding football player) – Sean Sweeney, senior
- Men’s Soccer – Clayton Hustle Award – Guillermo Allande, junior
- Men’s Soccer – Most Outstanding Player – Andy Johnson, senior
- Women’s Soccer – Carole Lomangino Award – Ariel Marder, senior
- Softball – Most Valuable Player – Sophia Hernandez, freshman
- Softball – “Choose to Commit” Award – Chelsea Delaney, senior
- Men’s Swimming – Most Improved – Kelly Zapp, freshman
- Women’s Swimming – Most Improved – Brette Grieder, freshman
- Men’s Swimming – Hannah Award (most outstanding swimmer) – Jacob Fenster, senior
- Women’s Swimming – Hannah Award (most outstanding swimmer) – Lauren Wheeler, freshman
- Men’s Tennis – Carroll Pickett Award (most outstanding tennis player) – Tyler Roush, senior
- Women’s Tennis – Carroll Pickett Award (most outstanding tennis player) – Lizzie Flint, senior
- Volleyball – Most Outstanding Player – Adrienne Reynolds, senior
- Aussie Dance Team – Aussie of the Year – Leslie Wynn
- Cheerleading – Outstanding Cheerleader – Hailey Hundley, Emily Olvera
- Athletic Training – Most Improved – Daniel McGunegle
- Athletic Training – Most Outstanding – Ryan Simons
Departmental Awards (selected by head coaches)
- Gene Day Award – Most outstanding female athlete – Adrienne Reynolds, senior, volleyball
- Pete Cawthon – Most outstanding male athlete – Andy Johnson, senior, soccer
- Tim Jubela – Most outstanding female freshman athlete – Lauren Wheeler, swimming & diving
- Tim Jubela – Most outstanding male freshman athlete – Madison Ross, football
- Robert T. Mason – Sportsmanship Award – Guillermo Allande, soccer
- Robert T. Mason – Sportsmanship Award – Ali Fidel, soccer
- Slats McCord – Senior Perseverance and Improvement – Alen Michael, basketball
- Slats McCord – Senior Perseverance and Improvement – Shayna Clardy, basketball
- Bo Miller – Outstanding Achievement in Academics and Athletics – Alen Michael, men’s basketball
- Bo Miller - Outstanding Achievement in Academics and Athletics – Chelsea Delaney, softball
- Sig Lawson – Dedication and Commitment to Austin College Athletics – Madison Parkhill, football; Andre Bryant, basketball; Mason Waddell, soccer; Tyler Appelquist, baseball; Charles Overton, swimming & diving; James Taylor, tennis
- Sig Lawson – Dedication and Commitment to Austin College Athletics – Shelby Eaves, volleyball; Kayla Linthicum, basketball; Leah Reznicek, soccer; Mallory Rossmann, softball; Maggie Autry, swimming & diving; Sophie McDonald, tennis; Olivia Flaggert, cross country
- T. Ellis Lockhart Spirit – Most Supportive Faculty Member – Dr. E. Don Williams
About Austin College
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.