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WWU Athletics Announces 2017-18 Student-Athlete Awards

June 4, 2018

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University Department of Athletics celebrated another successful season with the annual Dub Dub Blue Awards Ceremony and BBQ held Thursday afternoon on the WWU campus.

Six student-athletes were presented with awards recognizing their outstanding athletic and academic achievements from the 2017-18 season. The large gathering of student-athletes on the lawn outside of historic Old Main helped celebrate a banner athletic and academic season that featured 9 teams represented at the NCAA Division II Championships, 75 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic awards, 55 All-GNAC honorees and 9 All-Americans.

“All of our programs and student-athletes continue to raise the bar, both on the field of competition and in the classroom,” said WWU Director of Athletics Steve Card. “It was an exciting year moving back into Carver Gym and we look forward to continuing to grow our presence with the campus community. Hats off to all our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and administrators on another great year.”

Here are the 2017-18 WWU Athletics award winners:

2017-18 WWU ATHLETICS AWARDS

Female Athlete of the Year

Abby Phelps (Volleyball)

Male Athletes of the Year

Deandre Dickson (Basketball), Alex Barry (Track & Field)

Female Scholar Athletes of the Year

Angie Dexter (Rowing), Jasmine McMullin (Track & Field)

Male Scholar Athlete of the Year

Christian Rotter (Soccer)

The Male and Female Athletes of the Year will have their names added to the G. Robert Ross Memorial Trophy honoring the top athletes that have participated for WWU.

In addition to the Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year awards that were presented to each student-athlete, WWU’s 9 All-Americans were presented with commemorative photos and Western’s national champion rowing fours were recognized for their outstanding accomplishment.

Abby Phelps Female Athlete of the Year
Abby Phelps (Jr., Manson, WA/Chelan) had a remarkable junior season helping lead the Vikings to the GNAC regular-season title and the NCAA Division II West Regional championship match. Was named the GNAC Player of the Year and was a First Team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American, becoming the second outside hitter in program history to earn this award. She set the WWU single-season record averaging 4.31 kills per set and led the GNAC with 25 matches with double-digits in both kills and digs. A team leader and standout student-athlete with a 3.53 GPA while pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.

Deandre Dickson Male Athlete of the Year
Deandre Dickson (Sr., Easton, CA/Bakersfield College) was a force for the WWU men’s basketball team during another 20-win season for the Vikings, averaging 14.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game during his senior season. An all-around player – offense, defense, inside, outside – and true team leader, Dickson ranked in the top 15 in the GNAC in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, blocked shots and was 5th in the conference with 6 double-doubles. Over his two-year career with WWU, he averaged 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and recorded 75 blocked shots in 51 games.

Alex Barry Male Athlete of the Year
Alex Barry (Jr., Sequim, WA) earned First Team All-America honors with a 4th-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He set a PR on 3 of his 6 throws in the NCAA meet, saving his best throw for last with a mark of 68.38m (224-4) on his final throw of the competition to jump into 4th place. The junior finished 2nd at the GNAC Outdoor Championships and holds the 2nd-best mark in WWU history and 5th-best in GNAC history. Barry became the fourth WWU men’s javelin All-American during the NCAA era.

Jasmine McMullin Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Jasmine McMullin (Sr., Sequim, WA) was an Academic All-District selection who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Education, after graduating with a 3.94 GPA as an English major. She closed out her WWU career during the indoor season winning the long jump and her trademark event, the triple jump at the 2018 GNAC Indoor Championships. McMullin was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet at the GNAC Championships, as well as the women’s Performance of the Meet setting the WWU and GNAC records in the triple jump. She was a First Team All-American placing 4th at the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Angie Dexter Female Scholar Athlete of the Year
Angie Dexter (So., Anchorage, Alaska/West Anchorage) was named an Academic All-District At-Large selection and a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete with a 3.91 GPA while majoring in Spanish. She rowed out of the stroke seat for the Vikings Varsity 4+ that won the gold medal at the WIRA Championships and the national championship at the 2018 NCAA Division II Rowing Championships.

Christian Rotter Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
Christian Rotter (So., Auburn, WA/Auburn Mountainview) was a key member of the WWU men’s soccer team as a starting forward and a standout student-athlete carrying a 3.86 GPA as a Business Administration major. On the pitch, he started all 17 games in 2017 scoring 2 goals and tying for the team lead with 3 assists.

WWU ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

1954

Ken Swalwell - Football, Men's Track & Field, Baseball

1955

Bruce Randall - Football, Men's Basketball

1956

Ted Whan - Men's Track & Field

1957

Bruce Randall - Football, Baseball

1958

Fred Emerson - Football, Baseball

1959

Sam Martin - Football

1960

Jerry Joyce - Men's Track & Field

1961

Don Trethewey - Men's Track & Field

1962

Mike Kirk - Men's Basketball

1963

Jim Adams - Men's Basketball

1964

Bob Thomas - Men's Basketball

1965

Keith Shugarts - Football, Men's Basketball

1966

Jack Nighbert - Men's Basketball, Baseball

1967

Steve Richardson - Football, Baseball

1968

Dave Weedman - Football

1969

Gary Reiersgard - Men's Basketball

1970

Mike Clayton - Men's Basketball

1971

Gary White - Men's Basketball

1972

Lee Andersen - Wrestling

1973

Mike Franza - Men's Basketball

1974

Mike Vorce - Men's Track & Field

1975

Chuck Price - Men's Basketball

1976

Charmon Odle - Women's Basketball

1977

Pat Locker - Football

1978

Bruce Manclark - Men's Track & Field and Cross Country

1979

Rohn McCoy - Men's Basketball

1981

Jo Metzger - Women's Basketball

1982

Marilyn Thibodeau - Women's Cross Country and Women's Track & Field

1983

Wendy Malich - Women's Track & Field

1984

Joan Williamson - Women's Track & Field

1985

Dave Peterson - Football

    

Genevie Pfueller - Women's Cross Country and Track & Field

1986

Carmen Dolfo - Women's Basketball

    

Allen James - Men's Track & Field

1987

Kim Nix - Men's Track & Field and Football

    

Hollie Watson - Women's Track & Field

1988

James Johnson - Men's Basketball

    

Shelly Borovich - Women's Volleyball and Track & Field

1989

Peter LaBarge - Football

    

Anna Rabel - Women's Basketball

1990

Peter LaBarge - Men's Soccer

    

Lorrie Post - Women's Volleyball

1991

Peter LaBarge - Men's Soccer

    

Scott Lohr - Football

    

Lorrie Post - Women's Volleyball

1992

Jeff Van Kleeck - Men's Cross Country & Track

    

Joanie Armstrong - Women's Crew

1993

Shane Volkmann - Football

    

Lynton Hyde - Football

    

Kris Maraveller - Women's Cross Country & Track

1994

Dwayne Kirkley - Men's Basketball

    

Brandi Stevenson - Women's Track

1995

Bill Christensen - Football

   

Gina Sampson - Women's Basketball

1996

Orlondo Steinauer - Football

    

Gina Sampson - Women's Basketball

1997

Chris Nicholl - Football

    

Amy Cameron - Women's Track

1998

Mark Spencer - Football

    

Cathy Johnson - Fastpitch

1999

Joel Skarbo - Men's Golf

    

Devin Kemper - Men's Track

    

Celeste Hill - Women's Basketball

2000

Ben Clampitt - Football

   

Celeste Hill, Women's Basketball

    

Craig Welty - Men's Golf

2001

Erik Totten - Football

   

Michelle Parker - Volleyball

2002

Scott Mitchell - Football

    

Shannon Rowland - Volleyball

2003

Mike Palm - Men's Basketball

    

Liz Bishop - Volleyball

    

Ashlee Vincent - Women's Cross Country and Track

2004

Nicola Parker - Volleyball

    

Kurt Hartmaier - Men's Cross Country and Track

    

Josh Griesse - Men's Crew

2005

Michael Koenen - Football

    

Tim Feenstra - Men's Golf

    

Julia Gamache - Women's Rowing

2006

Grant Dykstra - Men's Basketball

    

Katja Trygg - Women's Golf

2007

Anthony Tomsich - Men's Track and Cross Country

    

Courtney Schneider - Volleyball

    

Lindsay Mann-King - Women's Rowing

2008

Courtney Schneider - Volleyball

    

Sean Packer - Men's Golf

2009

Ira Graham - Men's Basketball

    

Jake Koppenberg - Men's Golf

    

Sarah Porter - Women's Cross Country and Track

    

Audrey Coon - Women's Rowing

2010

Sarah Porter - Women's Cross Country and Track

    

Ryan Brown - Men's Track

2011

Sarah Porter - Women's Cross Country and Track

   

Ryan Brown - Men's Track

2012

Rory Blanche - Men's Basketball

    

Emily Warman - Women's Track & Field and Soccer

2013

John Allen - Men's Basketball

    

Jake Webb - Men's Golf

    

Marlayna Geary - Volleyball

    

Jamie Arthurs - Women's Soccer

2014

Frank Catelli - Men's Track & Field

    

Bethany Drake - Women's Track & Field

2015

Alex Donigian - Men's Track & Field

    

Katelyn Steen - Women's Track & Field

2016

Alex Donigian - Men's Track & Field

 

Delanee Nilles - Women's Soccer

 

Bethany Drake - Women’s Track & Field

 

Katie Reichert - Women’s Track & Field

2017

Taylor Stafford - Men’s Basketball

 

Sierra Shugarts - Women’s Soccer

 

Taylor Peacocke - Women’s Basketball

 

Bethany Drake - Women’s Track & Field

2018

Abby Phelps - Volleyball

 

Alex Barry - Men’s Track & Field

 

Deandre Dickson - Men’s Basketball

 

WWU SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

MALE

1999

Erik Meyer, Track & Field

2000

Marty Juergens, Football

2001

Erik Totten, Football

2002

Erik Totten, Football

2003

Greg Dykstra, Football

2004

Rob White, Football

2005

Rob White, Football

2006

Scott Romney, Track & Field

2007

Keith Lemay, Track & Field

2008

Keith Lemay, Track & Field and Cross Country

2009

Anthony Zackery, Football

2010

Alex Harrison, Track & Field

2011

Xavier Dailly, Golf

2012

Alex Harrison, Track & Field

2013

Chris Mitchell, Basketball

2014

Andrew Weishaar, Soccer

2015

Nathan Richards, Track & Field and Cross Country

2016

Mark Seely, Track & Field

2017

Garrett Strawn, Soccer

 

Gordie Kordas, Track & Field

2018

Christian Rotter, Soccer

FEMALE

1999

Sarah Hiss, Track & Field

2000

Sarah Hiss, Track & Field

2001

Kelsi Griswald, Rowing

2002

Liz Bishop, Volleyball

2003

Liz Bishop, Volleyball

2004

Liz Bishop, Volleyball

2005

Jodi Gerald, Basketball

   

Meghan Evoy, Volleyball

2006

Jessica Telleria, Track & Field

2007

Audrey Coon, Rowing

2008

Audrey Coon, Rowing

2009

Audrey Coon, Rowing

2010

Casey Mapes, Rowing

2011

Katie Sharpe, Golf

2012

Megan Northey, Rowing

2013

Kristin Maris, Soccer

2014

Kristin Maris, Soccer

2015

Catherine Miles, Soccer

2016

Taylor Guenther, Track & Field and Cross Country

 

Karisa Stapp, Rowing

2017

Karisa Stapp, Rowing

 

Bethany Drake, Track & Field

2018

Jasmine McMullin, Track & Field

 

Angie Dexter, Rowing

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