WSU Athletics Honors 2022 Senior Student-Athletes
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Athletics honored its senior student-athletes at its annual Senior Recognition Luncheon Friday afternoon at the Bohler Athletic Complex.
The luncheon highlighted the academic and athletic contributions of this year's senior class of Cougar student-athletes.
The Pac-12 Conference Tom Hansen Conference Medal recipients are Krystal Leger-Walker (women's basketball) and Colton Johnsen (men's track & field). The conference medal winners are those who best reflect the greatest combination of performance and achievement in athletics, scholarship and leadership, as selected by the athletic director and senior administrative staff.
Twenty-six student-athletes were recognized for the Senior Excellence in Academics Award, given to seniors who have earned a minimum of 90 credits with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA, been members of the WSU Athletics All-Academic Team each semester, enrolled at WSU for at least two years, and excelled in their degree program and sport program. This year's recipients are Connor Barison (baseball), Emma Barrett (rowing), Michaela Bayerlova (tennis), Lauren Burckel (swimming), Emily Coombs (women's track & field), Amy Chu (women's golf), Ryan Davy (men's track & field), Keiana Fountaine (swimming), Paige Gardner (swimming), Gabrielle Hannen (rowing), Michaela Jones (women's basketball), John Kolb (men's track & field), Amy Kraemer (women's track & field), Chloe Larson (swimming), Shir Levy (women's basketball), Savanna Ly-Nguyen (tennis), Taylor McCoy (swimming), Marty Munyon (men's track & field), Ainslinn Overby (women's track & field), Nate Pendleton (men's track & field), Amelia Pullen (women's track & field), Pia Richards (women's track & field), Geneva Schlepp (women's track & field), Max Sekulic (men's golf), Jack Smith (baseball) and Zach Stallings (men's track & field).
The Pac-12 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship recipients are Will Burghardt (men's basketball) and Chloe Larson (swimming). The scholarships are awarded to one male and one female student-athlete at each Pac-12 school who have excelled academically and athletically and intend to pursue a graduate degree.
The Cougar Pride Academic salute is awarded to one male and one female senior who has maintained over a 3.00 cumulative GPA and has displayed exceptional academic, athletic and outstanding personal qualities. This year's award winners are Emily Coombs (women's track & field) and Max Sekulic (men's golf).
Calvin Jackson (football) and Nick Johnson (men's track & field) were presented the Athletic Director's Star Performer Award, given to two senior student-athletes who best reflect a commitment to academic improvement leading to successful completion of their degree.
Michaela Jones (women's basketball) was presented the Steve Gleason Community Service and Leadership Award, given to those who have demonstrated strong citizenship skills and leadership qualities within their team and throughout the athletic department and community.
The Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) True Cougar Award was presented to Colton Johnsen (men's track & field) and Aislinn Overby (women's track & field). This award is presented to a female and male senior student-athlete who started their WSU careers as non-scholarship student-athletes, and who, to their respective teams, define leadership, commitment to excellence and Cougar Pride.
The Damien Ficek Athletic Training Award was presented to male and female senior student-athletes who are humble, hard working in the training room and have overcome physical and/or other personal challenges to succeed at WSU. The award is presented in memory of former WSU athletic training student Damien Ficek, whose life came to an end in 2004 while serving his country in Iraq. This year's award winners are Sam Brixey (men's track & field) and Michaela Jones (women's basketball).
The Rob Oviatt and David Lang Strength and Conditioning Award is presented to one male and one female senior student-athlete who possess a great commitment to training, are accountable to his/her workout, lead by example and show an overall improvement in the weight room. Honoring the work ethic and training ideals of former WSU Directors of Physical Development Rob Oviatt and David Lang. This year's recipients are Michaela Jones (women's basketball) and Jack Smith (baseball).
Michaela Jones (women's basketball) and Dallas Hobbs (football) were named as recipients of the Beulah M. Blankenship Outstanding Student-Athlete Award, given to acknowledge personal achievements of a senior male and female student-athlete at WSU. The award recognizes contributions to the highest values of athletic expression by sportsmanship, dedication and positive regard for others.
The Cougar Athletics Leadership Award recognizes the senior student-athletes who have impacted a positive change within his/her sport, the athletics department, Washington State campus, at the conference and/or national level, as well as the greater Pullman community. The recipient of the Cougar Athletics Leadership Award has been a consistent voice while representing the student-athlete experience at WSU. The recipients have also demonstrated personal growth and development through active participation in student-athlete development programming such as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, leadership and peer academic counseling and mentoring programs, and community engagement activities. This year's recipients are Dallas Hobbs (football) and Kateryna Maistrenko (rowing).
The WSU Alumni Association Big Ten Senior Award recognizes the most qualified 10 students from across the campus, each representing a specific aspect of the college experience. The categories are academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service and visual/performing arts. This year's athletics recipients are Michaela Bayerlova (tennis) and Chloe Larson (swimming).
Other awards received by WSU senior student-athletes include Cate Field (rowing) and Kateryna Maistrenko (rowing) with the WSU President's Leadership Award winner, and Shir Levy (women's basketball), who received the Emeritus Undergraduate Research Award for Social Sciences.
Graduation at Washington State takes place Saturday, May 7.