IU Student-Athletes Honored

Indiana honored its student athletes for the 2014 and 2015 seasons Monday night at an awards banquet at the IU Auditorium. Here are the highlights from the evening.

Indiana honored its student-athletes Monday night at the fifth-annual Spirit of Indiana Showcase at the IU Auditorium.

Here are the highlights from a release put out by IU media relations about the evening.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored its student-athletes at the fifth-annual Spirit of Indiana Showcase on Monday, April 27, at the Indiana University Auditorium.

The Showcase honors student-athletes with year-end awards from 2014 and 2015. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Spirit of Indiana Director's Award, given by Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass to two student-athletes that best represent The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, 1 Team.

This year's honorees are Elizabeth Tong (Women's Golf) and Will Nolden (Baseball).

"Twenty-four sports, one team sets forth who we are and we are part of something bigger then ourselves," Glass said. "I am honored to present this award to two very deserving student-athletes."

Tong, a senior from Ontario, Canada, competed at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open and won the Golf Association of Ontario's Women's Champion event in June. Tong was also named a Women's Golf Association All-American Scholar.

"It is a great honor to receive this award," Tong said. "Coming to Indiana changed my life and I've learned so much during my time here. To all our student-athletes you are true heroes and I couldn't be happier to be anywhere else."

"I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the Directors Award then Elizabeth," IU coach Clint Wallman said. "She embodies the tenants of the Spirit of Indiana 24 Sports One Team in everything she does whether it is on the golf course, in the classroom or in the community. She is a shining example of what a college athlete is and I am so proud to have had her represent Indiana University and our Women's Golf Program."

Nolden, a senior from Indianapolis, was a Third Team All-Big Ten honoree in 2014. Nolden appeared in 57 games, starting 47 times in the outfield and tallied career highs in at bats (172), runs (32), hits (52), RBI (24) and doubles (9) Nolden drove in career-high four runs vs. Michigan State (4/18).

"I can't explain how much of an honor this is," Nolden said. "Our baseball program has come a long way and I have grown so much in my time at Indiana. My teammates, coaches, administration and support staff have helped so much as well."

"Will Nolden is the consummate Indiana Hoosier and is an exemplary representative of our athletics department and its values," IU coach Chris Lemonis said. "Will excels in the classroom, on the field and wears Indiana across his chest every day with great pride. He embraces what it means to be a Hoosier and give his all for the betterment of Indiana athletics. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments and his leadership at Indiana."

The department also recognized the Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients. The award is given to a person who strives for excellence in both athletics and academics.

The Big Ten, the nation's oldest collegiate conference, commemorates the 101st anniversary of a very unique tradition - the Big Ten Medal of Honor. The conference's most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100 years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction.

The women's honoree is Rebecca Gerrity (Water Polo) and Mark Murphy (Football).

Mark is a two-time Academic All-American and was a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, which is awarded to a football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance.

Rebecca helped her team win a conference championship and make an NCAA appearance. She scored over 30 goals and was named Fist Team All Conference. Rebecca thrives in the classroom and will continue her education this fall by attending medical school.

In addition to the Spirit of Indiana Director's Award and Big Ten Medal of Honor, the following honors were presented:

Best Individual Performance

Jessica Parratto -- Won NCAA Diving Title

Upset of the Year

Football wins on the road against Mizzou

Anita Aldrich Leadership Award (which recognizes a female student-athlete for best exemplifying Anita Aldrich's ideals of leadership, scholastic achievement and athletic ability among all female student-athletes):

Lora Olson (Softball)

Jake Gimble Award (given to a senior male student-athlete who has distinguished himself in athletics and scholarship and who has displayed an outstanding mental attitude):

Sven Lalic (Men's Tennis)

Jack D. Tichenor Award (which is given to a male and female student-athlete with the highest grade point average across all sports):

Abby Smith (Women's Soccer)

Trevor Moody (Wrestling)

2013-14 Indiana Athletes of the Year

Brooklynn Snodgrass (Women's Swimming)

Joey DeNato (Baseball)

24 Sports, 1 Team Program of Excellence

Volleyball

Scholastic Achievement Award

William Coursen-Carr (Baseball), Ryan Burton (Men's Basketball), Nicole Bell (Women's Basketball), Matthew Scwartzer (Men's Cross Country), Amanda Behnke (Women's Cross Country), Mollie Getzfread (Field Hockey), Mark Murphy (Football), Andrew Fogg (Men's Golf), Elizabeth Tong (Women's Golf), Monica Funk (Rowing), Dylan Lax (Men's Soccer), Abby Smith (Women's Soccer), Kassi Farmer (Softball), Curtis Goss (Men's Swimming), Brooklyn Snodgrass (Women's Swimming), Elliott Yee (Men's Tennis), Alecia Kauss (Women's Tennis), Adam Brown (Men's Track and Field), Sydney Clute (Women's Track and Field), Courtney Harnish (Volleyball), Rebecca Gerrity (Water Polo), Trevor Moody (Wrestling), Ryan Howard (Student Athletic Board).

Hoosier Award (which recognizes a student-athlete for bringing honor and distinction to Indiana University in their representative sport during the academic year):

Will Nolden (Baseball), Collin Hartman (Men's Basketball), Matt Schwartzer (Men's Cross Country), Tevin Coleman (Football), Nicholas Grubnich (Men's Golf), Tanner Thompson (Men's Soccer), John Winck (Men's Swimming), Michael Hixon (Men's Diving), Matthew McCoy (Men's Tennis), Tre'tez Kinnaird (Men's Indoor Track and Field), Rorey Hunter (Men's Outdoor Track and Field), Brittany Neeley (Women's Cross Country), Audra Heilman (Field Hockey), Elizabeth Tong (Women's Golf), Katy Piering (Rowing), Kayla Smith (Women's Soccer), Bri Meyer (Softball), Sam Lisy (Women's Swimming), Jessica Parratto (Women's Diving), Katie Klyczek (Women's Tennis), Sophie Gutermuth (Women's Indoor Track and Field), Nakel McClinton (Women's Outdoor Track and Field), Taylor Lebo (Volleyball), Candyce Schroeder (Water Polo).

IU Sportsmanship Award (which recognizes student-athletes from each sport for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship in their respective sport throughout the year):

Chris Sujka (Baseball), Nick Zeisloft (Men's Basketball), Jason Crist (Men's Cross Country), Shane Wynn (Football), Andrew Fogg (Men's Golf), Dylan Lax (Men's Soccer), Curtis Goss (Men's Swimming), Daniel Bednarczyk (Men's Tennis), Stephen Keller (Men's Indoor Track and Field), Terry Batemon (Men's Outdoor Track and Field), Luke Sheridan (Wrestling), Jess Walter (Women's Basketball), Brittany Neeley (Women's Cross Country), Corinne Karch (Field Hockey), Ana Sanjuan (Women's Golf), Lindsey Barber (Rowing), Marissa Borschke (Women's Soccer), Lora Olson (Softball), Stephanie Marchuk (Women's Swimming), Alecia Kauss (Women's Tennis), Sydney Clute (Women's Indoor Track and Field), Nakel McClinton (Women's Outdoor Track and Field), Courtney Harnish (Volleyball), Alexis Jones (Water Polo).

Aline Robinson Mental Attitude Award (which recognizes female student-athletes for their mental attitude and distinguished performance in athletics and academics on their respective team):

Amanda Behnke (Women's Cross Country), Maggie Olson (Field Hockey), Camille Chevalier (Women's Golf), Cindy Stanton (Rowing), Sarah Stone (Women's Soccer), Shannon Cawley (Softball), Sam Lisy (Women's Swimming), Lauren Clarksean (Women's Diving), Shannon Murdy (Women's Tennis), Sydney Clute (Women's Indoor Track and Field), Jill Whitman (Women's Outdoor Track and Field), Kyndall Merritt (Volleyball), Candyce Schroeder (Water Polo).

Hoosier HEROES (peer mentors who help with the transition to college life for first-year student-athletes):

Will Nolden (Baseball), Caitlin Bearish (Field Hockey), Ralston Evans (Football), Bernard Taylor (Football), Meredith Dickensheets (Rowing), Bri Meyer (Softball), Lora Olson (Softball), Alecia Kauss (Women's Tennis), Sydney Clute (Women's Track and Field), Sophie Gutermuth (Women's Track and Field), Rebecca Gerrity (Water Polo), Alexis Jones (Water Polo), Colleen McNaught (Water Polo), Devon Peterson (Water Polo), Shelley St. Omer Roy (Water Polo), Jordan Woolums (Women's Soccer), Allie Day (Women's Swimming), Dorina Szekeres (Women's Swimming).

Big Ten Athletes of the Year

Joey DeNato -- Big Ten Pitcher of the Year

Sam Travis -- Big Ten Player of the Year

Shae Fournier -- CWPA Conference Player of the Year

CoSIDA/Captial One Academic All-Americans

Mark Murphy (Football)

Kelsie Ahbe (Women's Track and Field)


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