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The Bootleg Celebrates the Best Stanford Athletes from the 2015-16

It wasn't easy, but The Bootleg Staff finally whittled down its list to the finalists from whom we will create the honor roll of the best performances from yet another year for Stanford Athletics.

In an annual Bootleg tradition, we are proud to present the 30 finalists for The Bootleg’s 2016 Honor Roll, spanning the 2015-16 academic year. The criteria are as follows:

“Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top 10 Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

2016 Honor Roll Overview: Above and Beyond

Yes, Stanford won two national championships this year (many congratulations to men’s soccer and women’s tennis) to comfortably push its national title streak to an unheard-of 40 years. Yes, Stanford ran away with its 22nd straight Directors’ Cup.

But at this point, those accolades have become par for the course for the program. That’s the standard that Stanford Athletics has developed for itself through four decades of exemplary success -- it would be a much more newsworthy event if the Cardinal somehow didn’t win a title or the Directors’ Cup.

Instead, this year’s theme in Stanford Athletics has been the idea of pushing the status quo of what is possible and what should be expected from a team or an individual.

Consider Jordan Morris, who split his time between the Stanford men’s soccer team and the U.S. Men’s National Team, becoming the first collegian since 1995 to earn a cap with the national squad, before scoring two goals in the Cardinal’s national championship win over Clemson.

Look at Christian McCaffrey, who smashed an all-purpose yards record that the vast majority of the nation thought was utterly untouchable, in his first year as a starter. Look at teammate Kevin Hogan, who finished with the fourth-highest passer rating in the nation just a season after losing his father.

How about the women’s water polo team losing a tightly contested national title match in a buzzer-beater despite losing several top contributors to Olympic training? Or the women’s tennis team playing without top singles player Carol Zhao for much of the season before making yet another improbable run to glory?

The list goes on and on, and that’s the spirit that we at The Bootleg hoped to capture with this year’s 12 men and 18 women named finalists for our Honor Roll.

2016 Finalists

We congratulate this year’s 30 finalists, listed by number of nominations.

Three-Time Finalists

Bret Bonanni, water polo
Akash Modi, gymnastics

Two-Time Finalists

Madi Bugg, volleyball
Elise Cranny, XC/TF
Ivana Hong, gymnastics
Jordan Morris, soccer
Lia Neal, swimming
Elizabeth Price, gymnastics

First-Time Finalists

Tristan Beck, baseball
Aisling Cuffe, XC/TF
Taylor Davidson, tennis
Dulcie Davies, field hockey
Ella Eastin, swimming
Tom Fawcett, tennis
Ronnie Harris, football
Julia Hermann, water polo
Kevin Hogan, football
Hayley Hodson, volleyball
Brittany Howard, volleyball
Lauren Kim, golf
Christian McCaffrey, football
Erica McCall, basketball
Sean McGorty, XC/TF
Joey McKenna, wrestling
Kelsey Murray, lacrosse
Maddie Secco, field hockey
Mariah Stackhouse, golf
Andi Sullivan, soccer
Brandon Vincent, soccer
Jim Wilson, wrestling

Previous finalists

2014-15 finalists
2013-14 finalists
2012-13 finalists
2011-12 finalists
2010-11 finalists
2009-10 finalists
2008-09 finalists

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