WashU Presents 14 W Club Awards at 31st Annual Banquet

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St. Louis, Mo., May 3, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis named 14 student-athletes as the top performers in their respective classes for the 2016-17 school year at the 31st annual athletic department student-athlete banquet, held Monday night at the WU Field House.

Presented Monday evening were: the William H. and Elizabeth Danforth and William K.Y. and Anne Tao Distinguished Senior Awards; the Art and Marge McWilliams and the Stanley and Ann Rosen Junior Awards; the Carl and Alice Briggson Sophomore Awards; and the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Rookie Awards.

Established in 1989-90 by the school's athletic support group, the W Club Distinguished Athlete Award is bestowed annually to the top senior male and female athletes for their contributions to the athletics program at Washington University.

Lizzy Crist, Wayzata, Minn. (Minnetonka) of the women's soccer team, Caroline Dupont, Leawood, Kan. (Blue Valley North) of volleyball, Rebecca Ho, Santa Clarita, Calif. (Golden Valley) and Daisy Ogede, Richton Park, Ill. (Western Reserve Academy) of the track and field team received the honors on the women's side. Michael Lagieski, Menasha, Wis. (Menasha) of swimming and diving and Deko Ricketts, Kansas City, Mo. (Barstow School) of the track and field team earned the men's accolades.

Crist concluded a remarkable four-year career by earning the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Player of the Year award and helping lead the Bears to their first national championship in school history. She was also named the D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year for the second-consecutive season. Crist posted a 19-1-2 mark in 23 starts with a single-season school record 0.29 goals against average. She set the single-season school record with 13 shutouts, and tied the win total. Crist led the conference and ranked fifth in NCAA Division III in goals allowed (6) and goals against average. She was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second-consecutive season, and earned 2016 NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year honors. A three-time all-University Athletic Association (UAA) and all-Central Region selection, Crist is WashU's all-time leader in shutouts (31) and is also second in wins (48) and fourth in saves (182).

Dupont thrived throughout her four-year career as a starter on the nationally competitive WashU volleyball team and helped the Bears reach the National Championship match in 2016. She solidified herself as one of the top players in the most decorated Division III program in history by concluding her career with the third most block assists (380), fifth best block total (453) and the eighth most kills (1,487). Dupont earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America honors all four years of her career, including AVCA Division III National Freshman of the Year and All-America First Team honors her freshman season. During her senior year leading the Bears to runner-up status, Dupont was named the NCAA Whitewater Regional Most Outstanding Player. She also earned the Sports Imports/AVCA DIII National Player of the Week honors during 2016.

Ho established herself as the top player ever to wear the Red and Green when she set the WashU Women's Tennis all-time wins mark at the 2017 UAA Championship in April. Ho has a 184-55 overall record, including a 104-17 mark while playing No. 1 singles the past three years for the Bears. She has recorded a 50-12 overall mark as a senior and is ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division in doubles with Kaylan Griffith and No. 4 in singles. Ho is a seven-time All-America selection, and has qualified for the NCAA Championship in both singles and doubles the past two years. She is also a two-time USTA/ITA Central Region Doubles champion, and also won the 2014 USTA/ITA Central Region singles title. 

Ogede added another accomplishment to her stellar career when she helped lead the WashU women to the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship. She scored points for the Bears in the 60, 200 and anchored the second-place finishing 4x400-relay team whose points vaulted WashU to the National Title. Ogede is a five-time Indoor All-American, including National Titles in the 200 dash and 4x400-relay during the 2016 National Championships. She also has three NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field All-American honors to her credit in addition to five UAA Track & Field Most Outstanding Performer awards and 15 UAA Athlete of the Week honors. Several WashU records belong to Ogede including the 55, 60, 55 hurdles, 60 hurdles, 100, 200 for the indoor and outdoor. She was also a member of the 4x100- and 4x400-relay record times.

Lagieski is one of the most decorated student-athletes to ever swim at WashU after totaling 15 All-American honors throughout his career, qualifying for the 2016 United States Olympic Team Trials and winning the 2014 100 breaststroke NCAA Division III National Championship. He swam to five All-American finishes during his senior season, including three individual honors. In addition the Menasha, Wis.-native also is a seven time UAA Champion and earned both the Swimmer and Rookie of the Year honors in 2014 from the association. Lagieski posted the fastest times in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley in WashU history. The WashU men's swimming and diving program placed in the top-10 the final three seasons of Lagieski's career which had previously never been accomplished in school history.

Ricketts maintained a stride of excellence during his senior season with the WashU track & field team, as he captured the 2017 Indoor NCAA Division III 800-meter National Championship. He is a four-time All-American and after helping the men's indoor distance medley relay team to National Champion status and runner-up status in the 800 last year, Ricketts seized the individual title as a senior. He also was the UAA Indoor Champion in the DMR and 800, as well as the Outdoor 800 and 4x800-relay Champion. Ricketts owns the WashU 800-meter indoor and outdoor records, including a stadium record 1:49.61 time he set at the WashU Invite. He has won 15 UAA Athlete of the Week honors, three U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic and CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-America honors in his career.

Awarded for the 18th year, the Art and Marge McWilliams Junior Award was presented to Alison Lindsay, Alexandria, Va. (St. Stephens & St. Agnes) of women's cross country and track & field teams and Nicole Zanolli, Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo-Atherton) of the women's swimming and diving team, while the Stanley and Ann Rosen Junior Award was presented to David O'Gara, Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South) of the men's cross country and track & field teams. 

Lindsay has enjoyed a triumphant junior year with several impressive marks, including All-American honors during cross country before assisting the Women's Indoor Track & Field team to the first National Championship in program history. In the fall she ran to All-American honors by placing 14th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship race in Louisville, Kentucky; and in the winter she earned All-American honors by anchoring the distance medley relay team to a NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Title in Naperville, Illinois. Lindsay also qualified for the Indoor National Championships in the 3,000 and placed 13th overall. In addition to leading the Track & Field team to a national title, she helped WashU cross country earn the UAA Championship, Midwest Region Championship and a runner-up finish during the 2016 DIII National Championship.

Zanolli consistently dominated the pool of competition during her junior season as she earned five All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving National Championships while helping the Bears to a sixth place finish. She placed within the top-eight of three events individually including the 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke while also joining efforts for All-American finishes in the 800-freestyle relay and 400-freestyle relay. Zanolli was also a member of the 12th place finishing 200-medley relay team that earned All-American honorable mention. She swam to a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle while also setting the WashU school record in the event with a time of 1:49.09 at the National Championships.

O'Gara emerged as one of the nation's top distance runners in 2017 as he earned All-American honors leading the WashU men's cross country team to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship race in Louisville, Kentucky. He placed 29th at the National Championship race while also being crowned the UAA Champion with a personal-best time (24:44.48) that helped the WashU men to Co-Champion status. O'Gara also ran to a first-place finish at the John Flamer Invitational. In addition, he also earned Midwest All-Region honors with a team leading 10th-place finish to help the Bears' men earn a bid into the NCAA Championship race.

Also presented for the 18th time were the Carl and Alice Briggson Awards which are annually given to the top sophomore male and female student-athletes. This year's recipients were Maggie Crist, Wayzata, Minn. (Minnetonka) of women's soccer, Madeline Homoly, Kansas City, Mo. (Bishop Miege) of women's basketball and Brandon Lum, Ventura, Calif. (Ventura) of men's swimming and diving.

Crist capped an outstanding sophomore season by earning 2016 NSCAA Division III First-Team All-America honors and was a member of the NCAA Division III National Champion WashU women's soccer team. She started 22 games while controlling the midfield for the Bears, and also scored one goal. A first-team all-UAA and NSCAA All-Central Region selection, she was part of the WashU defense which set a single-season school record with 18 shutouts and a 0.32 goals against average. The Bears defensive unit also tied a single-season mark by allowing just eight goals. The Bears recorded a 19-2-3 overall record, the second most wins in school history, and won the UAA championship for the fourth time in the last five years.

Homoly quickly worked her way into becoming a go-to player on the WashU women's basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals. Her first year accomplishments earned her Fourth-Team All-American honors by D3hoops.com, and All-American honorable mention status by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Women's DIII News. Homoly led the Bears with 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while hitting 51.8 percent of her shots from the field (170-of-328) and 69.6 percent from the free-throw line (78-of-112). She played in all 29 games and helped WashU to a 26-3 record, the 23rd UAA Championship in school history and multiple victories in the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Homoly was a First-Team all-UAA selection and an All-Central Region First-Team honoree.

Lum saved his best for last and swam into the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving record book with the fastest 200 butterfly time in DIII history while becoming just the sixth WashU male National Champion. He broke the WashU 200 butterfly school record during the National Championship prelims and nearly shed a gasping two seconds from that time during the finals to become the fastest in DIII history. As well as earning All-American honors in the 200 butterfly, Lum earned All-American honorable mention status at the National Championships with a 12th place finish in the 100 butterfly.

Named in honor of two dedicated supporters of Washington University, the Lopata Rookie of the Year Awards were inaugurated in 1997 and are presented annually to the top male and female freshman athletes. The men's recipient is Johnny Davidson, Inverness, Ill. (Barrington) of football and the women's honoree is Samantha Haubenstock, Weston, Fla. (Pine Crest School) of women's golf.

Davidson made an immediate impact on the WashU football team as a freshman earning UAA Special Teams Player of the Year honors. He was second in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) and 18th in NCAA Division III with a 41.1 average. Davidson and the Bears' punt team ranked second in NCAA Division III in net punting (39.8) and sixth in punt return defense (1.38 yards per game). In addition, he had 18 punts land inside the 20 and recorded 10 fair catches. Davidson was a second-team D3football.com all-Central Region and second-team all-SAA and all-UAA selection, and earned UAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week honors three times. WashU finished the 2016 season with an 8-3 overall record and made its third NCAA playoff appearance in school history. The Bears were also co-champions in the SAA and UAA.

Haubenstock fulfilled a promising freshman campaign when it was announced that she was selected as an individual to compete in the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships. It became apparent from the start of the season that Haubenstock would be a high caliber competitor when she led the team to victory in the opening tournament of the season while capturing medalist honors with the top individual score. In total, Haubenstock won three individual tournament titles: Olivet Labor Day Tee-Off, Joe Duncan Rhodes Invitational and Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate Golf Invitational. Her 76.10 scoring average ranks eighth in Division III. Haubenstock was also named the UAA Freshman of the Year as well as a member of the all-UAA Tournament First Team.