PASADENA, Calif. (May 26, 2015) - Caltech Athletics celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of its student-athletes with the 21st All-Sports Awards Banquet on Thursday.
The annual Oscars-style event opened with a thank-you presentation from Director of Athletics Betsy Mitchell to outgoing Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Anneila Sargent for her years of committed oversight of the APER department. Following Dr. Sargent's remarks and dinner, keynote speaker Kim Vu from the class of 2000 spoke about her journey from Caltech to numerous ventures that led to her becoming a reknowned chef, advising current student-athletes to maintain their motivation and use passion to achieve their goals. From there, seniors C.J. Culpepper and Katie Fisher served as Masters of Ceremonies through the awards presentations, the winners of which are below:
Most Outstanding Frosh - Male This award is given to the freshman student-athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution intercollegiate athletics this school year.
Henry Baer - Swimming & Diving, Water Polo
Henry broke three individual and four relay swim & dive program records as a rookie, scoring in all seven events at the SCIAC Championships and earning First Team All-SCIAC honors with a third-place finish in the 100 Free. He was the team’s leading point scorer in dual meets this season with seven first-place finishes and 13 top-3 finishes.
Most Outstanding Frosh - Female This award is given to the freshman student-athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution intercollegiate athletics this school year.
Serena Delgadillo - Track & Field
Serena competed in three vastly different events for track & field in the sprints, triple jump and hammer throw. She immediately broke into the program’s all-time rankings, placing fourth in the hammer and ninth in the triple jump, as she scored the second-most points on the team in dual meet competition.
Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Team Sport - Male This award is given to the male student-athlete in any class who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate athletics this school year.
Chris Bradley - Water Polo, Swimming & Diving, Baseball
Chris scored a program-record 134 goals for men’s water polo to earn AWCPA All-America Honorable Mention and Capital One Academic All-America accolades. He was also a member of the record-setting 400 Free Relay for swim & dive and joined the baseball team in the spring.
Francis W. Davis Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Team Sport - Female This award is given to the female student-athlete in any class who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate athletics this school year.
Kate Lewis - Basketball
Kate was named Second Team All-SCIAC after breaking four women’s basketball program records this season, including points with 441 as she became the first Beaver to lead the SCIAC in scoring with an average of 17.6 per game.
Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Individual Sport - Male This award is given to the male student-athlete in any class who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate athletics this school year.
Aditya Bhagavathi - Cross Country, Track & Field
Aditya set program records in the 8k for cross country and the 5k for track & field. He was named All-West Region as he qualified for the NCAA Championships in cross country, where he placed 139th, and claimed the SCIAC title in the 5k in track & field. He was also awarded Capital One Academic All-District honors.
Francis W. David Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Individual Sport - Female This award is given to the female student-athlete in any class who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate athletics this school year.
Katie Fisher - Fencing
Katie qualified for the NCAA West Regionals and led the women’s fencing foil team to second place in the IFCSC. The team’s captain, MVP and Legacy Award winner, she won a program-record 93 percent of her matches in IFCSC competition this year.
Director's Awards Given to a senior male and female student-athlete who has participated for at least two years on an intercollegiate team and has made the most outstanding contribution to intercollegiate athletics during their entire Caltech career, both on and off the court, field or pool. In competition, they represent Caltech with poise, integrity and the spirit of competitive play. Beyond competition, they are stewards of the scholar, athlete and citizen displaying leadership, character and maturity. These are young leaders who understand and live the values of an NCAA student-athlete and a Caltech student-athlete and spend every day they are in Caltech orange and white as an example of what striving for excellence means.
Bryan Joel - Basketball
Bryan has been an integral piece of the team all four years at Caltech and his leadership was key to the Beavers winning three SCIAC games for the first time since 1960. The two-year captain has truly embodied the ideal of serving as an extension of the coaching staff on the court and finishes his career with an impressive all-around stat line. Bryan was also awarded the SCIAC's Ted Ducey Award for best exemplifying the high ideals of the former Claremont Men's basketball coach and is a two-time recipient of the team Vesper Award
Stephanie Reynolds - Cross Country, Track & Field
Stephanie displayed her strong leadership the past few years in cross country and track and field as well. She set the program record in the 6-kilometer run in cross country and ranks in the Top-3 times in program history in an incredible four events. Stephanie was voted the SCIAC's Celia Peterson Sportsmanship Award winner for best exemplifying the conference's ideals based on ability, leadership, determination, sportsmanship and academics.
SAAC Staff Appreciation Award Every year, the members of SAAC determine an unsung hero, the person behind the scenes who has added to our intercollegiate experience. While we appreciate all of our coaches, this award recognizes the people who do the extra work that allows us to compete and enjoy a great experience here, often without many of us realizing everything they have done. This award is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s way of saying thank you for all that you do to make everything flow seamlessly and add immeasurable value to our time as Caltech student-athletes.
Sally Alway - Athletic Trainer
SAAC Sportsmanship Awards Now in its fourth year, the sportsman and sportswoman of the year award is what we as student-athletes see as our legacy. We nominated our teammates whom we felt are the best example of what a Caltech student-athlete should strive to be.
Ben Grabowski - Water Polo, Swimming and Diving, Track & Field
As an increasingly rare three-sport student-athlete who has excelled in each, Ben is a prime example of what Caltech student-athletes strive for. He started in goal for the men's water polo team all four years, scored as a diver at the swim & dive SCIAC championships his last three and was one of the track & field team's top throwers his entire career, including setting the javelin record as a freshman.
Bridget Connor - Basketball, Track & Field
Bridget is easily one of the hardest-working student-athletes at Caltech. As the lone senior on the women's basketball team, she inspired her teammates to win the only two SCIAC games of her career in her final two home games.
Scholar-Athlete Awards The Scholar-Athlete award is presented to the senior male and female student-athletes who have maintained the highest cumulative GPAs and made a significant contribution to their sport over their careers.
Ian Koss, Cross Country
Ian has recorded a 4.0 GPA as a Material Science major and was a regular Top-3 finisher on the cross country team as a senior, helping lead the squad to its lowest combined time in program history at the SCIAC Multi-Duals and tying for sixth place in the SCIAC a week later.
Bridget Connor - Track & Field
Bridget also compiled a 4.0 GPA as a Chemistry major and two-sport student-athlete in basketball and track & field. As women’s basketball’s only senior, she led the team to its first two SCIAC wins since 2009-10 and was honored with the conference’s Ed Baldwin Award, while finishing her track & field career with the third-best mark in program history in the pole vault and fourth all-time in the javelin.
Most Outstanding Athlete This award is given to the student athlete (male or female) who has made the most outstanding contribution in intercollegiate during their entire Caltech athletics career in terms of ability, loyalty, leadership and interest. By the wish of the donor, the award shall be presented only in such years as there is a worthy outstanding athlete. More than one athlete may receive this award if they are worthy of recognition. Although it is not required, it is recommended the nominee be a senior.
Ben Grabowski - Water Polo, Swimming and Diving, Track & Field
Ben has been a three-sport star over his entire Caltech career. He set the career and single-game saves records as goalkeeper for men’s water polo, earning All-America Honorable Mention accolades as a junior; holds the program record in javelin for track & field and scored as a diver in each of the past three years at the SCIAC Championships in swimming & diving.