Athletics caps off 2017-18 with Purple & Gold All-Sports Awards Banquet

Athletics caps off 2017-18 with Purple & Gold All-Sports Awards Banquet

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WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College Athletic Department capped off the 2017-18 season with their annual Purple & Gold All-Sports Awards Banquet that took place Tuesday evening where they recognized those student athletes who excelled both on and off the field, pool or court of competition.

Whittier College Athletics is rich in history and tradition and each year the athletic program continues to build behind successful coaching, stronger athletes, and support given by family, friends, faculty, and staff.

A few of the awards that were handed out at the banquet included:

Freshman Athletes of the Year

Hans Zdolsek (Water Polo)

Ashley Whittall (Volleyball)

Individual Athletes of the Year

Julian Sandoval (Cross-Country/Track & Field)

Julissa Tobias (Cross-Country/Track & Field)

Brooke Geske (Swimming & Diving)

Team Sport Athletes of the Year

Matthew Macey (Baseball)

Carlos Heredia Viteri (Water Polo)

Makenzie Thieme (Volleyball)

Leah Kolek (Soccer)

Brittany Attaway (Softball)

Presidential Scholar Athletes of the Year

Elmer Van Butselaar (Tennis)

Erika Ngo (Swimming & Diving)

Bay Alarm Outstanding Senior Athletes of the Year

Conner Sexton (Lacrosse)

Kendyl Riley (Water Polo)

But these weren't the only athletes recognized for their athletic accomplishments.  The Whittier College Athletic Department also acknowledged the four year letterwinners who have competed at the collegiate level on a sport all four years at Whittier, the top scholar athletes who achieved a cumulative GPA of a 3.7 or higher, and the NCAA, Regional, and Conference Award Recipients.

It was again another great event to cap off a year full of record-breaking performances, new additions to the Athletic Department, and a program that continues to grow and make strides within the SCIAC Standings.  Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman also recognized the Women's Soccer team who won the SCIAC Post Season Tournament, while earning a berth into the NCAA Division III National Championships.  The volleyball team who earned an at-large bid into the Division III National Championships, while tying for the second most wins in a single season, and the softball team who obtained the No. 2 seed in the SCIAC Post Season Tournament.

Capping off the evening, Director of Aquatics Justin Pudwill was recognized for his dedicated service and success for Whittier College Athletics and President Sharon Herzberger and her husband David were acknowledged for their support for the past thirteen years.