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Student-Athletes Honored at Annual SAAC Awards

May 9, 2018

Numerous student-athletes were recognized and honored at Beloit College’s annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Awards Wednesday evening.

Female Freshman of the Year: Eva Laun-Smith, Women’s Track and Field

The Female Freshman of the Year has already made her mark in the program record book and Midwest Conference record book in multiple categories. In her first collegiate indoor conference championship meet, this student-athlete won three individual events including the long jump, triple jump and 60-meter hurdles on her way to Field Performer of the Meet honors. She was named the MWC Newcomer of the Year during the indoor season. She currently holds the top outdoor marks in the conference in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump; the latter of which she currently ranks fifth nationally. 

Male Freshman of the Year: Nick Schmidt, Baseball

The Male Freshman of the Year started in 31 of the team’s 38 games this season. Holding down a third of the outfield, this student-athlete committed just one error in 58 opportunities. In the batter’s box, he was third on the team with a .320 batting average, tied for third with six stolen bases and tied for seventh with 17 runs batted in. He was also the best at taking one for the team as the second-most hit batter in the league.

Female Sophomore of the Year: Fiona Milchman, Women’s Lacrosse

The Female Sophomore of the year has some impressive statistics as a defensive midfielder, ranking third in points for the team with 18 goals and 17 assists.  She played in all 17 games, has 27 ground balls, 23 draw controls, and 9 caused turnovers. She is a leader for us everywhere on and off of the field. In the fall 2018 semester she had a reading buddy at Todd elementary who she met with twice a week. For the spring 2018 semester she volunteers at Todd Elementary in the in the first grade class where she works individually or with small groups of students who might need a little extra help with reading, or math. 

Male Sophomore of the Year: Tristan Shoup, Men’s Basketball

The Male Sophomore of the Year was the lone underclassman named to the All-Midwest Conference teams in his sport this season. This student-athlete led his team in multiple categories including points, rebounds and block. His 18.2 points per game was second best in the league and he ranked third in the MWC with 8.3 rebounds per game. The standout scorer tallied seven double-doubles this season and posted a season high 40-points at Grinnell.

Inspirational Athlete of the Year: Ana Kohout, Women’s Swimming

Ana is an integral part of our Swimming & Diving team. From her very first day at practice she wanted no special treatment. For her, there have never been any excuses, no shortcuts, no easy practices, nor does she want any. Born with spina bifida, she started swimming 11 years ago and has not looked back since.  When she is in the water, she feels like everyone else.  But she isn’t quite like everyone else because she inspires us all to do more, try harder, swim faster and be the best we can be. She has a steel heart and is a very dedicated athlete. She is a true inspiration for our team and many others.

Inspirational Athlete of the Year: Logan Maulick, Men’s Basketball

Logan had a season ending injury during the 2016-17 year.  During the year he was experiencing pain in his hip and eventually he was diagnosed with a bone tumor.  The bone tumor had to be surgically removed and the area had to be meshed.  Thankfully the tumor was not cancerous, but it was a major setback for this athlete.  He had to endure numerous doctors visits and a lengthy rehabilitation and was able to battle his way back to eligible the final month of the season in 2017-18, returning to play on Jan. 27th.  

Play/Performance of the Year: Men’s Soccer 2-0 Win over IIT

The Play/Performance of the Year was a 2-0 win over IIT, at IIT on their homecoming night. This was a marquee win for the team this year, against a very good IIT team that had the D3 independents coach of the year, offensive player of the year, and goalkeeper of the year. The Bucs were able to shut them out with a great team performance as well as some standout individual efforts. Every field player who was healthy for the game saw playing time and contributed to the win. Jose Gutierrez opened the scoring 8 minutes in with a beautiful free kick from about 30 yards out. Jere Bauer made 10 saves in goal, a performance that earned him the MWC's Conference defensive player of the week. After a very strong defensive effort, the Bucs sealed the win with a goal on the counterattack with 1 minute left in the game. Jonathan Palmer found Daniel Stockton, who had one defender to beat before he finished at the far post. 

Record-Breaking Performance of the Year: Women’s Swimming

The Record-Breaking Performance of the Year is actually a series of record-breaking performances posted by the women’s swimming team this season. The Buccaneers didn’t just break one or two records, they re-wrote the program record book with 23 record-breaking swims over the course of the season. Individually, program-bests were recorded in the 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyles, as well as the 200 and 400 individual medleys. The Bucs also set records in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays, as well as the 200 and 400 medley relays. 

Academic Team of the Year: Women’s Tennis, 3.5 Cumulative GPA 

Team Community Outreach Award: Baseball 

Ben Galloway 1889 Council Award: Taylor Lewis, Women’s Volleyball

The Ben Galloway 1889 Council Award goes to a student-athlete who showed a great deal of resiliency, battling back from two ACL surgeries. Coach Dawn Redd described this student-athlete as a "strong, empathetic leader" on the women's volleyball team and on the Beloit College campus. She was active in the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and was the leader of the annual Special Olympics event while she was on campus. Although she walked across the graduation stage last spring, this student-athlete completed her final year of eligibility in the fall and has already landed a full-time teaching position while also coaching club volleyball.


Ed DeGeorge Award Winner (Female): Taylor Lewis, Women’s Volleyball 

Ed DeGeorge Award Winner (Male): Joe McKay, Baseball

The Male Ed DeGeorge Award winner is a double major in history and education and youth studies, he holds a 3.25 cumulative GPA and was a Hackett School Lunch Buddy along with many of his teammates. In 15 games this season he belted two homeruns, tallied six RBI, drew four walks and registered two sacrifice flies. He is certifying to teach grades 6 through 12 with plans to teach and coach high school baseball after graduation. 

Joe Kobylka Award Winner (Female): Emily Malarski, Softball

The Female Joe Kobylka Award winner is a 4-year letter winner and starter for the Buccaneer Softball team.  Her team spirit has been a mainstay for all four seasons.  She played in 119 career games. As a junior she led the team in hits, and runs batted in.  She is a NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete and a two-time member of the MWC All-Academic Team.  She earned the team’s Best Offensive Player in 2017.  An outgoing, energetic ambassador for Beloit College, she has been involved with SAAC, was on stage crew and performed in the Beloit College Theater this year and has been very active in Kids Night Out program and both Fall and Winter Softball clinics during her four years. 

Joe Kobylka Award Winner (Male): Ryan Sughroue, Football

The Male Joe Kobylka Award winner is a four-year letter winner for the Football team.  He started every game of his career on the football team as a tight end. He earned 2nd Team All-MWC in 2017 while also serving as a team captain. Furthermore, he was voted team MVP and awarded the Ed DeGeorge Leadership Award within the football program after his senior year. He was the undisputed leader on our football team this year, but he has always been a guy who would connect with and motivate teammates regardless of differences. In addition to his accomplishments on the field, he was a model student who graduated early with a cumulative GPA of 3.956, majoring in economics. He was involved in the Duffy Community Partnerships and Leadership Initiative. He currently works for AIG in Chicago. 

Ruth C. Peterson Award Winner: Jaylan Dunn, Women’s Basketball and Volleyball

The Ruth Peterson Award is going to student-athlete who has excelled for both the Buccaneer Volleyball and Women’s Basketball teams. She is a 4-year letterwinner in both sports.  In Volleyball was a team captain in 2016-17 and was named the team’s MVP Nails in 2017.  In basketball she scored 361 points, pulled down 285 rebounds and dished out 50 assists. As a senior she was a team captain and was awarded the Team Leadership Award this season.  She has been named to the Academic All-MWC team 4 times.  She was named the Janssen Award winner after her junior year. 

Pat Dawson Award: Yet to be selected 

Blanket Award Winners:

Chris Anderson (Men’s Lacrosse) is a three-time All-Midwest Lacrosse Conference selection that garnered first-team recognition in 2016 and 2017 and was a second-team pick this season. He is second in the program record book with 65 caused turnovers and third with 162 ground balls in 59 games played as a Buccaneer. 

Jake Wallace (Men’s Lacrosse) shared the field with Anderson for four years. He is the only four-time all-conference honoree in program history earning first team honors this season. In his career, he has written his name atop the program record book in ground balls and caused turnovers. Additionally, he holds the season record for caused turnovers and holds four of the top six spots in the program record book for ground balls in a season. 

Mark Christine (Baseball) is one of the most outstanding infielders in program history. He ranks third all-time with 355 assists and is tied for second with 142 games played. On the mound, he appeared in 12 games posting a record of 3-1 and adding five saves. This season, registered an earned run average of 0.96 in 12 appearances en route to a 2-1 record on the mound and posted a fielding percentage of .935 at the shortstop position. He was named Academic All-Conference in 2015 and 2016. In 2016 he was awarded the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. He garnered First-Team All-MWC honors last season. 

Jeremy Dutton (Baseball) was the other half of the battery when Christine was on the mound. This student-athlete has written his name in the program record book in multiple categories. He ranks first all-time with 42 base stealers thrown out, thwarting the opposing team’s plans 34% of the time in his career, ranked fourth in the record book. He also ranks fifth with 622 putouts and sixth with 455 at bats. In 2016 he was named the team’s Most Improved Player and received the honor of Beloit College’s Top Sophomore Athlete. He was selected to the 2017 All-Conference team and also earned recognition on the league’s Academic All-Conference Team.


Photos from the event will be available on the Beloit College Facebook page when available.