Pac-12 Conference names 2022-23 Tom Hansen Medal winners
SAN FRANCISCO - The 2022-23 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal recipients were announced today. A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution’s outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Conference medal winners have been named every year since the 1960-61 academic year. In 2009, the Pac-12 renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who retired at the end of June 2009 after serving for 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.
2022-23 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners (click names to view video vignettes)
|Arizona||Jordan Geist, Track & Field||Delaney Schnell, Swimming & Diving|
|Arizona State||Turner Washington, Track & Field||Audrey Ernst, Triathlon|
|California||Reece Whitley, Swimming & Diving||Neveah DeSouza, Gymnastics|
|Colorado||Filip Forejtek, Skiing||Charlie Rudy, Lacrosse|
|Oregon||Alex Forsyth, Football||Karly Nowak, Acrobatics & Tumbling|
|Oregon State||Jaydon Grant, Football||Sierra Bishop, Rowing|
|Stanford||Brody Malone, Gymnastics||Aria Fischer, Water Polo|
|UCLA||Jaime Jaquez Jr., Basketball||Megan Faraimo, Softball|
|USC||Brendon Stewart, Track & Field||Bailey Lear, Track & Field|
|Utah||Dalton Kincaid, Football||Ellessa Bonstrom, Softball|
|Washington||Lucas Meek, Soccer||Ella May Powell, Volleyball|
|Washington State||Jacob McKeon, Baseball||Mykiaa Minniss, Soccer|
Jordan Geist, Men’s Track & Field (Saxonburg, Pa.) - Completed his undergraduate (business management) and graduate (finance) studies at Arizona … Three-time Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll member (2021, 2022, 2023) and also earned selection to the 2023 Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll … Two-time CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American (2022, 2023) and two-time USTFCCCA Men’s All-Academic Team honoree (2021, 2022) … Three-time USTFCCCA Outdoor First-Team All-American (2019, 2021 x2) across shot put and hammer … Three-time USTFCCCA Indoor First-Team All-American (2019, 2022, 2023) in shot put … 2023 NCAA outdoor and indoor champion in the shot put … Named Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year three times … Six-time Pac-12 individual champion across shot put, discus, and hammer … 2018 Pac-12 Men’s Freshman of the Year … 2018 Pac-12 Men’s Athlete of the Meet … Arizona men’s school record-holder in the outdoor shot put, indoor shot put, and hammer throw … Involved in multiple community service projects, including volunteering at local races in Southern Arizona, working and helping create blankets for Project Linus … Also worked with the University of Arizona’s ArtWorks program, which promotes learning through arts interactions between adults with disabilities and Arizona students … Served on Arizona’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as chair of the career and leadership development organization.
Delaney Schnell, Women’s Swimming & Diving (Tucson, Ariz.) - Completed a bachelor’s degree in psychological sciences in 2022, going on to earn a 4.00 graduate degree in speech, language and hearing science … 2023 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year … Two-time College Sports Communicators/CoSIDA Academic All-American (2022, 2023) … Three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American (2018, 2020, 2022) … Three time Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll selection (2021, 2022, 2023) … 2020 Tokyo Olympics 10-meter synchronized platform silver medalist … 2023 NCAA Platform diving champion ... Five-time CSCAA All-American in the 1-meter dive (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023) … Four-time CSCAA All-American in the platform dive (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023) … Three-time CSCAA All-American in the 3-meter dive (2019, 2022, 2023) … Three-time Pac-12 Diver of the Year (2021, 2022, 2023) … 2018 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year ... Three-time Pac-12 1-meter champion (2021, 2022, 2023) … Two-time Pac-12 platform champion (2021, 2022) … 2023 Pac-12 3-meter champion … Holds Arizona program records on platform and 3-meter dives … Part of Arizona’s Team IMPACT, committing to making an impact in the loves of young people around the country … Volunteers with local chapters of the Boys & Girls Club … an Arizona Athletic Pen Pal program member … Participated in Zoom calls with pediatric patients during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic … Volunteers at local community races and 5k’s.
Turner Washington, Men’s Track & Field (Tucson, Ariz.) - Earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and completed his master’s studies in sports law and business … 2023 Pac-12 Men's Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year … 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for men's track & field/cross country ... Three-time CSC/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American (2021, 2022, 2023) … 2021 USTFCCCA Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Field Athlete of the Year … Nine-time USTFCCCA All-American across his indoor and outdoor career in shot put and discus … 2021 finalist for The Bowerman award and two-time USTFCCCA West Region Outdoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Year (2021, 2023) … Five-time NCAA individual champion (2021 indoor shot put, 2021 outdoor shot put, 2021 discus, 2022 indoor shot put, 2023 discus) … Arizona State men’s school-record holder in indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, and discus … NCAA record holder in indoor shot put.
Audrey Ernst, Triathlon (South Elgin, Ill.) - Completed two degrees during her time at ASU, maintaining a cumulative 3.94 grade-point average in public health administration and nursing … Three-time College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA) Scholar All-American … Twice named to the Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll (2021, 2022) … Recorded three top-15 finishes at the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2019 and fifth in 2018 to earn CTCA DI Freshman of the Year honors … Helped Sun Devils to trio of national championships (2018, 2019, 2021) … Recipient of 2023 Bill Kajikawa Award, given annually to two graduating senior student-athletes at ASU based on demonstrated academic excellence, athletic accomplishment, leadership and service in the community … Served as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president and wellness chair … Participated in Tip of the Fork leadership cohort … Peer health educator at Sun Devil Wellness, coaching her peers on substance abuse, coping strategies and promoting overall well-being … Tour guide and ambassador for Devils' Advocates all four years … As a freshman, was onboarding chair for Student Outreach for Wellness, where she volunteered at community health fairs in marginalized communities … Conducted research for two different labs during her four years, one studying heart rate variability (ASU Mind and Body Lab) and the other studying EpiFinder and looking into their challenges as a start-up (Heal Labs).
Reece Whitley, Men’s Swimming & Diving (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) - Graduated with a 3.45 GPA and degree in business administration … 2022 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team and All-American Second Team … 2022 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Four-time CSCAA Scholar All-American First Team member (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) … Three-time Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll member (2020, 2021, 2022) … 20-time CSCAA All-American Honoree (2019-2023) … Three-time NCAA Team Champion including back-to-back titles in 2022 and 2023 (2019, 2022, 2023) … Four-time Pac-12 breaststroke champion, becoming the third male athlete in Pac-12 history to win four consecutive titles … 11-time Pac-12 individual event champions (2019-2023) … Founding member of the Black Leadership in Aquatics Coalition … Invited to speak on diversity initiatives at various swim clubs and universities … Advisor of the Mid-Atlantic Swimming Day of Service initiative … Represented Haas School of Business at the 2022 National Diversity Case Competition … Received a fellowship at Upfront Ventures.
Nevaeh DeSouza, Women’s Gymnastics (Fairfield, Calif.) - A 2023 graduate (3.36 GPA) with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare … Two-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll (2022, 2023) … Five-time Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association All-American (2021 Second Team in Beam, Floor & All-Around; 2021 Regular-Season Second Team in the All-Around) … Helped Cal win the 2023 NCAA Pittsburgh Regional as the Bears recorded their highest postseason score in program history … Led the Bears to the NCAA Championships two times during career (2021, 2012) … 2023 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in the Vault and All-Around … 2022 All-Pac-12 First Team in the All-Around … 2021 All-Pac-12 First Team in the All-Around, Vault & Uneven Bars … 2021 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in the Balance Beam … 2020 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year … 2020 All-Pac-12 First Team in the All-Around … Two-time Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week … Three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week … Honored with Cal Athletics’ 2023 Walter A. Haas Jr. Community Service Award, given to one male and female student-athlete each year … Volunteer activities included trash pickups, outreach to Solano fire victims in 2020, visits to Oakland Children’s Hospital, laying wreaths for veterans at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery and working with Toys 4 Tots to collect coats and blankets for kids … During senior season in 2023, spent several weeks working with a local elementary school, teaching physical education and gymnastics … Voted by teammates to be the team representative on the Coaches Council every year as a student at Cal.
Filip Forejtek, Skiing (Ulice, Czech Republic) - Completed bachelor’s degree in computer science with minor in statistics (3.30 GPA), currently boasts 3.93 GPA pursuing master’s degree in data science … National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team … 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District selection (At-Large) … Two-time Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll (2022, 2023) … Three-time Dean’s List, eight-time Athletic Director’s Honor Roll member … Two-time NCAA individual champion, winning the giant slalom in both 2022 and 2023 becoming just the third men’s skier to repeat in the discipline … 2022 National Alpine Skier of the Year … Six-time All-American, including four First Team performances … Two-time Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) MVP, three-time RMISA Skier of the Meet and four-time All-RMISA … Twice named Colorado’s Male Athlete of the Year and a recipient of the CU Career Athletic Achievement Award … Volunteer activities include the Buffalo Bicycle Classic (2022) and CU Athletics Field Day as part of the 2023 Spring Football Game.
Charlie Rudy, Women’s Lacrosse (Novato, Calif.) - Completed an undergraduate degree in strategic communications with a minor in information science (3.701 GPA), and a master's degree in business analytics (3.627 GPA) … Four-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll member (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023) … Two-time IWLCA Academic Honor Roll honoree (2021, 2022)… Academic Student-Athlete of the Month for Colorado (Feb. 2022) … Two-time 4.0 Club … Four-time Dean's List (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) … Eight-time Athletic Director's Honor Roll … 2023 USA Lacrosse Magazine Honorable Mention All-American … 2023 IWLCA Second-Team All-Region … 2023 Pac-12 Attacker of the Year, All-Pac-12 First Team and Pac-12 All-Tournament Team selection … 2023 Colorado Female Career Athletic Achievement Award honoree … Drafted by Athletes Unlimited (2023) … Led the Pac-12 in goals (66) and points (83), and had 15 hat tricks in 18 games in 2023 … Finished 12th in the NCAA in goals and shots per game (7.79) in 2023 … Two-time All-Pac-12 Second Team (2021, 2022) … USA Lacrosse Magazine D1 National Player of the Week (March 8, 2022) … Five-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week … Second all-time in goals in Colorado history with 194 … Community service activities included Colorado’s “Women's and Girls In Sports Day,” “Read With The Buffs” and “Team Impact.”
Alex Forsyth, Football (West Linn, Ore.) - Earned a master’s degree in advertising and brand responsibility after completing his bachelor’s in journalism with a 3.49 GPA … Named a semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy (nicknamed the “Academic Heisman”) which is awarded to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance… Three-time All-Pac-12 selection on the offensive line (first team in 2022; second team in 2020 & 2021) and named Second Team All-America by the FWAA ... Allowed just one pressure and zero sacks in 384 pass-blocking opportunities in 2022 to lead Oregon’s blockers with an 85.8 pass-blocking grade by PFF, the fourth-best among all FBS centers … The Ducks allowed 5 sacks, the fewest sacks by a non-triple option team since 2015 … Helped Oregon become the only FBS offense to finish in the top 17 in both rushing and passing offense … Selected by the Denver Broncos in the 7th round (257th overall) in the 2023 NFL Draft … One of three finalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award ... Member of Mentor Program and performed community service through the O Heroes program.
Karly Nowak, Acrobatics & Tumbling (Howell, N.J.) - Earned degree in human physiology with a 3.59 grade-point average … Four-time National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Academic Honor Roll (2020-23) … Three-time Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll recipient (2021, 2022, 2023) … 2023 NCATA All-American, helping Oregon to a runner-up national finish, its best since 2019 … Earned NCATA Athlete of the Week in Feb. 2023 following UO’s upset of Azusa Pacific … Competed in all nine matches in 2023 and all 26 during four-year career … Member of executive committee of Oregon’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), participated in Pac-12 Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) Conference in May 2023 … Worked on the Duck the Stigma program designed to raise awareness of mental health issues … Traveled to Guatemala in 2022 with Courts for Kids, an international service organization that facilitates the construction of sport courts in rural communities around the world.
Jaydon Grant, Football (West Linn, Ore.) - Attained a bachelor's degree in digital communication arts with a minor in business and entrepreneurship, followed by earning a 3.32 GPA while receiving a master's in business with concentration in marketing insights and analytics while also securing a graduate certificate in business analytics … Started his Oregon State career as a walk-on in 2016 before becoming a three-time team captain … Helped lead the team to a 10-3 record in 2022, just the third 10-win season in program history ... Named all-conference by several outlets following the 2022 season (first team: PFF; second team: All-Pac-12, Associated Press, and Phil Steele) and the 2021 season (third team: Phil Steele; honorable mention: All-Pac-12) ... Nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy in both 2021 and 2022 as the top current/former walk-on in college football … In 2021, named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list, an award that combines athletics, academics and community service … Nine interceptions in 57 career games ... Pac-12 2021 Fall Academic Honor Roll … Co-founder of Dam Change … Participated in the Reading Buddies program at Lincoln Elementary, Mileage Club at Liberty Elementary and Night to Shine which was a prom night for community members with disabilities ... Other community efforts include visits to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and working with the Special Olympics basketball tournament and Kids of Parkinson’s for the Brian Grant Foundation.
Sierra Bishop, Women’s Rowing (Wilsonville, Ore.) - Graduated cum laude with honors (3.63 GPA) with bachelor's degree in business management and minor in leadership before earning a master's of business administration with a major concentration in supply chain and logistics management (3.62 GPA) ... Three-time Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll (2021, 2022, 2023) ... 2022 CRCA Scholar Athlete ... Competed in the Varsity 8 in all five spring races including a fifth-place finish at the 2023 Pac-12 Championships … Part of the Varsity 8 squad that finished 14th at the 2022 NCAAs, placing second in the “C” final … Two-time Pocock All-American (second team in 2022, honorable mention in 2021) ... Helped USA U23 Eight win gold at the 2021 U23 World Championships ... Wrote Dean’s Academy thesis - A Professional Athlete’s Transition Out of Sport: The Challenges and Opportunities that Pertain to Entering into a New Career … Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President.
Brody Malone, Men’s Gymnastics (Summerville, Ga.) - Completed his undergraduate degree in management science and engineering … Two-time College Gymnastics Association All-America Scholar-Athlete (2021, 2022) ... Three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic Scholar-Athlete (2020, 2021, 2022) ... Two-time Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll recipient (2022, 2023) … Four-time NCAA team champion (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023) ... Two-time MPSF team champion (2022, 2023) ... 2022 Nissen-Emery Award winner, presented to the nation's most outstanding senior gymnast ... Seven-time NCAA individual event champion ... 17-time NCAA All-American ... Four-time MPSF Gymnast of the Year (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) ... Four-time MPSF individual event champion … Member of the USA Senior National Team and a 2020 Olympian … Finished fourth in the horizontal bar final, 10th in the all-around final and helped Team USA to a fifth-place finish in the team final in Tokyo ... 2022 USA Men's Gymnastics Athlete and Sportsperson of the Year … For his senior project, worked with the 3 Strands Global Foundation non-profit, which is dedicated to raising awareness and educating people of all ages about the signs and dangers of human trafficking.
Aria Fischer, Women’s Water Polo (Laguna Beach, Calif.) - Completed undergraduate studies in English with an emphasis in creative writing (4.01 GPA) … 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-America At-Large Team Member of the Year … 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-American … Three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic honoree (2018, 2019, 2022) ... Two-time Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll recipient (2022, 2023) ... Three-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) All-Academic selection (2019, 2022, 2023) … Three-time NCAA champion (2019, 2022, 2023) ... 2023 Peter J. Cutino Award winner, presented to the most outstanding female collegiate water polo player in the nation ... Four-time ACWPC All-American (2018, 2019, 2022, 2023) ... 2023 NCAA Tournament MVP ... Four-time NCAA All-Tournament Team (2018, 2019, 2022, 2023) ... Four-time All-MPSF (2018, 2019, 2022, 2023) ... 2023 MPSF Tournament MVP ... Two-time MPSF All-Tournament Team (2019, 2023) ... One of seven players in school history to score 200 career goals, ranking fifth all-time with 226 … Two-time Olympic gold medalist (2016, 2020) ... In 2016, became the youngest female team sport athlete in U.S. Olympic history to win gold ... Has won 14 other gold medals in international competition with the United States … Extracurricular activities include having served as a production intern for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and a literary agent intern at The Carr Agency … Member of Flying Horse Films, the Stanford student-led production company and film club, and The Alliance for Diversity and Equity In Water Polo.
Jaime Jaquez Jr., Men’s Basketball (Camarillo, Calif.) - Completed undergraduate degree in history in under four years … 2022-23 Consensus Second Team All-American and Lute Olson National Player of the Year … 2023 Pac-12 Player of the Year and two-time First Team All-Pac-12 performer (2022, 2023) … 2023 John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy semifinalist … Led UCLA to 2022-23 Pac-12 regular-season title and three NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the 2021 Final Four and Sweet 16 in 2022 and 2023 … 1-of-9 players in UCLA men’s basketball history to rank among the program’s career top 15 in both scoring (8th, 1,802) and rebounding (11th, 842) … He and his family - including sister Gabriela of the UCLA women’s basketball team - teamed with the UCLA Latino Alumni Association and the UCLA Alumni Association to launch the Jaquez Family Scholarship Fund, providing financial support for incoming freshmen and transfer students at UCLA … Participated in the annual Dribble for Victory Over Cancer event in the fall with the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball programs.
Megan Faraimo, Softball (Oceanside, Calif.) - Earned bachelor’s degree in political science (3.69 GPA) … 2023 Pac-12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year … 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-America Second Team … Three-time USA Softball Player of the Year finalist (Top 10 - 2023; Top 25 - 2021, 2022) … 2023 Honda Sport Award for Softball finalist … Two-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year (2022, 2023) … 2019 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year … 2022 Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team … Three-time NFCA All-American, twice a First Team selection (2021, 2023) … Four-time First Team All-Pac-12 performer (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023) … Nine-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week … Third player in program history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts and fourth with 100 career wins … Helped start the Be Better Bruins Club during the COVID-19 pandemic, the softball program’s diversity leadership group … Member of UCLA's Student-Athlete Mentor Program (SAMS).
Brendon Stewart, Men’s Track & Field (Laurel, Md.) - Completed his undergraduate (communication) and master’s (digital media management) studies at USC … Three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree (2020, 2021, 2022) … 2022 Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll honoree … 2020 Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll honoree … Seven-time USTFCCCA All-American across indoor and outdoor career … 2022 NCAA Champion as a member of the Trojan men’s 4x100m relay team, contributing to a program-record time of 38.49 … Member of USC’s No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 all-time 4x100m relay performances … 2021 Pac-12 Champion in the 4x100m relay … Ranks fifth on USC’s all-time 60m performance list … 2019 MPSF Champion in the 60m … Participates in the Peer Educator Program via USC’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) initiative … Member of USC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Trojan Athletic Senate.
Bailey Lear, Women’s Track & Field (Frisco, Texas) - Completed her undergraduate (communication) and master’s (entrepreneurship & innovation and digital media management) education at USC … Named to the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll in Fall 2022 and Spring 2020 … Two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Honoree (2021, 2022) … 11-time USTFCCCA All-American across her indoor and outdoor career in the 400m and 4x400m relay … Member of the Trojans’ winning 4x400m relay team at the 2023 Pac-12 Championships … Member of USC’s NCAA outdoor and Pac-12 title teams in 2021 … 2020 MPSF Champion in the 400m … Owns USC’s freshman school record in the indoor 400m and ranks No. 4 all-time at USC indoors in the event … Ranks seventh all-time in USC outdoor history in the 400m … Member of USC’s No. 2, No. 5, No. 7, and No. 10 all-time 4x400m relay performances … Member of USC’s United Black Student-Athlete Association … Founder of Good Eats for Elites, a company that creates soul food-inspired healthy meals for athletes … Helps deliver food to seniors through involvement with Catholic Charities … Serves as a mentor in the Destined 2 Run Track & Field program.
Dalton Kincaid, Football (Las Vegas, Nev.) - Earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2023 with a GPA of 3.065 … A member of the two-time Pac-12 champion team and a 2022 John Mackey Award semifinalist, an award for the nation’s top tight end … Named All-American by several outlets (first team: Bleacher Report, second team: PFF, third team: Associated Press) while also being recognized on midseason All-American lists by the AP, College Football News and PFF … Selected first team All-Pac-12 in 2022 after being honorable mention in 2021 … In 2022, led all FBS tight ends in receptions (70), while finishing second in receiving yards per game (74.2) and receiving touchdowns (8) while ranking third in receiving yards (890) ... Had 16 receptions on 16 targets for a career-high 234 yards and a touchdown against USC on October 15 to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, Rose Bowl Player of the Week and Reese’s Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week. The 16 receptions were the most by any FBS player in 2022 and the second-most ever by a Utah player. The 234 yards were the sixth-most by an FBS player last season and second most in Utah history. 16 receptions and 234 yards are both also the most ever by a Pac-12 tight end in a game … An avid volunteer for the Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) during his time as a student-athlete at both the University of San Diego and University of Utah.
Ellessa Bonstrom, Softball (Tucson, Ariz.) - Completed undergraduate degree in information systems with a 3.49 GPA in 2022 … Four-time Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023) … 2022 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District 8 … 2022 NFCA Third Team All-American … Two-time NFCA All-Pacific Region (2022, 2023) and a First Team selection in 2022 … Three-time All-Pac-12 performer, earning First Team honors in 2022 and 2023 and Third Team in 2021 … Career .331 hitter is Utah’s career leader in RBIs (178) and ranks third in home runs (46) and runs scored (167) … In 2023, helped lead Utah to its first Women's College World Series appearance since 1994 … Won the Utah Athletics Department's 2022-2023 Occie Evans Leadership Award, given to the outstanding senior women's sport athlete participating in a team sport who excels in academics, athletics, leadership, and community involvement … Participated in multiple Legacy of Lowell service projects.
Lucas Meek, Men’s Soccer (Mercer Island, Wash.) - A 2021 graduate (3.60 GPA) with a bachelor's degree in business administration (information systems) … Held a 3.90 GPA in postbaccalaureate program prior to joining Inter Miami CF of Major League Soccer … 2022 Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year … 2022 College Sports Communicators First Team Academic All-American … Two-time College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team (2019, 2022) … 2020 United Soccer Coaches Second Team Scholar All-American … Three-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll (2019-21) … Nine-time Dean’s List member … Three-time All-Conference performer, including 2022 First Team All-Pac-12 … 2022 United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American … Led Pac-12 during 2022 season with 28 points, finished second in league with 10 goals and fourth with eight assists … Starter for two Pac-12 regular-season championship teams (2019, 2021) and four NCAA Tournament teams (2019-22), including a national finalist in 2021 … Ranks top 10 in both points (73, T-8th) and goals (26, T-9th) in Pac-12 history … Community service activities included Kick 4 ALS Soccer Tournament, Facing Homeless Clothing Drive, Read Across America, Rainier Park & UW fields clean up, Team Impact mentor, Grass Roots Soccer and Denney Juvenile volunteer.
Ella May Powell, Women’s Volleyball (Fayetteville, Ark.) - Completed undergraduate degree in communication and boasts a 3.76 GPA as master’s candidate in education (intercollegiate athletic leadership) … 2021 Pac-12 Fall Academic Honor Roll … Two-time Washington Dean’s List member … Three-time AVCA All-American (2019, 2020, 2021) and a First Team selection in 2020 … 2022 AVCA All-America honorable mention … Four-time AVCA All-Pacific North Region (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) … 2020 AVCA Pacific North Region Player of the Year … Two-time Pac-12 Setter of the Year (2020, 2021) … Four-time All-Pac-12 performer (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) … Two-time Pac-12 champion (2020, 2021) … Two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week … Helped Washington to a 112-41 overall record in her five seasons with NCAA Tournament appearances each year, including the Final Four in 2020 … Third in Pac-12 history, second in Husky history and 14th in NCAA history with 6,220 career assists … Broke the Washington career aces record with 162 … Finished her career with the most digs of any non-libero in UW history and sixth-most in program history (1,370) … Washington’s career leader sets played (586) appeared in every set over her five seasons … 2022 nominee for Female Athlete of the Year at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards … 2021 US Collegiate National Team selection … Competed for Team USA at the 2019 FIVB U20 World Championships … Community service activities included volunteering at the UW Farm, an organic farming process that grows fresh produce for various UW Dining Halls and the local community and providing volleyball lessons in the Greater Seattle area.
Jacob McKeon, Baseball (Phoenix, Ariz.) - Completed bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, graduating in 2023 with a 3.95 GPA … 2023 Pac-12 Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, first Cougar to earn the honor since 2014 … Two-time College Sports Communicators All-American (2023 First Team, 2022 Second Team) … 2023 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District … Three-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll (2021-23) … Two-time American Baseball Coaches Association All-West Region selection (2023 First Team, 2022 Second Team) … Two-time All-Pac-12 performer, first Cougar to earn back-to-back All-Conference honors since 2014-15 … Two-time team captain … As a senior in 2023, recorded a .341 batting average and finished with career highs in runs (52), hits (70), doubles (18), home runs (8) and RBI (47) … The designated hitter tallied 21 multi-hit games, including the team’s only five-hit game of the season, collected 14 multi-RBI games and finished the season with a 30-game on-base streak … In three seasons in Pullman, finished career just outside the top-10 in career batting average (.344) and doubles (46) … Named one of WSU’s Top Ten Graduating Seniors, an 80-year tradition where the university recognizes the top 10 seniors in each graduating class … For the last two summers, volunteered in a Lentil Cookoff event as part of WSU’s partnership with WSU ROAR, a two-year postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mykiaa Minniss, Women’s Soccer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Earned a bachelor’s degree in human development … November 2021 Washington State Student-Athlete of the Month … Two-time All-Pac-12 Third Team honoree (2020, 2022) … 2018 All-Pac-12 Freshman honoree … 2021 All-Pac-12 First Team honoree … Two-time United Soccer Coaches All-Pacific Region (2021 - First Team, 2022 - Third Team) … Earned the most career starts by a field player in program history (92) … Led the backline with over 8,300 minutes played … Scored overtime goal to propel the Cougars into the 2019 College Cup … Member of the WSU Black Student-Athlete Association … Drafted by the Kansas City Current in the 3rd round (35th overall) of the 2023 NWSL Draft.