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Gonzaga Senior Class Honored At 'Evening Of Excellence'

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 04/29/2013
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Basketball players Elias Harris and Michael Hart shared the men’s honor, and women’s golfer Victoria Fallgren was the women’s recipient of the Gonzaga University Male and Female Senior Athletes of the Year, respectively, at the second annual Evening of Excellence Monday, an event to honor the Bulldog seniors as well as pay tribute to all Gonzaga student-athletes.

Men’s tennis player Levin Guillermo and volleyball player Kylie Edinger were the Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the year, respectively; men’s crew member Dane Pavlik was presented the Leadership Award and the baseball team earned the P.R.I.D.E. competition championship.

In addition, 23 student-athletes were inducted into Gonzaga University’s chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society. Chi Alpha Sigma exists to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at 4-year accredited colleges and universities, to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners and to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics. Founded in 1996, Chi Alpha Sigma has grown to more than 222 University chapters nationwide, comprised of members from all levels within the NCAA and the NAIA. The seniors inducted today have maintained a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA while earning varsity letters in their respective sports. Gonzaga’s inductees are Lindsey Drake (cross country/track), Emma Dolcetti (women’s soccer), Genna Edman (women’s golf), Kylie Edinger (volleyball), Victoria Fallgren (women’s golf), Travis Forbes (baseball), Anthony Galvan (cross country/track), Levin Guillermo (men’s tennis), Steven Halcomb (baseball), Michael Hart (men’s basketball), Olivier Jamin (men’s tennis), Ben Lance (cross country/track), Morgan Manchester (women’s soccer), Taylor Mattheisen (women’s rowing), Billy Moon (baseball), Rick Ruddell (men’s rowing), Erik Strand (men’s rowing), Britta Stime (women’s tennis), Emily Thomas (cross country/track), Jamie Van Lith (cross country/track), Andrew Walker (cross country/track), Mengya Wang (volleyball), Kelsey Were (women’s soccer).

The following is a look at this year’s individual award winners.

 

Elias Harris
Men's Basketball Male Senior Athletes Of The Year


Two players, each integral to the team in different ways, share this years’ male athlete of the year award. The tandem helped Gonzaga reach the 30-win plateau for the first time with a 35-4 mark including a 16-0 WCC record, make their inaugural climb to number one in the national polls and earn a number one NCAA Tournament seed for the first time in school history. Elias Harris came to the Bulldogs from Speyer, Germany, and became an immediate crowd favorite. This past season he was one of the main cogs in the well-oiled men’s basketball machine and in his career he put on the Zag uniform 135 times with 134 starts. His 1,857 career points rank fourth and his 979 career rebounds rank second on the all-time Gonzaga charts. He was a two-time all-West Coast Conference first-team selection and was a three-time John R. Wooden Award nominee.



Mike Hart
Men's Basketball Male Senior Athletes Of The Year


Portland, Ore., native Mike Hart was the glue that held the Bulldogs together and has earned the reputation as one of the most blue-collar players in the WCC. He took more than 10 charges this season to lead the team. Known throughout his career as an invaluable sixth man, he started 20 of Gonzaga's 35 games this past season. He has committed just 8 turnovers in 593 minutes – which equates to one turnover every 75 minutes - and had a team-leading 4.88 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Zags allowed just 60.1 ppg in WCC contests while opponents shot 38.5 percent in conference action. For his efforts he became the fifth player in Zag history and the second in as many years to cart home the Defender of the Year award.



Victoria Fallgren
Women's Golf Female Senior Athlete of the Year


Victoria Fallgren didn’t waste any time making her mark on the women’s golf record book. She set the school single-round record with a 67 and the school 54-hole record of 217 in winning the Bulldog and Eagle invitational in her collegiate debut as a freshman. As a sophomore she finished second and third in the first two tournaments of the season and went on to post a 76.58 stroke average for the second best in school history. She earned her first of three All- West Coast Conference first team honors by finishing eighth in the WCC Championship to help Gonzaga finish second, the first time a team other than Pepperdine or San Francisco had finished in the top two. Her junior season she was one of four players to play all 11 events and 31 rounds of golf for the Bulldogs. She finished in the top 15 in five 54-hole tournaments and capped the season by becoming the first Bulldog golfer – male or female – to take WCC Championship medalist honors, winning the title on the first extra hole and helping Gonzaga to a third-place finish. Her 76.23 stroke average set the Gonzaga single-season record. This past season she had seven top 10 finishes, including a sixth-place finish at the WCC Championship to help Gonzaga to second place for the second time in three seasons while earning her third straight All-WCC honor. She led Gonzaga to a breakthrough team title at the 2012 Cal State Fullerton Tournament, the Zags first tournament win since 2008. This season she has been an integral part of Gonzaga winning four tournaments and posting nine top-three finishes in 10 tournaments. Her current stroke average of 74.3 this season ranks second all-time on the Gonzaga charts. She owns six of the top 10 spots for the lowest 54-hole round in school history. She has also played in two U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, advancing to the second round of match play in 2010. Off the course she is a two-time WCC All-Academic pick with a 3.4 GPA in classical civilization.



Levin Guillermo
Men's Tennis Male Scholar Athlete of the Year


Levin Guillermo joined Gonzaga’s tennis team in the fall of 2009 as a Top 25 recruit from southern California. While here, this individual chose to pursue one of this Institution’s most rigorous majors in civil engineering while consistently playing in the top three for the tennis team. Academically, Levin has been nearly perfect, earning President’s List honors every semester in attendance and earning a 3.96 cumulative GPA. He was a three-time WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll Gold Award recipient, two-time recipient of the Capital One Academic All-District 8 honors and a three-time member of the WCC Tennis All-Academic Team.



Kylie Edinger
Volleyball Female Scholar Athlete of the Year


Kylie Edinger joined Gonzaga after attending Montana State University for the first year of her collegiate career. At Gonzaga, she set her sights high, declaring a human physiology major with minors in biology and pre-med, while establishing herself as a leader on the volleyball court. She has earned an impressive 3.89 cumulative GPA, receiving President’s List honors every semester in attendance. She garnered Capital One Academic All-District 8 honors in 2011 and 2012, earned WCC All-Academic First Team honors twice and was twice been named a Gold Honor recipient on the WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.



Dane Pavlik
Men's Rowing Leadership

This award was created to recognize a student-athlete who truly exhibits what it means to be a Zag by displaying excellence within their team, the classroom, on campus and in the community. The three nominees were voted on by their peers and team representatives from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the office of Student-Athlete Support Services.

Dane Pavlik is a natural leader on and off the water, exceling in all areas he has pursued at Gonzaga. He is double majoring in finance and marketing and maintains a 3.27 cumulative GPA. During his three years on the rowing team, he was a member of the Junior Varsity 8+ that finished in the top 15 consistently at WIRA and IRA Championships. During his senior year he could not compete because of a back injury, but still continued to be with the team at practices by filming, taking pictures and helping with anything he could while not being on a boat. This senior has also displayed leadership for his peer student-athletes by being elected as treasurer for SAAC for the 2011-2012 academic year and is currently this year’s SAAC President. He has been essential to SAAC’s successful events during his time on the committee, including Welcome Back Bowling, the Winter Formal and the Baseball Tailgater. He was chosen by athletic department staff members to represent Gonzaga at multiple WCC SAAC conferences. The senior was selected to be a participant of the Student-Athlete Leadership Institute for the 2011-2012 academic year and was recognized by his peers as December’s Zag of the Month for his involvement and leadership. This past fall, he worked to raise awareness for Green Dot, a program developed to reduce the use of power based violence. He organized a Green Dot awareness race and encouraged his teammates to be educated about violence against others. He exemplifies the Jesuit philosophy of service to others with his commitment to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, The Boys and Girls Club, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, the YMCA, JDRF, all of the SAAC Collections and other community organizations.

 



Baseball
  P.R.I.D.E.  

P.R.I.D.E. is a friendly competition meant to promote mutual support and fellowship amongst the athletic teams that make up the Zag family. P.R.I.D.E. recognizes student-athletes' commitment to Gonzaga's mission of creating a "mature concern for others" through community outreach and service. Each team has the opportunity to earn P.R.I.D.E. points by attending designated home athletic contests and Life Skills programs, participating in community outreach and from their fall semester team academic achievement. In another close battle this year, Baseball took first place, Women's Rowing claimed second place and Volleyball earned third place.



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