Do, Tsuha Take Home Top Honors at Oxy's

Do, Tsuha Take Home Top Honors at Oxy's

LOS ANGELES — Occidental football player Kwame Do and women's soccer player Michaela Tsuha took home the school's top athletic honors at the 2016 Oxy's at Rush Gymnasium on Friday.

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Do and Tsuha received the Roy Dennis Scholar-Athlete Award for acheiving the most in academics and athletics among the 2016 graduating class.

Brady Fuller and Scott Ericksen of the Tigers' baseball team, and Mackenzie Wright of the women's lacrosse team earned the Grant Dunlap Award for excellence in a team sport. Women's golfer Kristin Oberiano and distance runner Tommy Warfel earned the Pat Yeomans award for excellence in an individual sport.

Former All-SCIAC Oxy men's soccer and basketball player Trevor Moawad '95 was the keynote speaker. Moawad has risen to the top of the mental conditioning profession in the world of sports, working with the likes Serena Williams, Tiger Woods and Russell Wilson. 

Video About Moawad's Career

Roy Dennis Scholar-Athlete Award

ABOUT THE AWARD: From 1934 to 1970, Roy Dennis was a major factor in the growth and development of Occidental Athletics. Before being named Director of Athletics in 1945, Coach Dennis led the football, basketball, and baseball programs. As football coach, he established the Occidental record for most victories with a record of 53-40-4, a mark that stood until 1989. 

Male Winner: Kwame Do, football

Kwame tore up the Oxy and SCIAC record books with an outstanding four-year career. He broke the SCIAC Career rushing yards record, setting the new mark at 4,133 yards, and broke Oxy’s single season rushing record twice. He’s a two-time All-SCIAC selection and this year was named the SCIAC’s Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named to the D3football.com All-West Region team and finished second in the nation with 175 rushing yards per game. He did all of this while only fumbling one time in his four-year career. Kwame will graduate with a 3.3 in economics.

VIDEO: Head Coach Doug Semones on Kwame Do

Female Winner: Michaela Tsuha, women's soccer

Michaela Tsuha has been the playmaker and leader of the Oxy women’s soccer team for the past four seasons. She is a three-time All-SCIAC selection, a two-time All-West Region selection, and started all 66 games in her career. She scored 11 career goals, but was known as the instigator of Oxy’s offensive attacking, finishing her career with 17 assists. Michaela was an even better student. She graduates with a 3.7 in biology.

VIDEO: Head Coach Colm McFeely on Michaela

Grant Dunlap Award

ABOUT THE AWARD: Grant Dunlap, a 1946 Oxy grad, left his mark as an athlete, coach, administrator and faculty member during his 40-year career at Occidental. As an athlete, Grand Dunlap was named first team all conference in 1944, and later played professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. In 1955, Dunlap returned to Oxy to lead the baseball team to nine championships and the basketball team to five conference titles. Before retiring in 1984, he was awarded faculty emeritus status by his peers for his commitment to excellence on the field and in the classroom.

Co-Male Winner: Scott Ericksen, baseball

Scott was a crucial part of the Occidental baseball team’s success as the team’s ace of the pitching staff. He helped lead the Tigers to their first SCIAC Championship since 1982 and a program best 32 wins. He is a two-time All-SCIAC selection and this year was named the SCIAC Pitcher of the Year award winner. Scott was a perfect 6-0 in SCIAC play this season, including throwing a complete game in a victory over Cal Lutheran that helped the Tigers win their regular season series with the Kingsmen 2-1. Scott graduates with a 3.4 grade point average in chemistry. 

VIDEO: Head Coach Luke Wetmore on Scott Ericksen

Co-Male Winner: Brady Fuller, baseball

Brady Fuller started out as a JV player for the Tigers and worked his way into a major leadership role on a championship team. By his senior year, Brady was Oxy’s starting first baseman and leadoff hitter. This past season he was third in the SCIAC  in hitting with a .404 batting average, and third in on base percentage at .507. He was a Second Team All-SCIAC selection this season and is graduating with a 3.9 grade point average in economics. 

VIDEO: Head Coach Luke Wetmore on Brady Fuller

Female Winner: Mackenzie Wright, women's lacrosse

Mackenzie has been a critical part of the Occidental women’ lacrosse team’s attack and success over the past four seasons. She was an All-SCIAC and IWLCA All-West Region selection in 2014, helping lead the Oxy women’s lacrosse team to the SCIAC Championship game and to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the second time. This season she led Oxy in points with 69, goals with 42 and assists with 24. She is graduating with a 3.1 in diplomacy and world affairs. 

VIDEO: Head Coach Stephanie Janice Mark on Mackenzie Wright

Pat Yeomans Award

ABOUT THE AWARD: Pat Yeomans graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1938, majoring in history and government while finding time to minor in art and play a little tennis. Yeomans was the first female athlete to be awarded an Occidental letter. She won 12 national championships and reached finals of countless USTA National and junior tournaments. But perhaps her greatest achievement was helping to bring back tennis as an Olympic sport, a 12-year campaign that culminated in the return of tennis at the 1988 Olympics.

Male Winner: Tommy Warfel, track and field and cross country

Tommy was the captain of the Oxy men’s and track and field and cross country teams as a distance standout. He’s a First Team All-SCIAC selection in cross country and a two-year SCIAC scorer in track and field. He was also an All-West Region selection and national qualifier in cross country. Two times he was a USTFCCCA All Academic Selection. He’s graduating with a 3.7 grade point average in geology.

VIDEO: Head Coach Rob Bartlett on Tommy Warfel

Female Winner: Kristin Oberiano, women's golf

Kristin has been one of the SCIAC’s best golfers and one of Oxy’s best students throughout her entire career. She is a four-time All-SCIAC selection, with three of those selections First Team selections, a former SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and a two-time team MVP.  She’s been a WGCA All-American scholar selection and in 2015 won her native Guam Women’s Amateur Open. She will graduates with a 3.8 in History and American Studies.

VIDEO: Head Coach Will Morris on Kristin Oberiano

Glen and Julie Johnson Service Award

ABOUT THE AWARD: Glen and Julie Johnson have been exemplary Tiger Club members, giving the Occidental Athletics community gifts of time, service and resources. The award recognizes student-athletes that have been outstanding in their commitment to serving others outside of the classroom or field of play.

Male Winner: Noah Winnick, men's track and field

Noah was an All-SCIAC thrower for the track team, a captain and the Dixon Farmer Character Award winner in the conference. When he wasn't competing he was active in Oxy's Daycare and in the Glee Club. He plans to go into family counseling. 

Female Winner: Alessandra Quaroni, women's lacrosse

Alessandra was an All-SCIAC women's lacrosse player and the student leader of Oxy's athletic training services. She is attending Johns Hopkins for nursing school in the Fall.

Trevor Moawad Leadership Awards

ABOUT THE AWARD: Former All-SCIAC Oxy men's soccer and basketball player Trevor Moawad '95 has risen to the top of the mental conditioning profession in the world of sports, working with the likes Serena Williams, Tiger Woods and now Russell Wilson. He has worked closesly with Alabama and Florida St. football and recently made news when he launched his own mental conditioning company, the Moawad Consulting Group. 

Male Winner: Jim Partee, football

Jim was Oxy's starting center for four years, a first team All-SCIAC selection and a team captain. He was heralded by his teammates for his leadership and was the leader of the offensive line that blocked for Kwame Do's record-breaking career. 

Female Winner: Lizzy Kosin, women's water polo and women's swim and dive

Lizzy was a leader as a two-sport star. She was a scorer at the SCIAC Championships in swimming and the Oxy women's water polo team's goals leader this Spring.

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