Pegan, Slack Take Home Top Honors at Oxy's

Pegan, Slack Take Home Top Honors at Oxy's

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LOS ANGELES — Six student-athletes took home top honors at the Roy Dennis Oxy's at Rush Gymnasium on Friday.

The annual award show honors the athletic and academic success of Oxy's graduating senior class with champagne, orange carpet and tons of fun with the entire Oxy athletics family. 

Occidental women's lacrosse player Sierra Slack and men's track athlete Hugh Pegan took home the Department's top honors as the Roy Dennis Scholar-Athlete Award. Men's swimmer Austin Lashley and women's track athlete Isabelle Dunne won the Pat Yeoman's Award for success in an individual sport. Men's soccer player Gabriel Barrett-Jackson and women's volleyball player Claire Strohm were named the Grant Dunlap Award winners for success in a team sport.

Each of the six student-athletes were presented with a plaque given by their coaches and a short video was played about the accomplishments of each, followed by their acceptance speeches.

Pegan also won the Sports Medicine Team's Comeback Athlete of the Year award.

Isa Kibira and Ciara Byrne were presented with the Glenn and Julie Johnson Service Awards, and Eva Townsend and Dylan Jirsa were named the Trevor Moawad Leadership Award winners.

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 as the athletic director, baseball, football and basketball coach. Dennis’ legacy lives on in our trophy room and senior scholar banquet both of which are named after him.

Sierra Slack, women's lacrosse attacker

Most Notable Accomplishments: 4-time First Team All-SCIAC... 4-time All-Region... scored a point in every career game at Oxy... Oxy career leader in points.

Hugh Pegan, men's track and field

Most Notable Accomplishments: 200m National champion in 2016.... Five time All-American in 200m, 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m... 8 x SCIAC Champion. T&F team captain. 

Grant Dunlap Award

ABOUT THE AWARD: Grant Dunlap was a 1946 Oxy grad who left his mark as an athlete, coach, administrator and faculty member during his 40-year career at Occidental, including multiple championships as the baseball and basketball coach. In 1984, he was awarded faculty emeritus status by his peers for his commitment to excellence on the field and in the classroom.

Claire Strohm, women's volleyball outside hitter

Most Notable Accomplishments: 3-time All-SCIAC... surpassed 1,000 career kills... 2-time team captain... 4-time Dean's List.

Gabriel Barrett-Jackson, men's soccer defender

Most Notable Accomplishments: 3-time First Team All-SCIAC in soccer... SCIAC 2nd Place in 400m...SCIAC Champion in 1600 Relay...2015 2-Time All American...4th Place 400m NCAA Championships...5th Place 400m relay NCAA Championships...Finalist 1600m relay NCAA Championships.

Pat Yeomans Award

ABOUT THE AWARD: Pat Yeomans  is a 1938 graduate who 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. She also helped bring tennis back to the 1988 Olympics.

Isabelle Dunne, women's track and field 

Most Notable Accomplishments: SCIAC Champion in 400mH in 2017... 3 times all-SCIAC and 2 time All-Region in 400mH... 2nd all time at Oxy in 400mH... Team captain for T&F.  

Austin Lashley, men's swimming and diving

Most Notable Accomplishments: All-American with a third-place finish in the 100 fly... All-SCIAC in 100 and 200 fly... Broke 5 school records at SCIAC Championships: 50 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay.... Earned All-American Honorable Mention honors in the 200 fly. 

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.

Isa Kibira, men's tennis

Ciara Byrne, women's lacrosse

Trevor Moawad Leadership Award

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 closely with Alabama and Florida St. football.

Eva Townsend, women's track and field and women's cross country

Dylan Jirsa, men's golf

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