TOWSON, Md. – The Goucher College Athletic Department held its 2017 Awards Ceremony Thursday evening in the Kraushaar Auditorium, celebrating the successes of the 2016-17 academic year.
Each year the Goucher College Athletic Department recognizes teams and individuals for their performances during the academic year. In addition to recognizing those who were named to All-Landmark Conference teams, Goucher presents six individual awards to recognize its student-athletes for their performance on and off the field of play.
Junior Alexis Regopoulos (Fitchburg, Mass.) was named the 2017 Neumann Award winner. The Neumann Award has been presented annually since 1973 to the well-rounded student-athlete who, through his/her character, loyalty, and dedication, has evolved into an effective leader, outstanding citizen and distinguished athlete. The members of the Department take great pride in honoring the student who has shown, through example, the principles that Bill Neumann, a former chair of the History Department at Goucher, believed in.
Regopoulos is a leader on the Goucher College swim team, and took second place in the 1650 free at the 2017 Landmark Conference Swimming & Diving Championships, earning All-Landmark Conference Second Team honors.
The Josephine E. Fiske Gopher Pride Award was established in 1986 and is presented annually to one male and one female student in good academic standing who play important roles in the success of their teams. Recipients of the award exude strong sportsmanship, citizenship, a positive attitude, leadership skills and service to young adults or children.
The female award winner was senior volleyball player, Malia Bruce (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Bruce is the captain for the women's volleyball team, having played four years at Goucher. Off the court, she is a student manager for the women's basketball team, a member of the Goucher College SAAC, and the coordinator of multiple athletic department-sponsored events.
A special education major, she has served as a student teacher, teacher's aid, and volunteer within the Baltimore city school district. Additionally, Bruce has sustained relationships with non-profits including the Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore and facilitates the volleyball team's participation in the Red Shoe Shuffle event.
The male award winner of the Josephine E. Fiske Award was men's soccer play, Jeremy Hardy (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Hardy is a four-year member of the men's soccer team at Goucher and remains very active within the Goucher College community. During his time here he founded Men of Strength (MOST) – a space for men to engage in conversation about masculinities. He is a Peer Listener, taking calls from fellow students from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. to offer support. Further, he is a Peer Educator, a member of the Campus Climate Research Team and a One Love Facilitator.
The Scholar-Athlete Award has been presented annually since 1923 and is given to a member of the junior class who has maintained high standards of academic achievement and consistently demonstrated varied and admirable participation in athletics and extra-curricular activities. In 2017 the award winner was Cary Hundley (Ellicott City, Md.).
Hundley is a three-year member of the equestrian team at Goucher, making appearances at the IHSA National Horse Show all three years. In 2016 she attended the event in the Cacchione Cup division and repeated the feat in 2017. She is a biology major with a minor in business and equine studies, maintaining a 3.91 GPA. In addition to excelling in the ring and in the classroom, she also works in the admissions office, in the stables, serves as the Chair of the Howard County Horse Show Association Junior Board and is a member of the Goucher College SAAC.
The Ruth Baird Thompson '31 Award was established in 2002 and is presented annually to one or more students who have demonstrated academic excellence and sportsmanship in an athletic endeavor, through their participation in Goucher's sports, dance and/or equestrian programs. In 2017, the award was presented to Drew Phillips (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.) and Alison Radgowski (Northport, N.Y.)
Phillips is a junior defender from the men's soccer team, earning All-Landmark Conference Second Team honors in 2016. He is a perennial member of the Landmark Conference honor roll and the Goucher College Dean's List while writing for the Quindecim – the student newspaper. Phillips is an economics and political science double major.
Radgowski has been an integral part of the equestrian program for four years at Goucher and is a captain of the team in 2017. She has competed at the IHSA National Horse Show every year since stepping on campus and took fifth place in Intermediate Equitation Over Fences during the 2017 national event earning Goucher two points. Radgowski serves as a math tutor on and off campus while maintaining a 3.78 GPA.
Finally, the Coaches' Award highlighted the evening events. The award is given annually to the senior athlete(s) that has (have) most completely represented Goucher College throughout his/her athletic career. Factors involved in the selection of the winner(s) include accomplishments at his or her sport or sports, including awards and honors garnered for his/her athletics ability, and displayed leadership skills toward his/her teammates.
The female award recipient was Sarah Lummis (Westminster, Md.). Lummis has been a captain for the equestrian team for the past two years and been on the All-Goucher team for the past three. She has competed in the National Championship every year and brought points for the team each time. Lummis is currently at the IHSA National Horse Show competing in the National Championship event.
The male award winner was Midori Fujitani (Tokyo, Japan). Fujitani is a four-year member of the men's tennis team, having broken multiple school records. The first of which came against Washington College in March when he paired with teammate Jack Hodges (London, England) to break the team doubles wins record with their 32nd win as a pair. The duo currently stands with 38 wins together.
Fujitani also went on to break the school record in singles wins, breaking Seth Hoesman's '16 record of 61. Fujitani currently maintains 64 singles wins at Goucher – only one short of tying the Landmark Conference record (65). The Gophers look to repeat their Landmark Conference Championship from 2016 when they travel to Juniata on Sunday to take on the Eagles for the third consecutive year.
The departmental end of the year video can be found here.
Photo album can be found here.