Chicago, IL – The 2013-2014 Illinois Tech student-athletes were honored on Thursday night as the athletics department held its annual Athletic Awards Banquet. It was an evening during which current student-athletes came together to be recognized for the year's accomplishments and give thanks and farewell to the seniors who have contributed a great deal to the Scarlet Hawk community. Each of the 13 current teams presented a Most Valuable Player and an Excellence in Sport Award. In addition, six department awards were handed out to a few standout student-athletes.
The following are the individual awards given by each team:
Baseball: Michael Malfeo (Excellence in Sport), Austin Boos (MVP)
Men's Basketball: Anthony Loss (Excellence in Sport), Samuel Rarick (MVP)
Women's Basketball: Adrianna Maron (Excellence in Sport), Lauren Capuano (MVP)
Men's Cross-Country: Samuel Wietlispach (Excellence in Sport), Phillip Cano (MVP)
Women's Cross-Country: Courtney Rouse (Excellence in Sport), Anne Crotteau (MVP)
Men's Soccer: Olurotimi Timi Akindele (Excellence in Sport), Nordine Amlaiky (MVP)
Women's Soccer: Veronica Torres (Excellence in Sport), Adrianna Maron (MVP)
Men's Swimming & Diving: Billy Bafia (Excellence in Sport), Ray Mohaimani (MVP)
Women's Swimming & Diving: Abigail Maze (Excellence in Sport), Nicole Frantz (MVP)
Men's Track & Field: Teva Venet (Excellence in Sport), Mitchlie Martyr (MVP)
Women's Track & Field: April Wanagas (Excellence in Sport), Anne Crotteau (MVP)
Women's Volleyball: Roma Mirutenko (Excellence in Sport), Kate Kendall (MVP)
Women's Lacrosse: Chelsea Badiola (Excellence in Sport), Taylor Thompson (MVP)
The Illinois Tech Female and Male Freshmen of the Year awards were presented to Taylor Thompson and Samuel Rarick, respectively. Thompson, the freshman goalkeeper for the inaugural lacrosse team, carried herself with poise throughout the season. She faced an amazing 419 shots in the Spring. Rarick is a member of the men's basketball team. He averaged 16.5 points per game, shot a team high 54.4% from the field, and scored 396 points. He also averaged 7.8 rebounds a game, had 22 blocks, and six double-doubles this year. He scored an impressive 42 points against Lincoln Christian University in February.
The Illlinois Tech athletics department then presented the Shommer-Weismann Award, given to an academic junior who has made outstanding academic progress through the first three years at the university while also being a contributing member of their respective team. The 2013 Shommer-Weismann Award went to women's soccer captain, Veronica Torres. Torres has excelled in the classroom and on the field for three years, compiling 12 goals and 11 assists in her career so far. She missed 10 games this Fall due to injury but remained a crucial piece in the team's success, always providing leadership and dedication for the program.
Next up were the Ed Glancy Female and Male awards, honoring senior athletes who exemplify the IIT definition of a student-athlete. Nominees have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have garnered both athletic and academic accolades throughout their tenure at the university. The Ed Glancy awards were presented to men's swimmer Felipe Bergh and women's volleyball player Kate Kendall. Bergh scored 17 points through the first half of the season before injuring his neck. He is involved in undergrad research at the Flow Physics Lab, a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Brazilian Student Organization, and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He was also a Scholar Athlete in the 2013 NAIA Nationals. Kendall has appeared in 472 total career sets while posting 101 total blocks and 116 service aces. Her 1044 total digs goes along with 1427 career-kills which ranks her number one all-time in Illinois Tech program history.
The final award of the night was the Benjamin Stark Award, named after the Scarlet Hawks' longtime Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) and professor of biology. The award is presented to an athlete who has displayed him/herself as an outstanding citizen of IIT and best represents the university's mission and vision. The 2014 winner was Olurotimi Timi Akindele, a member of the Scarlet Hawk men's soccer team. He is working on his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Political Science with a minor in Human Resoures. He is an active member of numerous student organizations including the Student Government Association, the International Students Organization, and the African Students Organization. He has been an honorable contributor to the Illinois Tech community.
Female Freshman of the Year award was presented to Taylor Thompson (Lacrosse)
Male Freshman of the Year award was presented to Samuel Rarick (Men's Basketball)
Shommer-Weismann Award went to Veronica Torres (Women's Soccer)
Ed Glancy awards were presented to Felipe Bergh (Men's Swimming) and Kate Kendall (Women's Volleyball)
Benjamin Stark award winner was Olurotimi Timi Akindele (Men's Soccer)