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Mary Baldwin Athletics Celebrates Student-Athletes

Kate Dickinson
Kate Dickinson

STAUNTON, VA - The Mary Baldwin University athletic department honored student-athletes Monday night during the annual athletics banquet.

Dr. Ty Buckman welcomed student-athletes and coaches.

After dinner, Alli Bascunan, thanked everyone for their support of the SAAC events throughout the year.  The department set new fundraising records in both the Cans Across the Conference fundraiser in the fall as well as the Pennies for a Purpose drive in the spring.

After each coach presented awards to their team, USA South awards were also presented as well as top honors in the department.

Student-athletes who earned a GPA of 3.5 or better in at least 3 semesters of work at Mary Baldwin were honored as MBU Scholar Athletes.  They were, Jaquelin Rosas, Lindsay Risenhoover, Katherine Bernal Vigil, Anais Gutierrez, Kate Dickinson, Heather Mayes, Pattie Pleasants and Tatyana Johnson.

The top honors for the evening went to Tatyana Johnson.  Johnson received the Mary Jane Donnalley award for being the student-athlete with the highest GPA.

Kate Dickinson, was honored as Mary Baldwin's nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year.  Dickinson, a four year pitcher for the softball program, is a Global Honors Scholar and has been named to the Dean's list numerous times.  Dickinson has been a scholar athlete, named to the USA South Conference All-Academic Team and an NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete each year that she has been eligible.

Dickinson was also the Rookie of the Year is 2014-15  as well as a member of Mary Baldwin University's President's Society. 

Before the night was over, all of the senior student-athletes were honored for their contribution to the program.

After awards were presented, Interim Athletic Director, Lynda Alanko said, "I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the program successful this year.  There are too many individuals to name, but we appreciate each and every one's contribution.  Our ultimate goal is to give our student-athletes a great experience at Mary Baldwin and, with everyone's help, we can certainly do that."

 2017 Cross Country Awards - Top Runner - Stepanie Barbaro, Most Improved - Jaqueline Rosas, Coaches' Award - Jannelly Ramos

2017 Volleyball Awards - Best Offense - Michaela Beverly, Coaches' Award - Nyla Isaac, Most Valuable Player - Brittany Sharon

2017-18 Baskeball Awards - Play of the Year - Kemper Snyder and Cauy Duboise

2017-18 - Indoor Track & Field Awards - Top Athlete - Jaquelin Rosas, Most Improved - Sonje Green, Coaches' Award - Campbell Scollo

2018 Tennis Awards - Coach's Award - Guadalupe Reyes

2018 Softball Awards - Most Improved - Kodie Taylor, Best Offense - Sam Bird, Best Defense - Jordan Miller