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WAA Celebrates 2018-19 with Annual Banquet Awards

WAA Celebrates 2018-19 with Annual Banquet Awards

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CHICAGO – The University of Chicago Women's Athletic Association (WAA) distributed 2018-19 awards at its celebratory annual banquet on Tuesday, May 14.

WAA was originally founded in 1904 and evolved from an organization that promoted intramural opportunities to the letterwinner's organization for varsity women. The purpose of the WAA is to "encourage close relationships between the women athletes of the University of Chicago in order that they may work together as a body to promote women's athletics."

Gertrude Dudley Medal – Jenna McKinney (Soccer)

  • Presented to the outstanding senior athlete for leadership and skill in women's athletics. This award is named for Gertrude Dudley, the first Chairman of the Department of Physical Education – Women's Division. Miss Dudley served the University from 1898-1935.

Patricia R. Kirby Award – Anna Girlich (Swimming & Diving)

  • Presented annually to a female senior student-athlete, who - through her participation in multiple sports and/or extensive support of multiple University of Chicago teams, her leadership in the Women's Athletic Association or significant leadership of her own team, and her exemplary service to the campus community - truly honors the legacy of the award's namesake, Pat Kirby. This award was established to honor Patricia R. Kirby who coached badminton, basketball, softball and volleyball. Coach Kirby, who retired in 1989, was instrumental in the development of women's athletics at UChicago.

Mary Jean Mulvaney Scholar-Athlete Award – Simone Stover (Swimming & Diving)

  • Presented to the senior blanket winner with the highest junior and senior grade point average. This award was established to honor Mary Jean Mulvaney, former Chairman of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics and a national leader in the development of women's athletics. Miss Mulvaney, who retired in 1989, was always proud of the academic and athletic commitment of our student-athletes.

Edith Ballwebber Awards

  • Presented by the Graduate Women's Athletic Association to a member of each class for their total contribution to the athletic program. The award criteria for selection are total contribution to the athletic program as defined by athletic performance, team leadership, initiative, improvement and contributions to the WAA. Edith Ballwebber directed women's athletics at Chicago from 1937 to 1967. Under her direction, Play Days continued to gain in popularity until the onset of women's intercollegiate play.
  • Class of 2019 – Hannah Eastman (Swimming & Diving)
  • Class of 2020 – Madison Pearson (Volleyball)
  • Class of 2021 – Emma Griffith (Volleyball)
  • Class of 2022 – Bethany Regnerus (Softball)

Most Valuable Athletes

  • Presented to the athlete who makes a significant contribution to the team and best demonstrates skill, loyalty and sportsmanship.
  • Basketball – Jamie Kockenmeister (Sr.)
  • Cross Country – Sophie Elgamal (So.)
  • Lacrosse – Karina Schulze (Fr.)
  • Soccer – Jenna McKinney (Sr.)
  • Softball – Maeve Garvey (Sr.)
  • Swimming & Diving – Hannah Eastman (Sr.)
  • Tennis – Nicole Semenov (Fr.)
  • Max Davidson Award – Catherine Xu (So.)
  • Track & Field (Indoor) – Isabel Maletich (Fr.)
  • Track & Field (Outdoor) – Nicole VacaGuzman (Sr.)
  • Volleyball – Sarah Muisenga (Sr.)

Heart of the Team Award – Dana Ulrich (Soccer)

  • Presented by GWAA to a senior who has provided life, spirit, and guidance, and demonstrated enthusiasm, perseverance and a positive attitude throughout her career.

Senior Blanket Winners

  • Colleen Bennett (Softball) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Hannah Eastman (Swimming & Diving) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Maeve Garvey (Softball) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Anna Girlich (Swimming & Diving) – 4 Major C's
  • Jamie Kockenmeister (Basketball) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Sydney Mathis (Soccer) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Jenna McKinney (Soccer/Track & Field) – 4 Major C's (Soccer), 1 Major C (Indoor), 1 Major C (Outdoor)
  • Sarah Muisenga (Volleyball) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Madison Navarro (Soccer) – 4 Major C's
  • Olariche Obi (Basketball) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Grace Penders (Track & Field) – 4 Major C's (Indoor), 4 Major C's (Outdoor), team captain
  • Jordyne Prussak (Softball) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Carly Schulz (Softball) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Audrey Scrafford (Volleyball) – 4 Major C's
  • Simone Stover (Swimming & Diving) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Nora Sullivan (Swimming & Diving) – 3 Major C's
  • Alexandra Thompson (Track & Field) – 4 Major C's (Indoor), 4 Major C's (Outdoor)
  • Dana Ulrich (Soccer) – 4 Major C's, team captain
  • Naomi Weiner (Soccer) – 4 Major C's
  • Daria Wick (Swimming & Diving) – 4 Major C's