DeWitz, Degnan Take Home Top Honors at Oxy's

DeWitz, Degnan Take Home Top Honors at Oxy's

LOS ANGELES — Austin DeWitz and Sabrina Degnan took home the Roy Dennis Scholar-Athlete Awards at the Oxy's on Friday night, the top athletic honor given to graduating seniors.

Both were two-sport stars and runaway winners with a long list of accomplishments.

Soccer players Liam Walsh and Sydney Tomlinson won the Grant Dunlap Award for excellence in a team sport, and golfer Sam Miller and track and field pole vaulter Melissa Braun received the Pat Yeomans Award for excellence in an individual sport. Men's track athlete Ethan Heffernan and women's lacrosse player Neah Bois earned the Glen and Julie Johnson Service Award, and men's tennis player Cameron Coe and women's soccer player Nicole Castro won the Trevor Moawad Leadership Award.

Kinesiology chair Stuart Rugg gave the faculty address, Oxy athletic director Shanda Ness gave a toast and baseball player Jack Brancheau spoke on behalf of the class.

It was a fun night filled with video tributes and acceptance speeches.

Photos of the Event

Video Tributes to Award Winners

Photo Slide Show

Roy Dennis Scholar-Athlete Award

Sabrina Degnan - women's track and field and women's volleyball

Sabrina holds the school record in the javelin, is a national qualifier, has won multiple SCIAC championships in the hammer and javelin and was the SCIAC Field Athlete of the Year in 2019. She was an outstanding student in psychology and was also a captain and four-year member of the volleyball team. 

Austin DeWitz - men's basketball and men's track and field

Austin is an All-American high jumper, three-time SCIAC champion in the high jump and this year also won the 110m hurdles and the triple jump. With the Oxy basketball team, Austin is a two-time First Team All-SCIAC selection and led the Tigers to back-to-back SCIAC playoffs including the SCIAC Championship game this season. He had high marks in biology. 

Pat Yeoman's Award

Melissa Braun - women's track and field

Melissa is a multiple time All-SCIAC pole vaulter and former SCIAC Champion. She currently ranks second in Oxy history in the event and is a two-time national qualifier. She had high mark in kinesiology. 

Sam Miller - men's golf

Sam has been one of the very best NCAA Division III golfers in the country throughout his four year career. He's won multiple All-SCIAC honors, been a team captain, the leader of the program and has been an outstanding economics students.

Grant Dunlap Award

Sydney Tomlinson - women's soccer

Sydney had an All-SCIAC, All-West Region and All-American season this year, leading the nation in save percentage and the Oxy women's soccer team to its first ever SCIAC Tournament Championships and NCAA Division III playoffs. She had outstanding marks as a biochemistry major.

Liam Walsh - men's soccer 

Liam set the single season and career Oxy goals record. He has multiple All-SCIAC honors and this year was named the SCIAC Men's Soccer Player of the Year. Liam was an outstanding economics student.

Trevor Moawad Leadership Award

 

Nicole Castro - women's soccer

Nicole's never-say-die mentality and attitude and the demands she made of teammates were not always popular but they were needed and were the type of leadership qualities that helped this team battle to win the Conference Tournament Championship and make the NCAA Playoffs. She is a two-time All-SCIAC selection, a First Team West Region selection and the Co-President of SAAC. 

Cameron Coe - men's tennis

Cam was a captain and the recipient of the All-Character SCIAC Tennis award. Without a coach in the fall, Cameron essentially organized all practices and coached the team at the ITA Fall Regionals. Off the court, Cameron was one of four students to receive honors in economics and most of his peers used him as a resource for tutoring and help. He was co-founder of the Finance Club at Oxy.  

Glen and Julie Johnson Service Award 

Neah Bois - women's lacrosse

Neah was a Project S.A.F.E Project Assistant where she led athletic teams and Oxy greek organizations through NCAA sexual assault training. She is also an Oxy admissions tour guide and communications intern, and was awarded the Captain of Collin's House by the admissions staff. 

Ethan Heffernan - men's track and field

Ethan was a resident advisor for three years, volunteered as a physics tutor in the library for a few hours every week and was the President of AXS (the professional chemistry fraternity on campus). In that role he helped other chemistry students and also volunteered at local high school science fairs and the Science Olympiad. 

Comeback Athletes of the Year 

Shai Goodman, Women's Lacrosse

Carlton O'Neal, Football

Neah Bois, Women's Lacrosse