3rd Annual Leo Awards Recap

3rd Annual Leo Awards Recap

Franklin Springs, GA – The Emmanuel College athletic department hosted their third annual LEO awards Monday night, honoring several of the athletic teams and individuals' accomplishments throughout this past school year. We also would like to recongnize our Coaches in all the hard work they put in on and off the field, because none of this could have been accomplished without our outstanding Coaches. During the awards there was also a roasting session that was well taken with which shows the type of athletes and coaches we have and thier sportsmanship. 

 

The awards and their winners are:

 

Coach of the Year: Allen Gilchrest

  • 2017 ECAC Coach of the Meet, this was a real honor considering there were 27 NCAA Div. I teams that participated in the meet.
  • 2016 CSCAA Distinguished Service Award, for 15 years of service.
  • Men won the 2017 ASC Conference Championships.
  • 32 Conference Champions (Winning 17 out of the 19 events, including all 5 relays)
  • Set 14 conference records (Alex Sobers earned ASC Conference MVP)
  • Men's team ranked as high as #3 in the country during the season, for NCAA Div. II.
  • 10-1 Dual meet record.
  • Runner up, Conference Champions 2nd place finish women's swimming at the ASC Conference Championships. The team finished 2nd overall out of 13 teams.
  •  Women's team had 9 Conference Champions.

 

 

Male Athlete of the Year: Codey Chaney

 
  • 28-1 Individual Record for 2016-17 season
  • Was selected to 1st Team ECAC Conference
  • Defeated top ranked Division 2 wrestler
  • Won his second National Title.
 

Female Athlete of the Year: Destiny Harper

 
  • Ranked #1 in the Nation in Average Differential (over 700 Collegiate women Bowlers)
  • Ranked #2 in the Nation in Overall Average
  • 3 Tournament All-Event Championships
  • 5 All-Tournament Team Selections
  • USBC Collegiate 1st Team All-American
  • Finalist for USBC Female Collegiate Bowler of the Year
  • Finalist for U.S. Collegiate Bowling Writers Female Collegiate Bowler of the Year
  • Will be named on 4/19/17
  • Highest Tournament Average in School History, Men or Women
 

Men's Team of the Year: Men's Swimming

 
  • Olympian - Alex Sobers. First EC athlete to compete in Olympic Games and World Championships.
  • National Champion - Stanislas Raczynski. Won the 5K open water Collegiate National Championships and set the first EC national record for EC swimming.
  • Conference Champions - Men won the 2017 ASC Conference Championships.
  • 32 Conference Champions (Winning 17 out of the 19 events, including all 5 relays)
  • Set 14 conference records
  • Alex Sobers earned ASC Conference MVP
  • National Ranking - Men's team ranked as high as #3 in the country during the season, for NCAA Div. II
  • 10-1 Dual meet record
  • 58-7 Invitational meet record
  • Pedro Illescas - Ranked #2 in NCAA Div. II during the season, in 3 events (100 fly, 200 fly, 200 back)
  • Alex Sobers - Ranked #3 in NCAA Div. II during the season, in 3 events (100 free, 200 free, 500 free)
  • Fall 2016 NCAA Div. II Academic All-American Team (5th semester in a row!)

 

Women's Team of the Year: Women's Tennis

 

Biggest Upset of the Year: Men's Soccer

 
  • Won first round of the NCCAA National Tournament, defeating the #1 seeded Campbellsville (who were ranked #6 Nationally in NAIA) by the score of 2-0 en route to a tournament run to the NCCAA National Championship game.
 

Record Breaking Team Performance: Men's Soccer

 
  • Making it to the NCCAA National Championship match was the first time in the history of the program.
  • Final National NCCAA Rankings of #2 at the end of the season. First time in history of the program.
  • 2 freshmen were named to the NCCAA All-American 1st team- Danny Cameron, Andrew Dunnett.
 

Record Breaking Male Performance of the Year: Alex Sobers

 
  • At the 2017 ASC Conference Championships won all 7 of his events (3 individual and 4 relay-100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay, 400 medley relay)
  • All 7 in new ASC conference record time
  • All 7 in NCAA national qualifying times
  • A 7-time conference champion in 1 meet!
  • All this lead to the team winning their first conference championships by a dominant 120 points!
  • Male MVP of the conference championships.
 

Record Breaking Female Performance of the Year: Clare Monges

 
  • At the 2017 ASC Conference Championships won 3 events (1 individual and 2 relays with the help of her teammates!)
  • All 7 of her events at the ASC Championships were new EC school records
  • 3 time ASC Conference Champion - 100 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay
  • 2 time ASC Conference Record holder - 100 fly, 400 free relay
  • 4 time ASC Conference Runner up - 100 free, 200 free, 200 free relay, 800 free relay 
 

Best Female Newcomer of the Year: Stephanie Hardy

 
  • Started as a Setter in 72 out of 88 sets.
  • NCCAA First Team All Region
  • 2nd Team NCCAA All American (first All American for EC Volleyball)
  • EC Athlete of the week
  • Finished the season ranked 2nd in assists in Conference Carolinas (just .06 points behind 1st place, senior setter from Erskine).
  • Carries a 3.8 GPA.
 

Best Male Newcomer of the Year: Pedro Illescas

 
  • 25-1 record during the dual meet season (only loss is to his teammate Adrian Aleksandrowicz, in the 100 back)
  • 6 time ASC Conference Champion (100 fly, 200 fly, 200 back, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 800 free relay)
  • 6 conference Records (set the ASC Conference record in all 6 events he swam)
  • Earned NCAA National Championship qualifying times in 8 different events
  • Finished in the top 5 in all 6 events at the 2017 ECAC Championships (NCAA Div. I, II, & III teams competed)
  • Ranked as high as #2 in NCAA Div. II during the season, in 3 events (100 fly, 200 fly, 200 back)
 

Most Community Service Hours: Men's Lacrosse (Over 400 hours)

 

Best Entertainment Video of the Year:

Women's Volleyball: https://youtu.be/08zgDwIWb8U

 

Bill White Winners:

 

  • Timia Reynolds
  • Andrew Smith
 

The Lions had numerous personal and team records this year that propelled the athletic department to new heights, and we are excited to see what next year has in store!

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