Athletics caps off 2016-17 with Purple & Gold All-Sports Awards Banquet

Athletics caps off 2016-17 with Purple & Gold All-Sports Awards Banquet

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WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College Athletic Department capped off the 2016-17 season with their annual Purple & Gold All-Sports Awards Banquet that took place Tuesday evening where they recognized those student athletes who excelled both on and off the field or court of competition.

Whittier College Athletics is rich in history and tradition and each year the athletic program continues to build behind successful coaching, stronger athletes, and support given by family, friends, faculty, and staff.

A few of the awards that were handed out at the banquet included:

Freshman Athletes of the Year

Nick Potthoff (Basketball)

Cali Cubel (Basketball)

Taylor Beckwith (Golf)

Individual Athletes of the Year

Julian Sandoval (Cross-Country/Track & Field)

Julissa Tobias (Cross-Country/Track & Field)

Team Sport Athletes of the Year

Massimiliano Mirarchi (Water Polo)

Isabella Gorrocino (Water Polo)

Jenel Rivera (Water Polo)

Presidential Scholar Athletes of the Year

Gabriel Forbes (Swimming & Diving)

Jasmine Tong (Volleyball)

Bay Alarm Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year

Nicholas Angileri (Lacrosse)

Kourtney Brodnax (Track & Field)

But these weren't the only athletes recognized for their athletic accomplishments.  The Whittier College Athletic Department also acknowledged the four year letterwinners who have competed at the collegiate level on a sport all four years at Whittier, the top scholar athletes who achieved a cumulative GPA of a 3.7 or higher, and the NCAA, Regional, and Conference Award Recipients.

It was again another great event to cap off a year full of record-breaking performances, new additions to the Athletic Department, and a program that continues to grow and make strides within the SCIAC Standings.  Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman also recognized the Men's Cross-Country team who produced one of the best, if not the top performance as a team in program history.  He also introduced the two-time SCIAC Championship women's water polo team as they earned their third straight trip to the Championship final, while winning 27 straight within conference play dating back to 2015, while producing a SCIAC record of 30-3 over their past three seasons.