Keith Andrews (Hillsboro, Ore.) of the swim team and Katrina Schwab (Spokane, Wash.) of the tennis team received the 2012 Seattle University Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year Award at the annual Athletics Awards Show Wednesday, May 30, held on campus at Pigott Auditorium.
Thanks to the leadership of people like Andrews, the swim program is stronger than ever. This past season, he was an easy choice for the Coaches Award, as he went above and beyond the call of duty with regards to his leadership in and out of the pool. He was the person who led the team cheer at the beginning of every meet this past season.
Andrews served as co-president of the Seattle U Student-Athlete Advisory Council in each of the past two years, and he also was heavily involved with the team's work at the Rotary Boys and Girls Club. He currently carries a 3.791 grade point average as a sport and exercise science major with a pre-med emphasis.
Schwab has excelled in everything she has done on the tennis court, in the classroom, and in the community. This year, she was named Great West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year, leading the Redhawks to a second place finish in the conference. She has worked with the Boys and Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity, as well as fundraising on behalf of juvenile diabetes research.
As a civil engineering major, Schwab has worked extremely hard to maintain a 3.499 grade point average. Her positive attitude and solid work ethic have made her a model student-athlete, and those who know her are confident that she will do big things in her life after college.
The Seattle University athletics department is about to complete the transition to NCAA Division I status. The department will see 17 of its 20 sports move into the Western Athletic Conference July 1, 2012, with the men's soccer and men's swimming programs remaining in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the new women's rowing program competing as a Division I independent in 2012-13.