SEATTLE (June 4) Seattle University athletics hosted its annual awards show on Friday, June 1, in Pigott Auditorium. The Redhawks celebrated a terrific year of athletic and academic achievement at the event.
Stephanie Spiekerman of women’s soccer and Eli Boudouris of men’s track and field and cross country were chosen Female Student-Athlete of the Year and Male Student-Athlete of the Year, respectively. Spiekerman was an All-WAC First Team choice as she helped Seattle U to its record-setting fifth straight WAC Championship game in November. Boudouris was a member of the gold-medal-winning indoor distance medley relay team. He also set the school record in the 3,000-meter run earlier this year.
In the Athlete of the Year category, Alexis Montgomery (women’s basketball) and Nathan Aune (men’s soccer) were named winners. Montgomery was All-WAC First Team and became the first player in WAC history with multiple triple-doubles. She led the Redhawks to their first-ever WAC Championship. Aune was an All-American and a Scholar All-American, helping SU to its third WAC title since 2013.
Ally Choate (softball) and Lance Slichko (men’s track and field and cross country) were selected Female and Male Freshman of the Year, respectively. Choate led the WAC in hits in the regular season on her way to being named All-WAC First Team. Slichko was a member of the indoor distance medley relay squad that won gold. He took fourth in the 1500-meter race at the WAC Outdoor Championships as well.
Men’s soccer won the Competition of the Year honor, as its win at Washington in the NCAA Tournament was highlighted. Gabriel Ruiz scored in overtime to lift SU to its third NCAA win in the last five seasons.
Montgomery took home the Elgin Baylor Inspiration Award. She played through the adversity to lead the Redhawks to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018. Sara Dominguez won the Individual Mission Award, as the softball senior served as SAAC president this year. She has been a stellar example of Seattle U’s mission in her career. Men’s basketball claimed the Team Mission Award for its community efforts and work towards social justice. Men’s soccer’s Vince Volpe won the Seattle U Service Award, as the Player Development Coordinator has been vital in numerous key projects for athletics at SU.