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NEWARK, Del.  -- Student-athletes from three different sports took top honors Tuesday night as the University of Delaware celebrated the 2016-17 athletics season with its annual UD Athletics Awards Banquet at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Four-time men's soccer All-American Guillermo Delgado  (Tres Cantos, Spain/Jose Luis Sampedro) and 2016 field hockey national player of the year Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltkeplatz) took home the UD Alumni Association Outstanding Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards with Delgado earning the honor for a UD record third straight year.

Four-time All-American field hockey standout Esmée Peet (RSG Slingerbos/Zeewolde, The Netherlands) was named the winner of the Mary Ann Hitchens Award while football co-captain and standout running back Jalen Randolph (Ridley/Ridley Park, Pa.) took home the Edgar Johnson Award.  

The most prestigious honors bestowed on a UD student-athlete, the Johnson and Hitchens Awards are presented to a senior letterwinner who has exhibited the qualities of hard work, dedication, leadership, fairness, and striving for excellence that were the hallmarks of Johnson's and Hitchens' career. Johnson served as UD Director of Athletics for 25 years while Hitchens was a pioneer in women's athletics and served as UD's Senior Associate Director of Athletics as part of a 41-year career at Delaware. Both were on hand to present the awards to the winners.

The event drew nearly 600 UD student-athletes and athletics staff members. In addition to recognizing the numerous awards for athletic, academic, and community service accomplishments, a video highlighting the 2016-17 athletics season was also presented.

University of Delaware Director of Athletics Chrissi Rawak welcomed the crowd, thanked the student-athletes, coaches, and staff for their commitment to UD Athletics and congratulated the teams and individuals on another outstanding season by the Blue Hens on the playing field, in the classroom, and in the community.

Below are biographies on the award winners:

MARY ANN HITCHENS AWARD:
Esmée Peet (Field Hockey)

As a four-time All-American and two-year captain, an honor student in the classroom, a community service volunteer, and as a member of the 2016 national champion University of Delaware field hockey team, Peet certainly made the most of her experience as a Blue Hen.

A native of Zeewolde, The Netherlands, her hard work, leadership, and motivation helped her to became one of the all-time great student-athletes in UD history as she earned All-American, All-Region, and All-CAA honors each of her four seasons while leading the squad to a combined record of 69-22 and four straight league titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.

An outstanding scholar, she will graduate with honors as a business/operations management major after earning spots on both the NFHCA National Academic squad and CAA Academic Honor Roll while being nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. In the community, Peet was an active volunteer with her teammates with Special Olympics, Polar Bear Plunge, and UDance. She becomes the first UD field hockey player to earn the award since it was first presented in 2007.

EDGAR JOHNSON AWARD:
Jalen Randolph (Football)

Randolph becomes the fourth Blue Hen football player to earn the award, joining the likes of last year's winner David Tinsley, Andrew Pierce in 2014 and current NFL linebacker Paul Worrilow in 2013.

As a standout member and leader of the Delaware football team over five seasons, Randolph consistently embodied the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork, and sportsmanship in all of his academic, athletic, and volunteer endeavors. A native of Ridley Park, Pa., Randolph overcame several injuries during his playing career, and thanks to a tireless work ethic, he became an outstanding four-year contributor at running back, scoring 21 touchdowns, rushing for nearly 1,500 yards, and serving as co-captain as a senior.

He earned his degree with honors in health behavior science in 2016 and will earn his MBA in 2017. During his career, he earned CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic honors three times, was a four-time member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll, a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Campbell Award semifinalist, and a finalist for the CAA Chuck Boone Leadership Award. In the community, he led his teammates in volunteer initiatives that benefited Special Olympics, the Boys & Girls Club, Sunday Breakfast Mission, Meals on Wheels, and the B+ Foundation.

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Greta Nauck (Field Hockey)

Just a sophomore, Nauck became the 11th Delaware field hockey student-athlete to win the UD Outstanding Female Athlete of the Award and the first since Casey Howard was honored in 2010. 

She capped an outstanding season in 2016 as she earned the Collegiate Women's Sports Awards Honda Award as top field hockey player in the nation, becoming just the second athlete in UD history to earn a prestigious Honda Award (basketball All-American Elena Delle Donne was the other).

She led Delaware to its fourth straight conference title and to its first-ever field hockey national championship with 23-2 record.

Individually, she was a first team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American and Synapse Sports National Offensive Player of the Year, NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year, Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, ECAC Eastern Player of the Year, and CAA Tournament Most Valuable Player.

The business major scored a school record 33 goals and led all NCAA players with 3.04 points and 1.32 goals per game.

OUTSTANDING MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Guillermo Delgado (Men's Soccer)

Delgado won the award for the third straight year, becoming the first UD athlete to accomplish that feat. The only male athlete in UD history to earn All-American honors all four years, Delgado was also a four-time all-region and four-time All-CAA selection, was a two-time CAA Player of the Year, and was selected as the 2013 CAA Rookie of the Year.

He enjoyed a stellar senior season in 2016 as he led the Blue Hens to the CAA title and an NCAA Tournament berth with a 12-8-1 record, scored a team-high 12 goals, earned All-American and CAA Player of the Year honors, and was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 Major League Soccer Draft.

The NCAA active career leader in points (117) and goals (49), he also is the all-time UD leader in points, goals, assists, game-winning goals, and shots. He is a health & physical education major at Delaware.

The 21 individual sport UD Team Sportsmanship Award winners were: Football – Blake Rankin; Men's Soccer – Carlos Perales; Women's Soccer – Mary Aleixo; Volleyball –Gina Lewis; Field Hockey – MacKenzie Meyer; Cross Country – Gabby Alaimo; Men's Basketball – Anthony Mosley; Women's Basketball – Abby Gonzales; Men's Swimming & Diving - Brad Donohue; Women's Swimming & Diving – Samantha Marino; Indoor Track & Field – Angie Spadaccini; Baseball – Burk FitzPatrick; Softball – Giovanna Kolofer; Outdoor Track & Field – Irene Cedano; Men's Lacrosse – Trupert Ortlieb; Women's Lacrosse – Coley Ricci; Men's Tennis – Tyler Flematti; Women's Tennis – Amanda Studnicki; Men's Golf – Jack Gianniny Womens' Golf – Ashley Dingman; Rowing – Carly Alexander. Studnicki won the award for the third straight year.

In addition, 57 student-athletes were recognized as the newest members of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.  In order to qualify for the honor, student-athletes must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

The NCAHS award winners by sport were: Baseball: Nick Spadafino; Women's Tennis: Amanda Studnicki; Women's Swimming & Diving: Natalie Ambrosey, Sarah Braatz; Men's Swimming & Diving: Alex Hillsley, Justin Mitchell, Patrick Savidge; Field Hockey: Emmeline Oltmans, Esmée Peet, Marjelle Scheffers, Maura Zarkoski; Football: Christian Portale, Bryan Reed, Ryan Torzsa, Tommy Wilmoth; Volleyball: Taylor Hollingsworth; Women's Soccer: Michelle Burnett, Andrea Gunderson, Michelle McEnroe, Carolyn Seltzer, Gina Tricocci, Krista Trinidad, Natalie Zelenky; Men's Soccer: Dani Laguna, Matt Mossbarger, Thibault Philippe, Fede Prieto, Tyler Stowell; Women's Lacrosse: Sarah Ashwood, Becky Gohsler, Sara Laudermilch, Caitlin McMahon, Coley Ricci, Jamie Schwartz; Men's Lacrosse: Phil Peña, Gavin Weaver; Track & Field/Cross Country: Gabby Alaimo, Evelyn Cubero, Carolyn Darr, Becky Gessler, Jennifer Hineman, Rachel Moroknek, Ilana Schnaufer; Softball: Leanna Gearhart; Rowing: Carly Alexander, Olivia Brady, Claire Brown, Courtney Burnham, Laura Donohue, Mia Natale, Kara North, Hannah Scholes, Emma Spillman, Katelyn Thomesen, Elizabeth Weglein, and Savannah Wolfson.
 
Below are the 21 sport-by-sport UD Alumni Association Team Most Valuable Players as selected by the team members and coaching staffs:

WOMEN'S SPORTS: 

BASKETBALL: Junior forward Nicole Enabosi (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) led the team with 13.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while earning first team All-CAA and CAA All-Defensive Team honors. She ranked seventh in the CAA in scoring and No. 2 in rebounding and recorded 16 double-doubles on the year.

CROSS COUNTRY: Freshman Mackenzie Jones (Danville, Pa./Danville) led the team in six meets as a freshman, including top 5 finishes at the Lehigh Invitational and Delaware Invitational and an 18th place finish at the CAA Championships.

FIELD HOCKEY: Junior goalkeeper Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum) anchored the Delaware defense that posted five shutout victories on the way to a 23-2 record, the CAA title, and the NCAA national championship title. She earned CAA first team and Longstreth/NFHCA All-Mid Atlantic Region second team honors and was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player for the tournament.

GOLF: Freshman Ariane Klotz (Nouméa, New Caledonia) was named the CAA Rookie of the Year and earned first team All-CAA honors on the way to leading Delaware to its second straight CAA team title and NCAA Tournament appearance. She was the team's top finisher in six tournaments, including a third place finish at the CAA Tournament, and led the squad with a 75.34 stroke average.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Junior middle distance runner Liz McGroarty (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley) earned All-East honors after placing third in the mile run and fourth in the 4 x 800 meter relay at the ECAC regional championships.

LACROSSE: Junior midfielder Becky Gohsler (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) led the Blue Hens to a berth in the CAA Tournament semifinals with a record of 9-8. She was the team's leading goal scorer 36 goals and 46 points and earned first team All-CAA and second team IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors.  

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Junior Sarah Hillman (Dover, Del./Polytech) dominated the throwing events as she captured the discus title and was fourth in the shot put at the CAA Championships to earn the meet's Outstanding Performer Award. She also earned All-East honors with a third place finish in the discus and set school records in both the shot put and discus throw.

ROWING: Senior Claire Brown (Worcester Prep, Md./Selbyville, Del.) served as the team captain and earned first team All-CAA honors for the second straight year. She led the Varsity Eights crew to the finals at the Dad Vail Regatta and to a fourth place finish at the CAA Championships.

SOCCER: Senior forward Natalie Zelenky (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) capped an outstanding career by earning All-CAA honors for the third time in her career. She scored a team-high six goals in 2016 and increased her career total to 25, good for No. 6 all-time at Delaware. She was only the fourth UD player to lead the team in scoring three straight seasons.

SOFTBALL: Sophomore catcher Anna Steinmetz (Glen Mills, Pa./West Chester Bayard Rustin) guided the Blue Hens to a berth in the CAA Tournament as she earned first team All-CAA honors after leading the team with 11 home runs and 43 RBI and batting .363. Her 26 career home runs is a UD record.

SWIMMING & DIVING:  Sophomore Mina Feyrer (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) starred in the butterfly events where she placed third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 butterfly at the CAA Championships. She set school records in both events with times of 55.20 in the 100 and 2:01.90 in the 200.

TENNIS: Sophomore Sara Komer (Peters Township/Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) earned second team All-CAA honors in singles after posting a dual match singles record of 17-2, which included a 13-match win streak.

VOLLEYBALL: Senior setter Erin Layne (Flower Mound/Flower Mound, Tex.) led the Blue Hens to a record of 16-16 and a berth in the CAA Championship match for the first time since 2012. She ranked No. 7 in the CAA in assists with 6.78 per set and also had 156 digs on the season.

MEN'S SPORTS:

BASKETBALL: Freshman guard Ryan Daly (Meadowbrook/Richmond, Va.) won the Colonel C.B. Shaffer MVP Award after a sensational rookie campaign that saw him earn CAA Rookie of the Year and third team All-CAA honors. He led the team in scoring (16.0 points per game), rebounding (7.0 per game), and three-pointers (62) and scored 20 or more points 11 times. He also set UD freshman records for season points and rebounds.

BASEBALL: Senior designated hitter Doug Trimble (Episcopal/Rosemont, Pa.) won the Pape Lukk MVP Award after leading the Blue Hens to a record of 28-20 and a berth in the CAA Tournament later this month. An All-CAA selection a year ago and a top candidate in 2017, he currently ranks among the CAA leaders in several categories, including batting average (.356/4th place), RBI (41/5th), and doubles (15/4th).

FOOTBALL: Junior middle linebacker Charles Bell (Conestoga, Pa./Penn Manor) led the team in tackles for the second straight year on the way to earning first team All-East (ECAC) and first team All-CAA honors. The co-captain led the team with 94 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss and recorded 10 or more stops four times during the 2016 season.

GOLF: Senior Marc Oliveri (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley) won the John J. DeLuca/ Scotty Duncan Memorial Team MVP Award after leading the team to a sixth place finish at the CAA Championships when he placed seventh overall. He led the team with a 73.36 stroke average, was the team's top finisher three times, and earned second team All-CAA honors.

LACROSSE: Sophomore attackman Andrew Romagnoli (Cazenovia, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) was a force on offense for the Blue Hens as he led the team in scoring with 34 goals and 53 points during the season. His goal total was the highest by a Delaware player since the 2013 season and he ended the season riding a 19-game point-scoring streak.

SOCCER: Senior forward Guillermo Delgado (Tres Cantos, Spain/Jose Luis Sampedro) won the award for the fourth straight year. See details above for a more complete biography.

SWIMMING & DIVING: Junior Patrick Savidge (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) won the Jack & Hugh Dougherty Team MVP award after leading the Blue Hens with four top five finishes at the CAA Championships and recording an NCAA Provisional B qualifying time of in the 400 IM. He placed fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 400 IM, 400 medley relay, and 200 medley relay.

TENNIS: Junior Colin Wong (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) was named the winner of the Alexander J. Taylor Team MVP Award for the second straight year. He led the team to its highest win since the 2011-12 season and guided the squad to the CAA quarterfinals. He led the team with a 17-12 singles mark.

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