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Autumn 2007 | Volume 30, Number 2 | Athletics

Falcons Retain GNAC All-Sports Crown

Year-end awards


Recounting the achievements of Seattle Pacific University athletics in 2006–07 could take a while. At the annual year-end awards dinner in June, the Falcons savored among other things their second straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Sports Championship.

A combination of leadership (six conference Coaches of the Year) and talent (five conference Players of the Year) helped SPU win seven GNAC sports titles. Basketball’s Dustin Bremerman and running wunderkind Jessica Pixler were voted the GNAC Athletes of the Year as well.

Six Seattle Pacific teams finished among the nation’s top 20. The Falcons finished as runner-up at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships; Pixler powered the cross country and track teams to three top-seven finishes; and the women’s crew reached the NCAA Championships for the first time. Pixler also became the first freshman to be voted the University’s Ron Grady Athlete of the Year — a laudable feat given that the Falcons had a field of more than a dozen other All-Americans.

The Falcon Award for Excellence for career achievement in academics, athletics, and leadership went to seven seniors: Bremerman; Megan Giske, rowing; Carolyn Nason, soccer; Teona Perkins, track and field; Eddie Strickler, track and field; Sarah Sullivan, gymnastics; and Jenna Von Moos, volleyball. Sullivan and Perkins each earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships as well.

Rowing’s Jeremy Bryant and soccer’s Mollie Taylor received the Clifford McCrath 101 Scholar Athlete Award for earning the highest grade point average of any graduating four-year lettermen.

A three-year run as winner of the GNAC Academic All-Sports title came to an end for SPU, however. Seattle Pacific was edged by Seattle University, 126-117, despite posting the highest team grade point averages in the conference in men’s track and field, women’s basketball, and women’s cross country. The latter boasted the highest team GPA of any GNAC sport (3.65). SPU placed 26th among all NCAA Division II schools in the All-Sports standing, and fourth among such schools in the West.


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