Pacific Lutheran University student-athletes Joey Domek and Sydney Otey were honored as Northwest Conference First Team Scholar-Athlete selections on Tuesday, Aug. 1 with 145 total PLU student-athletes honored as NWC Scholar Athletes for excellence in the classroom during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Domek and Otey were among 18 student-athletes from around the league to secure First Team accolades while 145 Lute student-athletes claimed NWC Scholar-Athlete status after maintaining at least a 3.50 grade point average in addition to logging a complete season of participation with a varsity sport in 2016-2017. This year’s total is an increase of 24 Lute student-athletes from a season ago.

A defensive back on the football team, Domek secures First Team accolades after winning the George Fisher Scholar-Athlete Award at the PLU Awards Banquet in May. A four-year member of the football squad and a three-year letterwinner, Domek appeared in 17 games for the Lutes in his career. He graduated with a 3.98 grade point average with a degree in kinesiology and was a member of the Kinesiologists of the Future Club, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Phi Kappa Phi, Chi Alpha Sigma, and the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society. Domek additionally was active in the local community, participating in the Lister Elementary School Mentoring Program.

A member of the two-time NWC Champion women’s rowing team, Otey joins Domek as a First Team NWC Scholar-Athlete selection. The Billings, Mont. native was a four-year letterwinner with the Lutes, earning First Team All-NWC honors this spring while earning the NCAA’s Elite 90 Award for the second year in a row. Otey was a member of the varsity eight boat that won the Lamberth Cup and the NWC title in each of the last two seasons while making two trips to the NCAA Division III Championships. Otey earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors and was a CRCA Scholar Athlete Award Winner in addition to being a Fulbright Scholar and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. The sociology and Spanish major additionally served as a Spanish and writing mentor at local middle schools.

Of PLU’s 145 honorees, 17 hailed from the NWC Champion women’s rowing team and 17 more from the women’s swimming team, while women’s track and field boasted 16 honorees. Men’s cross country, football, women’s soccer, softball, and men’s track and field all had double-digit honorees.

Below is a complete list of Pacific Lutheran’s honorees with All-NWC athletes denoted with asterisks.

  • Baseball: Cameron Clem, Connor Cantu, Jacob Gleichman*, Brett Johnson
  • Men’s Basketball: Kasey Johnson, Brandon Lester*
  • Women’s Basketball: Mackenzie Cooper, Anna Hurd, Lacey Nicholson, Kylie Rademacher, Danica Roady, Hayley Sonneson, Kristin Sturdivan
  • Men’s Cross Country: Myles Barrow, Egan Dunning, Bo Frohock, Griffin Kees, Porter Kreier, Charlie Mogan, Logan Oelkers, Kyle Rapacz, Jason Rowland, Eldon Sorensen
  • Women’s Cross Country: Aidan Liddiard, Sara Newman, Paige Runco, Maddie Smith, Mekenzie Voellger, Emily Webb, Shailee Woodard
  • Football: Matt Anthony, Logan Black, Shea Carroll, Cole Chandler, Brady Daly, Joey Domek, Lucas Hatton*, Doug James, Walker LaVoy, Beau Lockmer, Parker Smith, Vincent Vasquez
  • Men’s Golf: Mitchell Dover, Kyle Drugge*
  • Women’s Golf: Anela Barber, Desirae Haselwood, Anna Jessen, Abby Lyon
  • Women’s Rowing: Kenzie Davidson, Kylee Dickinson, Desiree Domini, Claire Alberg, Molly Ivey, Nicole Jones, Vivyanne Le, Camille Lemke, Sienna Mathes, Emily Odegard, Krista Osborne, Sydney Otey*, Hannah Peterson*, Madison Sanders, Sarah Stafford, Ashley Stiles, Siobhan Warmer
  • Men’s Soccer: Clint Absher, Ben Blakely, Tyler Erickson, Tanner Premo, Jake Rose, Hayden Simon
  • Women’s Soccer: Ellis Akana, Sarah Burns, Liz Griffith*, Kelsey Hathaway, Brianna Hunting, Darby Judd, Bianca Lindberg, Danielle Lisk, Ashley Mindnich, Takara Mitsui*, Kate Peterson, Amber Richards, Rachel Ross
  • Softball: Annalise Campbell, Kat Enyeart, Amy King, Gracen Malich, Marissa Miller, Anna Overland*, Bailey Plumb, Elli Rassbach*, Delaney Salter, Nichole Schroeder*, Samantha Simundson, Sydney Taggart
  • Men’s Swimming: Chris Anderson, Bryson Baligad*, Cody Hartman*, Shane Walker
  • Women’s Swimming: Reese Ackman*, Sarah Ameny*, Taylor Bingea*, Morgan Commander*, Gabriella Creaver, Lauren Kearney*, Jennica Kelm, Luna Kim*, Marri Kutz, Erica Muller*, Whitney Mundle*, Emily Ness, Lindsay Smith, Carli Snyder, Sarah Stafford, Jessica Stenberg*, Kylie Webb*
  • Men’s Tennis: Ryan Adams*, Niko Convento, Justin DeMattos, James Okubo, Keith Petitt
  • Women’s Tennis: Megan Beyers, Emily Bower, Caroline Dreher*, Rebekah Dumestre, Karli Floyd, Kristi Floyd, Lauren Kearney, Kylie Rademacher
  • Men’s Track & Field: Myles Barrow, Brady Daly, Lucas Hatton*, Griffin Kees, Porter Kreier, Christopher McGraw, Charlie Mogen, Kyle Rapacz*, Jason Rowland, Isaiah Scheel, Eldon Sorensen
  • Women’s Track & Field: Emily Burk, Andraya Conger, Neely Harding, Jordan Jasorka, Carlie Kilcup, Aidan Liddiard, Sara Newman, Emily Ramey, Paige Runco, Maddie Smith, Charene Stovall, Katie Thorsen, Mekenzie Voellger, Maggie Watson, Emily Webb, Shailee Woodard
  • Volleyball: Gabrielle Alley, Chloe Epker*, Megan Finley, Angelica Hulett, Julia Hutchison, Jordan Sherfey, Sydney Spray, McKenna Ventura, Isabella Zubrod


Pacific Lutheran University women’s rowing student-athlete Sydney Otey ‘17 was selected as the Northwest Conference’s nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, given annually to a female senior student-athlete for her collegiate achievements in service, leadership, athletics, and academics.

“It’s really cool to have that chance to represent PLU and rowing as a sport,” said Otey. “I think that the award is a reflection of all the support and opportunities I have had at PLU. I’m really grateful for the chances I’ve had to be a rower and also to explore a lot of different academic pursuits and find things I’m really passionate about.”

A Fulbright Scholar and an All-Northwest Conference selection as a member of the Lutes’ varsity eight, Otey earned a laundry list of accolades during the 2017 rowing season. The Billings, Mont. native was a three-time NWC Crew of the Week honoree in 2017, helping the varsity eight win the NWC title and the Lamberth Cup for the second consecutive season while helping the 1V finish eighth overall at the NCAA Division III Championships in West Windsor, N.J.. While at the NCAA Championships, Otey was recognized as the Elite 90 winner for the second consecutive season, an award given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at the NCAA Championships. Otey additionally was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-American selection and was the recipient of the George Fisher Scholar-Athlete Award at the PLU Athletic Awards Banquet.

Otey graduated in June with a 4.0 grade point average as a sociology and Spanish major. A member of the Dean’s List and Phi Kappa Phi, Otey was a Schiller Scholarship in Sociology winner and volunteers her time as a middle school mentor, a Spanish and writing tutor, an ASPLU representative, and with Wild Hope Fellows.

145 total nominees from Division I, II and III conferences from across the country have been forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will choose the top 10 nominees in each division. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The top selections from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 22.


Puget Sound earned 111 Northwest Conference Scholar-Athlete honors, the NWC announced Tuesday, Aug. 1. Meghan Bacher ‘17 and Hans Fortune ‘17 both earned NWC First Team Scholar-Athlete nods. In order to qualify, NWC Scholar-Athletes must have a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA.

Bacher was the top graduating female student-athlete for the Loggers, holding a 3.94 GPA in cellular and molecular biology. She also led the 2017 Logger lacrosse team in scoring, finishing her final collegiate season with 26 goals and 35 points.

Fortune graduated with a 3.84 GPA in economics and business, and he was just as successful on the gridiron as he was in the classroom. Fortune set Puget Sound career records for passing yards (6,852), total offense (6,903), and passing touchdowns (58).

Three Logger teams placed 10 or more NWC Scholar-Athletes: football (14), women’s crew (12), and lacrosse (11).


Emery Bradlina was named a Scholar-Athlete, and the Puget Sound women’s track and field team earned an All-Academic nod from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Bradlina’s academic accomplishments complement her memorable sophomore season on the track. The Boulder, Colo., native was named to the USTFCCCA All-West Region after qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 800-m. On the national stage, Bradlina set a personal record by crossing the finish line in 2:11.43. That mark ranks third all-time in the Logger record books.

The women’s track and field team consistently performs well in the classroom, and the Loggers finished the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.36 team GPA.


Puget Sound incoming junior Dwight Jackson was nominated for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Allstate Good Works Team. The Logger football program earned a nomination for the fourth consecutive year: Brett Pilling ‘17 (2016), Misha Gordon ‘16 (2015), Max Mirande ‘15 (2014).

Jackson, a linebacker from Stockton, Calif., is one of 146 nominees across all levels of collegiate football. The Good Works Team recognizes “a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.”

Jackson’s long list of community service and volunteerism includes the Tacoma City Marathon, Special Olympics Field Day and Basketball Tournament, Relay for Life, Adopt-a-Family, Trick-or-Can, Earth Day Conservation, Chest Press for ALS, and more.

The Loggers open the 2017 season at La Verne on Sept. 2. The first home game of the year is Sept. 9 against Occidental. Click HERE for the 2017 schedule.


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