Butcher and Andison Earn MVP Honors at DU Awards Night
Women's lacrosse wins Gold Vest Award at 82nd Annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet
May 8, 2017
DENVER – Senior University of Denver hockey captain Will Butcher was voted DU’s 2016-17 Male Athlete of the Year and two-time women’s swimming All-American Bailey Andison took home Female Athlete of the Year honors as DU hosted its 82nd Annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet on Monday night in Hamilton Gymnasium.
The Gold Vest Award - which is given annually to an outstanding Pioneer team for excellence in community service, academics, spirit, leadership and athletic performance - went to the women’s lacrosse program.
This yearly celebration, which is organized and hosted by the DU Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), also honored MVPs from each of Denver's NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports programs, the Comeback Player of the Year and Sports Performance Athletes of the Year (full list below).
Butcher became the second Hobey Baker Award winner in program history and just the sixth defenseman in the 37-year history of the award, captaining the Pioneers to their eighth National Championship in 2017, the program’s first since 2005. The two-time All-American tallied 37 points (7G-30A), the second-most in the country by a defenseman, while also turning in the sixth-best plus-minus in the country at +27.
Andison earned All-America honors for the second-consecutive year at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. In 2017, Andison received first-team honors for a fifth-place finish in the 400 IM, in addition to her 13th-place finish in the 200 IM earlier in the week. The Summit League Women’s Swimmer of the Year qualified to represent Canada at the World University Games, ranking 25th in the world in the 200 meter IM at the time of qualification. The Denver sophomore holds two individual school and Summit League records and is a part of two relay school and Summit League records. Andison was awarded the 2016 Sportswoman (top freshman) of the Year at the 81st DU Awards Night.
Karr completed one of the most successful freshman seasons in DU Gymnastics history, earning three All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Championships and finishing ninth in the all-around—the highest a DU gymnast has ever finished at nationals. The Stillwater, Minn., native was named the North Central Region Gymnast of the Year, won a share of the beam title at regionals and earned a spot on the Big 12 Conference Championship Team in the all-around. Karr also posted a perfect 10.0 on vault and the fourth-highest all-around score in program history.
Borgström led all freshmen in the NCAA in goals with 22 and finished second on the team in points with 43. The Denver freshman helped lead the Pioneers to their first National Championship in 12 years. The Florida Panthers prospect took home First Team All-America Honors in addition to being named the NCHC Rookie of the Year after leading all freshmen with both 19 points and 12 goals in 20 NCHC games.
2016-17 University of Denver Athletics Awards
Male Athlete of the Year: Will Butcher, Hockey
Female Athlete of the Year: Bailey Andison, Swimming
Pioneer Sportsman of the Year: Henrik Borgström, Hockey
Pioneer Sportswoman of the Year: Maddie Karr, Gymnastics
Comeback Player of the Year: Leah Lomonte, Gymnastics
Female Strength and Conditioning Award: Kendra Lanuza, Women’s Lacrosse
Gold Vest Award: Women’s Lacrosse
Scholar Athletes of the Year:
Male Freshman: Colin Squires, men’s lacrosse
Female Freshman: Molly Kuettel and Sara Lingen, women’s
Male Sophomore: Jake Holtzmann, men’s basketball
Female Sophomore: Haley Simental, women’s basketball
Male Junior: Erik Read, men’s skiing
Female Junior: Jessica Dreesbeimdieke, women’s golf
Male Senior: Greg Ogard, hockey
Female Senior: Nicole Cassou, women’s swimming
2016-17 Team MVP Awards
Male MVP Name
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