DePauw Athletes Celebrate Year at DESPYs

Photo courtesy of Ashleigh Jones.

The DESPYS returned to the DePauw campus on Tuesday after a three-year hiatus, organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The DESPYS are DePauw’s spin-off of ESPN’s ESPYS. The student-athletes gathered for an awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements from the 2021-22 sports seasons.

The SAAC is made up of representatives from every sports team on the DePauw campus and has an internal committee solely dedicated to the organization and planning of the DESPYS.

Mya Shannon is a senior SAAC representative for the women’s basketball team who sits on the DESPYS committee. “This [The DESPYS] had been in the works all year, but we’ve spent a lot of time on it over the past two months,” she said.

DESPYS have several different award categories: Newcomer of the Year, Most Tiger Pride, Most Heart, and MVP. Forms are sent to each athlete to nominate a teammate they feel is most deserving of each respective award.

Annalize Grammel is a dual-sport athlete here in DePauw. Grammel plays football and leads athletics. As a freshman, Grammel received the Female Newcomer of the Year award.

Grammel was nominated for Female MVP of the Year by the football team this year. “I was honored to be nominated by my teammates. I feel like DESPYS is doing a great job of bringing to life the support that student-athletes on our campus have for each other,” she said.

Last year, the DESPYS were pre-recorded and streamed, due to the pandemic. Grammel said, “It was great to see everyone in person this year and hear people cheering as the nominations and winners for each category were announced.”

Record performances were also awarded to individuals and teams at the ceremony. Seelye Stroffregan received the Record-Breaking Performance award alongside Erin Pasch, Annalize Grammel and Charlotte Borland for breaking the school record in the 4×200 meters indoor relay.

Stoffregen said, “Breaking the 4×200 school record this year meant so much to me because I accomplished it with three great teammates who were instrumental in my college experience. Charlotte, Erin and Annalize are great friends who inspire and motivate me every day. I will miss Charlotte and Erin next year, they have been such great leaders for our team.

A complete list of DESPYS laureates

Female Newcomer of the Year: Bridget Driscoll – Lacrosse

Male Newcomer of the Year: Jaylon Smith – Soccer

Female MVP: Erin Pasch – Athletics

Male MVP: Elijah Hales – Basketball

The most tabby pride of women: Allison Harvey – Soccer

The most tabby pride of men: Robbie Sheffield – Swimming and Diving

The biggest heart of women: Grace Kinsey – Basketball

The biggest heart of men: Cam Allen – Baseball

Record performance

Erin Pasch Athletics – Indoor records 60m hurdles, 400m sprint, pentathlon and 4x200m relay and outdoor records 200m sprint, 400m sprint, 100m hurdles and heptathlon

Seelye Stoffregen AthleticsRecord 4 x 200M Indoor Relay

Annalize Grammel AthleticsRecord 4 x 200M Indoor Relay

Charlotte Borland AthleticsRecord 4 x 200M Indoor Relay

Emma Kennedy Lacrosse – Records for career goals, free position goals, individual career points and draw checks in a single game

Emily Howard Lacrosse – Career Ground Balls Record

Maggie Perry Swimming and diving – 50-yard freestyle record

Cami Henry Softball – Single Season Strikeout Record (263)

Kate Geary Softball – Career High Stolen Bases (78)

Michael Vallon Baseball -Record for single-season strikeouts (88)

Kyle Callahan Baseball -Record for career home runs

Nick Nelson Baseball -Record for single-game home runs (3) and single-game goals (13)

Sydney Weiner Golf – Lowest lap record (67)

women’s basketball – Records for most rebounds in a single game (69), single-season bests for: most blocked shots in a season (105) and highest rebounding average (46.1 per game), statistical champion NCAA in rebound margin (+15.7 per game)

Women’s Lacrosse – Most wins in program history, first appearance in an NCAC tournament in program history

Women’s swimming and diving – Record for most team runs scored in conference play since joining the NCAC

Soccer – Their first Sweet-16 appearance in school history

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