GU Celebrates Senior Student-Athletes

May 1, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Distance runner Troy Fraley was named the Male Senior Athlete of the Year and women's rower Isabelle Belzil was named the Female Senior Athlete of the Year at the seventh annual Evening of Excellence that honored the Bulldog seniors and recognized all Gonzaga student-athletes for another great year in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

Women's cross country and track student-athlete Jordan Thurston was named the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, while men's soccer player Nick Ulowetz was the Male Scholar-Athlete of the year. Women's basketball player Emma Wolfram was presented the Leadership Award.

In addition, 25 student-athletes were inducted into Gonzaga University's chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society. Chi Alpha Sigma exists to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities, to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners and to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics. Founded in 1996, and comprised of members from all levels within the NCAA and the NAIA, Chi Alpha Sigma has grown to over 280 University chapters nationwide. The seniors inducted today have maintained a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA while earning varsity letters in their respective sports. Those student-athletes included Jennifer Albrecht, Max Baker, Isabelle Belzil, Daniel Bies, Ben DuBois, Eric Engel, David Ganz, Marie Hayman, Tianna Helm, Max Kaderabek, Douglas Kempthorne, Mari Kneisel, Matt Peterson, Max Sombrowski, Nick Ulowetz, Elena Slavoski, Isabella Spies, Emma Stach, Jordan Thurston, Alyse Whitaker and Emma Wolfram.

Leadership Award -- Emma Wolfram

As a natural leader both on and off the court, Emma Wolfram has demonstrated what it means to be a Zag in several ways. She will graduate in May with a Master's in Organizational Leadership having already completed her undergraduate degree in Human Physiology. She currently holds a 3.96 GPA and is a member of the women's basketball team. This fifth-year senior has displayed leadership amongst her peers by being elected as SAAC President for the 2017-18 academic year. Prior to that she was elected as the SAAC Volunteer Chair. She has been essential to SAAC during her time on the Committee. Not only this, she has led her team in countless community initiatives and is a selfless leader, always thinking of the best interests of her peers.

Female Scholar Athlete of the Year -- Jordan Thurston

Jordan Thurston began her Gonzaga journey in the fall of 2014. She immediately displayed incredible passion and commitment to academic excellence through the pursuit of an accounting degree, one of the most rigorous on Gonzaga's campus. If that wasn't enough, this honoree also pursued a minor in environmental studies and was a three-year representative on GU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In the classroom, Thurston earned a perfect 4.0 three times and earned a coveted spot on the president's list every semester she attended Gonzaga. She has been named to the WCC All-Academic first team twice, along with honorable mention honors in her sophomore season.

Male Scholar Athlete of the Year -- Nick Ulowetz

Nick Ulowetz has already walked across the commencement stage once at GU, earning Magna Cum Laude honors in May of 2017 with his undergraduate degree in business administration with dual concentrations in human resource management and operations. He earned a perfect 4.0 in the spring 2017 semester, and President's List honors a total of seven times in his academic career. Perhaps most impressive, he is on track to complete his MBA this summer, completing all 34 graduate credits in one calendar year, with a 3.84 cumulative GPA in that program. A two-time WCC All-Academic honoree, Ulowetz also served as this year's Volunteer Chair on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Officer Board.

Male Senior Athlete of the Year -- Troy Fraley

Troy Fraley became Gonzaga's first-ever track and field All-American at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships. He placed seventh in the national final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school record time of eight minutes, 35 seconds. In 2016, Fraley broke the school record in the indoor 3,000 meters, which qualified him for the USATF Outdoor Championships where he placed 14th in a field that included Olympians and American record holders. In cross country, he owns the program record in the 10,000 meters and was named First Team All-WCC.

Female Senior Athlete of the Year -- Isabelle Belzil

Isabelle Belzil has rowed in GU's top crew her entire career. As a member of the varsity eight, she has hoisted three West Coast Conference championship trophies and is aiming for a fourth this season. She was an All-WCC selection in 2017 as the Zags won their 16th WCC championship in the last 21 seasons. She was named a Preseason All-WCC honoree last season and this season, and was the WCC Newcomer of the Year in 2015. Her varsity eight boat set a school record finishing 14th as a crew and 16th overall in the 2016 NCAA Championships. She rowed with the varsity eight in the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championships as well, taking 15th and 19th as a crew. She is a two-time WCC All-Academic selection, along with being a CRCA scholar-athlete. Last season, she was part of the WCC April Crew of the Month and won the C final at the Clemson Invitational. Her crew took eighth at the San Diego Crew Classic this year and defeated nationally-ranked Notre Dame at the Lake Natoma Invitational.

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