MILWAUKEE – The MSOE Athletic Department announced its annual post-season honors Monday afternoon the first Student Awards Celebration co-hosted by Athletics and Student Life. The luncheon honored all of the standout accomplishment of the university's student body.
Athletics also revealed the new department logo for the first time.
Carly Grant of Women's Tennis and Braden Andryk of Men's Soccer were named Athletes of the Year while Jessica Bilskie of Women's Track & Field and Baseball's Jimmy Carrington honors as Senior Scholar Athletes.
Women's Volleyball narrowly repeated as the women's recipient of the FAR Award for Academic Success, presented to the men's and women's programs with the highest cumulative grade point average over the last three quarters. Volleyball repeated by just 0.002 grade points and Men's Basketball claimed the men's honor.
Grant wrapped up her career this season, leading the Raiders to their most successful season in program history. She played at No. 1 singles for the third-straight season and at No. 1 doubles for the fourth, helping the team to a school-record 11 wins, a repeat trip to the NACC Tournament, and the program's first-ever league semifinal appearance. She's been named All-NACC for singles play three times and was a doubles selection as a freshman. She holds school records with 38 career singles wins, 41 career doubles wins, and 18 wins alongside Sammy Soeder as the most prolific doubles pairing in program history. She never played below No. 2 in either singles or doubles in 68 career matches.
Andryk is a two-time All-American and a four-time all-region honoree. He capped an outstanding soccer career in which he etched his name as one of the most prolific goal-scorers in school and league history. His career 70 goals are a school record and second in NACC history, while his 178 points and 38 assists are second in the MSOE record books. Those figures are third in league history. He twice scored 20-plus goals in a season and was among the top five, nationally, in goals and points as a sophomore. He's also excelled in the classroom as an architectural engineering and construction management major, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors twice.
Bilskie is a two-time conference champion in the hurdles and has her name on six school records, as well. She won the 400m hurdles outdoors as a junior and the 60m hurdles this past indoor season before breaking three school records over the weekend at the league's outdoor championships. She was runner-up in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, and with the 4x100m relay, breaking the school mark on each event. She also holds standards for the indoor 400m, as well as both the indoor and outdoor 4x400m relays. An electrical engineering major, she has maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA throughout her career.
Carrington will graduate as the most accomplished hitter in program history, breaking school records for career hits and RBIs this season while ranking among the program's elite in nearly every offensive category. A two-time selection to the All-NACC First Team, he was named all-region last season. He boasts a career .318 batting average with 16 home runs and 129 runs batted in over 164 career games. He's a biomedical engineering major and has maintained a 3.97 cumulative GPA. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team last season.
Dr. Michael Payne and Davinci Wallace were also presented with awards on behalf of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and department coaching staff, respectively. Payne, program director of the Rader School of Business, was presented with the AAC Faculty Appreciation award for his support of athletics as a part of student life. Wallace, a longtime member of the admissions staff, received the Coaches' Award of Appreciation for his assistance in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
Full List of Major Award Finalists
Women's Scholar-Athlete: Jessica Bilskie, track & field; Carly Grant, tennis; Aly Loepfe, soccer.
Men's Scholar-Athlete: Braden Andryk, soccer; Austin Bellile, Wrestling; Jimmy Carrington, baseball.
Women's Athlete of the Year: Jessica Bilskie, track & field; Carly Grant, tennis; Missy Schultz, soccer.
Men's Athlete of the Year: Braden Andryk, soccer; Austin Bellile, Wrestling; Jimmy Carrington, baseball.