SEATTLE – Last Saturday the GymDawgs officially closed the 2014 season with their annual end-of-the-year banquet. Each year the team holds the reception to honor the gymnasts for their hard work over the year.
Unsurprisingly, senior Aliza Vaccher racked up the awards. Aside from being honored for her spot on the team Leadership Council she was also recognized for the team’s 101 Club Scholar Athlete Award, her selection to the second-team all-Pac-12 academic team, second team all-Pac-12 all-around team and her Pac-12 co-vault championship.
For her outstanding achievement as a GymDawg, Aliza was honored by the coaches as the Creating Winners In Competition award winner, given to the team MVP. The coaches also created a special award for the outstanding senior called the Legacy Award that honors a gymnast who has made a lasting impression on the program through their dedication in and out of the gym.
Junior McKenzie Fechter was also on the Leadership Council and was recognized for her second team all-Pac-12 all academic selection, being selected for the 2013 Academic Excellence Award, making the Dean’s List in both the fall and winter and because of her outstanding work in the classroom was awarded the Creating Winners In The Classroom by the coaching staff.
The third member of the Leadership Council, sophomore Allison Northey would also end up with numerous accolades for her hard work this year. She was recognized for her selection to both the first-team all-conference all-around team and the honorable mention all academic conference team.
All of that in combination with her second-place tying performance on beam at Pac-12s earned her the Top Dawg of the Year award.
Junior event specialist Jackie McCartin was also recognized for co-second-place beam finish at Pac-12s, her first-team all-Pac-12 beam team selection. The coaches selected McCartin as the Event Specialist of the Year.
Fellow junior Madison Podlucky was given two awards from the coaches; the Creating Winners In Life award and the Most Improved award. Podlucky had an excellent year both in competition and out of it and the coaches were excited to recognize her hard work.
Two freshmen were also honored in front of the crowd of family, friends, staff and program supporters. Janae Janik was given the Newcomer of the Year award for her invaluable contributions to the team and Alexandra Yacalis was given the Most Inspiration award for her positive attitude.