Kaitlin Dickinson didn’t get a chance to play out her senior season as a member of the Seattle Pacific University women’s rowing team, as the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the season before it got up to speed. However, that didn’t prevent her from earning one of the school’s top athletic honors.
Dickinson, a graduate of Monroe High School, was this year’s winner of the John Glancy Award, which is given annually to the SPU student-athlete who displays distinctive personal and team-oriented qualities that don’t show up in a box score.
Dickinson was a member of SPU’s Varsity 8 boat that finished fourth at the NCAA Division II Women’s Rowing Championships last year, and she was hoping to be part of a repeat trip to nationals this year as the rower in the No. 2 seat. The Falcons won the Varsity 8 at the PLU Invitational on March 7, which ended up being the team’s only race this season.
“We either achieve or fail as a boat and as a team,” SPU coach Andy Derrick said in a press release. “But that doesn’t mean one individual can’t make a huge difference, and that is exactly what Kaitlin has done over the past four years.
“It is not an overstatement to say that there is no way we would have had the growth and success we have enjoyed over the past several years without Kaitlin’s leadership and her support in getting team buy-in of my message and our goals,” Derrick added.
EvCC adds six to Hall of Fame
Four individuals and two teams made up the 2020 inductee class into the Everett Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees:
— Rachel Cundy, women’s cross country and track: The Lakewood High School graduate helped the Trojans win the Northwest Athletic Conference cross country title in 2012 and won the NWAC title in the 10,000 meters in 2013.
— Bob Bruce, men’s track: The Bothell High School graduate won the state championship in the mile and 880 yards in both 1948 and 1949, finishing third at the National Junior College meet in 1948.
— Ken Johnson, wheelchair events: The 1978-80 EvCC attendee participated in the World Games and U.S. Olympic Trials for wheelchair athletes. He set national records in swimming and won a national title in the pentathlon.
— Paul Wallrof, football: Wallrof played two years at EvCC under coach Walt Price, then went on to make his name as the longtime head football coach at the University of Puget Sound.
— 1956 men’s golf: The team, coached by Harry Simmermacher, claimed its second straight state championship, with Bob Brill and Jim Buselt sharing medalist honors.
— 2011 men’s cross country: Coached by Matt Koenigs, the team won the conference title by placing five runners in the top nine at the NWAACC championships, with Bereket Piatt, Bryton Reim and Habtamu Rubio placing 1-2-3.
Locals earn academic honors
Several local collegiate spring sports athletes earned academic recognition.
Seattle Pacific senior track and field runner Katherine Walter, a graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School, was the women’s recipient of SPU’s C. Clifford McCrath 101 Club Scholar-Athlete Award.
Oregon State junior baseball player Ryan Ober, a graduate of Glacier Peak High School, was named a second-team Academic All-American.
Washington softball junior Emma Helm (Meadowdale) and sophomore Sami Reynolds (Snohomish) were both named to the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll.
Zellweger tabbed by Team Canada
Everett Silvertips defenseman Olen Zellweger was named to Team Canada’s Under-18 Team selection camp.
Zellweger, who had two goals and 10 points in 58 games this season as a 16-year-old rookie, was one of 46 players selected for the camp. The camp, which would have determined Canada’s team for the since-canceled 2020 Hlinka Grtetzky Cup, will not take place.
Everett coach Dennis Williams was set to be an assistant coach for the team.
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