Johns Hopkins Honors Seven at Senior Athlete Banquet
BALTIMORE, MD -- The Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics recently honored several of its finest student-athletes at its annual Senior Athlete Banquet, which is hosted by Blue Jays Unlimited. Selecting just a handful of award recipients from such an accomplished class was difficult as Johns Hopkins has won 46 conference titles, sent 19 different teams to the NCAA Championships and produced more than 35 Academic All-Americans since the class of 2015 arrived in the fall of 2011.
In addition, Johns Hopkins has claimed three top-10 finishes in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings since this group arrived and JHU currently ranks second in this year's standings.
Below is a summary of each award presented with the recipient and their accomplishments noted.
C. Gardner Mallonee Award
Given to the senior male who has made the most outstanding contribution in athletics at Johns Hopkins.
Paul Bewak -- Wrestling
Finished career as the greatest wrestler in school history • Earned All-America honors three times (freshman, sophomore, senior) • All other wrestlers in school history have combined to earn All-America honors a total of four times • Placed seventh at the NCAA Championships as a freshman and junior and third as a senior • Third-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships is the second best in school history • Holds Johns Hopkins career record for victories (135) -- previous record was 98, a mark Bewak surpassed prior to the start of his final season • Holds four of the top six single-season victory totals in school history (30, 34, 36, 35), including the top three totals • Three-time Centennial Conference champion at 125 pounds (missed the tournament with an injury as a junior) • Posted a 31-0 career record in Centennial Conference dual meets and a 9-0 record in Centennial Conference Tournament matches • 2014 NCAA East Regional Champion • Named to 2015 NWCA Scholar All-America Team • Helped Johns Hopkins to its first-ever Centennial Conference team title as a freshman • Will graduate in four years with a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in mathematics.
Catherine P. Cramer Award
Given to the senior female who has made the most outstanding contribution in athletics at Johns Hopkins.
Ana Bogdanovski -- Women's Swimming
Major: Public Health
10-time NCAA Champion • 2014 NCAA DIII Swimmer of the Year • 23-time All-American • 2014 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year (At-Large) • 2014 First Team Academic All-American • 2014 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year • 11-time Bluegrass Mountain Conference Champion • holds school records in 50 Free (22.80), 100 Free (49.31) and 200 Free (1:46.31) • owns 10 fastest times in school history in 50, 100 and 200 Free • also a member of four school-record relay teams (200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free and 400 Medley Relays) • swept 50, 100 and 200 Free titles at 2015 NCAA Championship -- first DIII swimmer (male or female) to accomplish the feat since 2006 • Helped Johns Hopkins to a program-best third place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships and a fifth-place finish in 2015.
Dr. William Howard Award
Given to the senior who has excelled both as a scholar and athlete at Johns Hopkins.
Michael Longo -- Football
Major: Public Health
First Team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American as a senior, when he also earned D3football.com All-South, Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Centennial Conference and Second Team All-ECAC South honors • Two-time CoSIDA/Capital One Acdemic All-District selection • Three-time All-Centennial Conference selection with honorable mention status as a sophomore and first team honors as a junior and senior • Led Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 41-5, four Centennial Conference titles, four trips to the NCAA Playoffs and two appearances in the second round of the NCAAs • The 41 wins are the most in any four-year period in JHU history and tied for the most in Centennial history • Helped Hopkins to a four-year regular season record of 39-1 • Posted 54 tackles, including team-highs of 14.5 tackles for losses and 11.0 sacks as a senior • Closed career with 144 tackles, 34.5 tackles for losses and 23.5 sacks • spent three-and-a-half weeks in Uganda last January doing research focused on initiatives serving children • Has also been an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and served as a research assistant at Baltimore Station South, where his primary focus was researching and analyzing data in the area of addiction • Longo has also worked with the Pen Lucy Tutoring Program, where he worked with inner-city youth in math and reading/comprehension.
Robert H. Scott Award
Given to the senior who has demonstrated excellence in athletics, scholarship, and extracurricular participation at Johns Hopkins.
George Bugarinovic -- Men's Basketball
Major: Public Health, Natural Sciences
2015 Jostens Trophy winner (given to the outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community) • Four-time All-Centennial Conference selection, including a first team honoree in 2015 • 2015 CoSIDA Third Team Academic All-American • Three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District • Two-time Centennial Conference Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year • 2015 NABC and D3hoops.com All-Region • Co-captain who led JHU to a 25-5 record, the NCAA Sweet 16 Sixteen and the Centennial Conference regular season title as a senior • JHU won a school-record 17 straight games and the 25 wins are also a school record • Ranks in the top 10 in school history in 13 career categories • Only player in program history to rank in the top-10 in points (1,331), rebounds (751), steals (124) and blocks (100) • Selected for a competitive summer research internship at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2013 • Intern at University of Kansas Molecular Biology Pathology Department and Jackson County Health Department • Volunteer with President's Day of Service, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) and Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) • Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian translator for Optimal Translation and Transportation Services since 2011.
Larry Goldfarb Award
Given to a senior for outstanding service to the athletics program at Johns Hopkins.
Ryan Poehner -- Games Operations
Poehner has been an important member of the game operations staff for four years. He excelled in various roles and quickly became a supervisor, assisting full time staff members in implementing a successful game day. Poehner was extremely valuable to the game operations and facilities staff during the transition year when Hopkins did not have a full time game operations director. He welcomed the extra responsibility of scheduling students, communicating with visiting teams and officials, and any other job that needed to be done. Poehner oversaw many Centennial Conference and NCAA Championships during his tenure. His leadership ability, great attitude and hard work ethic have been an invaluable asset to not only the facilities and game operations staff but the entire Johns Hopkins Athletics Department.
Blue Jays Unlimited Award
Given to the Johns Hopkins varsity athlete who most exemplifies the spirit of Blue Jays Unlimited by demonstrating team spirit and leadership, promoting team unity and morale, and enhancing the athletic experience of his or her teammates.
Frances Loeb -- Women's Track/Cross Country
Member of three-time NCAA Champion women's cross country team • 2014 Cross Country All-American • Led team to seventh-straight Centennial Conference and Mideast Regional Cross-Country Championships as a senior • USTFCCCA All-Academic performer • Set school and conference record with a 16:42.57 finish in the women's 5000-meter run at the Penn State Indoor Invitational • Set personal-record while capturing Centennial Conference title in the Mile (4:55.28) • Led team to sixth straight conference title in the 2015 outdoor track and field season • Finished seventh at the 2014-15 Indoor NCAA Championships in the 3000 meter run • Indoor regional track athlete of the year • Set a personal, school and conference record in the outdoor 10K with a time of 34:42.63. • Her top 5k indoor time ranks among the top 10 times in Division III history • NCAA Mideast Regional Runner of the Year • Outstanding leader on highly-successful team who has always been available off the track for her teammates to discuss both success and struggles • Vocal and visible supporter of numerous other Johns Hopkins athletic teams during his four years at Homewood.
Homer Schwartz Award
Given to a non-student for outstanding service to the athletics program at Johns Hopkins
Carter serves Johns Hopkins as a senior graphic designer and was the driving force in the complete rebranding efforts of the Department of Athletics and Recreation last summer. The main developer of the new line of athletic logos that were launched on July 1, 2014, Carter continued his involvement with the department throughout the year, assisting numerous teams and coaches with the development of new uniforms, recruiting materials and other collateral pieces to support fund-raising initiatives.
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