Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
TACOMA, Wash. - Pacific Lutheran University student-athletes Joey Domek and Sydney Otey were honored as Northwest Conference First Team Scholar-Athlete selections on Tuesday with 145 total PLU student-athletes honored as NWC Scholar Athletes for excellence in the classroom during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Domek and Otey were among 18 student-athletes from around the league to secure First Team accolades while 145 Lute student-athletes claimed NWC Scholar-Athlete status after maintaining at least a 3.50 grade point average in addition to logging a complete season of participation with a varsity sport in 2016-2017. This year's total is an increase of 24 Lute student-athletes from a season ago.
A defensive back on the football team, Domek secures First Team accolades after winning the George Fisher Scholar-Athlete Award at the PLU Awards Banquet in May. A four-year member of the football squad and a three-year letterwinner, Domek appeared in 17 games for the Lutes in his career. He graduated with a 3.98 grade point average with a degree in kinesiology and was a member of the Kinesiologists of the Future Club, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Phi Kappa Phi, Chi Alpha Sigma, and the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. Domek additionally was active in the local community, participating in the Lister Elementary School Mentoring Program.
A member of the two-time NWC Champion women's rowing team, Otey joins Domek as a First Team NWC Scholar-Athlete selection. The Billings, Montana native was a four-year letterwinner with the Lutes, earning First Team All-NWC honors this spring while earning the NCAA's Elite 90 Award for the second year in a row. Otey was a member of the varsity eight boat that won the Lamberth Cup and the NWC title in each of the last two seasons while making two trips to the NCAA Division III Championships. Otey earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors and was a CRCA Scholar Athlete Award Winner in addition to being a Fulbright Scholar and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. The Sociology and Spanish major additionally served as a Spanish and writing mentor at local middle schools.
Of PLU's 145 honorees, 17 hailed from the NWC Champion women's rowing team and 17 more from the women's swimming team while women's track & field boasted 16 honorees. Men's cross Country, football, women's soccer, softball, and men's track & field all had double-digit honorees.
A complete list of Pacific Lutheran honorees can be found below with All-NWC athletes denoted with asterisks.
Cameron Clem, Connor Cantu, Jacob Gleichman*, Brett Johnson
Men's Basketball (2)
Kasey Johnson, Brandon Lester*
Women's Basketball (7)
Mackenzie Cooper, Anna Hurd, Lacey Nicholson, Kylie Rademacher, Danica Roady, Hayley Sonneson, Kristin Sturdivan
Men's Cross Country (10)
Myles Barrow, Egan Dunning, Bo Frohock, Griffin Kees, Porter Kreier, Charlie Mogan, Logan Oelkers, Kyle Rapacz, Jason Rowland, Eldon Sorensen
Women's Cross Country (7)
Aidan Liddiard, Sara Newman, Paige Runco, Maddie Smith, Mekenzie Voellger, Emily Webb, Shailee Woodard
Matt Anthony, Logan Black, Shea Carroll, Cole Chandler, Brady Daly, Joey Domek, Lucas Hatton*, Doug James, Walker LaVoy, Beau Lockmer, Parker Smith, Vincent Vasquez
Men's Golf (2)
Mitchell Dover, Kyle Drugge*
Women's Golf (4)
Anela Barber, Desirae Haselwood, Anna Jessen, Abby Lyon
Women's Rowing (17)
Kenzie Davidson, Kylee Dickinson, Desiree Domini, Claire Alberg, Molly Ivey, Nicole Jones, Vivyanne Le, Camille Lemke, Sienna Mathes, Emily Odegard, Krista Osborne, Sydney Otey*, Hannah Peterson*, Madison Sanders, Sarah Stafford, Ashley Stiles, Siobhan Warmer
Men's Soccer (6)
Clint Absher, Ben Blakely, Tyler Erickson, Tanner Premo, Jake Rose, Hayden Simon
Women's Soccer (13)
Ellis Akana, Sarah Burns, Liz Griffith*, Kelsey Hathaway, Brianna Hunting, Darby Judd, Bianca Lindberg, Danielle Lisk, Ashley Mindnich, Takara Mitsui*, Kate Peterson, Amber Richards, Rachel Ross
Annalise Campbell, Kat Enyeart, Amy King, Gracen Malich, Marissa Miller, Anna Overland*, Bailey Plumb, Elli Rassbach*, Delaney Salter, Nichole Schroeder*, Samantha Simundson, Sydney Taggart
Men's Swimming (4)
Chris Anderson, Bryson Baligad*, Cody Hartman*, Shane Walker
Women's Swimming (17)
Reese Ackman*, Sarah Ameny*, Taylor Bingea*, Morgan Commander*, Gabriella Creaver, Lauren Kearney*, Jennica Kelm, Luna Kim*, Marri Kutz, Erica Muller*, Whitney Mundle*, Emily Ness, Lindsay Smith, Carli Snyder, Sarah Stafford, Jessica Stenberg*, Kylie Webb*
Men's Tennis (5)
Ryan Adams*, Niko Convento, Justin DeMattos, James Okubo, Keith Petitt
Women's Tennis (8)
Megan Beyers, Emily Bower, Caroline Dreher*, Rebekah Dumestre, Karli Floyd, Kristi Floyd, Lauren Kearney, Kylie Rademacher
Men's Track & Field (11)
Myles Barrow, Brady Daly, Lucas Hatton*, Griffin Kees, Porter Kreier, Christopher McGraw, Charlie Mogen, Kyle Rapacz*, Jason Rowland, Isaiah Scheel, Eldon Sorensen
Women's Track & Field (16)
Emily Burk, Andraya Conger, Neely Harding, Jordan Jasorka, Carlie Kilcup, Aidan Liddiard, Sara Newman, Emily Ramey, Paige Runco, Maddie Smith, Charene Stovall, Katie Thorsen, Mekenzie Voellger, Maggie Watson, Emily Webb, Shailee Woodard
Gabrielle Alley, Chloe Epker*, Megan Finley, Angelica Hulett, Julia Hutchison, Jordan Sherfey, Sydney Spray, McKenna Ventura, Isabella Zubrod