Penn Athletics is committed to its mission of holistically developing all 1,000 of our student-athletes. As part of this mission we are invested in creating champions in the classroom, in the community and in competition. Throughout the year our student-athletes accomplish incredible feats in competition, none of which could be made possible without the generosity of Penn Athletics donors. The investment from our supporters has enabled the athletic success of so many student-athletes, including the following:

2017-18 PENN ATHLETIC HONORS

MAJOR SENIOR AWARD WINNERS

 

CLASS OF 1915 AWARD – Justin Watson, football

A STATS FCS first-team All-American and Associated Press (AP) third-team All-American this season, Justin Watson will graduate as a five-time All-American over the course of his career and the holder of four career Penn football records and three single-season Penn team records. A three-time unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection, Watson set the Ivy League records for consecutive games with a reception (40), consecutive games with a touchdown catch (10) and career 1,000-yard seasons (3) while representing the Red and Blue. This season, he led Penn Led Penn in receptions (81), receiving yards (1,083) and receiving TDs (14). Watson was a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the Football College Subdivision (FCS) Offensive Player of the Year. Watson is a Finance concentration in the Wharton School of Business.

 

ASSOCIATION OF ALUMNAE FATHERS' AWARD – Alexa Hoover, field hockey

Alexa Hoover is the first four-time first-team All-Ivy pick in program history, and will graduate as the program's record-holder in career goals (68, previous record 44) and points (163, previous record 98). She also holds the program record for goals in a season (27, set in 2015) and points (63, also in 2015), as well as the mark for goals in a game (5, set against Saint Joseph's in 2015). One of this year's captains, Hoover also was a two-time second-team All-America pick by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, the first Penn player to earn All-America status since 2003. She also was a three-time first-team NFHCA All-Region pick, the 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and a first-team All-ECAC selection as a junior. Following her senior season, Hoover was invited to play in the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game, and in December she was named to the USA Field Hockey Women's Olympic Development Team and will travel to Chile for a Test Series in May. Hoover is a cognitive science major in the College of Arts & Sciences.

 

ASSOCIATION OF ALUMNAE FATHERS' AWARD – Michelle Nwokedi, women's basketball

Michelle Nwokedi is just the third player in program history to earn first-team All-Ivy three times during her career, and also was a three-time first-team All-Big 5 selection. She was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman, its Player of the Year as a junior, and Most Outstanding Player at the 2017 Ivy League Tournament when she helped the Quakers advance to the NCAA Tournament. A member of the winningest class in program history, Nwokedi was a captain this year and led Penn to just the second Philadelphia Big 5 title in program history. She also played on two Ivy championship squads. Nwokedi is the first player in Ivy League history to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 300 blocked shots. She will graduate second in program and Ivy League history in blocked shots (308); second in program and sixth in Ivy League history in rebounds (1,048); fifth in program history with 1,517 points; and third in program history with 39 double-doubles. Nwokedi is a communication major in the College of Arts & Sciences.

 

NORMAN J. GOLDRING AWARD (male) – Taylor Uselis, men's swimming & diving

• Three-time 'A' finalist at Ivy League Championships in 1,000 freestyle (3rd So., 5th Jr., 5th Sr.)

• Three-time 'A' finalist at Ivy League Championships in 1,650 freestyle (6th So., 6th Jr., 6th Sr.)

• Two-time 'A' finalist at Ivy League Championships in 500 freestyle (7th Jr., 4th Sr.)

• Three-time Dean's List (Fr., So., Jr.)

• Finance concentration in the Wharton School of Business

 

NORMAN J. GOLDRING AWARD (female) – Maggie Heller, women's swimming & diving

• Top diving scores at Penn are 251.54 (1-meter) and 274.80 (3-meter)

• Three-time Dean's List (Fr., So., Jr.)

• Biological Basis of Behavior major in the College of Arts & Sciences

 

GEORGE H. FRAZIER AWARD – Wyatt David, men's track & field

• Sprinter has competed in 60 (indoor), 100 and 200 (outdoor)

• Scored on Penn's 4x100 relay team at 2015 Outdoor Heps and also ran on 4x100 at 2017 Heps

• Three-time Dean's List (Fr., So., Jr.)

• Biochemistry major in the College of Arts & Sciences