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2017-18 YEAR IN REVIEW A LOOK BACK AT THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST ACADEMIC YEAR

EDUCATION

Spring 2018 graduates pose for photos at the annual senior student-athlete Toast and Awards Banquet at the Busch Student Center.

The pinnacle of the student-athlete experience at Saint Louis University is graduation. On May 19, 2018, 69 SLU student-athletes earned their degrees.

Billiken student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom. In the 2017-18 year, the more than 330 Billiken student-athletes achieved a remarkable 3.37 cumulative GPA. Additionally, more than 70 percent of Billikens earned a spot on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, which goes to student-athletes who have a least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Cassie McKenzie, sophomore journalism and media studies major from Los Angeles, was one of seven women's tennis players and one of 232 Billiken student-athletes named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

In the past academic year, 11 Billiken student-athletes earned a spot on their respective A-10 All-Academic teams. Those student-athletes are featured below.

Tannock Blair | Track and Field | Junior | English major

Bobby Jansen | Track and Field | Junior | Sports Business major

Jackie Kemph | Basketball | Senior | Master of Accounting

Carly Kissinger | Field Hockey | Junior | Nursing major

Brett Kowalczyk | Track and Field | Junior | Neuroscience major

Allie Macfarlane | Softball | Senior | B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Mary Niehaus | Soccer | Senior | B.S. Neuroscience

Collin O'Brien | Swimming and Diving | Sophomore | Aerospace Engineering major

Alyssa Seitzer | Soccer | Sophomore | Nursing major

Lauren Tondl | Soccer | Senior | B.S. Health Sciences and Psychology major

Jackson Wark | Baseball | Junior | Computer Science major

COMPETITION

The Billikens' baseball team captured the 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament championships and made the NCAA Championship. Saint Louis won 38 games and featured the A-10 Coach of the Year (Darin Hendrickson) and A-10 Pitcher of the Year (junior Miller Hogan).

Junior Manuel de Backer became the first Billiken to win an Atlantic 10 Conference cross country championship when he won the A-10 meet in October. He continued his impressive season by claiming four silver medals during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. He qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.
Senior Ryan McCoy graduates as one of the most decorated swimmers in school history. This past year, the Olympic Trials qualifier earned three gold medals at the A-10 Championships, winning the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Senior Jackie Kemph, a two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year, is one of only seven players in Division I women's basketball history to hold her school's career records in both points (1,894) and assists (899).
The Billikens' men's basketball team posted a winning season and finished in a tie for fifth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. With four returning contributors from last year's team, as well as an influx of new talent, 'Team Blue' is positioned to be one of the top teams in the A-10 this upcoming season.
Junior Javon Bess (top) was named to the A-10 All-Defensive team. Freshman Hasahn French (bottom) broke the SLU freshman record for blocked shots and was voted to the A-10 All-Rookie team.

SLU alum and former Billiken All-American Kevin Kalish was hired as the new head coach of the men's soccer program.

Volleyball freshman Maya Taylor (top) was named A-10 Rookie of the Year. Sophomore Sien Gallop (bottom) had the most service aces in NCAA Division I (67).
The Billikens' women's soccer team produced a 15-3-2 overall record and finished second in the A-10 with a 7-2-1 league mark in 2017. The Billikens return players who scored 41 of the team’s 42 goals a year ago.
Soccer sopomore Alli Klug (top) was the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year and became the Billikens' second All-American in program history. Freshman Olivia Petit (bottom) was tabbed the A-10 Rookie of the Year.
Softball freshman Sadie Wise blasted a school-record 16 home runs en route to being named a national Freshman of the Year candidate and the first SLU freshman in program history to draw NFCA All-Region honors.
Two baseball student-athletes were drafted in the 2018 MLB First-Year Draft. Junior Miller Hogan (top) was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth round and is the highest draft pick in school history. Senior Alex King (bottom) was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Senior David Ferragut is one of the top tennis players in school history. He graduates as the only three-time A-10 first-team selection in school history, and he owns a school-record 63 singles victories.

BUILDING COMMUNITY

As one of the primary strategic objectives of Billikens Athletics, 'Building Community' takes on many different meanings. Whether it's SLU student-athletes and staff conducting thousands of hours of community service, or bringing the community to campus for events, or celebrating the accomplishments of our students, 'Building Community' has always been, and will continue to be, an integral part of Billikens Athletics.

Billiken student-athletes take to heart the Jesuit mission of serving others. Below is just a sampling of the many hours of community service performed this past season.

A Missouri collegiate women’s soccer record crowd of 5,205 watched the Billikens tie Kansas 1-1 at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in September.

More than 4,200 students from more than 40 greater St. Louis/Metro East schools attended the women's basketball Education Day game in February. It was the largest Education Day yet.

Numerous events weere held throughout the year to celebrate accomplishments, kick-off the upcoming season, or to express gratitude to those who support the program.

A tradition was born in 2018 with the inaugural champagne toast at the luncheon to celebrate the graduating Billiken student-athletes.
An event to thank the supporters responsible for the renovated locker rooms for men's and women's basketball was held prior to the season.
Field hockey student-athlete Jordan Besore (middle) was the recipient of the annual Get in the Game Scholarship. Initiated in 2006, the scholarship is awarded to deserving female student-athletes at SLU. It is funded at an annual luncheon held in the fall at Lorenzini's inside Chaifetz Arena.
The Billiken Sneaker Soiree, held in October at Chaifetz Arena, raised funds for the men's and women's basketball programs and served as the kickoff for the basketball seasons.
The baseball program brought the community together for fundraising dinners with Dan McLaughlin and John Mozeliak (above) and Willie McGee (below).
Members of the 1967 NCAA co-Championship teams from Saint Louis and Michigan State were honored at Robert R. Hermann Stadium in celebration of the 50-year anniversary of that season.
Tom Strunk, a Billiken alumni and CFO of World Wide Technology, Inc., and Saint Louis FC, headlined the annual men's soccer Kickoff Dinner.
The Billiken Golf Classic, presented by Stifel, is one of the largest fundraising events for Billikens Athletics each and every year. It was once again hailed a success, as more than 270 golfers participated on a beautiful spring day at Norwood Hills Country Club.
Members of the men's soccer team with Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz at the ceremony announcing the generous gift to the Chaifetz School of Business and the launching of the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship.
Billiken student-athletes took time to celebrate each other's accomplishments at the annual SLUSPY Awards. The event is completely organized and run by SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Council).

Thank you for your support during the 2017-18 academic year!

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