Capping off a strong spring was Machaela Graddy. A two-sport athlete (women’s soccer and track & field), the senior closed out her collegiate career in style, winning the NWC title in the javelin before becoming PLU’s first individual national champion since 2001 after winning the javelin at the NCAA Championships with a school record throw. Graddy was later recognized in July by Sports Illustrated for her athletic exploits, earning a spot in the famed magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd.”
The end of the semester saw the Lutes shine in the classroom. A record 60 student-athletes were inducted as members of Chi Alpha Sigma while 154 total Lutes won NWC Scholar-Athlete honors. PLU’s department-wide success in the classroom included the women’s basketball team earning recognition as part of the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll. The Lutes boasted the ninth-best GPA in the nation among 450 NCAA Division III institutions.