May 8, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown University Athletic Department held its 16th annual All-Sports Banquet on Monday, May 8, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Ten student athletes, along with Marylou McMillan, were honored with awards. McMillan, an Executive Officer in for the Vice President of Campus Life and Student Services, received this year's Brown Athletic Appreciation Award for her support of the Athletic Department. Senior Jamie Peddy, of the equestrian team, and senior Nick Hartigan, of the football team, were the recipients of this year's Brown Athletics Post-Graduate Scholarship Award.
Senior running back Nick Hartigan is this year's recipient of the Fritz Pollard Award, which is presented to the outstanding male varsity athlete of the year. Hartigan led Brown to its first outright Ivy League championship this year breaking several school and Ivy League records. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year and a first team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, the Sports Network and the American Football Coaches Association. He was the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award winner. He played in the 2006 East-West Shrine Game in San Antonio, Texas in January. Hartigan was also a final three selection for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top I-AA player, and even received two Heisman Trophy votes.
Senior basketball standout Sarah Hayes is this year's recipient of the Marjorie Brown Smith Award, given to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year. The Ivy League Player of the Year and Rhode Island Division I Player of the Year, Hayes led the team in scoring, rebounding, and steals, while helping to lead the women's basketball team to the 2006 Ivy League Championship. A unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection for the second straight year, Hayes is one of just two players in the history of Brown women's basketball to score over 1000 points, 600 rebounds, 250 assists, and 250 steals. She was also recognized as a Second Team District I Academic All-American for the second straight year.
The Cliff Stevenson Award, given to the male varsity athlete who best exemplifies boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit, and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the surrounding community, was presented to senior men's soccer player Sean Gosselin. In the words of Head Men's Soccer Coach Mike Noonan, Gosselin was "the most influential person behind the Men's Soccer Team's 18th Ivy Title and NCAA appearance, and he only played two minutes of our final game of the season against Maryland." A captain for the soccer team, Gosselin was a unanimous winner for the team's Class of 1937 Award, given to the player who through sportsmanship, performance and influence, contributed most to the sport at Brown.
The recipient of this year's Bessie H. Rudd Award is senior shortstop Mary Seid. The Bessie H. Rudd Award is given to the female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports during the year. Seid, a four-year letterwinner on the softball team, has done that her four years here at Brown, attending sports no matter if its rain, sleet or snow, always putting Brown athletics first. After a grueling two and a half hour practice on the softball field, Seid is always the last to leave and makes sure teammates and coaches are all taken care of, before making her way to a Brown athletic event. After coming off shoulder surgery that cut her season short in 2005, Seid has held nothing back in her final year at Brown. Named Ivy League Player of the Week twice and earning MVP honors at the UMBC Tournament in March, Seid has been a force at the plate for Brown. She ranked third inn the Ivy League this season with a .389 average and also ranked second in on base percentage .447 and runs scored 32.
The Dave Zucconi Award is given to the male varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. This year's recipient is senior squash captain Breck Bailey. The first-ever Brown squash player to receive the Skillman Sportsmanship Award at the National Team Championships, Bailey has been a leader, mentor, and role model during his four years with the men's squash team. He is a superb individual who respects partners, opponents, himself, and the game of squash. Though hampered by injury for the past two years, Bailey played with the same demeanor for every single point played, whether winning or losing.
The Arlene Gorton Cup is given to a female varsity athlete who consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair. This years winner is sophomore fencer Christine Livoti. Livoti is seen by her teammates and opponents as someone who always exemplifies sportsmanship and has conducted herself with grace and decorum. Livoti has been a great example for her teammates and was voted to be one of three fencing captains for next year's squad. At this year's ECAC-IFA Tournament, Livoti was among four nominees chosen for their sportsmanship exhibited during the fencing competition, being nominated by her peers.
The Joseph Paterno Award is given to the outstanding first-year varsity male athlete. This year's recipient is men's tennis player Basu Ratnam. Coming to Brown this past fall, Ratnam has gone through three surgeries and was only able to play about six months of tennis in the prior two years. He has steadily moved up in the Bears' lineup, starting at #10 in the fall, and has played consistently at #2 singles during the Ivy League season, which is the highest any freshman has played in recent history. Ratnam has been successful at #2 as well, posting wins against nationally ranked players from Wake Forest, Boise State, and North Carolina. He also clinched a 4-3 victory against Michigan State earlier in the semester.
The Kate Silver Award is given to the outstanding first-year varsity female athlete, and this year's recipient is freshman gymnast Brittany Anderson. Always working hard and never complaining, Anderson was the Bear's top competitor this year, competing in every meet, including two weekends were Brown had back-to-back meets. Anderson was the top all-around scorer and often took the all-around title in each competition. Earning ECAC Gymnasts of the Week honors two consecutive weeks, Anderson earned All-ECAC accolades on the beam and was the only Brown gymnast to place at the Championships. At the USAG Nationals, Anderson was the top individual all-around qualifier and was the alternate for the NCAA Regionals in the all-around.