May 18, 2017
More than 200 San Jose State University student-athletes, coaches and friends of Spartan Athletics were recognized recently at the 9th annual SAMMY Awards presented by the Spartan Foundation and the United States Marine Corps.
Academically, fifty-six (56) Spartans were honored as San Jose State University Dean’s List Scholars and six more were recognized as President’s Scholars from the University’s recent 55th annual Honors Convocation.
Golfer Brad Keyer and tennis player Gaelle Rey received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards for male and female undergraduate student-athletes, respectively. Finalists for the male student-athlete Outstanding Academic Achievement Award were Nate Velichko (football), Tyler Jamieson and Conor Shuey (water polo) and Jonathan Partida (soccer). Madiha Raza (track & field), Julie Sam (volleyball), Stephanie Relova (gymnastics) and Michelle Taikeff (water polo) were the female finalists.
The men’s cross country team and tennis teams, respectively, were named the men’s and women’s teams with top cumulative team grade-point averages. The men’s water polo team was cited as the team with the most improved team grade-point averages.
More student-athlete awards went to Kellen Strahm (baseball) and Taylor Chan (gymnastics), Newcomers of the Year; Jose Pina (men’s cross country) and Katelyn Linford (softball), Outstanding Individual Performances; Brandon Clarke (men’s basketball) and My Leander (women’s golf), Athletes of the Year; Shane Smith (football) and Myia Wilkes (women’s soccer), Iron Spartans; Michael…