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A Year in Review: Celebration of Excellence 2017
May 19, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - On Monday Toreros from every sport embarked on the Hornblower cruise ship for a night of athletic and academic excellence. Every year USD Athletics hosts student-athletes, coaches and staff for a night to recognize highlights from both fall and spring seasons.

This year the Celebration of Excellence took place on a cruise around the San Diego Bay. Students-athletes arrived dressed to impress and boarded to enjoy dinner, photos, an award ceremony and a roof top dance party. 

The award ceremony was hosted by senior tennis player Josh Page and sophomore swimmer MK Clancy. The two took kept the audience entertained throughout the program with jokes and jabs to fellow Toreros. 

Those recognized were Toreros who excelled both on the court, field or water and in the classroom. Some award highlights included Top Torero Moment who went to football for their upset win against Cal Poly in the Playoffs. Male Torero of the Year went to Jonah Hodges from football who lead his team to an undefeated PFL season. Female Torero of the Year was a tie between All-Americans Lisa Kramer from volleyball and Uche Anyanwu from rowing. 

2016-17 Highlight Video

The cruise started at sunset and continued around the Bay for hours while the guests ate dinner, watched highlights, lip syncs and their peers receive awards. At the end of the night the Toreros were able to dance and enjoy the San Diego skyline from the top deck of the ship.

Lip Syncs 

Award Winners:



  • SAAC Leadership Award: Olivia Gonzalez - W. Cross Country
  • Highest GPA Award - Soph: Creighton Morfitt - Football
  • Highest GPA Award - Junior: Sam Mattice - W. Cross Country
  • Highest GPA Award - Senior: Julia Sherwood - W. Soccer
  • Father Owen Mullen Service Award: Lauren Schad - Volleyball
  • Spirit of the Torero Award: M/W Cross Country
  • Male Newcomer of the Year: Gui Osorio - M. Tennis
  • Female Newcomer of the Year: Sara Silveyra - Softball
  • Male Torero of the Year: Jonah Hodges - Football
  • Female Torero of the Year: Lisa Kramer - Volleyball/Uche Anyanwu - W. Rowing
  • Top Torero Moment: Football Playoff win over Cal Poly
Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
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Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Video Thumbnail Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
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Video Thumbnail Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
Video Thumbnail On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
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Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Video Thumbnail Halloween Hoopla
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Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
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Video Thumbnail Seamus Night
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Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Event
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Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
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Video Thumbnail Homecoming
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Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
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Video Thumbnail Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
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USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
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From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
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Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
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Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
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Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
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Video Thumbnail 2017 Football Season Preview
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Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
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