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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 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail Celebration of Excellence 2017
Check out the end of the year COE boat cruise with student-athletes, coaches and staff
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail President for a Day
USD President Harris switched places with Track & Cross Country Senior Olivia Gonzalez
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Olivia Sandusky
Walk down the beach with softball senior Olivia Sandusky on a Torero Timeout
Video Thumbnail Jamal Agnew Drafted to the Detroit Lions
Jamal Agnew was drafted in the fifth round as the #165 pick to the Lions


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