Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-- The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursday afternoon at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.
Chris Fennell (Milford, N.J.) of the men's lacrosse team was awarded the NAAA Sword for Men, which is presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men's athletics during his years of varsity competition
Fennell won four varsity letters for the Mids and was regarded as one of the top close defenders in the country. He has served as the cornerstone of Navy's defensive unit over the past four seasons.
The Mids were ranked among the nation's top 25 in scoring defense in each of his four seasons, including last year's remarkable campaign that saw the Mids stand #2 nationally in scoring average (7.38). This season, the Mids finished 23rd in the country allowing 9.57 goals per contest. They held 28 of their last 44 opponents to single digits, including eight of their 14 foes this spring. Additionally, Navy has held 19 of its last 43 opponents to scoring droughts of 20 minute or more, including three of their last four foes this season.
A starter in every game in which he played (54) over his four-year career, Fennell closed out his career #3 on the Mids' career caused turnovers list with 67, including 14 this season. His marks of 23, 17 and 14 caused turnovers in 2016, 2015 and 2017 stand #6 (T), #11(T) and #14 (T), respectively, on Navy's single-season caused turnovers list. He produced 10 career points (5G, 5A), including four (2G, 2A) this season. The 10 points are the fourth most by a Navy close defenseman or long-stick midfielder, while his five goals are the fifth most.
A 2016 and `17 Tewaaraton Award nominee and three-time All-American, Fennell has drawn the opponent's top offensive player in each of his four years. He played a pivotal role in Navy's Star Game victory earlier this season that saw the Mids hold #8 Army off the scoreboard for the first 22 minutes and the final 18-plus minutes of a 10-6 win that clinched the Mids' Patriot League Tournament berth.
A unanimous first-team selection in 2017, Fennell will graduate as the only player in league history to be named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year three times. One of only 12 players in Navy history to earn All-Patriot League honors three or more times, he is just the sixth Navy player to earn first-team honors three times.
Fennell is the first men's lacrosse player to win the sword since Matt Russell won the award in 2006.
The other three nominees for the NAAA Sword for Men were Sam Bascom (men's soccer), Marlin Brutkiewciz (men's swimming) and Rex Willis (sprint football).
Sarita Condie (Lovelock, Nev.) of the women's basketball team was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to that woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association's Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women's athletics during her years of varsity competition.
Condie won four varsity letters for the Mids and was team captain and captain of all the sports team captains at the Naval Academy in her senior year. She was named First-Team All-Patriot League and to the Patriot League All-Tournament team in 2017 as she led Navy to a school record tying 24 victories (24-10) and a second-place finish in the Patriot League.
Condie led Navy to its first-ever national post-season tournament win when the Mids knocked off George Washington, 61-51, in the first round of the WNIT. Her 482 points this year is the seventh most in school history for a single season.
Condie ranked fourth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (47 percent) during the 2016-17 season and her 85 three-point field goals made were the second most in school history.
Condie played her best in the biggest games and there is no bigger game at Navy than the Army-Navy game. Condie helped the Mids become the first Navy women's basketball team to beat Army three times in a season since 1997 as she averaged 20.7 points against the Black Knights, including a career-high 26-point outing in the Patriot League Tournament when she made a three-point field goal with 0.5 seconds left to give Navy a 54-53 win.
Condie finished her career with 1,144 career points which ranks 14th all-time at Navy. The 1,000 career points is even more impressive when you consider she scored just 105 points as a freshman.
Condie is the first women's basketball player to win the sword since Jade Geif in 2014.
Other nominees for the award included Meghan Hubley of the women's lacrosse team and Mackenzie Margroum of the women's swimming team.
Will Worth (Valrico, Fla.) of the football team was award the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy.
Worth entered the season as the back-up quarterback, but after starting quarterback Tago Smith went down with a season-ending injury, Worth stepped in and led the Mids to an 8-2 record and the American Athletic Conference West Division title over the next 10 games before going down with a season-ending injury in the AAC Championship game against Temple.
Worth finished the 2016 campaign with 1,198 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns to go along with his 1,397 passing yards and eight touchdowns. He scored a touchdown in 11-consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak in school history, while his 25 rushing touchdowns are the fourth most in NCAA history by a quarterback.
Worth rushed for more than 100 yards in a school-record tying seven-consecutive games, while his eight total 100-yard rushing games also tied the school record. Worth also set school records for passing yards per attempt in a season (11.9), passing efficiency (179.3) and single-season total offense (2,595). He was named the ECAC Player of the Year, The D.C. Touchdown Club Metro Player of the Year and the Annapolis Touchdown Silver Helmet Award winner as Navy's Most Valuable Player.
Worth is the second-straight Navy football player to win the award and the third in the last four years. Keenan Reynolds won the Thompson in 2016 and 2014.
Other nominees for the Thompson included Condie, Shawn Anderson (men's basketball), Wyatt La Pointe (men's gymnastics) and Patricia Mattingly (volleyball).
Ryan Bailey (Youngstown, Ohio) of the men's swimming team was awarded the men's Coaches' Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
After swimming on Navy's ECAC Championship team as a freshman, Bailey earned Second-Team All-Patriot League honors as both a sophomore and junior and garnered first-team all-league accolades as a senior. He placed second in the 100-butterfly final at the 2015 and '16 league championship meets and won the event as a senior. The 2016-17 team captain also posted five NCAA B cut times over his last two seasons, was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2016 and was named as the 2017 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his sport. He also has posted the No. 2 time in school history in the 100 fly (47.25).
Bailey is the first men's swimmer to win the award since Marshall Boyd in 2004.
Charlotte Meyer (Bethesda, Md.) of the women's swimming & diving team was awarded the women's Coaches' Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Meyer was selected as the Patriot League Swimmer of the Year during her sophomore season when she won both individual medley events ---- and was part of three relay event victories ---- at the 2015 league championship. She suffered a torn ACL in the fall of 2015 which kept her out of competition for the entire 2015-16 season. Meyer would compete in the 400 IM at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, then won a pair of individual events ---- and two relay events ---- at the 2017 league meet to once again earn first-team all-league honors. Meyer holds the Navy record in both the 200 back (1:58.08) and 400 IM (4:12.98) events and has posted one of Navy's top-10 times in five different events.
She is the second-straight swimmer to win the award. Ellen Bradford was honored in 2016.