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Sports Briefs: Fall 2017


Catcher Ryan Orgielewicz ’17 was named the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings Mid-Atlantic Regional Position Player of the Year for his standout senior season. Three other Blue Jays picked up All-Region honors: Shortstop Conor Reynolds ’17 was selected to the Second Team and third baseman Mike Smith ’18 and pitcher Josh Hejka ’19 earned Third Team honors.

Women’s Tennis

The top-seeded Johns Hopkins women’s tennis team beat second-seeded Swarthmore, 5-0, to win its 11th straight Centennial Conference Championship. Sophomore Kimberly Zou was named the tournament MVP after going 2-0 in the title match.

NCAA Postgrad Scholarships

Cross country runner Lindsay Cheu ’17 and swimmer Andy Greenhalgh ’17 are recipients. The NCAA selected 29 male athletes and 29 female athletes from all winter sports and all divisions, and each of the 58 student-athletes will receive a $7,500 award for postgraduate study.

New Basketball Coaches

Josh Loeffler, a former assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland, has been named head men’s basketball coach at Johns Hopkins. Loeffler succeeds Bill Nelson who retired in March. Katherine Bixby is the university’s new head women’s basketball coach. Bixby, the seventh coach in program history, comes to Johns Hopkins after a three-year tenure as head coach at Dickinson College. Bixby succeeds Nancy Funk, who retired earlier this spring.

Women’s Track

Felicia Koerner ’19 was named the Centennial Conference Track Performer of the Year for the outdoor season. She is the first Blue Jay to be named both the indoor and outdoor Track Performer of the Year in the same season, and is the first JHU runner to earn the two track honors along with cross country Runner of the Year honors.

Lacrosse Honors

Ten Johns Hopkins University lacrosse players—six from the women’s team, four from the men’s team, and all from the Krieger School—have earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards. The list of distinguished scholars includes student-athletes from every Big Ten institution and 38 different sports. They recorded a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 for the 2016-17 academic year. Lacrosse is the only sport in which Hopkins competes in Division I.