Women's Soccer
    Meet Your Tommy Award Winners!

    May 1, 2017

    The USC Athletic Department celebrated the winners of its 12th annual Tommy Awards today (May 1) in an end-of-semester event presented by the Trojan Athletic Senate. 
    Meet the latest set of USC’s Tommy Award winners and nominees!



    Female Team of the Year
    Soccer
    • Won the program's second NCAA Championship in 2016
    • Finished with an overall record of 19-4-2 — second most wins in program history
    • USC is now the only Pac-12 school with two NCAA titles
     
    Also nominated: Swimming & Diving | Water Polo | Beach Volleyball | Lacrosse

    Male Team of the Year 
    Football
    • Rebounded from 1-3 start to win last 9 games 
    • Beat No. 5 Penn State 52-49 in a legendary Rose Bowl after trailing by 14 in the fourth quarter
    • Ended up ranked No. 3 nationally

    Also nominated: Basketball | Water Polo | Golf

    Female Athlete of the Year
    Sara Hughes - Beach Volleyball
    • Finished with a 48-0 individual record 
    • Led USC to the 2016 NCAA championship
    • All-American |  DiG National Player of the Year | Pac-12 Pair | Pac-12 Pairs Champion

    Also nominated: Morgan Andrews (Soccer) | Stephania Haralabidis (Water Polo) | Sammy Jo Prudhomme (Soccer) | Riley Scott (Swimming) | Jaide Stepter (Track & Field) | Courtney Tarleton (Lacrosse)

    Male Athlete of the Year
    Sam Darnold - Football
    • Completed 67.2% of his passes for 3,086 yards
    • Set a Rose Bowl record with 5 touchdowns
    • Freshman All-American | Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year | Archie Griffin Award winner | Rose Bowl Offensive MVP 

    Also nominated: McQuin Baron (Water Polo) | Randall Cunningham (Track & Field) | Rico Hoey (Golf) | Adoree’ Jackson (Football) | Jeremy Martinez (Baseball) | David Oppenheim (Baseball)

    Best Single Event Performance
    Football: 2016 Rose Bowl
    • After trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter, fought back to win 52-49 on a last-season field goal
    • It was the highest scoring Rose Bowl in history (by 18 points)
    • It was the largest fourth quarter deficit a team has overcome to win a Rose Bowl
    • Snapped Penn State’s 9-game winning streak, and extended USC’s winning streak to 9 in a row

    Also nominated: Amalie Iuel (Pac-12 Track & Field Championships) | Stephania Haralabidis (NCAA Water Polo Championship) | Kasia Wilk, Kirsten Vose, Chelsea Chenault & Anika Apostalon (NCAA 400y Free Relay) | Katie Johnson (NCAA Championship) | Gussie Johns (Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame) | Kelly Claes & Sara Hughes (NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship)

    Female Trojan of the Year
    Anika Apostalon - Swimming
    • Pac-12 Student-Athlete of the Year 
    • 2016 National Champion in the 4x100 Free Relay
    • Team captain; leads by example by always being the last one in the pool

    Also nominated: Mandy Freeman (Soccer) | Sara Hughes (Beach Volleyball) | Courtney Jaco (Basketball) | Giuliana Olmos (Tennis) | Jaide Stepter (Track & Field)

    Male Trojan of the Year
    Reed Malone - Swimming
    • 2-time National Champion winner in the 800 free and 400 free relay
    • 5-time Pac-12 Champion in relay and individual events
    • USC’s first-ever three-time captain and career 5-time All-American
    • Serves on the Trojan Athletic Senate executive board and volunteers with the Special Olympics. 

    Also nominated: Zach Banner (Football) | Max de Vroome (Tennis) | John Plattenberg (Football)

    Female Rising Star
    Amanda Longan - Women’s Water Polo
    • 2016 First Team All-American as a freshman
    • 2016 NCAA Champion 
    • Averaged 10.4 saves and 4.7 goals-against
    • MPSF Newcomer of the Week five tim
    • Eight games with 10+ saves, including career-high 17 saves in win at Stanford. 

    Also nominated: Athina Angelopoulou (Rowing) | Abril Bustamante (Beach Volleyball) | Louise Hansson (Swimming) | Margaux Jones (Track & Field) | Khalia Lanier (Volleyball) | Minyon Moore (Basketball) | Ally Prisock (Soccer) | Lydia Sutton (Lacrosse) | Kirsten Vose (Swimming)

    Male Rising Star
    Sam Darnold - Football
    • Completed 67.2% of his passes for 3,086 yards
    • Set a Rose Bowl record with 5 touchdowns
    • Freshman All-American | Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year | Archie Griffin Award winner | Rose Bowl Offensive MVP 

    Also nominated: Bennie Boatwright (Basketball) | Matt Maier (Water Polo) | De’Anthony Melton (Basketball) | Patrick Mulcare (Swimming) | Logan Smith (Tennis)

    Female Unsung Hero
    Katrina Kernochan – Beach Volleyball
    • Not normally in USC’s starting lineup, she provided a spark and helped with four wins from court five
    • Taken to the NCAA championships as an alternate and was an all-around team player through and through. 

    Also nominated: Brianna Daboub (Water Polo) | Nina Kelty (Lacrosse) | Savannah Levin (Soccer) | Kate Melberg (Rowing) | Reni Meyer-Whaley (Volleyball)

    Male Co-Unsung Heroes
    Zach D’Sa - Water Polo
    • Doubled his scoring output from freshman (10 goals) to sophomore (20 goals) seasons
    • Scored in 6 of USC’s last 7 games, including three goals at the NCAA tournament. 
    David Laser - Tennis
    • Reached the final of the SoCal Intercollegiate in 2016 with partner Kalman Boyd
    • Finished 12-7 in doubles matches in the 2015-16 season. 
    • His energy and spirit were unmatched on the team. 

    Also nominated: Dashiell Enos (Diving) | Michael Hutchings (Football) | Stevie Tu’ikolovatu (Football)

    Female Comeback Athlete
    Katie Johnson - Soccer
    • Sat out the 2015 season recovering from an ACL tear
    • In 2016, tied for the team lead with 10 goals on the season
    • Scored the game-winning goals in the College Cup semifinal and scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the College Cup final vs. West Virginia
    • Named the Offensive MVP of the Women’s College Cup

    Also nominated: Tynia Gaither (Track & Field) | Jordan Adams (Basketball) | Kelsey Dreyer (Lacrosse) | Taylor Whittingham (Volleyball) | Pecko Lin (Rowing)

    Male Comeback Athlete
    Andy Benesh - Volleyball
    • A back injury sidelined Benesh for the first 5 matches of 2016
    • Despite only appearing in 20 matches in 2014, he hit .377 (third on the team) with 109 kills
    • Also had 52 blocks (second on the team), 37 digs and 15 aces (second on team). 

    Also nominated: Ajene Harris (Football) | Michael Hutchings (Football) | Frankie Rios (Baseball) | Cameron Smith (Football)

    Head Coaches of the Year
    Clay Helton - Football
    • After the Trojans started off 1-3 in 2016, USC went on a 9-game winning streak (its longest since 2008-09) 
    • Finished ranked No. 3 national AP ranking (USC’s highest since 2008 and the highest ever of any 3-loss team) 
    • Capped the season with an 52-49 at-the-gun victory over No. 5 Penn State in the Rose Bowl. 
    • Named a finalist for the 2016 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award and won the Football Writers First Year Co-Coach of the Year Award.

    Keidane McAlpine - Soccer
    • In just his third season at USC, led the Trojans to the program’s second NCAA Championship
    • Finished with an overall record of 19-4-2 — second most wins in program history
    • USC is now the only Pac-12 school with two NCAA titles

    Also nominated: Anna Collier (Beach Volleyball) | Lindsey Munday (Lacrosse) | Caryl Smith Gilbert (Track & Field) | Jovan Vavic (Water Polo) | Chris Zambri (Men’s Golf)

    Assistant Coach of the Year
    Devon Wills - Lacrosse
    • Helped USC to a record-setting season in 2016, going 20-1 overall and winning the MPSF regular season and tournament championship
    • Works specifically with defense and goaltenders, including Gussie Johns, the first Trojan named to the US Lacrosse National Team

    Also nominated: Jen Klein (Soccer) | Ali Lamberson (Beach Volleyball) | Casey Moon (Women’s Water Polo) | Tee Martin (Football) | Justin Silverstein (Golf) | Catherine Vogt (Swimming)