Bulldog Athletics capped off a solid spring season in 2016 with outstanding success, highlighted by the women’s golf team’s sixth-place showing at the NCAA Championships. In addition, sophomore golfer Caroline Ordian (Palm Desert, Calif.) was crowned the NCAA Division III Individual Champion following her stellar performance after being named the 2016 NCAA D3 National Player of the Year. She and the Bulldogs also captured back-to-back SCIAC championships to add to the impressive history of the young program.
For men’s golf, senior John McCord (Oakland, Calif.) was named the Lee Fulmer Athlete of the Year after winning the individual SCIAC title with a wire-to-wire performance. Overall, the Bulldogs finished second in the conference.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams each finished third in the top-heavy SCIAC, with each earning individual qualifiers to nationals. Senior Natalie Etchegaray (Placentia, Calif.) built off her ITA Player to Watch Award by earning the ITA’s Senior Player of the Year for the West Region. She garnered All-America honors for the second year in a row. Sophomore Joey Dulle (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior Jake Ly (Torrance, Calif.) received All-America recognition after qualifying for the doubles championships and ending the season among the nation’s top-ranked duos.
The Bulldog track & field teams each finished among the top five amidst a very talented conference of competitors. Redlands set new school records, registered impressive career-best marks, and qualified five student-athletes for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Vanessa Blanchard (Palmdale, Calif.) headlined the event for the Bulldogs with her tied-for-eighth-place finish in the high jump, which resulted in All-America honors.
Redlands advanced to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament in softball and baseball, with each team competing as the No. 4 seed. Led by junior All-Region honorees Christopher Scalisi (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and John White (Burbank, Calif.), the baseball team put together a solid season that culminated in a 25-16 overall record. Following the softball squad’s 26-16 showing, senior outfielder AJ Carrasco (Whittier, Calif.) collected her second NFCA All-America award.
The women’s lacrosse team battled through a challenging season of competition that resulted in a 10-8 record and included All-Region performances by seniors Stephanie Garrett (San Diego, Calif.) and Sam Keary (Mission Viejo, Calif.), and junior Dulce Moll (Mercer Island, Wash.).
Redlands women’s water polo continued its gradual resurgence under new leadership, finishing in an 8-24 record. The Bulldogs put on the shine at the Thompson Aquatic Center while hosting the SCIAC Championships Tournament under pristine conditions during Commencement weekend.
Beyond its athletic accomplishments, Redlands enjoyed success in the classroom, with Ordian representing the Maroon and Gray as a CoSIDA Academic All-American.
The Bulldogs also recognized a record-setting number of Redlands Scholar-Athletes, as 148 members of a varsity team maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
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