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Duke Hosts Seventh Annual STARS Banquet
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/22/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke University Athletic Association presented 14 awards Monday, April 15 at the seventh annual Student-Athlete Talent and Recognition Show (STARS). The event, hosted by Nolan Smith and Dave Harding in Reynolds Theater, recognized athletic, academic and service achievements and top moments from 2018-19.

Awards ranged from the Most Supportive Team, Unsung Hero, Most Animated Celebration and Duke Athletics MVP, and were nominated and voted upon solely by the Blue Devil student-athletes and staff. Recipients of the Heidrick Family Postgraduate Scholarships, ACC Top Six for Service Awards and the ACC Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year were also honored during the event.

Mixed in with award presentations were live performances by several student-athletes.

For more on the 2019 edition of STARS, check out the attached video recaps.

Most Supportive Team
Women’s Soccer

George Grody All Around Student-Athlete Award
Virginia Elena Carta (Women’s Golf)

Rookie of the Year
Zion Williamson (Men’s Basketball)

Duke Athletics Lifetime Achievement Award
Virginia Elena Carta (Women’s Golf)

Duke Athletics MVP Award
Zion Williamson (Men’s Basketball)

Comeback Award
Suzanne Dolan (Women’s Swimming & Diving)
Returned from shoulder surgery at the Tennessee Invitational, clocking a career-best mark of 23.56 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle preliminaries. Competed on winning 200-meter medley relay against Queens University of Charlotte and William & Mary (1/12/19).

Haley Gorecki (Women’s Basketball)
Returning from multiple hip surgeries, Haley Gorecki was named First Team All-ACC and became the first player to lead Duke’s women in scoring, rebounding, and assists in the same season.

Gabi Richichi (Women’s Cross Country)
Came back from Lyme Disease and was our top finisher in cross country regionals, helping the team place third—the team’s highest finish since 2014.

Individual Performance / Play of the Year
Zion Williamson (Men’s Basketball) – 2019 ACC Tournament Semifinals vs. North Carolina: Zion Williamson tipped in his own miss to put the Blue Devils ahead for good as Duke beat the third-ranked Tar Heels 74-73 in the ACC semifinals. Williamson had 31 points and 11 rebounds.

Team Performance / Play of the Year
Duke Baseball – Advanced to the first Super Regional in program history

Most Animated Celebration
Sean Sculley (Men’s Tennis) – After notching the final point for the team victory over Virginia

Worst Dancer
Erin Marsh (Women’s Track & Field)

Clumsiest Teammate
Miranda Wang (Women’s Golf)

Unsung Hero
Jamie Lockwood (Women’s Lacrosse)

Heidrick Family Leadership Award
Morgan Bitting (Field Hockey)
Virginia Elena Carta (Women’s Golf)

ACC Top Six for Service
Virginia Elena Carta (Women’s Golf)
Michael Marsak (Track & Field)
Nikhil Pulimood (Men’s Track and Field/XC)
Mickayla Hinkle (Women’s Swimming)
Brennan Besser (Men’s Basketball)
Haley Schleicher (Field Hockey)
Duke Men’s Soccer Team

Duke Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Mitch Finesilver (Wrestling)
Virginia Elena Carta (Women’s Golf).

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