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Football Awards Banquet

Stevenson University senior defensive back Austin Tennessee and football head coach Ed Hottle led a total of seven Mustangs who were honored on March 2 at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets.

Tennessee was honored by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers and American Football Networks as the Rocky Myers Division III Defensive Player of the Year. Hottle was recognized as the ECAC Division III South Coach of the Year. In addition, Tennessee, senior Billy Lewis, junior Dan Williams, senior Devonte Williams, junior Preston Addo, and sophomore Ashton Leschke were recognized as ECAC All-Stars.

Tennessee, named a consensus First Team All-American by and the AFCA, was also selected as the East Region Defensive Player of the Year and the Middle Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In 2016, Hottle led the Mustangs to a 9-2 record and a final ranking of No. 20 in the Top 25 in the team’s sixth season. Stevenson earned its first Middle Atlantic Conference title with an 8-1 conference record, the program’s first NCAA appearance, and Hottle was the MAC Coach of the Year.

Women's Swimming

In just the program’s third season, the Mustangs finished in fourth place at the 2017 MAC Swimming Championships while scoring a program-record best 349 points. At the event, the team broke 16 of the 18 records and finished with a school record nine medals with two gold, five silver, and two bronze. Sophomore Colby Stein won the first gold medal in program history after taking the 100-yard backstroke with a school record time of 59.18 before freshman Melanie Milam picked up the second gold medal with a first place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, in a school record time of 2:07.39. Head coach John Stuhltrager earned Coach of the Year honors for the 13th time in his career.

Indoor Track and Field

The Stevenson men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams have set a new standard: breaking records. This season the men’s team has broken seven individual records as well as the 4x200 relay. The relay finished in a time of 1:30.86, which ranks sixth collegiately and second in Division III. Meanwhile, the women’s team has broken eight individual records as well as three relays. Freshman Danika Ani’s school record shot put throw of 13.82 meters, ranks first in the MAC and sixth in Division III.

Women's Basketball

Women’s basketball senior Sara Tarbert has stamped her name not only in Stevenson history but in NCAA history as well. This season, she set the program record in points and rebounds as well as recording her 2,000th career point. Tarbert also holds the school record in field goals made. Currently, she has 27 consecutive double doubles, setting a new Division III record. That mark also ranks tied for fifth across all three divisions in a career while her 26 consecutive double doubles this season has her tied for fourth collegiately.

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