SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College athletic department awarded the department's Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Pomeroy Student-Athlete of the Year Award at Saturday's annual athletic banquet. The award aims to honor and pay recognition to the quality of student-athletes that represent the SMWC community.
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Pomeroy Student-Athlete of the Year must be a student-athlete who commits themselves to not only represent SMWC Athletics at a high level, but must also perform at a high level in the classroom and the community. The finalists for this award fully embody what it means to be a Pomeroy student-athlete, and all nominations are submitted by SMWC head coaches. The nominees were required to have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA, be involved in
community outreach programs, as well as have a strong involvement on campus.
The finalists for the 2016-17 honor were junior Katia Orozco of the women's soccer team, junior Cheyenn Wright of the women's cross country team and senior Emma Riffe of the softball team. Riffe ended the night as the 2016-17 SMWC Pomeroy Student-Athlete of the Year and is the first softball student-athlete to win the honor.
Riffe, a two-time USCAA All-Academic selection and All-American, has a near perfect GPA as a biology major and has been a leader in the community and on the softball diamond. She does volunteer work at three different physical therapy clinics – St. Vincent Clay and the Providence and Independence Sisters of Providence clinics. She also was a part of the 2016 Duke Energy Women's networking conference as she has spent the last year being a true ambassador for SMWC athletics both on the softball diamond and in the classroom and community.
"Emma is a hard working student-athlete who takes great pride in her role on the softball team but more importantly in the classroom," stated head softball coach Mark Feller. "She tirelessly works to improve herself both on the field and in the classroom. I cannot think of a better student-athlete to receive this award."