Westmont retains the coveted Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award, narrowly beating Concordia by 0.02 points. The conference honors the school with the highest average finish in the conference standings in all its sponsored sports. Last year, Westmont won the award for the first time in two decades.
“The award is especially pleasing because it’s our second in a row and establishes that we have a well-rounded and consistently solid athletic program,” says Dave Odell, Westmont athletic director.
Teams earn points based on the final standings with the regular season champions earning eight points and the second place finishers earning seven, etc. The combined total is then divided by the number of sports in which a school competes to determine the average.
Concordia was second with a 6.81 average, followed by Vanguard with 6.77.
Highlights this season included the Westmont men’s track-and-field team winning its second straight GSAC championship, with women’s track and field finishing second. Elysia Hodges won an NAIA national championship in the 600 meters at the 2014 indoor nationals.
Women’s soccer, which won the NAIA Champions of Character award for their character, sportsmanship and work in the community, finished as the national runner-up.
Men’s and women’s tennis both finished second in the GSAC and ninth nationally. Tim Goranson and Lauren Stratman were named to the NAIA All-American first team in men’s and women’s tennis respectively.
Men’s baseball, which won the GSAC Tournament and finished with the most wins in school history, made its first trip to the national championships in more than 20 years.
The women’s basketball team, which won its first national championship in 2013, finished at No. 17 in the NAIA. Women’s volleyball, which won its first 12 games, finished ranked No. 19 in the nation.
Women’s cross country placed 18th and women’s indoor track and field finished 14th.
Athletes achieved an average 3.1 GPA in the 2013 fall semester, the highest ever. Athlete graduation rates exceed the average for Westmont students.
The GSAC All-Sports Award is presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach.