Cincinnati Women’s Sports Association announces honorees for April dinner

The 24th annual Cincinnati Women’s Sports Association Annual Awards dinner will honor 27 female athletes and women’s sports advocates on Monday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Schiff Banquet & Conference Center at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University.

The awards dinner is a festive evening with more than 400 people in attendance, emceed by local sports anchor Betsy Ross with Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineberg as the keynote speaker. Tickets are $40 per person/$30 per student and patron tables are $1,000, and all are available for purchase at www.CincyWomenSports.org.

The 2017 Honorees are: 

Collegiate Honorees

  • Abby Owings, Thomas More College, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Basketball
  • Pei Lin, Miami University, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Diving
  • Taylor Schuey, Miami University, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Softball
  • Laura Felix, Thomas More College, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Soccer
  • Jacqueline Keire, University of Cincinnati, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Swimming
  • Sydney Liggins, Xavier University, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Tennis
  • Annette Echikunwoke, University of Cincinnati, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Track & Field
  • Jordan Thompson, University of Cincinnati, 2017 Collegiate Player of the Year in Volleyball

High School Honorees

  • Elle Buffenbarger, Mason High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Softball
  • Hayley Bush, Ryle High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Volleyball
  • J’Alyiea Smith, Withrow High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Track & Field
  • Samantha Bush, Turpin High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Cross Country
  • Sophie Gorman, McNicholas High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Soccer
  • Ally Niece, Simon Kenton High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Basketball
  • Allison Bloebaum, Mason High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Swimming
  • Natalia Sompolvorachal, Lakota West High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Golf
  • Emily Thomas, Princeton High School, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Tennis
  • Audrey Wilson, Seven Hills, 2017 High School Player of the Year in Bowling

Special Designation Honorees

  • Susan Lipnickey, Xavier University, 2017 Huisman Administrator of the Year
  • Bill Keating Jr., KMK Law, 2017 Donna DeVarona Spirit Award
  • Emma Savarese, Ursuline Academy, 2017 Lauren Hill Courage Award
  • Iris Simpson Bush, Flying Pig Marathon, 2017 Lifetime of Service to Women’s Sports Award

Coach of the Year

  • Susan Seaton, University of Cincinnati, 2017 College Coach of the Year (Track & Field)
  • Tony Harden, St. Henry High School, 2017 High School Coach of the Year (Track & Field/Cross Country)

Women’s Sports Advocate Honorees

  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare, 2017 Business of the Year
  • Marcia Yager, 2017 Master Sportswoman of the Year
  • Tori Doss, Xavier University, 2017 Inspirational Story of the Year

The Cincinnati USA Women's Sports Association, a non-profit organization affiliated as a Women's Sports Foundation community action program, hosts an annual awards dinner to recognize and honor the best email athletes and coaches at the club, high school, college, and masters levels.

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