The LMU athletics department hosted the 2019 Iggy Awards on Monday, April 29 at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. The Iggy Awards are an annual ceremony that honors the best LMU athletes of the year.

The biggest awards of the night were the Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year awards. The Female Athlete of the Year Award was won by volleyball’s Tess Reid, while the Male Athlete of the Year award was won by baseball’s Trevin Esquerra.

The ceremony was kicked off with a speech by Craig Pintens, LMU’s athletic director. Pintens began by highlighting various sections of the athletic department and noting the role that each section plays at the University. He then talked about the athletes themselves and focused on the importance that athletes have at LMU.

“Your drive to be successful on and off the field is contagious and inspiring,” Pintens told the athletes. “You are not only balancing academics, athletics and a social life, you are also serving as ambassadors for our university as you travel the country competing [with] LMU across your chest.”

Pintens also took a moment to focus specifically on senior athletes and thanked them for their time at LMU.

After Pintens finished his speech, the presenting of the awards began. The first award was the Community Service Award, with 14 athletes from 11 sports being honored for their community service work. Following this, the Pride Awards were presented to the athletes who best represented the athletic department throughout the year. Each LMU sports team had at least one athlete receive this award.

After Pride Awards, individual awards were given out. These awards were presented by LMU athletes and included Freshman of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Most Improved Athlete of the Year.

After the award ceremony, the senior athletes in attendance gathered for a group photo, giving many of them the opportunity to represent LMU athletics one final time.

The full list of winners and nominees for all awards can be found here.

Alex Hutton is a sophomore journalism major. He is a diehard fan of the Warriors, Giants, 49ers, Sharks, Cal Bears, and of course, LMU Lions. He lists getting his plays produced and meeting Paul McCartney as among his current life goals.

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