Athletics Roundup: Virtual Commencement for 72 USD Athletics in Class of 2020; Golf Wins Fall Tournament

Athletics Roundup: Virtual Commencement for 72 USD Athletics in Class of 2020; Golf Wins Fall Tournament

The University of San Diego and USD Athletics celebrated its 72 scholar-athlete graduates in the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement ceremony in conjunction with the university's fully virtual commencement ceremony that took place on Oct. 17 during USD Homecoming and Family Week.

With special messages from Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis and each of the USD head coaches, the '20 Toreros were recognized and honored.

Among the 72 graduates, 12 were from football, nine from women's cross country, seven from women's soccer, five from men's soccer, softball, women's rowing and volleyball, four from baseball, and women's basketball, three from women's tennis and men's cross country, and two from golf, men's basketball, men's rowing, men's tennis, and swimming and diving.

Representing 14 states and 10 international countries, the Torero graduates earned degrees in 24 different majors. Of the 72, 61 completed their coursework in May 2020.

The 2020 graduating class featured two Academic All-Americans in Miguel Berry and Henry Lander of men's soccer and the Alcala Award winner, the highest honor from the University of San Diego for graduates, Clare Adams of women's rowing.

Class of 2020 University of San Diego Graduates

Softball: Madison Casiano (Visual Arts), Gabriela Grabowski (English), Delaney Heller (Business Administration), Savannah Shields (Biology), Sara Silveyra (English).
Men's Soccer: Miguel Berry (Finance), Patric Krall (Finance & Real Estate), Henry Lander (Communication Studies), Freddy Polzer (Communication Studies & Psychology), Chase Van Wey (Anthropology).
Women's Basketball: Patricia Brossmann (Communication Studies), Kat Olczak (Business Administration), Madison Pollock (Communication Studies), Ana Ramos (Business Administration).
Volleyball: Thana Fayad (Communication Studies), Payton Douglass (Architecture), Megan Jacobsen (Business Administration), Anna Newsome (Communication Studies), Megan Priest (Biology).
Men's Tennis: Joel Gamerov (Communication Studies), Guus Koevermans (Communication Studies).
Women's Tennis: Nicole Anderson (Behavioral Neuroscience), Gemma Garcia (Communication Studies), Maria Paula Torres Draxl (Communication Studies).
Swimming & Diving: Nicole Saladino (Behavioral Neuroscience), Sam Terranova (Industrial & Systems Engineering).
Men's Cross Country: Patrick Bruce (Finance), Matt Sickman (Accountancy & Finance), Isaiah Quiambao (Psychology).
Women's Soccer: Emma Barrow (Sociology), Kelley Carusa (Business Administration), Amber Michel (Marketing), Milan Moses (Anthropology), Angelica Sheils (Liberal Studies) Halle Walls (Biology), Julianne DeArmas (Marketing).
Women's Cross Country: Erin Duncan (Accountancy), Cassidy Kuhn (Electrical Engineering), Madison Lambros (Accountancy), Cammy Manes (Biology), Hope McLaughlin (Environmental & Ocean Studies), Brianna Pertak (Psychology), Hailey Purtzer (Behavioral Neuroscience), Ally Roessling (Biochemistry), Beth Wade (Biochemistry).
Baseball: Paul Kunst (Finance), Nicola Mislinski (Business Administration), Nathan Walker (Economics), Nigel Ward (Economics).
Men's Basketball: Alex Floresca (Architecture), Jose Martinez (Psychology).
Men's Rowing: Lucas Walbeck (Computer Science), Max O'Toole (Behavioral Neuroscience).
Football: Michael Armstead (Communication Studies), JoJo Binda, Jr. (Sociology), Anthony Ellison (Business Administration), Alex Farina (Behavioral Neuroscience), Bryan Kelly (Biology), Tanner Kuljian (Marketing), Victor Lopez (Political Science), Zach Nelson (Marketing), Reid Sinnett (Finance), Daniel Tolbert (Business Administration), David Tolbert (Communication Studies), Marcus Vaivao (Mechanical Engineering).
Golf: Kyle Bachelor (Finance), Yash Majmudar (Finance).
Women's Rowing: Clare Adams (International Relations & Spanish), Sam Ahlman (Environmental & Ocean Studies), Kathryn Brady (Biochemistry), Roshni Pole (Psychology), Kadee Sylla (Psychology).


Toreros win Fall Tournament at La Purisima GC

San Diego golf earned its first tournament victory in more than six years on Oct. 20 as the Toreros were the only team to shoot below par at the two-day La Purisima College Invite at the La Purisima Golf Course (Par 72, 7,011 yards) in Lompoc, Calif.

USD, which carried a 12-stroke lead going into the final round, gave fourth-year head coach Chris Riley his first career tournament victory. The Toreros have now posted five top-five finishes in their last nine tournaments dating back to last fall.

The win was the Toreros' first since September 2014 when they won the Saint Mary's College Invitational at the Bayonet & Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif.

The Toreros finished atop the leaderboard with a four-stroke cushion with the help of freshman Andi Xu's 71 in the final round. He was only one of four players to shoot below par in Tuesday's final round, and he finished runner-up in the individual leaderboard with a 1-under 215 (71-73-71) for the tournament. He was six strokes back of medalist Blake Hathcoat of Saint Mary's.

Xu and Hathcoat were the only two golfers to finish below par over the two days.

Charlie Reiter, who entered the day in first, finished in the top-three after shooting 1-over 217 (69-70-78). Both Xu and Reiter have now finished top-10 in each of the fall's two tournaments. Donald Kay and Ryan Bisharat both scored for the Toreros on the final day. Kay, a redshirt junior, shot a 3-over 75 in the final round to finish tied for fifth while Bisharat was 2-over 74 on Tuesday to finish tied for ninth. Harrison Kingsley was the fourth and final scorer for the Toreros in the final round, shooting 4-over 76 and finishing in the top-10 with a 3-over 219 (67-76-76).

USD wraps up its fall slate Nov. 5-6 with the Rustic Collegiate Classic at the Rustic Canyon Golf Course in Moorpark, Calif.

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