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Perkins, Razma Earn Ruel Fox Burns Blankets to Highlight Senior Awards

Perkins, Razma Earn Ruel Fox Burns Blankets to Highlight Senior Awards



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department presented Ruel Fox Burns Blankets to seniors Gabi Razma and Turner Perkins to highlight the 2018 Athletic Honors and Awards Banquet on Tuesday night.

The Ruel Fox Burns Blanket, presented to the department's top senior male and female athletes as voted by the coaching staff, has been presented to outstanding Engineer student-athletes since 1968.

Razma, a two-sport athlete in track and field and volleyball, has been a two-time HCAC Most Valuable Player in both sports.  She was named HCAC Defensive Volleyball Most Valuable Player in 2014 and 2017, and swept conference Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year awards in 2018.  She is a four-time first-team all-league selection in volleyball and earned a total of 17 combined event championships in track and field.  Her accolades also include six track and field school records, the volleyball career record for digs at 2,654, and 2017 first-team Google Cloud Academic All-American honors in volleyball.

Perkins was chosen all-HCAC during every season of his Rose-Hulman soccer career, including first-team recognition in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  He was a two-time United Soccer Coaches Association All-Region selection, and competed on the NCAA All-Star Team in Brazil in 2015.  Perkins earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honors in 2016 and competed on two NCAA Tournament teams in his playing career.  The durable Perkins started all 83 matches of his Fightin' Engineer soccer career.

The athletic department also awarded the Rose-Hulman Varsity R Club Outstanding Senior of the Year Award.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement by one male and one female student-athlete during their senior playing seasons.  

Cameron Gill helped lead Rose-Hulman to the inaugural HCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championship in 2018.  He was named the HCAC Men's Swimmer of the Year in 2018 after a remarkable performance that included seven HCAC championships in the seven events he entered at this year's league meet.  His individual HCAC titles included the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.  He also competed on four conference championship relay teams. 

Women's basketball player Alyzia Dilworth helped the Fightin' Engineer women's basketball team win its third consecutive HCAC regular season championship, second straight HCAC Tournament title and make its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.  She averaged 8.4 points per game for the women's basketball team this season, capping a career that featured 716 points scored.  Dilworth earned a spot on the all-HCAC Tournament Team despite suffering an injury in the championship game.     

The John Logan Award is presented to the student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average and competed in the same sport for four years. 

Razma captured the women's John Logan Award with a 3.97 grade point average.  In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she was recently named the Samuel F. Hulbert Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Graduate for the class of 2018.

Baseball player Marcus Wechselberger claimed the men's award with a 3.93 grade point average.  His efforts helped Rose-Hulman reach the NCAA Division III Regional Championship Game in 2016, the same season that the Fightin' Engineers won the HCAC championship.  His career batting average stands at .273, highlighted by a .293 average as a junior in 2017.

The Samuel Hulbert Award, named for the President at Rose-Hulman who retired after 28 years of service in 2004 and passed away in 2016, is presented to the male and female senior athletes who display the best attitude, competitive spirit and leadership during their Fightin' Engineer careers.

Lindsey Fagerberg captured the women's award after a career that included competing on conference championship teams in basektball and track and field.   She was a four-year member of the basketball team and started as a senior, averaging 7.3 points per game.  For the track and field team, she earned first-team all-HCAC honors this season by winning the 4-x-400 meter relay and contributed to the team score in four events.

Kyle Steckel claimed the men's award after competing for four years on the men's basketball team.  Although he entered the season as a potential starter, he emerged as a key reserve and spent much of his time sharing the lessons he learned over the last three years with his teammates.  Through his efforts, the team ended up winning a 2018 HCAC regular season championship.  Steckel appeared in 84 career games with 111 points and 99 assists as a Fightin' Engineer.

Mark Long received the John Mutchner Award, presented to the gentleman who has unselfishly given time and support to the athletic department.  Long serves as the Manager of Sports & Recreation Center Maintenance and was honored for his daily behind the scenes contribution that help make the SRC the campus showpiece it remains today.

Ashley Bernal received the Rosie Award, presented to the woman who has unselfishly given time and support to the athletic department.  Bernal serves as an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman, and was honored for her willingness to showcase the mechanical engineering department's academic offerings to potential Fightin' Engineer students.  She is a Rose-Hulman alumnus and competed for both the soccer and track and field squads in her career.  Bernal continues to hold the outdoor 200-meter dash school record today.

Cheer team seniors Elizabeth Beddow, Emily Bochnowski and Hannah Burris received the Jess Lucas Spirit Award, presented annually to an individual or group whose support of the athletic department moves above and beyond the norm.  These three students showed their support of Rose-Hulman athletics by giving up time on their academic break to support the women's basketball team at the NCAA Tournament each of the past two years, as well as every home game.  They were also honored for helping elevate the program, create loyalty both within their team and the athletic department, and leaving a foundation of excellence that will be built upon for years to come.