EUGENE, Oregon – The awards keep rolling in for Oregon ahead of the NCATA Nationals.
One day after Alyssa Hew earned All-American honors and Sara Bucher was named to the All-Academic Team, the NCATA announced that Blessyn McMorris was named Freshman of the Year and Buchner won the Louise Goodrum Academic Award.
McMorris is Oregon’s first-ever NCATA freshman. The Illinois native appeared in nine innings and tag team events in her first season with the Ducks. As a base, McMorris helped Oregon average 9.78 or better in each of three pyramid innings, as well as averaging 9.84 in the mandatory pyramid and 9.77 in the draw. obligatory fate. She’s helped UO score seven 9.90s or higher this season while winning three NCATA Freshman of the Week awards.
“I couldn’t have picked anyone more deserving of the freshman of the year than Blessyn,” the Oregon head coach said. taylor susnara mentioned. “It’s such a privilege to coach because she gives nothing less than 100 per cent every day. She has infectious energy and is a natural leader.”
Buchner is the second recipient in Oregon history of the Louise Goodrum Academic Award, joining Hannah Esterman. The award is given to the junior or senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average whose team has earned a berth while competing in the NCATA National Championship Tournament, similar to the NCAA’s Elite 90 award.
The Biology major has a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the Robert D. Clark Honors College. Buchner recently committed to attending Rowan University’s Cooper Medical School after graduating from Oregon this spring. On the mat, she emerged as an air tumbling contributor with a 9.925 against Azusa Pacific, Oregon’s best score in the Heat since 2016.
“Sara is a model student-athlete who never fails to exceed expectations on and off the mat. She gave her all to this program and this university, and her legacy will not be forgotten,” Susnara said.
The Ducks are back on the mat this weekend for the NCATA National Championships. Matches begin at 11 a.m. Thursday and No. 5 Oregon takes on No. 4 Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Fans can purchase tickets for the NCATA National Championships at am.ticketmaster.com/oregonducks/AcroTix.