University of Wisconsin senior setter Lauren Carlini became the first volleyball player in history to win the prestigious AAU James E. Sullivan Award on Tuesday evening.
Carlini was one of 7 finalists that traveled to New York City this week for the final announcement. 2017 marks the 87th year of the award, which is given annually to the top American amateur athlete in the United States.
Volleyball is the 19th sport (depending on how you delineate the different running and field events) to have an athlete recognized with the award.
Carlini is a 4-time AVCA All-American, including 3 First-Team honors. She was named the 2014 Big Ten Conference Player of the year and is a two-time Big Ten Conference Setter of the Year.
As a senior, she ranked 3rd nationally (and 1st in the Big Ten) with 11.81 assists per set and ended her career with 5,599 assists – second in program history. She ranks first in program history with 74 double doubles in her career. With Carlini at setter, the Badgers went to four consecutive Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA tournament. Carlini is just the second Wisconsin Badger, after former football running back Ron Dayne, to be named a finalist for the award.
- Ashleigh Johnson, Water Polo – led Team USA to a gold medal at the Olympics in Rio and was named Top Goalkeeper of the tournament
- Lauren Carlini, Volleyball – 4-time All-American at Wisconsin, ranked 3rd nationally in 2016 in assists-per-set
- Ginny Thrasher, Rifle – The 2016 NCAA champion at West Virginia earned the United States’ first gold medal at the 2016 Olympics winning the 10m air rifle
- Kyle Snyder, Freestyle Wrestling – The Ohio State undergrad became the United States’ youngest Olympic wrestling gold medalist in Rio, and also won the NCAA title in the 285 lb. weight class, upending the two-time defending champion Nick Gwiazdowski.
- Kayla Harrison, Judo – won her 2nd Olympic gold medal in 2016 and finished #1 in the world in the -78kg weight class.
- Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics – A member of the Final Five, She was second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the all-around. She won silver in the balance beam in Rio and gold as part of the team competition.
- Aly Raisman, Gymnastics – Captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gymnastics teams, Raisman won a gold and 2 silvers in Rio. That made her the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history.
|1933||Glenn Cunningham||Running (middle distance)|
|1934||William Bonthron||Running (middle distance)|
|1935||W. Lawson Little, Jr.||Golf|
|1938||Don Lash||Running (long distance)|
|1940||J. Gregory Rice||Track and field|
|1941||T. Leslie MacMitchell||Track and field|
|1942||Cornelius Warmerdam||Pole vault|
|1943||Gilbert R. Dodds||Running (middle distance)|
|1947||John B. Kelly, Jr.||Rowing|
|1949||Dick Button||Figure skating|
|1950||Fred Wilt||Running (long distance)|
|1951||Bob Richards||Pole vault, decathlon|
|1952||Horace Ashenfelter||Running (long distance)|
|1954||Mal Whitfield||Running (middle distance)|
|1955||Harrison Dillard||Running (sprint)|
|1957||Bobby Morrow||Running (sprint)|
|1958||Glenn “Jeep” Davis||Running (sprint)|
|1959||Parry O’Brien||Shot put, discus|
|1961||Wilma Rudolph||Running (sprint)|
|1962||Jim Beatty||Track and field|
|1963||John Pennel||Pole vault|
|1966||Jim Ryun||Running (middle distance)|
|1967||Randy Matson||Shot put, discus|
|1972||Frank Shorter||Running (long distance)|
|1974||Rick Wohlhuter||Running (middle distance)|
|1976||Bruce Jenner [a]||Decathlon|
|1980||Eric Heiden||Speed skating|
|1981||Carl Lewis||Running (sprint), long jump|
|1982||Mary Decker||Running (middle and long distance)|
|1983||Edwin Moses||Running (sprint)|
|1985||Joan Benoit||Running (long distance)|
|1986||Jackie Joyner-Kersee||Running (sprint)|
|1988||Florence Griffith-Joyner||Running (sprint)|
|1991||Mike Powell||Long jump|
|1992||Bonnie Blair||Speed skating|
|1993||Charlie Ward||Basketball, football|
|1994||Dan Jansen||Speed skating|
|1996||Michael Johnson||Running (sprint)|
|1999||Coco Miller and Kelly Miller||Basketball|
|2001||Michelle Kwan||Figure skating|
|2002||Sarah Hughes||Figure skating|
|2005||J. J. Redick||Basketball|
|2009||Amy Palmiero-Winters||Running (ultra marathon)|
|2010||Evan Lysacek||Figure Skating|
|2015||Keenan Reynolds and Breanna Stewart||Football and basketball (respectively)|