Four Keydets named S&C All-Americans
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – VMI’s Garrett gilkeson, Julianne Knoblett, Sarah macdougall and Broden Schull were among those honored as America’s Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year, a list released last week by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
“I am very proud of these four VMI cadet-athletes who have been named the Strength and Conditioning All Americans,” said Dave lawson, VMI Sports Performance Director for Olympic Sports. “Cadet-athletes work very hard and put a lot of effort into everything they do. The weight room is a place behind the scenes where very few can see how well these young people train and prepare for their respected sports. These are just a few of the cadet-athletes who represent VMI in a very positive way. “
Gilkeson, a senior on the men’s basketball team, has scored 905 points in his four seasons.
“Garrett has been a tough and competitive basketball player for us at VMI,” Lawson said. “He always shows up to train with the competitive spirit and work ethic needed to improve. He provides excellent leadership to other team members through his positive interactions and work ethic. Consistent. Garrett is extremely durable as he started in over 94 games in the past three years. He has been one of the team’s best statistical leaders over the past two seasons. “
Knoblett, is a member of Keydet’s women’s soccer and indoor and outdoor athletics teams. The senior has scored six career goals in 62 field games and is a member of three relay teams holding track records.
“Julianne has been a constant hard worker during her time at VMI,” Lawson said. “She is a two-sport athlete who competes at a high level in soccer and track and field while majoring in biology. She was the statistical chief of the soccer team and is a member of the 4×400 and 4×800-meter relay teams that establish school records. “
MacDougall, a senior on the women’s swimming and diving team, ended her career with four relay teams that set program records.
“Sarah was a member of the VMI swim team for four years. In 2019, she was part of record 200 and 400 IM teams,” said Logan moody, assistant strength and conditioning trainer. In 2019, she also won the Team Scholar-Athlete Award, given if a student-athlete has a GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of the season-end banquet. She also won the award. Team Workhorse, awarded to the member of each team who has demonstrated a high level of motivation and work ethic both in and out of the pool. Then in 2020, she was named captain of the Team When Sarah showed up, you knew you were going to work hard, a positive attitude, a willingness to help others, and a desire to improve yourself.
Schull, a second-year goalie on the men’s soccer team, led the NCAA Division I in saves in each of his two seasons.
“Broden has been with VMI for two years,” Moody said. “In 2018 he won the Southern Conference freshman men’s soccer team honors and led all Division I saves and saves per game. In 2019 he rehearsed and led the country in saves and saves per game in Division I. Throughout his career at VMI he has worked with tremendous effort, focus and motivation, and he has shown great improvement in himself and with his teammates . “