Greencastle, Ind. - Polo Burguete (El Paso, Texas/Culver Academies) of the men's cross country and track and field teams and Sam McManus (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) from the men's swimming and diving squad have been selected DePauw's top senior male student-athletes for 2017-18 by the University's department of intercollegiate athletics as co-recipients of the Phil Eskew Award.
The Eskew Award is presented annually to a senior male student-athlete who best exemplifies effort and excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, integrity, dedication to the team, campus involvement and community service.
Burguete earned all-America honors at the 2018 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships after finishing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and helping the team to its best finish ever at the Championships as the Tigers placed in a tie for 21st. Earlier in the spring he set the school's steeplechase record and was the Most Valuable Player of both the cross country and track teams. Burguete captured North Coast Athletic Conference outdoor track titles this year in the 5,000-meter run and the steeplechase to earn the conference's mid-distance/distance MVP honors. He placed second at the 2017 NCAC Cross Country Championships to earn first team all-conference honors after garnering second team accolades in 2015 and 2016. A three-time all-region honoree in cross country, Burguete qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships as an individual and also competed in 2017 as the Tigers earned qualification as a team.
An Interdisciplinary (Urban Studies) and French double major, Burguete was a member of DePauw's Honor Scholar program as well as Phi Beta Kappa, Chi Alpha Sigma and Pi Delta Phi honoraries. He served as an Admission Ambassador and Admission Intern at DePauw as well as a Hillman Intern at the University's Prindle Institute of Ethics. He also participated in Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children and the Bartholomew County Humane Society.
McManus became DePauw's fifth individual national champion when he won the 200-yard breaststroke at the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. He also finished second in the 100 breast for the program's top-two individual finishes at the national championships. McManus finished his career as a four-time all-America honoree in addition to one honorable mention all-America accolade. The 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference 100 breast champion, McManus served as team captain as a senior.
McManus majored in history with a minor in economics and served on DePauw's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well as a Gobin Chapel intern. A member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society, McManus studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland.
Other finalists for this year's Eskew Award included Collin Einertson (baseball), Michael Kolbus (tennis) and Jeremy Trudell (football).
Emma Baldwin, of the softball team, was named the recipient of the Amy Hasbrook Award as the top senior female student-athlete. Complete information on that is available here.
The awards are named for former DePauw student-athletes Amy Hasbrook '00 and Phil Eskew Jr. '63. Hasbrook was a four-year letterwinner for the women's basketball team who lost her life in a fire in 2002. Eskew, the president of DePauw's "D" Association for over 20 years, was a 1994 inductee into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame and was instrumental in its formation in 1986.
|Amy Hasbrook Award Winners||Phil Eskew Award Winners|
|2005||Amy Argetsinger, basketball||2005||JaMarcus Shephard, football/track and field|
|2006||Leslie Dillon, cross country/track and field||2006||P.J. Mitchell, baseball|
|2007||Liz Bondi, basketball/tennis||2007||Evan Webeler, tennis|
|Sarah Gates, golf|
|2008||Katie Doogan, swimming and diving||2008||Rob Alexander, swimming and diving|
|Jeremiah Marks, football|
|2009||Amanda Stier, swimming and diving||2009||Michael McNelis, football|
|2010||Lauren Reich, cross country/track and field||2010||John Cook, swimming and diving|
|Megan Soultz, softball||Spud Dick, football|
|2011||Courtney Lauer, track and field||2011||Jonathan Lambert, football|
|2012||Catie Baker, swimming and diving||2012||Kreigh Kamman, soccer|
|2013||Bridgette Shamleffer, field hockey||2013||Matt Kukurugya, swimming and diving|
|Kate Walker, basketball|
|2014||Paige Gooch, golf||2014||Jack Burgeson, swimming and diving|
|2015||Maggie MacPhail, tennis||2015||Alex Alfonso, swimming and diving|
|2016||Caroline Zadina, soccer||2016||Marcus Dozier, track and field|
|Alex Grissom, swimming and diving|
|2017||Annie Graves, swimming and diving||2017||Julian Gonzalez, soccer|
|Matt Hunt, football|
|2018||Emma Baldwin, softball||2018||Polo Burguete, cross country/track and field|
|Sam McManus, swimming and diving|