Rauch, Vastardis Named Michigan’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award Winners
7/12/2022 11:00:00 AM
// Sarah VanMetre, Dave Ablauf, Chad Shepard
ROSEMONT, Ill. — University of Michigan women’s basketball senior Danielle Rauch and football graduate student Andrew Vastardis were named UM’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2021-22 academic year by the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday (July 12).
A captain during her final season in the Maize and Blue, Rauch graduated from UM with a degree in applied exercise science as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a 2021 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team honors as well this past season for the first time in her career. She was an active participant in visits to Mott Children’s Hospital, helped build a playground at Eberwhite Elementary, volunteered at multiple ChadTough runs and was committed to community service while at Michigan.
Rauch played sparingly during her first three seasons before finding herself in the starting lineup at the 2021 NCAA Tournament. She started all three of Michigan’s games in San Antonio, Texas, helping the Wolverines to their first Sweet 16 in program history. Rauch carried that momentum into her final season, starting all 32 games as Michigan advanced to the first Elite Eight in program history. She averaged 5.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 32.5 minutes per game. When she reflected upon her time at Michigan following the final contest of the season and of her career, her response to her went viral.
“I didn’t know if I was ever going to play a minute at Michigan and I just played in the Elite Eight as the starting point guard for this University.”@daniellerauchy giving us all the feels.#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/YmEzrVlcLd
— Michigan Women’s Basketball (@umichwbball) March 29, 2022
A native of Ashburn, Va., and two-time team captain, Vastardis graduated from UM with an undergraduate BS in movement science, and is now pursuing his master’s degree in physiology. He anchored an offensive line which was the heartbeat of the Michigan offense, granting the fewest tackles for loss (34) and fifth-fewest sacks (14) in the nation as the Big Ten’s best rushing attack (214.4 yards per game).
Vastardis was an All-Big Ten selection by the media (second team) and coaches (honorable mention) and also earned second team CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition for his efforts in the classroom. The former walk-on was a five-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Away from the field, Vastardis was integral in developing volunteer opportunities for student-athletes at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) local to Ann Arbor. The tradition began in 2019, continued virtually through the pandemic, and remains an important volunteer opportunity for all UM student-athletes.
One member of each varsity sports team on every Big Ten campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution.
All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
2021-22 Michigan Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winners
Baseball: Matt Frey
Men’s Basketball: eli brooks
Women’s Basketball: Danielle Rauch
Men’s Cross Country: Zach Stewart
Women’s Cross Country: Amber Gall
field-hockey: kate burney
Football: Andrew Vastardis
Men’s Golf: charlie pilon
Women’s Golf: Ashley Kim
Men’s Gymnastics: adam wooten
Women’s Gymnastics: Abby Brenner
ice-hockey: Nick Blankenburg
Men’s Lacrosse: jackson zaugg
Women’s Lacrosse: julia henry
rowing: Lillian Mei
Men’s Soccer: Kevin Buck
Women’s Soccer: Skylar Anderson
Softball: Lexi Voss
Men’s Swimming and Diving: Jared Daigle
Women’s Swimming and Diving: Victoria Kuwan
Men’s Tennis: Ondrej Styler
Women’s Tennis: Mesochoritou Gala
Men’s Indoor Track and Field: Job Mayhue
Women’s Indoor Track and Field: Amber Gall
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field: Gabe Piepergerdes
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field: Lauren Fulcher
Volleyball: Hannah Grant
water polo: Maddie O’Reilly
Wrestling: Jack Medley
• Michigan Big Ten Sportsmanship Recipients