RWU Announces 2017 Class of RWU Athletics Hall of Fame
Four athletes and one team will be inducted into the sixth class during Homecoming & Family Weekend
BRISTOL, R.I. — The Roger Williams University Athletics Department will induct four individuals and one team to the sixth class of the RWU Athletics Hall of Fame. Receiving induction are Jamie Dahill '09 (Baseball), Claire Halliday '11 (Women's Lacrosse), Kelly Stannard '12 (Sailing), and Cy Thompson '11 (Sailing), as well as the 2010-11 Sailing team.
The induction ceremony will be held in the Campus Recreation Center on Friday, October 20, as part of Homecoming Weekend.
Jamie Dahill was a four-year member of the Baseball team and ended his career as one of the most prolific hitters in program history. He finished his career with 214 career hits, a school record he continues to hold to this day. He is also the only player in Roger Williams history with over 200 hits. He played and started in 172 career games, also both school records. He holds the RWU all-time mark in at-bats (628), doubles (47) and sacrifice flies (11). He was a three-time All-Commonwealth Coast Conference player. In 2008, he helped the Hawks win a school-record 34 games and clinch the CCC regular season title. In addition, he helped guide RWU to the 2008 ECAC Division III New England Baseball Championship.
Claire Halliday was a four-year member of the Women's Lacrosse team and completed her Hawk career as RWU's most accomplished scorer. For her career, she scored a Roger Williams record 220 goals, making her the only player in RWU history, male or female, with over 200 goals scored. She is also tied for the program record with 74 career games played. She ranks in every category kept all-time, including second in points (302), third in draw controls (140), and fifth in assists (82). She is a three-time All-Commonwealth Coast Conference selection and was the 2008 RWU Female Rookie Athlete of the Year. Internationally, she is a three-time member for the Ireland National Team, competing in the 2013 World Cup and 2015 European Championships.
Kelly Stannard was a four-year member of the Sailing team and was a significant contributor to the program during her time as a Hawk. Her performance on the water helped establish Roger Williams as one of the premier programs not only in New England but also on a national level. She was a three-time First Team All-NEISA Crew and three-time ICSA All-American Coed Crew. In 2012, she was recognized as RWU Female Athlete of the Year as well as RWU's recipient of the RIAIAW Distinguished Female Athlete of the Year. She played a key role in helping the 2011 team win the ICSA Team Racing National Championship, the first team racing national championship in program history. She also helped RWU finish as runner-up at the 2012 ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship.
Cy Thompson was a four-year member of the Sailing team and ended his career at Roger Williams as arguably the most accomplished student-athlete in school history. In his sophomore year, he claimed the 2008 ICSA Men's Singlehanded National Championship, the first national championship in program history and the second national championship in Roger Williams history. He finished runner-up at the 2010 national championship and placed in the top ten in his fourth berths at singlehanded nationals. He was the 2011 NEISA Sailor of the Year and was a finalist for the 2011 Everett B. Morris Trophy as College Sailor of the Year. Like Stannard, he was a three-time ICSA Coed All-American, becoming the first three-time All-American in any sport in school history. In addition, he and Stannard piloted the A Division boats that helped RWU win the 2011 ICSA Team Racing National Championship and finish second in the 2012 ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. In international competition, he qualified for 2012 Olympics in London and 2016 Olympics in Rio, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 2010-11 Sailing team finished its year as the best team in the history of Roger Williams University Sailing. The team enjoyed a great deal of success throughout the year with six regatta wins on the season as well as 14 events in which they finished as runner-up. In April 2011, Sailing became the first Team in school history to be ranked #1 nationally. Four sailors were recognized with All-NEISA honors, including Alec Anderson, Sophie Bellacosa, Kelly Stannard, and Cy Thompson. In May, the squad won the ICSA Team Racing National Championship—its first team racing national championship in program history—in addition to finishing sixth at the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. At the end of the year, Anderson, Stannard, and Thompson were each honored as ICSA All-Americans.