Annika Albrecht, Women’s Volleyball:
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as a semifinalist for the AAU Sullivan Award. And to have my teammate and co-captain, Kelly Hunter, on the ballot with me makes it even more special. I’m so grateful to the AAU Sullivan Award committee for including me alongside some amazing amateur athletes from around the country.”
Rhamat Alhassan, Women’s Volleyball:
As a blocker for the University of Florida, Rhamat Alhassan has earned AVCA All-American honors during four consecutive years. She also helped lead Team USA to gold during the 2017 Pan American Cup.
Marvin Bagley III, Men’s Basketball:
He will be one of the top rookies in pro basketball in a few months, but, first, Marvin Bagley III is making a name for himself at Duke. He has lived up to lofty expectations, averaging over 20 points per game and 11 rebounds.
Saquon Barkley, Football:
While at Penn State, Saquon Barkley was the definition of versatility. Tallying 5,557 all-purpose yards during his three college seasons, the 2017 All-American was a big play waiting to happen as a runner, receiver, and returner.
Joel Berry II, Men’s Basketball:
From 4.2 to 12.8 to 14.7 to 17.1, Joel Berry II has seen his points per game average rise during each of his four years at North Carolina. The guard has been a key leader and playmaker for a talented young team.
Christian Coleman, Track & Field:
With a blazing time of 6.34, American sprinter Christian Coleman set the 60-meter dash indoor world record earlier this year. The 22-year-old is also a prominent 100 and 200 meter runner.
Caeleb Dressel, Swimming:
“It is such a privilege to be named a semifinalist for the AAU Sullivan Award. To be in the company of the nation’s most incredible amateur athletes – both past and present – is humbling and something that I do not take lightly. I want to thank the AAU for this honor and all that they do for the world of amateur sport.”
Erin Finn, Track & Field:
"I am deeply honored to be named a semifinalist for the Sullivan Award among such a stellar field of athletes. It is truly a testament to the team I have around me, ranging from training partners and coaches to supporters and mentors. I owe my accomplishments to those who have had faith in me throughout my trials and inspired me to believe in myself in my darkest hours."
Sara Hughes, Beach Volleyball:
Beach volleyball player Sara Hughes helped lead the University of Southern California to consecutive NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships in 2016 and 2017. The duo of her and her partner, Kelly Claes, was dynamic and they finished college with a 147-4 record.
Kelly Hunter, Women’s Volleyball:
“I want to thank the AAU Sullivan Award committee for naming me one of the semifinalists for this prestigious award, and I’m also super excited for Anni that she is on the ballot as well. It’s a little surreal to be up for an award that some big-time athletes have won throughout the years. I’m so excited to be mentioned as a candidate for this incredible honor.”
Megan Johnson McCullough, Fitness & Bodybuilding:
"When I initially opened the email, the Fit Chick in me did a squat jump and yelled in excitement, taking my breath away. It felt like the culmination of all my hard work in life, including early morning wake ups, late nights, and sacrifices to reach my goals, are being recognized. To have AAU acknowledge me as a semi-finalist among a list of incredible athletes is a dream come true.
Micah Kiser, Football:
Linebacker Micah Kiser was a stalwart in the middle of the Virginia defense, finishing his college career fifth all-time in school history with 411 career tackles and becoming just the second player in ACC history to lead the league in tackles for three straight seasons.
Bryce Love, Football:
Stanford’s Bryce Love had one of the most productive rushing seasons in college football history in 2017, racking up 2,118 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns and claiming the Doak Walker Award.
Helen Maroulis, Wrestling:
Helen Maroulis became the first American to ever win a gold medal in women’s freestyle wrestling during the 2016 Rio Games and continued to dominate in 2017 — capturing a gold during the 2017 Paris World Championships.
Baker Mayfield, Football:
Baker Mayfield left Oklahoma as one of the most accomplished college football quarterbacks ever. He passed for over 14,000 yards during his career and capped it all off in 2017 by winning the Heisman Award.
Chris Mazdzer, Luge:
"When I look at the five rings of the Olympic flag joined together I see the values of friendship, respect, excellence, determination, inspiration, courage and equality. We, as a species, collectively crossed vast cultural and geographic divides to create the greatest celebration of humanity and with that event attached a distinctive Olympism philosophy. A philosophy that is a way of life based on the joy found in physical effort, the education value of being a positive and responsible social example and respect for basic fundamental ethical principles. The goal is to use sports as a means to harmoniously unite humankind, promote peace and preserve human dignity. It has been an honor to serve and represent my fellow athletes in capacities outside of sport and is truly humbling to be nominated as a semi-finalist for the 88th James E. Sullivan Award."
Elana Meyers Taylor, Bobsled:
"It's an incredible honor to be a semi-finalist for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award. The athletes recognized are amazing, and to be listed among them is an incredible honor. Each athlete has done amazing things on and off the field of play, and just getting to the semi-finalist stage is an honor itself."
Angela ‘Annie’ Peavy, Equestrian:
“As a para equestrian my athletic endeavors always involve two hearts beating together, but every athlete knows it takes many hearts to rise up to your full potential. I am honored to be recognized for such a prestigious award with so many amazing fellow athletes. Thank you to the AAU and everyone who supported me.”
Kathryn Plummer, Women’s Volleyball:
In 2017, Stanford volleyball player Kathryn Plummer truly shined as an outside hitter/setter. She was named AVCA National Player of the Year, Pac-12 Player of the Year, and Stanford Regional MVP.
Maia & Alex Shibutani, Figure Skating:
“We are incredibly excited to be a part of this year’s AAU Sullivan Award finalist class. We strive to represent the values and characteristics held in high esteem by the AAU. It is an honor to be recognized amongst the nation’s top amateur athletes and we are truly grateful.”
John Shuster, Curling
American curler John Shuster has appeared in four straight Winter Olympics and seven World Curling Championships. He helped lead Team USA to its first ever gold medal in curling during the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
Carli Snyder, Women’s Volleyball:
“To share this nomination with such incredible athletes is both an honor and extremely humbling. Even more special is sharing it with someone I’ve been through four years of collegiate athletics with, someone I get to call one of my best friends.”
Kyle Snyder, Wrestling:
"It is an honor to be one of the finalists for the 2018 AAU James E. Sullivan award. I am thankful that I was able to experience this event last year, and I am excited to be a member of this years finalist award class as well. I have been blessed with amazing opportunities to compete at a high level on elite stages, and want to thank God the chances to glorify Him."
Maggie Steffens, Water Polo:
"To be considered for such a prestigious and historic award is truly an honor not only for myself, but for my family, my sport, and my teammates. What we do as amateur athletes is LOVE the sport we play and simply try to do it justice! Everyday we are representing something bigger than ourselves and that is what this award is about. Many of the previous finalists & winners have been my inspirations and role models, so this is extremely humbling to even be amongst their presence!"
Gabby Williams, Women’s Basketball:
University of Conneticut basketball player Gabby Williams was a dominant player in 2017, especially on the defensive end of the court. She was named to the USBWA All-America Team and won WBCA Defensive Player of the Year.
A’ja Wilson, Women’s Basketball:
Forward A’ja Wilson helped the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team win a national title last year. Her amazing play led to her being named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
Trae Young, Men’s Basketball:
As a freshman at Oklahoma, Trae Young has been an offensive force all year long. He averaged 27.4 points per game, 8.8 assists, and shot .361 for long range.
Katie Zaferes, Triathlon:
Katie Zaferes proved that she was a true, world-class athlete in 2017 when she took third place at the ITU World Triathlon Series World Championship.