Hall, Lenart, Battles Collect Franklin College's Top Athletic Honors for 2017-18

(L-R) Clare Lenart, Sam Hall and Megan Battles
(L-R) Clare Lenart, Sam Hall and Megan Battles

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Franklin College student-athletes Sam Hall, Clare Lenart and Megan Battles collected the most prestigious awards in the Franklin Athletic Department at the student-athlete awards ceremony on Monday (May 7) night.

Hall, a four-year member of the Franklin men's swimming and diving team, was named the recipient of the Wil B. Nelp Award for most outstanding male senior student-athlete. A four-year member of the Franklin women's soccer team, Lenart took home the Jenny Johnson-Kappes Award for the most outstanding senior female student-athlete.

Battles, a member of the FC women's tennis team, collected the Walter and Nadine Hunter Leadership Award presented to annually to a junior or senior female student-athlete on the basis of academic success, displaying team leadership, and being involved in campus and community service projects

Hall had an accomplished career in the pool and the classroom for the Grizzlies over the last four years. The Owensboro, Ky.-native ranks third all-time in points scored for the Grizzlies and is both a team and conference record holder. Hall shares school records in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay and is part of conference record holding relay teams in the 200 medley and 400 free.

In his final career meet, Hall captured one gold medal, five silver medals and one bronze while helping the Grizzly men to another Liberal Arts Championship. He was also named Second Team All-HCAC in 2018.

Outside of competition, Hall has collected several academic accolades, being named to the President's list five of his seven semesters to date for finishing with a 4.0 GPA. A two-year SAAC representative, two-time selection to the Dean's List, Hall will be attending the University of Louisville Medical School in the fall.

Lenart, a four-year starter for the Franklin women's soccer team, closed out her career with 25 goals and 33 assists for 83 points while appearing in 74 games for the Grizzlies. Her top season statistically came in 2016, when she potted nine goals and added 12 assists for 30 points. This past year, Lenart played a major role in helping the Grizzlies capture their first ever HCAC Tournament Championship, assisting on the game-winning goal in the championship game.

The Seymour, Ind.-native is a two-time United Soccer Coaches all-region selection, a three-time All-HCAC First Team selection, two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District choice and a 2016 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America® nominee.

Battles was a four-year contributor to the Franklin women's tennis team, picking up HCAC Honorable Mention selections in 2016 and 2017. As a senior, Battles led the Grizzlies with 13 singles wins opposite four losses, and was the only member of the women's tennis team to play in all 17 duals matches. In doubles play, Battles continued her success, going 11-4 while paired primarily with Lilly Bushong.

The Grizzly women's tennis team finished the year with a 14-3 record, advancing to the championship match of the HCAC Tournament for the second time in three years.