Athlete of the Month Ballot

April 2022

Male

Ochai Agbaji, basketball, United States
Kansas University shooting guard Ochai Agbaji earned men’s NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors after recording 12 points, three rebounds, and an assist in the Jayhawks’ 72-69 championship game win against North Carolina on 4 April 2022.

Evans Chebet, athletics, Kenya
Kenya’s Evans Chebet cruised to victory in the men’s Boston Marathon with a time of 2:06:51 in Massachusetts on 18 April 2022. Chebet finished half a minute ahead of his Kenyan compatriot Lawrence Cherono.

Caeleb Dressel, swimming, United States
American swimmer Caeleb Dressel broke the U.S. Open record with a time of 22.84 seconds in the 50 fly event in Greensboro, N.C., on 27 April 2022. Dressel’s time broke the previous U.S. Open record of 22.91 held by Bryan Lundquist since 2009.

Paul Juda, gymnastics, United States
University of Michigan gymnast Paul Juda won the men’s all-around title and tied Sam Mikulak’s modern-era school record of six All-America honors at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in Oklahoma on 16 April 2022. In addition to the all-around title, Juda also scored 15.000 and won the vault title.

Scottie Scheffler, golf, United States
American golfer Scottie Scheffler shot a 10-under par 278 to win the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., on 10 April 2022. It was the first major championship for Scheffler, the world’s top-ranked men’s player.

Seiya Suzuki, baseball, Japan
Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki posted a .934 OPS (on-base percentage + slugging) with nine extra-base hits in 21 games in April to earn National League Rookie of the Month honors. Through the first month of the season, Suzuiki was hitting .278 with four homeruns, 15 RBI, 13 runs, and five doubles.

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Valarie Allman, athletics, United States
American discus thrower Valarie Allman broke her own North American record with a throw of 71.46 meters (234.44 feet) – the farthest women’s throw for almost 30 years – at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., on 8 April 2022.

Phoebe Bacon, swimming, United States
American swimmer Phoebe Bacon broke Missy Franklin’s 2013 U.S. Open record with a time of 2:05.08 in the women’s 200-meter backstroke in Greensboro, N.C., on 27 April 2022. The win secured a spot for Bacon at the upcoming 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Peres Jepchirchir, athletics, Kenya
Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir finished with a time of 2:21:01 to win the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts on 18 April 2022. It was Jepchirchir’s third major marathon victory in less than a year after capturing gold in the event at the Tokyo Olympics and winning the 2021 New York Marathon.

Jennifer Kupcho, golf, United States
American golfer Jennifer Kupcho earned her first major title with a win at the Chevron Championship on 3 April 2022 in California. Kupcho produced a third-round score of 64 and set a 54-hole record with a 16-under par 200, beating the previous record by two strokes.

Iga Swiatek, tennis, Poland
Poland’s Iga Swiatek defeated Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-0 to win the women’s singles Miami Open title on 2 April 2022. The victory extended Swiatek’s match-winning streak to 17 and it was her third consecutive WTA 1000 event title.

Trinity Thomas, gymnastics, United States
University of Florida senior Trinity Thomas held off Olympic all-around champion Sunisa Lee to win the women’s NCAA all-around title on 17 April 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. Thomas also won the uneven bars and floor exercise events.