Hollins Inducts Hall Of Fame Class Of 2019

photo of six of the 2019 Hall of Fame class members. (l-r) Elizabeth Cheng, Nancy Peterson, Celia Sweeney (Polin), Jasmine Greene, Jolie Simmons (Johnsen), and Alexis Shields (Wilcox)
2019 Class of the Hollins Athletic Hall of Fame

Roanoke, VA - At the annual Reunion Weekend, the 2019 Hollins Athletic Hall of Fame Class was inducted. Three individual student-athletes, a legendary coach, and a team of distinction was honored as the most accomplished class in recent years was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Elizabeth Cheng '14 was the most decorated golfer in Hollins history. In her four seasons, Cheng was honored not only for her play, finishing 12th in the 2013 NCAA DIII National Championship, but was a standout in the classroom as well. Cheng was a four time Academic All-American and twice named Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Women's Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year. The ODAC started sponsoring Women's Golf in 2013, Elizabeth was 1st team All-ODAC (2013 and 2014) as well as ODAC Women's Golfer of the Year. Cheng won the prestigious Jekyll Island Collegiate tournament en route to being named a two time All-American. The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) also began recognizing the sport in their annual All State Awards in 2013. Cheng was the only Division III golfer to earn All-State honors during the first three years of the awards history. 

Jasmine Greene '13 left Hollins as her all-time leading scorer, 1760 points. From the moment Greene stepped onto Hollins campus, she started earning awards that made the Hampton native, one of, if not the most accomplished player in the school's history. Greene set the single season scoring record as a first-year, before breaking it three seasons later to become Hollins first ever ODAC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year. Jasmine earned All-ODAC honors three times, 2011 and 2012 2nd team and a 2013 1st team selection. Outside of her conference awards, Greene was named DIII Hoops.com All Region and Rookie of the Year, Richmond Times Dispatch Rookie of the Year and All-State, as well as VaSID All-State. Greene currently holds 14 single game, single season, and career program records including the all-time mark for points, assists, and steals.

Jolie Simmons Johnsen '94 was a four year swimmer for Hollins. During her time in the pool, Johnsen was a four-time All-ODAC performer and a member of Hollins two ODAC Championship teams (1992 and 1993). Jolie is all over the Hollins all-time record books. She holds the second best 50-yard Freestyle time while the fourth fastest times in program history in the 100-yard and 200-yard Freestyle. In 1991 Johnsen was a member of the 400-yard Freestyle Relay record setting team, a record that stood for over 25 years until it was broken in 2018.

Nancy Peterson retired following the 2017-18 season after spending more than 45 years with the Hollins riding program. During her tenure, Peterson saw 19 different Hollins riders earn Intercollegiate Horst Show Association (IHSA) individual National Championships in addition to a pair of team National Championships (1993 and 1998). Four times Hollins had the High Point Rider at the national championships earning Fitch Trophy/Cacchione Cup awards. Peterson took teams to the national finals 12 times while winning 21 ODAC Championships, including 15 in a row (1988-2002), being named ODAC Coach of the Year five times. The Virginia Horse Show Association 2004 Horseperson of the Year was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2012 and in 2016 received the J. Arthur Reynolds Sportsmanship Award. 

1998 IHSA National Champion Riding Team was inducted as a team of distinction, joining the 1977 Field Hockey Team, 1979 Lacrosse Team, and the 1993 Riding Team. Each of the six IHSA riders earned ribbons, including a trio of first-place finishes, at the National Championships en route to winning the team title by seven points. Noelle Vietor Brandaw '99, Erica Double '01, Emily Eagan '01, Celia Sweeney Polin '99, and Alexis Shields Wilcox '00 formed a strong bond and supported one another as they prepared to bring Hollins her second IHSA National Championship.