CofC Athletics Sports Banquet Honors Seniors, Team Award Winners
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Team award winners and 57 seniors across all 21 varsity sports were honored at the 2012 College of Charleston Athletics Sports Banquet sponsored by The Cougar Club and catered by Jim 'N Nicks Bar-B-Q on Tuesday night at TD Arena.
Most Valuable Player Award recipients included Andrew Nelson (Marietta, Ga.) of men's cross country, Dena O'Brien (Pelham, Ala.) of women's cross country, Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Holland) of men's soccer, Sarah Schaidle (Simpsonville, S.C.) and Hope Atkinson (Rumson, N.J.) of women's soccer, Antwaine Wiggins (Greeneville, Tenn.) of men's basketball, Sarah Boyle (Columbia, S.C.) of women's swimming and diving, Matt Sherrier (Boulder, Colo.) and Peter Gibbons (Fairfax, Va.) of men's swimming and diving, Seth Stuart (Austin, Texas) and Neil Gowan (London, England) of men's golf, Leigh Whittaker (Baden-Baden, Germany) of women's golf, Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) of men's tennis, Kelly Kambourelis (Melbourne, Fla.) of women's tennis, and Emily Smith (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Kristen Wolfe (Midlothian, Va.) of women's track and field.
"This was a wonderful night to celebrate a very good year," CofC Director of Athletics Joe Hull said. Congratulations to all of the coaches, student-athletes and support staff. You represented The College, yourself and your team very well. I hope you are all pleased and proud with your efforts this year.
"One of the reasons our society likes athletics so much is the great talent and skill you display. Another reason is that you put yourself out there, you strive for victory and you risk defeat publicly. Finally, for the seniors, your lives are about to change greatly. You should feel prepared for the next challenges as you move forward, do your best, do what is right and remember you are always welcome at your college home - the College of Charleston."
For the second year in a row, the CofC softball team won the 2012 Cougar Cup, which is presented annually to the team with the most participation points in the NCAA Student-Athlete Development commitment areas of athletic excellence, academic excellence, personal development, career development and service.
Senior women's tennis standout Caroline Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) was honored with the prestigious J. Stewart Walker Cup, which the highest award given by the athletics department to a deserving student-athlete. The award is named after J. Stewart Walker, Jr., a 1978 CofC graduate, who was very active in athletics until his death in 1983. The other five finalists for the award included Leigh Whittaker, Sarah Schaidle, Matt Sherrier, Emily Smith and Sarah Somes of sailing.
"I just want to thank my teammates, coaches, friends and family," Newman said. "Without their support, this would not be possible. Everyone here deserved it and it's truly an honor."
Academically, 256 student-athletes were named scholar-athletes this school year. To qualify, a student-athlete must earn a term grade-point average of at least a 3.0 during the spring and fall 2011 terms.
The CofC women's tennis team turned in the highest annual average team GPA in 2011, while the men's basketball team had the most improved annual average team GPA. Caroline Newman also earned the Academic MVP Award given to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA at the end of the fall prior to graduation.
Winn Query was honored with the Myrt Riggs Fan of the Year Award along with Maroon Mayhem student supporter, Andrew Catapano, as the Student Fan of the Year and College of Charleston Treasurer, David Katz, as the Anita Van de Erve Staff/Faculty Fan of the Year.
2012 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ATHLETICS SPORTS BANQUET
April 24, 2012
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Men's MVP: Andrew Nelson
Men's Coaches Award: David Lamberson
Women's MVP: Dena O'Brien
Women's Coaches Award: Callen Powers
Seniors: Christian Bailey, Alyssa D'Orazio, Alexander Hill, David Lamberson, Samuel Metzger, Callen Powers, Eric Robertson and Kristen Wolfe
MVP: Sarah Schaidle and Hope Atkinson
CHAMP Award: Cricket Wise
Daniel Ravenel Friends of Cougar Women's Soccer Award: Jack and Becky Wise
Seniors: Hope Atkinson, Lindsay Frey, Hannah Gmerek, Allison Truitt and Cricket Wise
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
Men's MVP: Matt Sherrier and Peter Gibbons
Men's Coaches Award: Pablo Ortiz
Women's MVP: Sarah Boyle
Women's Coaches Award: Meredith Smith
Seniors: Dmitriy Gorin, Haley Horkey, Alyssa Maschi, Nick Puciaty, Brantley Reynolds and Matt Sherrier
Seniors: Amanda Lonergan
Coaches Award: Melissa Murray
Most Improved: Lauren Lizewski
Seniors: Anna Eagerton, Melissa Murray and Allyson Townsend
Seniors: Christina Bellin, Rob Boutote, Jamar Brown, Danny Conley, Whitney Eakin, Kendra Gardner, Kelsey Hines, Jenny Hunnicutt, Jefferson Rabe, Megan Roach, Liz Snow and Sara Vermouth
2012 COUGAR CUP
Highest Annual Average GPA 2011
Most Improved Annual Average GPA 2011
Senior Highest Cumulative GPA (end of Fall 2011)
Caroline Newman (Women's Tennis)
MYRT RIGGS FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
STUDENT FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
ANITA VAN DE ERVE STAFF/FACULTY FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
CHARLIE POST AWARD
Amanda Lonergan (Softball)
Caroline Newman (Women's Tennis)