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CofC Athletics Sports Banquet Honors Seniors, Team Award Winners
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Release: 04/24/2012
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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

TD Arena

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

MEN'S SOCCER

Kirk Kessler MVP: Kees Heemskerk

Aaron Olitsky Most Improved: Connor Coons

Glaucos Dimantino Best Attitude Award: Will Moore

Seniors: Kevin Cawthon, Rudi Hellberger and Will Moore

WOMEN'S SOCCER

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

VOLLEYBALL

Coaches Award: Sarah Havel

Leadership Award: Hayley Harrell

Seniors: Elyse Chubb, Hayley Harrell and Sarah Havel

SAND VOLLEYBALL

Coaches Award: Elyse Chubb

Leadership Award: Emily Shelton

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Dr. Bill Moore MVP: Antwaine Wiggins

Defensive Player of the Year: Nori Johnson

Freshman of the Year: Adjehi Baru and Anthony Stitt

Seniors: Antwaine Wiggins

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Best Defensive Player: Jillian Brown

Most Improved: Alyssa Frye

Chairwoman of the Boards: Latisha Harris

Coaches Award: Cathryn Hardy

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

BASEBALL

Seniors: Marty Gantt, Rob Harding, Nick Osterman, Kyle Owings, David Peterson and Josh Renfro

EQUESTRIAN

Laura Carr Horsemanship Award: Olivia Coco

Seniors: McKenzie Armour, Sydney Boniface, Deryn Hannapel, Danielle Huntsman, Emily Nellermoe and Rachel Williams

MEN'S GOLF

MVP: Seth Stuart and Neil Gowan

Freshman of the Year: Shane Rogan

Seniors: Ben Pounds, Henry Smart and Seth Stuart

WOMEN'S GOLF

MVP: Leigh Whittaker

Most Improved: Vanessa Koechli

Pinehurst Putterboy Award: Kathy Boehm

Seniors: Leigh Whittaker

SAILING

Seniors: Alyssa Aitken, Erik Bowers, Perry Emsiek, Corey Hall, Zeke Horowitz, Sam Stokes and Caroline Warren

SOFTBALL

Seniors: Amanda Lonergan

MEN'S TENNIS

MVP: Mickael Trintignac

Cougar Award: Tom Delme

Most Improved: Alon Faiman

Seniors: Tom Delme, Chris Toussaint and Mickael Trintignac

WOMEN'S TENNIS

MVP: Kelly Kambourelis

Most Improved: Christin Newman

Seniors: Katie Lee and Caroline Newman

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD

MVP Track: Kristen Wolfe

MVP Field: Emily Smith

Seniors: Laura Call and Emily Smith

CHEER

Coaches Award: Christy Harrison

Most Improved: Jena Mohr

On The Prowl: Chelsea Gantt

Seniors: Gina Nash

DANCE

Coaches Award: Melissa Murray

Most Improved: Lauren Lizewski

Seniors: Anna Eagerton, Melissa Murray and Allyson Townsend

ATHLETIC TRAINING

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

Softball

ACADEMICS

Highest Annual Average GPA 2011

Women's Tennis

Most Improved Annual Average GPA 2011

Men's Basketball

Senior Highest Cumulative GPA (end of Fall 2011)

Caroline Newman (Women's Tennis)

SILCOX AWARD

Katie Lee (Women's Tennis) and Mickael Trintignac (Men's Tennis)

MYRT RIGGS FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winn Query

STUDENT FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Andrew Catapano

ANITA VAN DE ERVE STAFF/FACULTY FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

David Katz

CHARLIE POST AWARD

Amanda Lonergan (Softball)

J. STEWART WALKER CUP AWARD

Caroline Newman (Women's Tennis)

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