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          Release: 04/26/2013
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Team award winners and 84 seniors across all 21 varsity sports and support groups were honored at the 2013 College of Charleston Athletics Sports Banquet sponsored by The Cougar Club and catered by Food For The Southern Soul on Thursday night at TD Arena.

Most Valuable Player Award recipients included Mackenzie Johnston (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) of men’s cross country, Hayley McMahon (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) of women’s cross country, Sean de Silva (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) of men’s soccer, Sarah Schaidle (Simpsonville, S.C.) of women’s soccer, Sarah Graif (Phoenix, Ariz.) of women’s swimming and diving, Peter Gibbons (Fairfax, Va.) and Alex Wood (Duncan, S.C.) of men’s swimming and diving, Alex Ellis (Austin, Texas) and Zach Munroe (Charlotte, N.C.) of men’s golf, Julia Neumann (Berlin, Germany) of women’s golf, Zack Lewis (Richmond, Ky.) of men’s tennis, Christin Newman (Greensboro, N.C.) of women’s tennis, and Hayley McMahon and Christine Klinar (Goose Creek, S.C.) of women’s track and field.

“Our goals at the College of Charleston are to help each of you to be the best student, the best athlete and the best person you can be,” CofC Director of Athletics Joe Hull said. “We also want you to have a wonderful experience that you will treasure throughout your life. For the seniors, we are grateful you chose CofC. We hope you loved it. We hope you feel this is home. We hope you are prepared for the world and wish you the best.”

The CofC sailing team won the 2013 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.

2013 Southern Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, Christin Newman, 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 four finalists for the award included Kathy Boehm (Munich, Germany) of women’s golf, Shawn Ferguson (Rock Hill, S.C.) of men’s soccer, Sophie Gotwald (Cooperstown, N.Y.) of equestrian and Sarah Somes (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.) of sailing.

“It is an honor to be a part of such a great program and to be chosen for this award,” Newman said. “I would like to thank the College of Charleston, The Cougar Club, the administration, my family, my coaches, my teammates and our fans for a wonderful college experience over the last three years.”

Academically, 246 student-athletes and trainers 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 2012 terms.

The CofC women’s tennis team turned in the highest annual average team GPA in 2012, while the men’s swimming and diving team had the most improved annual average team GPA. Christin 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.

Larry Simon was honored with the Myrt Riggs Fan of the Year Award along with Joe Wright as the Student Fan of the Year and College of Charleston Professor of Special Education, Mike Skinner, as the Anita Van de Erve Staff/Faculty Fan of the Year.

2013 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ATHLETICS SPORTS BANQUET

April 25, 2013

TD Arena

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Men’s MVP: Mackenzie Johnston

Men’s Coaches Award: Manning Miller

Women’s MVP: Hayley McMahon

Women’s Coaches Award: Danielle Sams

Seniors: Chelsea Taylor and Manning Miller

MEN’S SOCCER

Kirk Kessler MVP: Sean de Silva

Aaron Olitsky Most Improved: Robbie Benson

Glaucos Diamantino Best Attitude Award: Shawn Ferguson

Seniors: Robbie Benson, Shawn Ferguson, Luke Huggett, Sean de Silva, Frannie Twohig, George Khoury, Ralphie Lundy, Tyler Vukoder, Sam Redmond and Mickael Trintignac

WOMEN’S SOCCER

MVP: Sarah Schaidle

C.H.A.M.P. Award: Victoria Fichman

Daniel Ravenel Friends of Cougar Women’s Soccer Award: Kip and Susan Kerr

Seniors: Sarah Schaidle, Toni Schneider, Maryam Buazza, Haley Hutchens, Emilie Huser and Katie Kerr

VOLLEYBALL

Leadership Award: Emily Shelton

Coaches Award: Kelly Kolich

Cougar Award: Sloane White

Offensive Award: Darcy Dorton

Seniors: Kelly Kolich and Emily Shelton

SAND VOLLEYBALL

J-Dash Award: Andi Zbojniewicz

Rookie of the Year: Melissa Morello

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Offensive Player of the Year: Andrew Lawrence

Defensive Player of the Year: Anthony Stitt

Most Improved: Adjehi Baru

Seniors: Andrew Lawrence, Bart Benton and Matt Sundberg

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Chairwoman of the Boards: Cathryn Hardy and Latisha Harris

Sharp Shooter Award: Alyssa Frye

Floor General Award: Jillian Brown

Best Defensive Player: Jillian Brown

Unsung Hero Award: Deidre Ramer

Most Improved Award: Mikaela Hopkins

Seniors: Cathryn Hardy and Latisha Harris

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING

Men’s MVP: Peter Gibbons and Alex Wood

Men’s Coaches Award: Alex Wood

Women’s MVP: Sarah Graif

Women’s Coaches Award: Meredith Smith

Seniors: Gracie Herlong, Jackie Tully, Jordan Fogarty, Ali Leberfinger, Eric Craig and Peter Gibbons

BASEBALL

Seniors: Matt Pegler, Jake Zokan, Griffin Jones, Drew Freie, Tyler Jackson, Cody Martin, Ryan West, Bradley Goodson, Jimmy Revan and Dre Watts

EQUESTRIAN

Laura Carr Horsemanship Award: Annie Carr

Seniors: Cassidy Hurt, Paige Kennedy, Emily McKee, Zoe Merritt and Emma Rudolph

MEN’S GOLF

MVP: Alex Ellis and Zach Munroe

Freshman of the Year: Josh Lorenzetti

Leadership Award: John Duke Hudson

Seniors: John Duke Hudson, Neil Gowan, Michael Montgomery and Cabe Prieskorn

WOMEN’S GOLF

MVP: Julia Neumann

Coaches Award: C.C. Buford

Pinehurst Putterboy Award: Mary Chandler Bryan

Seniors: Kathy Boehm, Vanessa Koechli, Anna Martin, Ainhoa Nogales and Walker McLear

SAILING

Seniors: Jeff Aschieris, Chris Banholzer, Laura Beigel, Brooks Clark, Cory DeCollibus, Brendan Faria, Mac Mace, Juan Maegli, Michael Ramming, Sarah Scudder, Sarah Somes and Ben Spector

SOFTBALL

Seniors: Kristy Giragosian, Courtney Clark, Ashton Jarrett and Stephanie Saylors

MEN’S TENNIS

MVP: Zack Lewis

Most Improved: Brice Allanic

Coaches Award: Charlie Ghriskey

Seniors: Billy Kenny

WOMEN’S TENNIS

MVP: Christin Newman

Most Improved: Grace Baker

Seniors: Irene Viana, Christin Newman and Olivia McMillan

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

Track MVP: Hayley McMahon

Field MVP: Christine Klinar

Seniors: Chelsea Taylor

CHEER

Coaches Award: Mary Kathryn Archie

Most Improved: Alexandra Gillmore

On The Prowl: Shelby Del Vecchio

Seniors: Mary Kathryn Archie, Christy Harrison and Paige Martin

DANCE

Most Improved: Melissa Whiting

Coaches Award: Taylor Schuman

On the Prowl: Ariel Imler

Best all Around: Caroline Byrd

Seniors: Bailey Fender and Ariel Imler

ATHLETIC TRAINING

Trainer of the Year: Maggi Campanaro

Seniors: Amy Evans, Brittany Crosby and Paige Childers

2013 COUGAR CUP

Sailing (1,915 points)

ACADEMICS

Highest Annual Average GPA 2012

Women’s Tennis

Most Improved Annual Average GPA 2012

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Senior Highest Cumulative GPA (end of Fall 2012)

Christin Newman (Women’s Tennis)

SILCOX AWARD

Billy Kenny (Men’s Tennis) and Olivia McMillan (Women’s Tennis)

MYRT RIGGS FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Larry Simon

STUDENT FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Joe Wright

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

Mike Skinner

CHARLIE POST AWARD

Willis Hall (Men’s Basketball)

J. STEWART WALKER CUP AWARD

Christin Newman (Women’s Tennis)

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