Wyoming Swimming And Diving Announces 2012-13 Team Awards
May 7, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming swimming and diving program and head coach Tom Johnson announced the 2012-13 team awards at the annual swimming and diving banquet.
"We had just over 135 people at the awards banquet and it was a wonderful evening," Johnson said. "I want to make sure to thank Kelly Wright, Morgan Hartigan's mother, for helping up put on such a nice event. We started the annual banquet when I first got here and it has really grown since then. It is always a very special evening and it gives our seniors one last chance to address the team. It is really nice to have the Wildcatter (Stadium Club and Suites) to be able to host the event, because I think we have outgrown every other place we have tried to have it."
Mark S. Miller Most Outstanding Athlete:
"Morgan and Adam as the most outstanding performers this season was fairly easy to pick," Johnson said. "They both led us in scoring throughout the season and at the conference championships. They were on almost every relay we could put them on and they are both tremendous assets to our program."
David Schmitt Most Inspirational Award:
"Trevor has done so much for this team," Johnson said. "He has been a tremendous captain and leader for us this season. He is great at getting the guys on the team to expect more out of themselves. Amanda has a great story. She is a diver who has basically had three coaches since she has been here. She made her first conference event this season and made two big finals and earned a spot at zones. She earned the award because she never gave up on herself and kept working hard."
Most Improved Award:
"It is very rare to have a tie and as a staff we talked about breaking the tie, but we thought both Kyle and Ryan were very deserving," Johnson said. "They both dropped so much time during the season that it was hard for us to decide. It is pretty typical for a freshman to come in and drop time but both of these guys drop considerable time in all their events. Emily had a tough year last year and came into our program and really excelled. She is such a pleasant person and works so hard that we had to honor her efforts this season. She went from not scoring a point at her conference championship a year ago to being out sixth leading scorer at conference this season. I think we have just scratched the surface of potential with these three."
"Trevor and Paige were no brainers as scholar-athletes," Johnson said. "Their grade point averages are outstanding in one of the most demanding fields on our campus in chemical engineering. This is just a testament to their hard work in and out of the pool."
Diver of the Year:
"Derek has not even reached his full potential yet," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "This season he set the goals of reaching zones, but next year he is aiming to make the NCAA Championships. He did not expect to finish as highly as he did this season at conference, but worked harder than he ever expected to in his life."
"This is a new award that we just started a few seasons ago," Johnson said. "It has really inspired the kids to work harder in the weight room. We had weekly competitions on Monday that were very demanding and it just goes to show the kids all around athleticism."