FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU Swimming and Diving team held their end-of-year awards banquet last weekend to honor a season of accomplishments and accolades. Throughout the season the team combined for 21 new varsity records and 12 new freshmen records. They also brought home every possible piece of hardware from the CCSA Conference meet. The Lady Eagles ran away with the team title by over 200 points, whilst Coach Studd was honored as Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year and Coach Stringham received Diving Coach of the year. Freshman Victoria Cadge was named Rookie Female of the meet as well as Conference Swimmer of the year. And to round out the honorees, Sophomore Karmin McNamara earned the Conference Diver of the year title.
More individuals were recognized at the annual team awards banquet. Sophomore, Katy Loubris received Most Improved honors, as awarded annually to the swimmer or diver who through dedication and outstanding work ethic has shown the most improvement in her performance throughout the year. The Hardest Worker title is awarded annually to the swimmer or diver who has been exemplary in her training, commitment and work ethic. A freshman from Melbourne, FL, Teri Lytle received this compliment. For Diver of the Year, Gabrielle Shaw was chosen by her teammates and coaches as the most valuable member of the diving squad. And taking home Swimmer of the Year honors was Leah Daniel for the 2008-09 season receiving the most votes by her teammates and coaches as the most valuable member of the swimming squad. The final recipient of the evening was Taylor Cooke earning the Coach’s Award. It is awarded annually to the swimmer or diver who gives unselfishly to her team, teammates and coaches both in and out of the pool, while consistently representing her, her family and FGCU in a positive manner.
On the Sunday following the Swimming and Diving team banquet, the Athletic Department hosted the annual All-Sports Ceremony to recognize outstanding accomplishments by Student-Athletes throughout the 2008-09 season both in the classroom and on the playing field. Once again, the swimming and diving team received notice. Sophomore, Taylor Cooke earned the most departmental votes to receive the Women’s Spirit Award. Cooke was described as the student-athlete whom best signifies the spirit, participation and support above and beyond the call of duty to FGCU athletics. The final award of the evening was presented by Associate Athletic Director, Kathy Peterson, to the team which exemplifies team spirit and team support by attending contests of all teams throughout the department. The award is handed down annually as student-athletes continue to compete and show support of all athletic programs at FGCU. For the 2008-09 academic year, the Eagle Team Spirit Award was earned by the Women’s Swimming and Diving team.
The Eagles with the Team Spirit Award