Jayhawks Conclude Season With Awards Banquet

May 8, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas swimming and diving team put the bookend on the 2012-13 season with its annual Team Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet Sunday afternoon in the Naismith Room inside of Allen Fieldhouse.

Eight seniors were honored and five team awards were handed out over the course of the afternoon. The seniors included Brooke Brull, Christy Cash, Svetlana Golovchun, Cora Powers, Brittany Rospierski, Alyssa Rudman, Rebecca Swank and Madison Wagner.

“It was a solid season and the banquet was a good way to end it,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “It was great to see how many of the kids got accolades, whether it was academic or athletic. We will definitely miss the seniors.”

Brull was awarded the Tammy Thomas MVP Award, which goes to the most valuable member of the team for the 2012-13 season and was voted on by the team. Brull, a team co-captain, showed strong performances both inside the pool and in the classroom. She was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and was honored as the Big 12 Swimmer of the Week on Feb. 13.

Swank took home the Academic Award, which goes to the senior with the highest GPA. Swank, a double-major in accounting and marketing who holds a cumulative 3.8 GPA, earned a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and was named the Big 12’s inaugural Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Freshman Chelsie Miller was awarded the team’s Newcomer of the Year Award. Miller finished the year with three top-five finishes at the Big 12 Championships and also claimed the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Year Award.

Junior Alison Moffit and freshman Haley Molden were selected by their teammates for the Karen Dionne Most Inspirational Team Member Award while freshman Laura Bilsborrow received the Most Improved Award.

“Other than the academic award, everything is voted on by the team,” Campbell said. “Whenever you are honored by your peers in each of those categories, it lets you know that your efforts have been noticed by everyone on the team. The really cool thing about team awards is seeing how the team feels about our different team members and the coaching staff totally agreed with their picks.”

The Jayhawks will now turn their focus to the 2013-14 season, looking to build on a 6-4 (2-0 Big 12) dual meet record in 2012-13.

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