Kansas Swimming Award Winners

May 3, 2004

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas swimming team held its annual postseason banquet Sunday, May 2 at the Spring Hill Suites. Five awards were presented with top honors going to senior Whitney Sondall and junior Amy Gruber.

Sondall and Gruber shared the Tammy Thomas MVP award. Sondall earned 17 first-place finishes this season and set the school record in the 100 backstroke in a time of 55.38 at the 2003-04 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships. She was a member of three record-setting relay teams, including the 200 and 400 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Gruber garnered 34 first place finishes including 18 individual wins. She held the season’s top times in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. She was part of five relays that set school records during the season, including the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 200 and 400 medley relays. Thomas, one of the Jayhawks’ most decorated swimmers,holds two of KU’s fastest times in school history — 50 free, 22.13 and 100 free, 48.40. She earned 12 individual conference championships and earned All-American status in 1980, ’82 and ’83.

Senior Ashley Dower was awarded the Karen Dionne Award. Dionne swam two years at KU and earned an individual conference championship in the 100 breast in 1985. Following her sophomore season, Dionne was in an automobile accident that ended her swimming career.

The academic award was given to junior Aly Colver. The award is given to a swimmer who has a high cumulative grade point average and has over 50 percent of her graduate credits. Colver is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team member and was a honorable mention Academic All-American in 2002-03.

Senior Kim Bolin received the Newcomer of the Year award. Bolin held the second fastest season times in the 50 and 100 free. She swam on three relays that set new school records in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay at the conference championships.

Amy Gruber, Miranda Isaac and Rebecca Zarazan were announced as the 2004-05 captains at the end of the banquet.

“It was a great way to cap of an excellent season,” coach Clark Campbell said. “We made several strides this year and are ready to prepare for a great summer season. We are looking forward to good things in the 2004-05 year.”

Award Breakdown
Tammy Thomas co-MVP: Amy Gruber, Whitney Sondall
Karen Dionne Award: Ashley Dower
Academic Award: Aly Colver
Newcomer of the Year Award: Kim Bolin
2004-05 Captains: Amy Gruber, Miranda Isaac, Rebecca Zarazan