Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada swimming & diving team held their season ending banquet on Sunday and head coach Mike Richmond announced the recipients of 11 team awards. The three-time Western Athletic Conference champions honored 16 athletes at the banquet.
Heading the list of award winners were seniors Courtney Eads and Candice Minette. Eads from Upland, Calif., the 2009 WAC Swimmer of the Year was named the most valuable swimmer. Minette from Glendale, Ariz., a 2009 diving All-America was selected as the most valuable diver.
Senior Summer Halwas-Morgan (Nine Mile Falls, Wash.) received the Silver Heart Award. The award recipient defines Wolf Pack Swimming and Diving. This individual has the characteristics of what all team members should strive for both in and out of the pool. Her devotion to the University of Nevada sets the standard for not only our program, but the institution as a whole. Her work ethic, dedication, motivation, and determination enable her to overcome adversity and turn it into a triumph.
Freshmen diver Aneisa Debaji (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and swimmer Chelsey Larson (Sparks, Nev.) were named Newcomers of the Year. Freshman diver Melyssa Charleton (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and junior swimmer Breeana Sutton (Selah, Wash.) were selected as most improved.
The team’s academic awards went to junior swimmer Margaret Doolittle (Sacramento, Calif.), sophomore swimmer Jeanette Tour (Stockholm, Sweden) and sophomore diver Lauren Mannix (Las Vegas, Nev.).
Sophomore swimmer Marichi Gandionco (Quezon City, Philippines) was selected as best teammate while Minette was chosen as most inspirational. Junior swimmer Sarah Schields (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) earned the strength and conditioning award.
Sophomore diver Heather Ramirez (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Mannix and sophomore swimmer Kim Medina (Las Vegas, Nev.) were named the team’s top recruiters for the contributions in recruitment of future Wolf Pack athletes.