Citadel wrestler Odie Delaney and soccer player Vanessa Aponte were named the Bulldogs’ male and female athletes of the year, respectively, at the school’s first athletics awards banquet Monday night.
Delaney, a redshirt junior from Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., won his third Southern Conference title and came within one match of earning All-America honors at the NCAA championships, finishing the season with a 29-4 record.
Aponte, a sophomore from Orlando, Fla., set school records with 83 shots and 43 shots on goal last season, leading the Bulldogs with eight goals and 19 points. She was twice SoCon player of the week.
Most valuable player and academic awards were given for each varsity sport.
Citadel Award Winners Baseball: No MVP awarded (season still in progress); Academic — Nick Orvin
Basketball: MVP and Academic — Mike Groselle
Men’s Cross Country: MVP — Kyle Keene; Academic — PJ Wasilchak
Women’s Cross Country: MVP — Danielle McKee; Academic — Erinn Carter
Football: MVP — Derek Douglas; Academic — Preston Bailey
Golf: MVP — Erica Pelligrini; Academic — Alanna-Jean Keith
Men’s Rifle: MVP — Robert Jackson; Academic — Matthew Bernard
Women’s Rifle: MVP — Julia McCullohs; Academic — Julie O’Meara
Soccer: MVP — Mariana Garcia; Academic — Shanna Couch
Tennis: MVP — David Orces; Academic — Josh Cook
Men’s Track and Field: MVP — Quintin Turner; Academic — Clay Allen
Women’s Track and Field: MVP — Nicole Levermann; Academic — Micah Wessinger
Volleyball: MVP — Rachael Farrell; Academic — Cassie Uribe
Wrestling: MVP — Turtogtokh Luvsandorj; Academic — Alex Wettstein
College of Charleston honored its athletes at its annual awards banquet at TD Arena.
Senior women’s tennis standout Caroline Newman was honored with the prestigious J. Stewart Walker Cup, which the highest award given by the athletics department to a deserving student-athlete. The award is named after J. Stewart Walker, Jr., a 1978 CofC graduate, who was very active in athletics until his death in 1983.
For the second year in a row, the softball team won the Cougar Cup award.
College of Charleston Award Winners
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY: Men’s MVP—Andrew Nelson; Men’s Coaches Award—David Lamberson; Women’s MVP—Dena O’Brien; Women’s Coaches Award—Callen Powers
MEN’S SOCCER: Kirk Kessler MVP—Kees Heemskerk; Aaron Olitsky Most Improved—Connor Coons; Glaucos Dimantino Best Attitude Award—Will Moore
WOMEN’S SOCCER: MVP—Sarah Schaidle and Hope Atkinson; CHAMP Award—Cricket Wise; Daniel Ravenel Friends of Cougar Women’s Soccer Award—Jack and Becky Wise
VOLLEYBALL: Coaches Award—Sarah Havel; Leadership Award: Hayley Harrell
SAND VOLLEYBALL: Coaches Award—Elyse Chubb; Leadership Award—Emily Shelton
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Dr. Bill Moore MVP—Antwaine Wiggins; Defensive Player of the Year—Nori Johnson; Freshman of the Year—Adjehi Baru and Anthony Stitt
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Best Defensive Player—Jillian Brown; Most Improved: Alyssa Frye; Chairwoman of the Boards—Latisha Harris; Coaches Award—Cathryn Hardy
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING: Men’s MVP—Matt Sherrier and Peter Gibbons’ Men’s Coaches Award—Pablo Ortiz; Women’s MVP—Sarah Boyle; Women’s Coaches Award—Meredith Smith
EQUESTRIAN: Laura Carr Horsemanship Award—Olivia Coco
MEN’S GOLF: MVP—Seth Stuart and Neil Gowan; Freshman of the Year—Shane Rogan
WOMEN’S GOLF: MVP—Leigh Whittaker; Most Improved—Vanessa Koechli; Pinehurst Putterboy Award—Kathy Boehm
MEN’S TENNIS: MVP—Mickael Trintignac; Cougar Award—Tom Delme; Most Improved—Alon Faiman
WOMEN’S TENNIS: MVP—Kelly Kambourelis; Most Improved: Christin Newman
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: MVP Track—Kristen Wolfe; MVP Field—Emily Smith
CHEER: Coaches Award—Christy Harrison; Most Improved—Jena Mohr; On The Prowl—Chelsea Gantt
DANCE: Coaches Award—Melissa Murray; Most Improved—Lauren Lizewski
SILCOX AWARD: Katie Lee (Women’s Tennis) and Mickael Trintignac (Men’s Tennis)
CHARLIE POST AWARD: Amanda Lonergan (Softball)
J. STEWART WALKER CUP AWARD: Caroline Newman (Women’s Tennis
College of Charleston junior pitcher Christian Powell was named to the watch list for the Pitcher of the Year, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Powell is one of 51 pitchers nationwide to be selected for the list, and the only player from the Southern Conference.
South Carolina’s Michael Roth and Colby Holmes also made the watch list.
College of Charleston head volleyball coach Jason Kepner announced that Melissa Morello, an outside hitter from Fox Point, Wis., will join the Cougars in 2012.
Morello, who had 485 kills and 480 digs last season, will join middle blocker Grace Rebarchak and outside hitter Kari Fidelholtz in the signing class.