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, and scored two goals in The Citadel’s 3-2 win over College of Charleston, its first win over the Cougars.
Most valuable player and academic awards were given for each varsity sport.
MVPs and Academic Award Winners by Sport:
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