McClanahan hands out final awards at banquet
GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern Colorado women’s swimming and diving team had their annual end-of-season banquet on Saturday, April 9.
After thanking several of the key people associated with the program, head coach Kelly McClanahan went on to hand out the five annual season-ending awards. Indeed, the choices were tough, as the Bears finished 2011 with eight new school-records and a sixth-place finish at the MPSF Championships.
The first award, Scholar of the Year, was given to Tori Gutt. The senior from Tucson finished her UNC career with a 4.0 cumulative GPA and is graduating with a double-major in Criminal Justice and Journalism. She also will graduate with a minor in Spanish and is the program’s first academic All-American.
The Most Improved Swimmer award went to Renee Stephens. The freshman improved after each meet and already sits in fourth place in school-history in the 100-meter breast-stroke. She also holds the sixth-fastest 200-meter breast-stroke.
Allison Scott was given the Most Inspirational Swimmer award after battling through a lot of adversity and yet always maintaining a positive attitude.
The Diver of the Year award was handed to Kelly Schmeckpeper-Cook, who put in one of the most productive seasons by a Northern Colorado diver ever. She finished in first-place in both the one and three-meter competitions at the Mountain Pacific Swimming Federation Championships. To go along with the MPSF title, she smashed the school-records in both one and three-meter diving.
Tori Gutt picked up her second award after being named Swimmer of the Year. The senior holds the number one spot in school-history in the 100, 200 Breast-stroke and 400 IM. She also finished sixth in the 200-meter breast-stroke at the NCAA B-cut.
After handing out the awards, which were all voted on by the members of the team, McClanahan wrapped things up with a team-video to go along with speeches from the seniors.