April 12, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama swimming and diving teams held their annual year-end awards banquet Thursday night, celebrating a season that saw Crimson Tide athletes earn All-American and Southeastern Conference honors as well as breaking multiple school records.
Sophomore Alex Coci, a two-time All-American, earned the Mike Curington Most Valuable award on the men's side of the slate while sophomores Kristel Vourna and Paige McClearyshared the Christina Jarvis Most Valuable award for the women's team. Vourna earned All-American honors in the 100 butterfly this season while McCleary finaled in all three-diving events at the Southeastern Conference Championships.
Seniors Kyle Weeks and Oliver Basse were named co-captains of the men's team while senior Ida Persson was named captain of the women's squad. Basse also earned the Carolos Berrocal Most Improved award while Weeks shared the Bob Dimick Most Scholastic award with senior Andrew Reeves and sophomores Brian Carr and Phillip Dockery.
Sophomore All-American BJ Hornikel took home the Marshall Shoemaker Most Dedicated award as well as the Coaches Award while John Ellisearned the Arne Borgstrom Most Valuable Newcomer award.
Kaylin Burchellearned the Angelika Knipping Most Valuable Newcomer award while freshman Brittney Parkey took home the Kim Nicholson Most Improved award.
Sophomore Anna Rae Gwarjanski earned the Debra Hobart Perseverance, Determination and Spirit award for the second year in a row while sophomore Callan Buck earned the Ellen McGrath Most Scholastic award and sophomore Alex Popa earned the Coaches Award. Freshman Emily Facchine earned the Katie Williams Most Dedicated award.