The following is a press release courtesy of the College Swimming & Diving Honors:
Annapolis, MD. – The 2013-14 College Swimming & Diving Honors have been announced. In all, twenty athletes, teams or coaches are being recognized for their outstanding performances during the 2013-14 collegiate swimming and diving season. The University of Georgia (SEC) leads the way with four honors and another seven honorable mentions. The University of California, Berkeley (PAC12) received three honors in addition to eight honorable mentions. Also, Stanford (PAC12) is being recognized for three honors and four honorable mentions.
The open nomination process for the 2013-14 season concluded on April 30th, 2014. Coaches, athletes and sport administrators submitted nominees for a sample of categories including Career Improvement, Break-Out Athlete, and Most Exciting Dual Meet. A new category, Most Exciting Race, was added for this year where Cal’s Missy Franklin (200 Free, NCAA) and Georgia’s Chase Kalisz (400 IM, NCAA) are being featured for their tremendous swims back in March. In all, hundreds of athletes and/or teams from over 100 institutions were nominated for their achievements. Nominations were then organized into a survey. The opportunity to cast a vote from within the list of nominees opened on April 30th and ran through late May as the number of voting participants more than doubled in 2014. The survey is used as a guide to determine the College Swimming & Diving Honors.
A publication titled Proﬁles in Excellence: 2013-14 College Swimming & Diving Honors is currently available in virtual format. A print version of Proﬁles in Excellence is scheduled to become available in late June. Several aquatic professionals provided the writing this year including Casey Barrett (www.capandgoggles.com), Damion Dennis (West Virginia University,) Josh Huger (www.swimutopia.com), Woody Woodard (Colorado State) and more. Tim Binning (www.theswimpictures.com) provides much of the photography. Back in 2014 are current student-athlete writers which included Michelle Forman & Erin Fuss (Nevada), and Lisa Boyce (Princeton.)
Information about the results, proﬁles for each honoree and more can be found at www.collegeswimmingawards.com. Information about a new fundraising campaign, now underway to support the growth of this publication, can be found here.
LIST of 2013-14 Honors
- Walk-on Athlete, Female – Kelsey Helin, Siena College
- Walk-on Athlete, Male – Pedro Coutinho, University of Louisville
- Walk-on Diver – Ryan Green, UMBC
- Break-Out Athlete, Female – Emma Reaney, University of Notre Dame
- Break-Out Athlete, Male – Matt Josa, Queens University of Charlotte
- Break-Out Diver – Maurico Robles, University of Tennessee
- Career Improvement Honor, Female – Maya DiRado, Stanford University
- Career Improvement Honor, Male – Connor Jaeger, University of Michigan
- Break-Out Team, Female – Stanford University, Coach Greg Meehan
- Break-Out Team, Male – University of Alabama, Coach Denny Pursley
- Most Exciting Dual Meet, Female, #4 Georgia at #2 Texas A&M, January 10, 2014
- Most Exciting Dual Meet, Male – The Classic at SMU, January 17 & 18, 2014
- Exciting Dual Meet Upset, Female- #1 California at #4 Stanford, February 15, 2014
- Exciting Dual Meet Upset, Male- Arizona at Utah, October 19, 2013
- Championship Performance, Female – Georgia at 2014 NCAA
- Championship Performance, Male – California at 2014 NCAA
- Best Race of the Season, Female – Missy Franklin, 200 Free at 2014 NCAA
- Best Race of the Season, Male – Chase Kalisz, 400 IM at 2014 NCAA
- Assistant Coach of the Year, Women’s Team- Harvey Humphries, Georgia
- Assistant Coach of the Year, Men’s Team-Yuri Suguiyama, California
*Nominations for the 2014-15 College Swimming and Diving Honors will begin in the fall of 2014.