The Crimson Tide swimming and diving teams celebrated the 2016-17 season with its annual year-end awards banquet Friday evening.
In his fifth year as Alabama’s head coach Dennis Pursley and his staff handed out a number of awards following a season that saw the men’s team post its third straight top-10 NCAA finish and the women once again scored at the NCAA Championships.
The following individual award were handed out during Friday’s festivities:
· Coaches Award: Will Freeman & Mia Nonnenberg
· Most Outstanding Swimmer: Anton McKee, Connor Oslin & Bailey Scott
· Most Outstanding Diver: Brent Sagert & Kara Fredlock
· Most Valuable: Robert Howard & Alexis Preski
· Most Dedicated: Daniel Kober & Nicole Raicik
· Best Competitor: Laurent Bams & Hannah Musser
· Leadership Award: Carlo Rezzonico & Mia Nonnenberg
· Most Spirited: Jack Hadjiconstantinou
A total of 10 men and women combined for 22 All-America honors in 2017. The Crimson Tide also continued its assault on the school record board, breaking a dozen UA marks, including eight individual and four relays records.
Alabama’s academic success has been no less impressive Both the Crimson Tide men and women tallied better than a 3.5 team grade point average in the fall, well over the 3.31 average of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Teams, which requires a 3.0 team GPA.
This fall, Alabama ranked first among SEC teams, fifth among all Division I men’s teams and was one of just two teams finish in the top-10 at the 2017 NCAA Championships and among the top 10 by team GPA. On the women’s side of the academic slate, Alabama was 20th among all Division I programs with a 3.55 GPA, which also ranked the Tide second among SEC schools and fifth among schools that scored at the 2017 NCAA Championships.
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News courtesy of Alabama Athletics.