Berkoff, Douglass, A.Walsh & Gilliland Named 2022 Honda Award Finalists

Katharine BerkoffKate DouglassAlex Walsh and Tarrin Gilliland are the four finalists for the Class of 2022 Honda Sport Award in swimming & diving, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) Executive Director Chris Voelz announced Monday.

The Honda Sport Award has been present annually by the CWSA for the past 46 years to honor the top female athletes in the 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, signifying “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” Each year’s winner also becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award along with the 2022 Honda Cup.

Berkoff, Douglass, Walsh and Gilliland were named finalists by a panel of coaches and experts from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The award winner will be announced later this week after voting from NCAA administrators (each NCAA member institution has a vote).

Douglass and Walsh, teammates at the University of Virginia, both swept their individual events at the 2022 Women’s NCAA Championships, with Douglass winning the 50 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly, while Walsh was victorious in the 200 butterfly, 200 IM and 400 IM. Douglass also swam on all four of UVA’s winning relays, while Walsh was on three of them.

Douglass also set a new U.S. Open, NCAA and American Record when she won the 50 free (20.84) and 200 breast (2:02.84), and added another American Record in the 100 fly (49.04). Walsh swam the fastest time in history en route to her 200 IM victory (1:50.08).

NC State’s Berkoff won the national title in the 100 backstroke, setting a new U.S. Open, American and NCAA Record in a time of 48.74. She also finished third in the 100 free and seventh in the 50 free.

Gilliland, a sophomore diver out of Indiana University, won the women’s platform event for he second straight season, and added a third-place finish in the 3-meter event and an eighth-place finish in the 1-meter event.

RECENT WOMEN’S SWIM & DIVE HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS

  • 2021 – Sarah Bacon, Minnesota
  • 2020 – Abbey Weitzeil, Cal
  • 2019 – Lilly King, Indiana
  • 2018 – Simone Manuel, Stanford
  • 2017 – Katie Ledecky, Stanford
  • 2016 – Kelsi Worrell (Dahlia), Louisville
  • 2015 – Missy Franklin, Cal

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coach
7 months ago

Great options and representatives of the sport. Congrats to all four athletes!

Tiny Bubbles
7 months ago

Well deserved. 👏👏

Snarky
7 months ago

Congrats to all four superstars!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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