At the team banquet on May 1 these swimmers were named as winners of the 5 major New Paltz swimming team awards.
Most Dedicated: Given to that athlete who best exemplifies commitment, selfless-devotion, and enthusiasm for the team.
Most Dedicated: Allison Wells
Most Dedicated: Matt Gassert
Wellzy: Finished in the Top 8 in the 50 Free, 100 Back, and 100 Free, and swam on the conference championship winning 400 Freestyle Relay. Also won this award in 2009-2010.
Matt: Attended his first SUNYAC Championship, competingin the 50 free, 100 breast and 200 breast. Recipient of this award for the third consecutive season.
Hardest Worker: Given to that athlete that his teammates feel put in the most work and preparation through the year , regularly pushes his or her limits in practice, and acts as a role model for other swimmers to follow.
Hardest Worker: Jess Lester
Hardest Worker: Matt Demerest
Jess: Finished 3rd in the 500 Free, 5th in the 200 Free, and 2nd in the 1650. Also swam on Conference championship winning 400 and 800 freestyle relays. Set a new school record in the 1000 free, and lowered previous school record marks in the 500 free and 1650 free. As a Hawk, finished as a 12x SUNYAC individual finalist.
Demo: Scored in the 100 Fly at this year’s SUNYAC Championships, and contributed in sprint freestyle all season long. Was named the Hardest worker after the 2008-2009 season as well. This spring is student teaching in the Long Beach school district.
Most Improved: Given to that athlete that his teammates feel has made the most significant improvement since one year ago.
Most Improved: Lori Brown
Most Improved: Corey Lomas
Lori: Scored in the top 8 in 2 events at the
2011 SUNYAC Championships. She finished 8th in the 100 Fly (1:01.15p) and 7th in the 200 Fly (2:18.98p). Both times were significant personal bests for her. At the 2010 championships, she didn’t score in the 100 Fly (1:03) and made the consol heat of the 200 Fly (2:26). In addition, Lori also finished with a lifetime best in the 500 Free (5:26), good for 17th place.
Corey: Scored in the top 8 in all 3 of his individual events at the SUNYAC Championships. He finished 8th in the 200 Free (1:47.60), 6th in the 100 Back (53.99p), and 8th in the 100 Free (48.13). A year ago, he went 55.7 in the 100 back and 1:48 in the 200 Free (consol finalist).
Rookie of the Year: Awarded annually at the end of the swimming season to the rookie chosen by his teammates and coach as the most promising new swimmer.
Rookie of the Year: Chelsea Allocco
Rooke of the Year: Zane Taylor
Chelsea: Won Conference Titles in the 400 IM and 1650 Free at the SUNYAC Championships, and finished 2nd in the 500 Free. Set School records in all 3 races. Was the lead leg of the Conference title winning 800 Freestyle Relay.
Zane: Scored in both breaststrokes at this year’s Conference Championshps, dropping to 1:01 in the 100 breast and 2:17 in the 200 Breast. Also swam the 200 Back.
Most Valuable: Given to that athlete who his or her teammates feel is the biggest factor for success in that season, through his or her swimming talent, natural leadership, or ability to motivate others to perform their best.
Most Valuable: Marissa Morris
Most Valuable: Rob Webb
Marissa: Won the conference title in the 200 IM and swam on the conference title winning 400 and 800 freestyle relays. Finished 2nd in the 200 free and 4th in the 200 back. Two year team captain. Has won this award for the third consecutive season.
Rob: Won the conference title in the 400 IM and swam on the 200 medley, 400 medley, and 800 freestyle relay teams. Finished 2nd in the 200 fly and 4th in the 200 IM. Two year team captain.