Zips Athletics Holds Annual Student-Athlete Celebration Banquet

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2012-13 All-Sports Highlight Video

AKRON, Ohio
– The University of Akron Department of Athletics held its annual Student-Athlete Celebration Banquet to honor the achievements of the department's 400-plus student-athletes on Monday night in the ball room of the University's Student Union.

Student-athletes and coaches from UA's 19 intercollegiate sports teams along with athletics department staff, invited guests and dignitaries were on hand to celebrate another year of achievements for the Zips.

Emceed by Ken Carman from 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), the program included remarks by Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill as well as senior reflections from student-athletes Tina Dimitrijevs (volleyball) and Troy Gilmer (football).

Student-athletes were honored for their hard work in their respective sports and in the classroom with a number of individual and team awards, including: the Jim Schonover Award (highest team grade-point average – women's golf for both the 2012 spring and 2012 fall semesters); the Caroline J. Pardee Award (top female athlete – Rachel Tecca, women's basketball); the James Horrigan Award (top male athlete – Scott Caldwell, men's soccer); the Bob Linton Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year Awards (Chad Barson – men's soccer; Tina Dimitrijevs – volleyball); and the male and female Newcomer of the Year Awards (Alex McCune – track and field; Alexis Cooks – track and field).

The Zippy Cup for team community service went to the softball program, which accumulated more than 600 hours during the 2012-13 academic year.

The department also recognized long-time Faculty Athletics Representative J. Dean Carro, who will be retiring later this spring. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee presented him with a gift.

The program concluded with the playing of the annual all-sports highlight video.