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LWC Swimming honors student-athletes at awards banquet

By Clayton Barefield

The Lindsey Wilson swimming program held it's annual awards banquet to honor the student-athletes' achievements and dedication to the swim program for the 2018-19 season.

Head coach Alicia Kemnitz is proud to honor the student-athletes in the program that have accomplished so much in and out of the pool.

"Our end-of-the-year awards ceremony is always a great way for us to come together one last time as a team," Kemnitz said. "Both the men and the women had very successful seasons, so it was particularly gratifying to recognize the team and specific swimmers for their numerous accomplishments."

The honors given by the program are Weight Room King/Queen, Rookie of the Year, Turk Award, High Point Award, Four-Year Award, The Hall Award, and Swimmer of the Year.


For the Weight Room King/Queen honor, Jordan Schaffer and Emma Phillips earned the honor for their dedication and efforts in the weight room. Bryce Rice and Carlene Taylor earned the Rookie of the Year award for their performances during their first season in the Blue Raider swim program.

The most dedicated swimmer award now named the after former assistant-coach Turk Dogruyol, is to be awarded to the swimmers who gave their all during the season. Sarah Hahn and Schaffer were both honored for their contributions to the program.

"I was happy to name our traditional "most dedicated swimmer" award after Turk Dogruyol, our long-time assistant coach. Turk just accepted a head coaching position, so it seemed appropriate to acknowledge the legacy he's left in our program by naming this award after him," Kemnitz said.

Clemens Paetzold and Jessica Macdonald both earned the High Point Award this season for their performances throughout the season.

Harlee Smock, Caitlin Freeny, Bailey Seitz, Emily Wood, and Paetzold earned the Four Year Award for their contributions and dedication to the swim program over the past four years at Lindsey Wilson.

Michael Peck was honored as the Swimmer of the Year for his hard work and dedication to the swim program. Kemnitz stated, "He is always willing to push himself and his teammates to their limits both at practice and at meets." Kemnitz added, "Michael has been successful this season during his mid-distance events, particularly the 500-freestyle and 200-freestyle while earning an All-American honor during the 800-free."

Smock and Seitz both were honored with the Hall Award, which is the award given to those who have overcome adversity throughout their time as a Blue Raider. "Smock has dealt with several injuries over the course of four years and has still dedicated herself to the program. She pushed through the injuries and remained competitive during the season, " Kemnitz mentioned.

Seitz battled through several injuries as well as a demanding class schedule. "Bailey has played an integral role on nearly all of our national relays over the past four years. Without her dedication to the team, the women's program as a whole could not have had the success it did," Kemnitz said.


This story was posted on 2019-05-09 05:41:23
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