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Swimmers Honored at Postseason Banquet

Several athletes receive awards for their achievements.

April 21, 1998

At the conclusion of every season, the Purdue swimming and diving program honors all of its athletes, with special recognition going to those who achieved great success in the pool and in the classroom as well as those who exemplified great leadership and character.

At this year's banquet, several athletes received awards for their achievements. Honorable mention all-America Marisa Watts earned MVP honors for the women's team after her performances at the NCAA and Big Ten Championships. Watts also won the senior class women's Medal of Honor for being it's most outstanding student-athlete and the P2S award for showing relentless effort to the team.

Freshman Sarah Dougall was selected as the Most Improved Athlete after finishing strong at the Big Ten Championships. Senior Michele Labrie was selected as a nominee for the Red Mackey Award----an award given by the John Purdue Club to senior athletes who demonstrated academic and athletic prowess as well as great leadership. Senior Heather Murry earned the Whatever It Takes Award for doing something extra to become a better athlete. "Heather really went the extra mile to become a better swimmer," siad head coach Cathy Wright-Eger.

On the men's side, Vilmos Kovacs won team MVP honors for the first time in his illustrious career after capturing honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 breaststroke. Senior Ross Croasdell was selected as the Most Improved Athlete by his teammates after a successful campaign in which he scored in three events at the Big Ten Championships. Fellow senior Mike Ullom earned the men's P2S award. "Mike exemplified hard training and commitment throughout his four years here," assistant coach Mike Keeler said. "He developed from a walk-on into a Big Ten Champion and an NCAA honorable mention All-America." Sophomore Brandon Gustafson and freshman Kara Hajek earned MVP honors for the diving team, while juniors Suzanne Barkey and Dan Schunk received the Most Improved Athlete honors.