Wednesday, May 8, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Athletics and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the 10th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) Tuesday night at Orr Auditorium. The WESPYs honored team MVPs for all 18 varsity sports teams, as well as several annual awards and recognition of top athletic achievements throughout the 2012-13 academic year.
Highlighting the event was the awarding of the David B. Fawcett and Marjorie A. Walker Awards, given annually to honor and acknowledge those individuals who best exemplify the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. The Fawcett Award was given to senior track and basketball student-athlete Adam Carswell (Painsville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and the Walker Award was presented to senior women's soccer and basketball student-athlete Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom).
Carswell was a member of both the track & field and basketball teams. He helped lead the Titan track & field team to its third consecutive PAC Championship this season. On the basketball court, Carswell was a three-year starter, four-year letterman. He served as one of the four team captains, while averaging 7.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Cantella was the starting goalie for the Titan soccer team and starting guard for the basketball team. Cantella played all 26 games on the court this season and averaged 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. On the soccer field Cantella was a force guarding the net. The three-year starter was third in the PAC with 95 saves and fourth in goals against average (1.27) and saving percentage (.798). Cantella ended her collegiate career with 358 saves and 19 shutouts, both ranked second all-time in Westminster women's soccer history. Cantella also received first team Division III All-Great Lakes Region honors.
The WESPY Award, given for the top single-event athletic performance by a Titan male and female student-athlete, was voted on by the entire campus community via e-mail ballot. Over 250 campus ballots were compiled.
The men's WESPY went to junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union). Thomas helped Westminster win its third-straight PAC men's track and field title. The junior was named the Men's Field Co-MVP as he was crowned champion in the triple jump, for the first time in his career, with a leap of 13.97 meters and placed second in the long jump with a 6.78 meter mark. Thomas was also part of the 4x100 meter relay team that placed first with a school-record time of 42.45, breaking their time of 42.62 they set in last year's PACs
The women's WESPY went to freshman Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) for her performance at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Kalsey came in third place in pole vault, earning the distinction of All-American in the process. Kalsey cleared 3.95 meters breaking her own school-record for the fourth time this season.
The Senior Scholar Athlete Awards are given annually to the graduating senior male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The men's award went to football senior David Wright (Solon, OH / Solon). The women's award went to softball player Layne Carpenter (Marietta, OH / Marietta).
The following is a list of all other awards presented at Thursday's ceremony:
Towering Titan Faculty Award - Dr. Kristenne Robison, Assistant Professor of Sociology.
Honorary Titan Award - Ed Galanski and Dr. Jesse Mann
Comeback Athlete of the Year, women and men - Senior Carolyn Swarlis (Pittsburgh, PA / Avonworth), swimming; Freshman Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford), swimming.
Team Comeback of the Year, women and men - Men's soccer's comeback from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in double overtime against conference foe Bethany; Women's Basketball's 54-51 overtime win over Grove City Jan. 16 after the Titans trailed by seven points in the second half.
Team Performance of the Year, women and men - Women's tennis with winning its first PAC Tournament championship in school history as they tied for first with Saint Vincent; Men's track and field winning its third consecutive PAC title.
Unsung Hero, women and men - Junior Jordan Steele (Falconer, NY / Falconer Central), women's soccer; senior Derrick Orloski (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock), football.
Rookie of the Year, women and men - Marissa Kalsey, Track and Field; Matt Baurle, Swimming and Diving.
Exceptional Two-Sport Student-Athlete, women and men - Senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney), women's basketball and softball; Junior Anthony Thomas, men's track and field and basketball.
Baseball MVP - To be determined.
Women's Basketball MVP - Katie Hughes
Men's Basketball MVP - Doug Smith (South Park, PA / South Park)
Women's Cross Country MVP - Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBouf)
Men's Cross Country MVP - Aaron Sutton (Warren, OH / Howland)
Football MVP - Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek)
Women's Golf MVP - Morgan Pierce (Fredonia, PA / Reynolds)
Men's Golf MVP - Ross Montanti (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland)
Women's Soccer MVP - Jenn Cantella
Men's Soccer MVP - Josh Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom)
Softball MVP - To be determined
Women's Swimming MVP - Ashley Wyland (Pittsburgh, PA / Taylor Allderdice)
Men's Swimming MVP - Alan Nedley (White, PA / Connellsville)
Women's Tennis MVP - Caitlin Hosler (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Central)
Men's Tennis MVP - Mike Matisi (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville)
Women's Track and Field MVP - Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City)
Men's Track and Field MVP - Adam Carswell (Painesville, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin)
Volleyball MVP - Tara Incerpi (Carrollton, OH / Minerva)
This release was written by Nick Grow ('13), senior accounting major
***Updated on May 10, 11:54 a.m.
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