The UMBC men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams announced their team awards at its annual end of the year banquet, held at UMBC’s Skylight Room.
Seniors Rebecca Godwin and Sarah Ryan were named the Nikki Blakely Unsung Hero award winners. The Mikki Blakely unsung hero award is presented to a member or members of the women’s swimming and diving team who may not win all of her races, but contributes to the team in other ways, by exhibiting great determination, heart and team spirit. In honor of their daughter, the Blakely family donates $500 for the award for post-graduate endeavors.The men’s Unsung Hero award winners were seniors Kregg Deery and Keilan Freeman.
Sophomore Amy Fay earned the women’s Most Improved Athlete after winning the 500-yard freestyle at the America East Championships and earning bronze in the mile with the second-fastest time in school history (16:54.76).
On the men’s side, freshman Patrick Husson was named the team’s Most Improved Athlete after walking on to the team in the fall and becoming one of the squad’s best breaststrokers, including the fifth-fastest 200 in school history (2:03.27).