Aggie Athletes Honored at CHAMPS Awards Banquet

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COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M men's golfer Trey Todd (Abilene) and volleyball player Jen Moore (Allen) were named the Bill Erwin Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Wednesday afternoon at the 18th-annual CHAMPS Awards Banquet held at The Zone Club in Kyle Field.

Trey Todd is a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick and is a
candidate for Academic All-America honors for the second straight year. He played in 28 career tournaments and tied for eighth at the 2007 Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin. His career-best round was a 67 at the 2006 PING/Arizona State Intercollegiate. Trey has received his masters in accounting from Texas A&M and has accepted a job with Price Waterhouse in Dallas.

Jen Moore was a three-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 Volleyball Team during her four-year career, and as a senior, the libero was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI Women?s Volleyball Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In 2007, the team captain played in every game and ranked second on the squad in digs per game while leading the Aggies to a 21-10 record. An honor student majoring in communications, Moore will graduate in May, completing her degree in four years, and will pursue a master?s degree in sports management at A&M in the fall.

A total of 401 student-athletes and student support staff were honored for posting a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2007 calendar year. Of those, 89 earned Verizon Outstanding Athletics Scholar Awards for posting a 4.0 GPA for one or both semesters.

Men's swimmer Ozzie Gardner (Kearns, Utah) was named the male Distinguished Letterman Award winner. After red-shirting his true senior season due to injury, Gardner became only the second swimmer in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championship final in the 50-yard freestyle, breaking one of the most long-standing and most sought after marks in the A&M swimming record books. Gardner led the Aggies to a 13th-place finish, A&M?s 13th top 25 finish in a row, at the NCAA Championships last month in Federal Way, Wash.

Soccer player Ashlee Pistorius (Bloomington, Ill.) was named the female
Distinguished Letterman Award winner. Pistorius is the A&M school record holder for goals in a career and a four-time Big 12 All-Tournament selection in addition to being named the 2007 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. She was named the Honda Sports Award winner in January, an honor given to nation's top collegiate soccer player following a ballot of 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Program.

The men's tennis and women's golf teams earned the Highest Team GPA Award for the spring of 2007 while the women?s swimming & diving team won the Highest Team GPA Award for the 2007 fall semester. Other teams earning High Team GPA Awards (for having a team GPA over 3.0) were equestrian (Fall 2007), women's swimming & diving (Spring 2007), and women's tennis (Spring 2007).

Track and field athletes Terry Dike (Houston) and Jessica Wingfield
(Richardson) earned a sweep of the Prentice Gautt Big 12 Postgraduate
Scholarship Awards.

A two-time NCAA All-American in the javelin, Wingfield placed 10th at the NCAA Championship in 2005 and 2007. Her career best mark of 164 feet ranks No. 7 on the Texas A&M all-time list. She is a four-time Texas A&M/Verizon Scholar-Athlete Award Winner, having earned the 4.0 GPA award three times. She is also a three-time Big 12 All-Academic Team member and a McFadden Endowed Scholarship Recipient. Wingfield has already been accepted into medical school at the University of Texas at Houston.

Dike improved his career best mark in the triple jump to 49-6 in 2008,
placing third at the Texas Invitational and qualifying for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet. He is a Craig C. Brown Senior Engineer semifinalist, a three-time Verizon Scholar-Athlete Award winner, a two-time member of the Big 12 All-Academic Team and recipient of the Ernst H. & Eva C. Gras Memorial Endowment. Dike, a former student body president candidate, is planning to attend law school following graduation.

In the community service award categories, the Community Service MVP went to women's swimmer Meghan Nebera (Brentwood, Tenn.). Nebera, who completed her eligibility in 2007, ranks second in A&M history in the 200-yard butterfly and is one of only three Aggies to ever score in the event at the NCAA Championships.

Sophomore volleyball player Mary Batis (San Antonio) was named the
Outstanding Committee Chair for her work with Aggie Athletes Involved and The Big Event. Batis has started every match and played in all but one game during her two-year A&M career. This past season, the outside hitter from San Antonio earned MVP accolades at two of three tournaments and went on to be named the team?s co-MVP after leading the team in digs per game and ranking second in kills, points and aces per game.

Student Athlete Advisory Committee President, and men?s golfer, Matt Van Zandt (Houston) was honored for his work as well.

The Award of Excellence, given to an athletic supporter within the
department, was presented to Associate Athletic Director for Academics Steve McDonnell. McDonnell has worked in the position for the Aggies since coming over from a similar role at Iowa State in 1999. He also oversaw the transition of the academic center from Cain Hall to the Bright Complex in 2003.

The Cleo Whitlock Award, given to an athletic supporter outside the
department, was presented to Rush Hannigan. Hannigan often shows up for volleyball games before warm-ups start and is often the first person in the stands. He attends many A&M sports, shows up early, stays late and was submitted for the honor by multiple A&M teams for his outstanding spirit.

Athletes honored for being CHAMPS 101 Teaching Assistants were men's swimmer Alejandro Jacobo (León, Gto., Mexico), softball player Megan Gibson (Spring), track & field athletes Ashley McCarty (Sanger) and Chad Stoermer (San Antonio), women's basketball player LaToya Gulley (Fayetteville, Ark.) and women's swimmer Sally Ranzau (Alpharetta, Ga.). CHAMPS 101 is a required course for all first-year student-athletes.

Ms. Gaye Zinn accepted an award posthumously for her recently deceased husband Bennie Zinn, who made significant contributions to the department as a tutor in the Academic Center.




 
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