April 22, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio—Miami University’s synchronized skating teams gathered with friends and family Sunday morning at the Shriver Center to celebrate the 2011-12 season at the annual postseason banquet.
Ten RedHawk skaters received awards at the banquet. Each team had a skater named outstanding skater, most improved skater and also awarded a spirit award. The senior and collegiate teams also had awardees for rookie of the year and outstanding senior.
Sutter was honored as the Thomas J. Fisher Most Outstanding Skater, the program’s most prestigious award, which is given to a member of the senior team. Sutter also was named the senior team’s Senior of the Year. She is a four-year member of the senior team and also received a blanket for being a four-year letterwinner.
For the fourth time in her career, Buckley earned Spirit Award distinction. She also was last year’s senior team Spirit Award winner and captured the honor from both the junior and collegiate teams during her sophomore season. Buckley also was tabbed the senior team’s Most Improved Skater.
Stephenson, a three-year member of the collegiate team, was voted the collegiate team’s Senior of the Year and Outstanding Skater.
Senior Lauren McHenry (Raleigh, N.C.) and sophomore Katherine Rice (Harrisburg, Pa.) each were repeat winners of the Spirit Awards for their respective teams. McHenry is a two-year member of the collegiate team, while Rice is a two-year member of the junior team who served as co-captain this season.
Sophomore Colleen Clancy (Galesburg, Mich.), in her first season on the senior team, was tabbed their Rookie of the Year.
Freshman Christine Frawley (Macedon, N.Y.), who skated on both the collegiate and junior teams, was named the collegiate team’s Most Improved Skater. Sophomore Devan Vossekuil (Waupun, Wis.,), in her first season with the collegiate team, was named their Rookie of the Year.
Freshman Melissa Marchese (Irvine, Calif.), who skated on both the collegiate and junior teams, earned the junior team’s Outstanding Skater Award, while freshman Bonnie Lynch (Groton, Mass.) was the junior team’s Most Improved Skater.
Four skaters also made remarks during the awards portion of the program. Rice and sophomore Lauren Szandzik (Darien, Ill.) spoke on behalf of the junior team, senior Kerrie Wilcox (San Diego, Calif.) spoke on behalf of the collegiate team, while Sutter spoke on behalf of the senior team.
Miami’s collegiate team was undefeated in 2011-12, winning the program’s 14th national title and increasing its unprecedented stretch of national titles to eight straight. The senior team posted two-first place finishes this season. The RedHawk senior team earned a bronze medal at the U.S. National Championships and captured the Professional Skaters Association’s award for Best Performance at nationals.
RECAP OF AWARD WINNERS:
Senior Rookie of the Year – Colleen Clancy
Senior Spirit Award – Martha Buckley
Senior Most Improved Skater – Martha Buckley
Senior of the Year – Alyssa Sutter
Thomas J. Fisher Outstanding Skater – Alyssa Sutter
Collegiate Rookie of the Year – Devan Vossekuil
Collegiate Spirit Award – Lauren McHenry
Collegiate Most Improved Skater – Christine Frawley
Collegiate Senior of the Year – Emily Stephenson
Collegiate Outstanding Skater – Emily Stephenson
Junior Spirit Award – Katherine Rice
Junior Most Improved Skater – Bonnie Lynch
Junior Outstanding Skater – Melissa Marchese