OXFORD, Ohio—On Monday, April 22, Miami University Athletics’ student-athletes, coaches and staff gathered to honor the RedHawk seniors at the annual Senior Dessert at the Shriver Center Multipurpose Room.
Women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis were recognized for capturing conference titles in 2013. Women’s soccer, field hockey and hockey all were recognized for winning conference titles and advancing to NCAA Tournaments this season, while the collegiate synchronized skating team was recognized for its national championship, the senior synchronized skating team was recognized for earning a berth to the world championships and the women’s basketball team was recognized for earning a bid to the WNIT. All seniors who won a national or conference title during their time at Miami also were asked to stand and be honored.
All seniors were presented a gift from the Red & White Club. The Miami University Alumni Association also presented Senior Scholar Citations to 67 seniors who achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, while M Strong Strength Awards were given out by the strength and conditioning staff.
The Team GPA Awards presented by the athletics academic support staff went to volleyball for best female sport GPA with a team GPA of 3.66, men’s swimming for best male sport GPA with a team GPA of 3.25 and men’s basketball for most improved team GPA.
This year’s Hal Jasper Community Service Awards was presented to the baseball team for their outstanding efforts in the community throughout the year. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving swept the Spirit of Miami Awards, which are presented annually to one male and one female senior student-athlete who are the true “SPIRIT” of their team. Ian Joyce and Laura Krueger were the 2013 recipients and were presented their awards by John and Lois Cocanougher, who sponsor the award.
Throughout the evening HAWKspy Awards—ESPY-style awards—were presented for Best Supporting Role by a Female Athlete and Male Athlete, Biggest Comeback of the Year, Outstanding Faculty or Staff Member at Miami, Biggest Play of the Year, Best Wipeout and Miami Moment.
Volleyball senior captain and RedHawk Council member Lisa Treadway delivered remarks on behalf of the seniors.
The evening closed by recognizing women’s head swimming coach Dave Jennings, who will retire in June after a remarkable 31-year career guiding the Red and White women’s swimming program. Seniors from his team joined Coach Jennings on stage to lead the entire department in the Miami Fight Song.