April 20, 2011
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - For the fifth straight year, Miami University had student-athletes take home awards from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association, as three RedHawks captured honors at the 18th annual GCNKWSA awards banquet Monday night. Senior Mary Hull won College Sportswoman of the Year for field hockey, senior Brooke Livingston claimed College Sportswoman of the Year for soccer and senior Kelsey Vehr won College Sportswoman of the Year for swimming.
In 2010, Hull led the RedHawks' field hockey team with 14 goals and eight assists for 36 points. The San Diego, Calif., native became only the fourth player in school history to pass the 100-point mark for her career, finishing with 107 points. She was named to the 2010 All-Mid-American Conference First Team and the Academic All-MAC team. Hull was also named to the 2010 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-West Region First Team.
Livingston started all 22 games at center back for the soccer team in 2010 as Miami's captain anchored a RedHawk defense that pitched six shutouts and compiled a 1.37 GAA. Livingston was tabbed Second-Team All-MAC, Academic All-MAC and First-Team All-Ohio this past season, also earning All-MAC and All-Ohio honors as a junior. In addition to her defense, the Lisle, Ill., native scored a career-high three goals - all headers off corner kicks - matching her career total entering the year. Her six points in 2010 also matched her career total.
In addition to winning College Sportswoman of the Year, Vehr earned Outstanding Senior and Outstanding Swimmer of the Year at the 2011 MAC Championship meet where she won individual MAC titles in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.33, a Miami record), the 200 breaststroke (2:10.37, a Miami, MAC, MAC meet, and pool record) and the 400 individual medley (4:14.61, Miami, MAC, MAC meet, and pool records). The Cincinnati native also was a member of the MAC championship 200 medley relay team (1:39.68, a Miami and MAC meet record). Vehr was a three-time NCAA competitor and has been named Miami's Female Athlete of the Year each of the last two seasons. During 2010-11 dual meet competition, she accumulated a team-high 11 first-place finishes in individual events and 11 top placings in relay competition.
Each year, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association honors the top girls and women athletes in our community. In 2007, Miami's Amanda Jackson was named top basketball player while Kathleen Vistica was named top soccer player, as Livingston is the second Miami soccer player to win the honor. In 2008, Jackson repeated in basketball while Laura Neufarth won for cross country. In 2009, Alyson Schmidt was named the top swimmer, making Vehr the second Miami swimmer to claim the honor. Last year, field hockey's Katie Brightwell won giving field RedHawk hockey back-to-back winners while current junior Jessica Simpson won for softball.