Men's Swimming won the 2012-13 Gold Vest Award
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Men's Swimming won the 2012-13 Gold Vest Award
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Udofia and Haugen Take Top Honors at DU Awards Night
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 05/06/2013

DENVER – Junior men’s basketball player Chris Udofia (Irving, Texas) was voted DU Male Athlete of the Year, and freshman skier Kristine Haugen (Lommedalen, Norway) earned Female Athlete of the Year, as the University of Denver held its 78th annual Student-Athlete Awards Banquet Monday night at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center.

The celebration, which was organized and hosted by the DU Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), honored each of Denver's 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports programs, and also included awards for Pioneer Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, and Strength and Conditioning. In addition, the Gold Vest Award was given to an outstanding Pioneer team for excellence in community service, academics, spirit, leadership and athletic performance.

Udofia, who was Co-Player of the Year last season, was voted to the All-WAC First Team and WAC All-Defensive Team, while leading the Pioneers to a 22-10 overall record and a share of the WAC regular season title, finishing 16-2 in conference play. Udofia, who earned a spot on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 First Team, helped lead the Pioneers win their first-ever game in a national postseason tournament as a No. 3 seed in the NIT. Udofia ranked 34th in the nation and third in the WAC in blocked shots (2.34 per game), and ranked second in the WAC in assist/turnover ratio (1.81), fourth in steals (1.62), fifth in field goal percentage (.516), and ninth in both scoring (13.3) and assists (3.28 per game). Udofia’s 75 blocks were the fourth most in DU single-season history, and his 186 career blocks are second behind Yemi Nicholson’s all-time record of 210.

Haugen was honored as both the Female Athlete of the Year and the Sportswoman of the Year, as the top female athlete and freshman, respectively. Haugen swept the alpine titles at the NCAA Championships in Middlebury, Vt., becoming the first skier in DU history and the fifth skier in NCAA history to win both the slalom title and giant slalom title in the same season. The Lommedalen, Norway, native finished the season undefeated in the giant slalom, and recorded four first-place finishes in the slalom. Haugen won the RMISA titles for both disciplines.

Freshman swimmer Dylan Bunch (Boulder City, Colo.) won the Sportsman of the Year Award. Bunch won the MPSF Championship in the 1650 freestyle, and finished second in the 500 freestyle at the conference meet. He was the only member of the Denver men’s squad to qualify for the NCAA Championships, finishing 36th in the 1650 freestyle and 49th in the 500 freestyle at the season’s final event. Bunch set a pair of DU records on the same swim at the MPSF Championships, as he broke the school mark for the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:01.83 on his way to a Denver-record time of 15:00.28 in the 1650 freestyle.

Sophomore Nina McGee (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the Comeback Player of the Year. McGee missed her entire freshman season after having rods placed in both legs in the fall of 2011 to stabilize her shins. After working through the 2012 season and the 2013 preseason to get back, McGee was a regular season NACGC/W Second Team All-American on both bars and floor after finishing 13th in the bars national rankings and ninth in the floor national rankings in her first collegiate season. In 2013, McGee earned a 9.925 or higher on all three of her events (bars, beam and floor), including a 9.975 on floor on Jordyn Wieber Night on March 9.   

Hockey player Adam Murray (Anchorage, Alaska) and volleyball player Faimie Kingsley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) received strength and conditioning awards. The honors are based on test scores, improvement in strength and conditioning over their careers, and the ability to use strength and conditioning to improve their athletic ability.

Finally, DU Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes presented the men's swimming team with the Gold Vest Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the department, based on superior community service, leadership, academic achievement, spirit and athletic performance. The men's swimming team posted a team GPA of 3.34. The Pioneers attended more than twice as many competitions to cheer on their fellow student-athletes than any other team.

2012-13 University of Denver Special Awards

Male Athlete of the Year, Chris Udofia, Basketball

Female Athlete of the Year, Kristine Haugen, Skiing

Pioneer Sportsman of the Year, Dylan Bunch, Swimming & Diving

Pioneer Sportswoman of the Year, Kristine Haugen, Skiing

Comeback Player of the Year, Nina McGee, Gymnastics

Male Strength and Conditioning Award, Adam Murray, Hockey

Female Strength and Conditioning Award, Faimie Kingsley, Volleyball

2012-13 Scholar-Athletes of the Year


Chase Hallam, Men's Basketball, 3.87

Katy Van Lieshout, Women's Soccer, 3.98


Ryan Holly, Men’s Swimming, 3.96

Paige Tollefson, Gymnastics, 3.98


Larkin Jacobson, Hockey, 4.00

Caitlin Higgins, Women’s Soccer, 3.93


Gabe Levin, Hockey, 3.96

Emma Naatz, Women’s Skiing, 3.92

2012-13 Team Most Valuable Players

Zach Bolden – Men’s Soccer

Enej Bonin – Men’s Tennis

Jordan Burgess – Men’s Golf

Samantha Corea – Women’s Swimming & Diving

Tonje Daffinrud – Women’s Golf

Silje Benum – Women’s Nordic Skiing

Kristen Hamilton – Women’s Soccer

Andrew Dougherty – Men’s Nordic Skiing

Kristine Haugen – Women’s Alpine Skiing

Kate Henrich – Women’s Lacrosse

Emma Isberg – Women’s Tennis

Faimie Kingsley – Volleyball

Eric Law – Men’s Lacrosse

Espen Lysdahl – Men’s Alpine Skiing

Moriah Martin – Gymnastics

Kyle Milberg – Men’s Swimming & Diving

Juho Olkinuora – Hockey

Emiko Smith - Women’s Basketball

Chris Udofia – Men’s Basketball

2012-13 Team Most Valuable Freshman

Emily Barrett - Gymnastics

Dylan Bunch – Men’s Swimming & Diving

Henry Craig – Men’s Tennis

Kailey Edwards - Women’s Basketball

Silje Benum – Women’s Nordic Skiing

Arti Edelman – Men’s Golf

Kristine Haugen – Women’s Alpine Skiing

Zoe Huddleston – Women’s Swimming & Diving

Kathryn Hughes – Women’s Tennis

Taylor Ivins – Women’s Soccer

Gordie Koerber – Men’s Lacrosse

Jalen Love – Men’s Basketball

Rachael McKinnon – Women’s Lacrosse

Jordan Schweitzer – Men’s Soccer

Taylor Shiffrin – Men’s Alpine Skiing

Elyse Smidinger – Women’s Golf

Michele Swope – Volleyball

Nolan Zajac – Hockey

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