The Louies – Recap And Tweetcap

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville athletics department celebrated the successes of its student-athletes and teams on Monday night at The Louies Student-Athletes Awards Show.

The adidas High Performance Athlete of the Year, the top athletic honor of the evening, was presented to Asia Durr (women’s basketball), Mallory Comerford (swimming and diving) and Nicolas Albiero (swimming and diving).

A consensus All-American, the senior from Douglasville, Ga., was the recipient of the Dawn Staley Award and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, presented to the top guard and top shooting guard in the nation. A member of the ACC All-Tournament Team and Albany Regional All-Tournament Team, she helped the Cards to an Elite Eight birth. She was named ACC Player of the year, first team all ACC, and a member of the ACC All-Academic Team. A member of the winningest class in UofL women’s basketball history, she was recently tabbed with the second pick of the 2019 WNBA Draft by the New York Liberty.

A senior from Kalamazoo, Mich., Comerford won her third straight NCAA title in the 200 freestyle, becoming the first UofL swimmer in history to win three NCAA titles in a single event. She then earned her second championships of the meet in the 100 free. In addition to her two titles, she took bronze in the 50 free in a UofL record time. Comerford also competed on four All-American relays to lead the Cards to their highest NCAA finish in program history. A repeat champion in the 100, 200 and 500 free for the second straight season, she was also named ACC Championships Most Valuable Swimmer for the second consecutive year.

A four-time All-American at the NCAA Championships this season, Albiero earned four individual top-ten finishes and another on the 400 free relay. The Louisville native set new UofL records in the 100 back, 200 fly and 100 fly at the ACC Championships and he holds records in all five relays for UofL. He earned three gold and two silver medals in the ACC Championship and scored 86 individual points for the Cards.

The L1C4 award, one of the highest honors of the evening, was presented to women’s basketball’s Arica Carter. The honor is given to a student-athlete who exemplifies the meaning of the athletic department’s culture, humble and hungry. The individual sets the standard by achieving for being ‘Louisville First’ by excelling in the classroom, in the community, and in athletic competition.

Carter, a redshirt-senior from Los Angeles, averaged 9.5 points and finished second on the team with 63 made three-pointers in her final season. Carter was one of three Cardinals selected in the 2019 WNBA Draft last week, going 32nd overall to the Phoenix Mercury.

Men’s golf’s Simon Zach captured the Record-Breaking Performance Award for his showing at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. The native of the Czech Republic set the NCAA and Louisville record for lowest 54-hole score in a collegiate event, finishing at 21-under par 195 to lead the Cardinals to the team title.

Softball’s Celene Funke and men’s basketball’s Jordan Nwora were named the Breakthrough Athletes. Funke led the Cardinals with a .356 batting average and 17 stolen bases in her sophomore season. She started 52 games overall and was a Google Cloud Academic All-American. Nwora was named the ACC’s Most Improved Player after averaging 17.0 points per game to lead the Cardinals this season. The sophomore knocked down 77 three-pointers, the 10th-most ever in a UofL single season.

Women’s swimming and diving delivered the Best Championship Performance after recording their highest finish in program history at the NCAA Championships and earning the program’s first-ever team trophy. Comerford also took home Moment of the Year with her third straight NCAA title in the 200 freestyle.

Women’s soccer’s Emina Ekic was bestowed the Comeback Player of the Year honor. The sophomore rebounded from an injury late in 2017 to start every match for the Cardinals this season. Ekic was a second team All-American after posting seven goals and five assists.

The spirit award was created in 2016 to highlight the dedication and support from Louisville’s spirit squads, which make hundreds of community appearances and serve as lead ambassadors for the Louisville Cardinals. Kayla Goodman (pep band), Emily Mattey (cheer), and Sydney Thompson (Ladybirds) each were recognized.

Tate Schmitt (men’s soccer) and Ayeisha McFerran (field hockey) garnered the Ed Kallay Senior of the Year honors. Schmitt was an All-ACC and All-South Region selection behind five goals and eight assists in 19 matches. He was named the ACC Championship Tournament MVP after leading the Cardinals to their first ACC title and then signed a Major League Soccer homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake. McFerran wrapped up her career as the first four-time All-American in program history. She was a three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week in 2018 and finished top-10 in the country with a 1.14 goals against average.

Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (men’s tennis) and Dorcas Wasike (cross country) were selected as the Male and Female Junior of the Year. Morin-Kououcheff was the second player in program history to qualify for the NCAA singles and doubles championships in the same season. Wasike was named the ACC Women’s Runner of the Year and Women’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year after taking first place at the ACC Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional.

Baseball’s Logan Wyatt and field hockey’s Mercedes Pastor picked up Sophomore of the Year laurels. Wyatt, a Louisville native, was a first team All-ACC selection and named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-America third team in 2018. Pastor earned NFHCA All-America second team honors in addition to All-ACC and All-Region selections.

Bartosz Piszczorowicz (swimming and diving) and Violette Legrand (rowing) were chosen as the Freshmen of the Year. Piszczorowicz won three gold medals at the ACC Championships, including an individual gold in the 200 freestyle. Legrand was named the ACC Freshman of the Year and was a second-team All-ACC honoree.

The full list of awards is below:

adidas High Performance Athlete of the Year
Male: Nicolas Albiero (swimming and diving)
Female: Mallory Comerford (swimming and diving) and Asia Durr (women’s basketball)

L1C4 Award
Arica Carter (women’s basketball)

Record-Breaking Performance
Simon Zach (men’s golf)

Breakthrough Athlete
Celene Funke (softball)

Jordan Nwora (men’s basketball)

Comeback Player of the Year
Emina Ekic (women’s soccer)

Best Championship Performance 
Women’s Swimming and Diving

Moment of the Year
Mallory Comerford winning her third national championship

Kentucky Farm Bureau CardsCARE Individual
Noah McBride (track and field)

Emily Corso (rowing)

Kentucky Farm Bureau CardsCARE Team
Field Hockey

UPS Leadership Award
Male: Christen Cunningham (men’s basketball)
Female: Emily Howell (women’s lacrosse)

Outstanding Senior Cheer Award
Emily Mattey

Outstanding Senior Ladybird Award
Sydney Thompson

Outstanding Senior Pep Band Award
Kayla Goodman

Freshman of the Year
Men: Bartosz Piszczorowicz (swimming and diving)
Female: Violette Legrand (rowing)

Sophomore of the Year
Male: Logan Wyatt (baseball)
Female: Mercedes Pastor (field hockey)

Junior of the Year
Male: Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (men’s tennis)
Female: Dorcas Wasike (cross country)

Ed Kallay Senior of the Year
Male: Tate Schmitt (men’s soccer)
Female: Ayeisha McFerran (field hockey)

Humble & Hungry Award

Celene Funke (softball)

Highest Senior GPA

Abigail Wright (track and field)

Highest Team GPA

Women’s Swimming and Diving

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