Sinead Farrelly and Matt McLean UVa's Top Athletes
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Sinead Farrelly (women’s soccer) and Matt McLean (men’s swimming) were honored as Virginia’s top female and male athletes for the 2010-11 academic year at UVa’s annual awards dinner on May 4 at John Paul Jones Arena. Farrelly received the IMP Award as the top female athlete and McLean received the WINA Award as the top male athlete.
Farrelly, a senior midfielder from Havertown, Pa., earned first-team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and was the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. She was a first-team All-ACC selection for the fourth time (10th player in conference history to accomplish that feat) and was a semifinalist for the 2010 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy which is given annually to the top collegiate soccer player in the country.
Farrelly started all 22 games during the 2010 season and led the team in scoring with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points. She was the second overall selection in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft by the Philadelphia Independence.
McLean, a senior from Sterling, Va., won the 2011 NCAA Championship in the 500 freestyle and was named the ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Year for the second time in his career. In addition to his victory in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Championships, he earned All-America honors with fourth place finishes in the 200 freestyle and 1650 freestyle and as a member of the 400 (sixth) and 800 (second) freestyle relay teams.
McLean was honored as the Swimmer of the Championships at the 2011 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships after winning the 500 freestyle and the 1650 freestyle and contributing to Virginia’s winning 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams. It was the third time he’s been honored as the ACC Swimmer of the Championships.
Debbie Ryan, who stepped down in March after 34 years as Virginia’s women’s head basketball coach, and Leonard Sandridge, UVa’s retiring Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, were co-recipients of the Bus Male Service Award for their years of service to the athletics department.
Stephanie Garcia (South Riding, Va.) of the women’s cross country and track and field teams, and Danny Hultzen (Bethesda, Md.) of the baseball team received UVa’s ACC Scholar-Athlete Awards. Erin Malapit (Springfield, Va.) of the cheerleading squad received the Susan J. Grossman Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding service to student-athletes and contributions to the Student-Athlete Mentor Program. Nick Nelson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) of the wrestling team and Liz Shaw (Richmond, Va.) of the women’s swimming and diving team were co-recipients of the Ernest H. Ern, Jr., Award for outstanding contributions to student life at Virginia.
Tyler Biddix (Richmond, Va.) of the baseball team received the Gus Tebell Memorial Award as the senior male student-athlete with the highest scholastic average through his four years at Virginia, while Miriam Kaplan (Charlottesville, Va.) of the rowing team received the Jettie Hill Memorial Award as the fourth-year female student-athlete with the highest scholastic average through her four years at Virginia.
Matt Snyder (Lewistown, Pa.) of the wrestling team received the Craig Fielder Memorial Award for overcoming adversity and Maggie Kistner (St. Louis, Mo.) of the women’s soccer team was the recipient of the Ralph Sampson Scholarship Award. Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) of the field hockey team received the Virginia Athletics Department’s Distinguished Student-Athlete Scholarship Award.
Rod Larson (Mahwah, N.J.) of the baseball team was the recipient of the Bob Goodman Memorial Award for his service to Virginia athletics as a team manager and Lauren Schmidt (Roanoke, Va.) of the wrestling team received the Tim Abbott Memorial Award presented to the student assistant trainer most dedicated to and possessing empathy for the student-athletes. Katya Bachrouche (Farmington Hills, Mich.) of the women’s swimming and diving team received the Life Skills Scholarship Award.
Virginia’s ACC Top VI Award recipients included Kristina Chapman (Hampton, Va., women’s track and field), Ari Dimas (Chesapeake, Va., men’s soccer), Kisha Garrick (Milford, Va., women’s track and field), Nick Nelson (Pittsburgh, Pa., wrestling), Scot Robison (Charlotte, N.C., men’s swimming), and Liz Shaw (Richmond, Va., women’s swimming).
Baseball – Billy Word Memorial Award – Awarded later
Basketball (m) – Sidney Young Memorial Award – Will Sherrill
Basketball (w) – Coaches Award for Excellence – Ataira Franklin
Cross Country (m) – Coaches Award for Excellence – Graham Tribble
Cross Country (w) – Coaches Award for Excellence – Barbara Strehler
Field Hockey – Coaches Award for Excellence – Paige Selenski
Football – John Acree Memorial Award – Matt Snyder
Golf (m) – F. Dixon Brooke Memorial Award – Ben Kohles
Golf (w) – William C. Eacho Memorial Award – Calle Nielson
Lacrosse (m) – Henry Gaver Memorial Award – Awarded later
Lacrosse (w) – Coaches Award for Excellence – Liz Downs
Rowing – Coaches Award for Excellence – Awarded later
Soccer (m) – Stanley Lerner Memorial Award – Ari Dimas
Soccer (w) – Coaches Award for Excellence – Sinead Farrelly
Softball – Coaches Award for Excellence – Awarded later
Swimming (m) – Brooke Maury Memorial Award – Scot Robison
Swimming (w) – Diane Montgomery Greene Memorial Award – Claire Crippen and Liz Shaw
Tennis (m) – Norton Pritchett Memorial Award – Awarded later
Tennis (w) – Coaches Award for Excellence – Lindsey Hardenbergh
Track – Z Society – The Lou Onesty Memorial Award – Kristina Chapman and Anna Corrigan
Track – Henry Cummings Memorial Award – Adams Abdulrazaaq and Marcus Robinson
Volleyball – Coaches Award for Excellence – A.J. Cushman
Wrestling – David Senft Memorial Award – Chris Henrich and Derek Valenti