IU Athletics Announces Year End Award Winners
June 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Athletics has announced that senior track athlete Molly Beckwith and senior swimmer Kateryna Fesenko have been named 2010 co-Indiana Female Athletes of the Year and that sophomore baseball player Alex Dickerson and sophomore field athlete Derek Drouin have been named 2010 co-Indiana Male Athletes of the Year. Football player Jammie Kirlew, rower Emily Kasavana and water polo player Kelsey Campbell also brought home awards for the 2009-10 athletic seasons.
"The dedication, character, and on-field excellence that these award winning student-athletes possess, represent the best values and traditions of Indiana University Athletics," said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. "We are proud of their accomplishments, and are privileged to share in their many successes."
Molly Beckwith, the 2010 co-Indiana Female Athlete of the Year, capped off her senior season with a runner-up finish in the 800 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The second-place finish marked the first time on the season that Beckwith was not the first to cross the line in an 800-meter race. Beckwith clocked a time of 2:02.14 to finish just .74 seconds out of a national title. The Worthington, Ohio, native claimed All-America honors during the indoor season with fifth-place in the 800m at the national meet. Beckwith ran to two Big Ten titles in 2010, claiming the 600m title indoors and the 800m title outdoors. Her 600m time at Big Tens, 1:27.22, is the second-fastest ever run by an American. Beckwith clocked IU records in the 600m, 800m and distance medley relay during the indoor season and ran a Billy Hayes Track record in the 800m outdoors. Beckwith was selected as the USTFCCCA Regional Track Athlete of the Year for the Great Lakes region. In cross country, Beckwith helped lead the Hoosier team to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2004.
Kateryna Fesenko, the 2010 co-Indiana Female Athlete of the Year, wrapped up an outstanding career by becoming the Hoosiers' first-ever female NCAA swimming champion when she won the 200-yard backstroke at the national meet in March. Fesenko's time of 1:49.92 is the fastest in Big Ten history and makes her one of just three collegiate swimmers to break the 1:50 mark. Fesenko also took second in the 100 backstroke at the NCAA Championships and concluded her career as a 13-time NCAA All-American. This year she won individual Big Ten titles in the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly, setting conference records in both disciplines and earning her the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year award for the second consecutive year. She leaves Indiana with six individual Big Ten titles and school records in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
"This honor is the short-term culmination of a fabulous career for Kate," said head swimming coach Ray Looze. "Two Olympic games, individual NCAA title, two Big Ten team titles, two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, numerous Big Ten individual titles, and numerous NCAA All-America honors make Kate our most decorated female swimmer ever. We can only hope that one of our future ladies can top this achievement. Our staff and team are so very proud of Kate. The only thing left for her to accomplish at IU is the Hall of Fame."
Alex Dickerson, the 2010 co-Indiana Male Athlete of the Year, was named the District V Player of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association, recognizing the sophomore as the top player in the region that includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He also earned First Team All-America honors in the outfield, becoming the fifth First Team All-American in program history. He is a semifinalist for the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy, presented annually to college baseball's top player, and is one of 38 players nationally invited to the Team USA College Baseball National Team Trials this summer. Dickerson became the third Hoosier to garner Big Ten Player of the Year honors, as he was a unanimous selection by the conference coaches. The Poway, Calif., native won the conference's triple crown, leading the Big Ten in batting average, home runs and RBI on the season. He also became the first player in Big Ten history to garner Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year honors in consecutive seasons.
"The Baseball Staff is very proud of Alex for this honor," baseball coach Tracy Smith said. "Each year at Indiana University, there are so many performances given by so many athletes that could qualify to receive this special honor so for him to chosen is quite an accomplishment. That said, he is most deserving, and we couldn't be happier for him."
Derek Drouin, the 2010 co-Indiana Male Athlete of the Year, became the first Hoosier to win NCAA titles in both indoor and outdoor track and field in his career, and he did it all this year. The sophomore won Indiana's first national titles in the high jump. At both the indoor and outdoor national meets, Drouin won by a margin of 1.25 inches. He cleared 2.28m (7-5.75) for the indoor crown and 2.26m (7-5) for the outdoor title. Drouin also claimed indoor and outdoor Big Ten titles and was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA Regional Field Athlete of the Year for the Great Lakes region. Drouin also posted a win at the Penn Relays and earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors three times. The Corunna, Ontario, native holds IU records in the high jump for indoor and outdoor track and field and is tied for 10th all-time at IU in points scored at NCAA Championships with 28. Prior to the start of the school year, Drouin posted wins at the Pan-American Jr. Championships and at the Canadian Jr. Championships.
"Molly and Derek have done the work necessary to put themselves among the elite in our sport," said IU track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer. "As they continue to train and compete, that hard work will carry them to even bigger and better things. They've represented this university and this state very well on a national and international level and they both will continue to do so."
Jammie Kirlew, the 2010 Jake Gimbel Award winner who was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, finished 2009 in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers' career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for loss list with 52.5. Named team MVP in 2009 for the second straight season, Kirlew also collected second team All-Big Ten accolades. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches in 2008. Additionally, the Orlando native was selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List as well as being one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. He was also named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar and to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, and was a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition).
Emily Kasavana, the 2010 Anita Aldrich Award winner, was a 2010 ESPN The Magazine Third Team Academic All-American and a captain on the IU rowing team. A recent graduate from IU's Kelley School of Business, Kasavana received the Stahr Award, which is presented to five graduating seniors at Indiana University who have excelled academically while serving as active student leaders. She earns the Lionel D. Edie Award, which is given to the highest-ranking graduating senior majoring in Business Economics. Kasavana, IU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president, is a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She was the Hoosiers' Scholastic Achievement Award winner in 2009 and 2010, and was named the 2010 Hoosier Award honoree, which is given by IU Athletics to a student-athlete that has brought honor and distinction to IU.
Kelsey Campbell, the 2010 Aline Robinson Mental Attitude Award winner, started all 32 games during the 2010 season, recording 30 goals, 21 assists, and 34 steals to help lead the Hoosiers to a 21-11 overall record. The team earned a No. 12 ranking in the final CWPA Varsity Top 20 Poll after a runner-up finish at the CWPA Eastern Championship. Campbell finished the season with seven multi-goal performances, including six markers during a three game stretch at the Fluid Five. She collected the April 26 Western Division Defensive Player of the Week award after grabbing a career-high eight steals in an 11-1 win over Mercyhurst at the CWPA Western Championship. For her career, she has totals of 99 goals, 77 assists, and 94 steals. She was also selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 5 First Team, as well as the Spring Academic All-Big Ten Team.
The Jake Gimbel Award annually is presented to the senior male student-athlete who has distinguished himself in athletics and scholarship and who has displayed an outstanding mental attitude. The Anita Aldrich Leadership Award is named for the former chair of the IU School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and honors the senior female student-athlete who best exemplifies Aldrich's ideals of leadership, scholastic achievement and athletic ability. The Aline Robinson Mental Attitude Award honors female student-athletes and their athletics and leadership skills, and mental attitude.
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