April 12, 2004
Eight athletes and one team received awards at the University of Louisville 2004 Spring Sports Banquet Monday evening at the Cascade Ballroom in Convention Center Monday evening. More than 700 student-athletes, coaches, administrators and donors were in attendance.
Swimmer Meg Densmore won the CardsCARE award for the women. She is a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colo. and swims the butterfly and sprint freestyle. She set three school records this season as a member of the 200-free relay, 400-free relay and 200-medley relay teams. A two-sport athlete, she is also a novice rower. Joe Swiderski won on the men's side. He is one of the top javelin throwers in school history and currently holds four of the top 10 all-time marks in the event. The fifth-year senior finished third at the 2002 Conference USA Championships.
Swiderski and Densmore logged the most community service hours and made themselves available whenever a project fell short of volunteers. The women's swim team won the team award averaging the most hours devoted to community service of any team. They are coached by Arthur Albiero.
Football's William Gay won the Men's Freshman Athlete of the Year. He was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team and appeared in 11 games, earning three starts at cornerback. He recorded 33 tackles and led the team with eight passes defensed.
Women's soccer player Amy Seng won the Women's Freshman Athlete of the Year Award. She played every minute of every game . She anchored a defense that set school records in shutouts and goals against average and won the Team MVP honors from her teammates.
The Clark Wood Award and the Sherrill Brakmeier Award are presented each year to student-athletes who show outstanding leadership in athletics, academics and community spirit. The Wood Award was given to Dennis Wolf of track and field. He is the team captain for the 2004 Cardinals and ran the second leg of the school's record-setting 4x400m relay team in 2002, Wolf has been a part of five of the fastest 10 4x400m relay teams in school history over the past four years.
The Brakmeier Award went to volleyball's Sonja Percan who earned NCAA All-Midwest Region Honors, All-C-USA and All-C-USA Tournament honors. She is the career record holder in kills and total attacks and is a member of the Croatian National Volleyball Team.
Field hockey player Casey Lehman won the Ed Kallay Athlete of the Year award . A Team captain, Lehman is a student government representative and played in every game in her four-year career. She captained the team has been nationally ranked during each of her years. She was a member of U of L's first regular season MAC - Champion team in 2002 and MAC Tournament Champion team in 2003.
Men's Tennis player Matthew Mayer won the Ed Kallay Athlete of the Year award for the men. Mayer has been an integral part of the Cardinals' lineup since his freshman year and played every position in the lineup in singles and doubles and is currently playing No. 1 in both. He is sixth on the school's list for career singles wins with 89. A member of student-athlete advisory board, he is ranked No. 18 in Intercollegiate Tennis Association doubles ranking with Jeremy Clark. Mayer set the school record for most singles wins as a freshman with 32 and has been named to C-USA Commissioner's honor roll and A.D. honor roll every semester.
Women's -- Meg Densmore (swimming and rowing)
Men's - Joe Swiderski, (track and Field)
Team - Women's Swimming
Freshman of the Year
Men's - William Gay (football)
Women's - Amy Seng (women's soccer)
Brakmeier Award recipient - Sonja Percan (volleyball)
Wood Award recipient - Dennis Wolf (track and field)
Ed Kallay Athlete of the Year Award
Women's - Casey Lehman (field hockey)
Men's - Matthew Mayer (men's tennis)