April 22, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville has compiled arguably one of the most successful years in athletics in school history and a run that some universities can only imagine - a men's basketball national championship, a football BCS bowl win, a women's basketball national title appearance, and a combined seven BIG EAST titles.
In addition to reliving moments from the year during the All-Sports Banquet on Monday in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville announced its award winners for the 2012-13 campaign.
The top honor, tagged the adidas High Performance Athlete of the Year, was bestowed to Teddy Bridgewater (football) on the men's side and Shoni Schimmel (women's basketball) on the women's side.
Bridgewater was named first team all-BIG EAST after throwing for 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns in leading the Cardinals to a BIG EAST title and an 11-2 record. He also earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors and was selected as the Sugar Bowl MVP after passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns in an upset win over third-ranked Florida.
Schimmel, the Oklahoma City Regional Most Outstanding Player, helped guide the women's basketball team to the NCAA Championship game for the second time in five years. The Mission, Ore., native was named a first team all-BIG EAST selection and a WBCA All-Region member for the second-straight year. She led the Cardinals in scoring with a 14.2 average and a team-best 3.6 assists per game. She became the program's 23rd 1,000 point scorer in school history during the team's win over Austin Peay.
The spring sport athlete of the year awards, given to male and female student-athletes who excelled in the 2012 spring season, also were announced. Baseball's Justin Amlung and tennis' Sebastian Steifelmeyer were named co-recipients of the award on the men's side, while softball's Tori Collins and track and field's Michelle Kinsella shared the honor on the women's side.
Amlung, one of the most accomplished pitchers in program history, finished his senior season with a 9-4 record, boasting a 2.31 earned-run average and 105 strikeouts, third most in school history. His season culminated with third team Louisville Slugger All-America honors, first team all-BIG EAST status, and he was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year. A 12th-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs, Amlung left Louisville ranked second in career wins (24) and career ERA (2.77), third in career strikeouts (240), and fourth in career pitching starts (41).
A member of the Cardinals' third-straight BIG EAST title, Stiefelmeyer was named the league's freshman of the year as well as the BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He posted a 26-11 overall singles record, going a combined 17-7 in dual matches while mainly playing in the top three positions. He earned two singles points and two doubles victories during BIG EAST Tournament play. Stiefelmeyer reached as high as No. 23 in the January ITA doubles rankings with teammate Andrew Carter and capped his campaign ranked No. 11 in the Ohio Valley Regional singles rankings.
One of the top pitchers in the country, Collins, a third-team NFCA All-America selection, posted a 25-2 record and had 186 strikeout in 179.1 innings of work. She also was recognized as a first-team member for the all-Great Lakes Region and all-BIG EAST teams. Collins helped deliver Louisville its second conference tournament title, and she was named to the league's all-tournament team. She recorded back-to-back no-hit performances against Longwood in April 2012, the first player in program history to accomplish such a feat.
Kinsella earned her first career outdoor All-America honor after placing 10th at the NCAA Championships in the high jump for second-team accolades. She cleared 1.86m/6-1.25 to win the BIG EAST outdoor high jump title, tying the school record. Her jump broke a seven-year-old stadium record and two-year-old meet mark. Her 10-point performance helped the Louisville women's track and field team win an unheralded fifth-straight outdoor conference title. She finished the outdoor season with four wins in the event.
Team awards consisted of the adidas Team of the Year, presented to men's basketball, Cards Care Team Award, given to women's lacrosse, and the Cardinal Cup Award, granted to men's tennis and field hockey.
2012 SPRING SPORT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Male: Justin Amlung (baseball), Sebastian Steifelmeyer (tennis)
Female: Tori Collins (softball), Michelle Kinsella (track)
ADIDAS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Male: Teddy Bridgewater (football)
Female: Shoni Schimmel (basketball)
ADIDAS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Kevin Ware (basketball)
CARDS CARE INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM AWARDS
Individual: Becca Maddock (field hockey), Angelika Uremovich (soccer)
Team: Women's Lacrosse
CARDINAL CUP AWARD WINNERS
Women: Field Hockey
LCLUB FEMALE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Angelika Uremovich (soccer), Janaye Dzikewich (lacrosse)
CUNNINGHAM MALE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Peyton Siva (basketball)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Male: Keith Brown (football), Ernest Kibet (track)
Female: Kelsi Worrell (swimming)
SOPHOMORE OF THE YEAR
Male: Teddy Bridgewater (football)
Female: Sara Hammond (basketball), Tanja Kylliainen (swimming)
LCLUB JUNIOR OF THE YEAR
Male: Joao De Lucca (swimming), Andrew Farrell (soccer)
Female: Katie Keller (softball), Antonita Slaughter (basketball)
SENIOR OF THE YEAR
Male: Peyton Siva (basketball)
Female: Lola Arslanbekova (volleyball), Alicja Wolny (softball), Monique Reid (basketball)