April 30, 2011

Freshman swimmer Breeja Larson and junior diver Janie Potvin were named Team MVPs as the Texas A&M women's swimming and diving team celebrated its 2010-11 season at the annual banquet on Saturday at the Hagner Auditorium on the A&M campus.
 
The 2010-11 Aggies logged their fifth straight top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships with a 10th-place effort at the 2011 nationals. The freshman-laden Aggies also produced an amazing 10 school records, including seven individual school standards set by first-year swimmers.
 
Larson, a freshman from Mesa, Arizona, was named the Most Valuable Swimmer after producing a pair of NCAA runner-up performances in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes, and breaking both school records in the races. She also handled the breaststroke legs on both medley relays that earned All-America honors and set school records.
 
Potvin, a junior from Broussard, Quebec Canada, carried the load for the Aggie dive crew when 2010 Big 12 Diver of the Year Jaele Patrick went out with an injury. Potvin finished in the top three in all three dives at the conference meet and went on to place fourth on the platform at NCAAs.
 
Receiving the Most Improved Swimmer and Diver were freshman swimmer Ashley Adams and junior diver Lorena Lujan. Adams kept improving as the season progressed and ended the year with NCAA "B" cuts in the 500 and 1,650 freestyles, and ranked among the top three on the team in the 1,000 and 1,650. A consistent scorer at the conference level throughout her career, Lujan went to the next level in 2011 by qualifying for her first NCAA Championships.
 
The Aggies' Iron Woman Award, which recognizes the most consistent swimmer in dry land conditioning during the year, was given to sophomore Kristina Kontrimas.
 
The Aggie Heart Award, which recognizes the team member that always sets a positive example, was given to sophomore Allyson Sweeney.
 
The Jody Tanner-Hansen Optimist Award was given to sophomore Kendra Chernoff. The award is voted on by the team, and recognizes the teammate that always has a positive attitude and helps build her teammates up. Tanner-Hansen set a variety of school records at Texas A&M in the early 1980's while competing for former head coach Mel Nash.

Swimmers Alyssa Conner, Rita Medrano and Megan Onsott and diver Jaele Patrick were named team captains for 2011-12.
 
School Records set in 2010-11
500 free: Adams, Cammile, 4:37.81
1,000 free: McLaine, Maureen, 9:42.11   
1,650 free: Henry, Sarah, 16:06.48
100 back: Miller, Paige, 52.43
100 breast: Larson, Breeja, 58.51
200 breast: Larson, Breeja, 2:06.18
200 fly: Adams, Cammile, 1:52.93
400 IM: Henry, Sarah, 4:05.30
200 medley relay: 1:36.62, Simpson, Larson, Miller, Sommer
400 medley relay: 3:31.04, Miller, Larson, Chernoff, Ibanez   
 
2010-11 Team Awards
Most Valuable Diver: Janie Potvin
Awarded to the team member who contributed the most to the success of the team through their respective performances during competition.
            
Most Improved Diver: Lorena Lujan
Awarded to the team member who, as voted by the team, improved the most not only with their performances, but with their work habits and commitment to the team goals and values.
 
Most Valuable Swimmer: Breeja Larson
Awarded to the team member who contributed the most to the success of the team through their respective performances during competition.
 
Most Improved Swimmer: Ashley Adams
Awarded to the team member who, as voted by the team, improved the most not only with their performances, but with their work habits and commitment to the team goals and values.
 
Iron Women Award: Kristina Kontrimas
Awarded to the team member who the strength and conditioning staff believed performed the most consistent during dry land conditioning.
 
Aggie Heart Award: Allyson Sweeney
Awarded to the team member the coaching staff agreed  best exemplified what it means to be an aggie: Always putting the teams needs ahead of their own while setting a positive example both in and out of the water, and striving to push others to be their best.
 
Jody Tanner-Hansen Optimist Award: Kendra Chernoff
Voted on by the team, Awarded to the teammate who always has a positive attitude and helps build her teammates up.