NEWARK, Del. -- Twenty-one University of Delaware student-athletes have been selected as their team’s 2011-12 Blue Hen Team Sportsmanship Award winner for this past season, UD Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Bernard Muir announced.
The program, now in its ninth year, honors those student-athletes who have been outstanding role models and displayed outstanding sportsmanship towards their teammates, coaches, opponents, and game officials. The winners receive a certificate noting their award.
This year’s winners were senior Allie Gedney (women’s cross country), sophomore Kasey Prettyman (field hockey), senior Andrew Harrison (football), freshman Ignacio Martin (men’s soccer), junior Polly Reinicker (women’s soccer), sophomore Rachel Oemcke (volleyball), junior Will Townsville (men’s basketball), sophomore Chelsea Craig (women’s basketball), sophomore Zachary Lowe (men’s swimming), freshman Joanna Baird (women’s swimming), junior Jessica McDonald (women’s indoor track & field), senior Nick Stampone (baseball), junior Ben Conroy (men’s golf), freshman Baralee Theinthong (women’s golf), senior Grace Wills (women’s lacrosse), senior Tim Langmaid (men’s soccer), senior Laura Wertman (rowing), freshman Kaitlyn Breneman (softball), freshman Kelsey Evancho (women’s outdoor track & field), junior Amanda Halstrom (women’s tennis), and freshman Evan Andrews (men’s tennis).
Craig and Wills were repeat winners as both earned their team’s Sportsmanship Award last season as well.
Gedney (Brandywine HS/Wilmington, Del.) competed in six meets during the 2011 cross country season and had a 45th place finish at the Delaware Invitational; Prettyman (St. Mark’s/Newark, Del.) had six goals and two assists in leading the field hockey team to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament in 2011; Harrison (Highland Springs/Richmond, Va.) served as co-captain of the football team and ranked second on the squad with 71 tackles in 2011; Martin (The British School of Tenerife/La Laguna, Spain) was a defensive standout for the CAA champion men’s soccer team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament; Reinicker (A.I. duPont/Hockessin, Del.) was a standout defender for the CAA semifinalist women’s soccer team; and Oemcke (Cathedral Catholic/San Diego, Calif.) led the UD volleyball team to its second straight CAA title and a 2011 NCAA Tournament second round berth as a backup setter.
Townsville (Glasgow/Newark, Del.) was a backup guard for the men’s basketball team that competed in the CBI Tournament; Craig (Wootton/Rockville, Md.) was a backup center for the women’s basketball team that won the CAA title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament; Lowe (St. John’s/Creekside, Fla.) placed 11th in the 200 butterfly at the 2012 CAA Championships; Baird (McDonough/Timonium, Md.) was a freestyle and butterfly specialist for the women’s swimming team; and McDonald (Phoenixville/Phoenixville, Pa.) was a pole vaulter and jumper for the women’s indoor track & field team.
Stampone (Germantown Academy/Meadowbrook, Pa.) appeared in four games as a reliever for the CAA runner-up baseball squad; Conroy (Coginchaug Regional/Durham, Conn.) led the UD men’s golf team with a 75.21 stroke average in 2011-12; Theinthong (Niva International School/Bangkok, Thailand) posted an 82.89 stroke average for the women’s golf team in 2001-12; Wills (St. Paul’s School for Girls/Baltimore, Md.) started all 17 games on defense and was captain of the women’s lacrosse squad in 2012; Langmaid (The Governor’s Academy/Danvers, Mass.) was an All-CAA performer for men’s lacrosse and collected 29 groundballs in 2012; Wertman (Whitehall/Whitehall, Pa.) was a member of the Second Varsity Eights crew that placed fifth at the CAA Championships in April in rowing; Breneman (Grassfield, Va. HS/Newark, Del.) hit a team-high four home runs for the CAA Tournament qualifier softball team in 2012; Evancho (Lenape, N.J. HS/Lewes, Del.) placed fourth in the high jump at the CAA Championships in April; Halstrom (J.F. Kennedy/Bellemore, N.Y.) was 8-10 in singles action for the women’s tennis team; and Andrews (York Suburban/York, Pa.) went 9-5 in singles play for the UD men’s tennis team.