SWIMMING HONORS STUDENT-ATHLETES AT BANQUET
Deanna Petchkona
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.- The University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team recently held its annual  awards banquet at the Sheraton Inn in Portsmouth. The evening highlighted the team’s 2006-2007 season accomplishments.
        Individuals recognized for exceptional seasons included Mattie Fowler (Farmington, Maine) as Rookie of the Year. Fowler was a three-time finalist at the America East Championships and was runner-up in the 400-yard individual medley and 200 butterfly.
        The Most Valuable Swimmer Award went to junior Kary Goodman (East Windham, Maine). Goodman won three individual events at the America East Championships; the 100 backstroke and the 100 and 200 fly. She set a school record in the 100 fly and was selected America East Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive season.
     The team’s Most Improved Award went to sophomore diver Becky Keys (Scituate, Mass.). Keys placed seventh on the 1-meter board at the America East Championships and was a consistent scorer throughout the dual meet season increasing her degree of
Shana Dege
difficulty on both boards.
     The Richard J. Hegerich Golden Goggle Award (Seventh Player Award) was awarded to senior captain Caitlin Hamer (Andover, Mass.). It was presented by Maureen Hegerich and her son Chris recognizing Hamer’s leadership, character, team spirit and love of the sport that Rich so vibrantly demonstrated.
     The Coaches Award recognizes the upperclassman that exemplifies the best of UNH swimming and diving. It reflects upon the characteristics of leadership, ability to be a role model, commitment to the team and overall contribution to the team both philosophically and athletically. Junior standout Deanna Petchonka (Ridgefield, Conn.) received the award. Petchonka was the 2006 America East champion in the 100 fly and was essential throughout the season on relays.
     Captains for the women’s swim team were recently announced as well. Butterfly specialist and sprinter Petchonka along with the Wildcats’ top diver and record holder and America East Diver of the Year runner-up Shana Dege (Lockport, N.Y.) and former
Laura Fay
Rookie of the Year and 1-meter standout Laura Fay (Eugene, Ore.) will lead the Wildcats for the 2007-2008 season.
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