March 6, 2007
Greensboro, NC –
Four Seminoles were named recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award on Tuesday. Sarah Griffin (volleyball), Alex Kennon (swimming), Kelly Rowland (soccer) and Tom Lancashire (cross country/track & field) were among 45 winners of the award announced by ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker scholarships are given to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate-level degree following graduation. Each recipient will receive $5,000 to use towards his or her graduate education. Student-athletes receiving the award have performed with distinction in both the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, nine student-athletes will receive Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Awards. These students will be recognized for their outstanding performance in both athletic competition and the classroom throughout their collegiate careers and intend to compete at the Olympic or professional level.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James as well as Gene Corrigan, all former ACC commissioners. The league’s first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954 to 1970 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.
Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.
Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan’s tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.
Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver award, originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James award, established in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.
The Thacker award, which originated in 2005, is awarded in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, N.C. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC’s first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through post-graduate studies at an ACC institution.
The 45 student-athletes will be honored April 12, 2007, in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club. The luncheon will be held at the Koury Convention Center.
Weaver-James-Corrigan Award Recipients are as follows: Boston College – Allison Amanda Anderson (volleyball), Robert G. Dittrich (baseball); Clemson – Sarah Irene Cefalu (swimming & diving), Brittany Gamble (rowing), J. Thomas Hunter (football); Duke – Leigh Turner Jester (lacrosse), Cara Lynn Lopresti (field hockey), Shannon Nicole Rowbury (cross country/track & field); Florida State – Sarah Reyne Griffin (volleyball), Alex W. Kennon (swimming), Kelly A. Rowland (soccer); Georgia Tech – Ofer Finkler (swimming & diving), Kristina Kaye Hull (softball), Alison Jo Silverio (tennis); Maryland – Paula Infante (field hockey), Kristina Keegan (track & field), Adam B. Podlesh (football); Miami – Heather Nicole Bounds (diving), Valerie Anne Webb (rowing), Karen Louise Wiley (rowing); North Carolina – Anna Victoria Evans (softball), Courtney Allison Krolokoski (fencing), Kathryn Louise Miller (golf); NC State – Shaina M. Ervin (softball), William Morgan Lee (football); Virginia – Ryan M. Burke (soccer), Andrew Spencer Dumm (cross country); Virginia Tech – Coleman Alexander Collins (basketball), Lindsay Parks Pieper (lacrosse), Mallory Jo Soldner (soccer); Wake Forest – Lauren Elizabeth Crandall (field hockey), Michelle Marie Sikes (cross country/track & field), Jamie Glynn Whitten (field hockey).
Jim and Pat Thacker Award Recipients are as follows: Boston College – Jennifer Elizabeth Maurer (soccer); NC State – Georgia Kay Davis (cross country); Virginia – Meredith Lee Lazarus (lacrosse).
Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award Recipients are as follows: Clemson – Rebecca B. Myer (soccer); Duke – Anna Grzebien (golf); Florida State – Thomas Lancashire (cross country/track & field); Georgia Tech – Roberto Mario Castro (golf); Maryland – Joshua Matthew Wilson (football); North Carolina – Heather Ann O’Reilly (soccer); NC State – Jemissa Leanne Hess (cross country/track & field); Virginia – Adam Whipp Cristman (soccer); Virginia Tech – Brandon Kyle Pace (football).
Sarah Griffin, Volleyball, Florida State
A 2006 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA second team Academic All-District III selection … Two-year member of the Academic All-ACC Volleyball team … Three-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll … Two-year team captain … Received Dean’s List honors in five semesters … 2005 Golden Torch Award winner for having the highest GPA on the team … 2004 Golden Nole Impact Award recipient for outstanding community service … 2005 Top 6 Community Service Award recipient … President of Florida State’s Student Athlete Advisory Council … Executive board member of the Seminole Student Boosters … 2006 FSU Invitational MVP.
Alex Kennon, Swimming, Florida State
An NCAA Honorable Mention All-American as a part of the 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays in 2006 … A four-time ACC Champion and All-ACC honoree … Member of the 2007 ACC Championship team… Qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events as a senior … An NCAA Academic All-America and All-ACC Academic team member in 2006 … A three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
Tom Lancashire, Track and Field, Florida State
A four-time track and field All-American … Led Florida State to an outdoor national championship last season … A member of four indoor and two outdoor ACC Championship teams … Was a key scorer at the indoor ACC Championship meet in 2007 and is currently ranked among the top 10 3,000 meter runners in the nation.
Kelly Rowland, Soccer, Florida State
The most decorated defender to ever play for Florida State, as no defender in the history of FSU has scored more goals or recorded more points … A member of three College Cup teams … The only Seminole to be named to a national team of the week 10 times in her career … In 2006, became the first Florida State player to receive first team NSCAA All-America honors.