April 21, 2014 - by
FSU Hands Outs Season Awards

April 21, 2014


Sophomore Josie Cuda was named the Most Improved Swimmer for the women’s team. 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The 2013-14 Florida State swimming and diving season is officially in the books following the end of the year banquet, which was held on Saturday, April 19. The coaching staff handed out 11 awards to 20 different athletes including four that earned multiple honors.

“I thought we had a great season,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “All of our award winners were picked by the coaching staff and they were very deserving. These athletes had an impact on our program this year and some of them will be a part of our team for the next couple of years. We’re looking forward to seeing how they continue to improve and grow as a unit.”

Several student-athletes won multiple awards at the banquet. Senior McKayla Lightbourn took home a pair of awards on the women’s team, winning the Strength and Speed honor – an award that is given to a swimmer that excels in the weight room. Lightbourn was also granted the Breakthrough Award after she turned in her best season to close out her career as a Seminole.

Also winning a pair of awards were Jared Pike, Madison Jacobi and Connor Knight.

Like Lightbourn, Pike was the male swimming recipient of the Strength and Speed award and he added the Seminole Pride Award to his tally. The Seminole Pride honor is handed to the swimmer that leads by example and shows tremendous team pride.

Knight was the male recipient of the Breakthrough Award after he earned the Hammer Award – given to the swimmer that pushes their hard-working limits on a daily basis.

Jacobi was also awarded the Hammer Award before she collected a share of the Most Valuable Swimmer honor.

Freshmen of the YearChelsea Britt, Jason Coombs

Strength and Speed (Swimmer)McKayla Lightbourn, Jared Pike

Strength and Speed (Diver) – Mikey Lewark

Academic AwardLauren Hine, Cole Hensley

Seminole PrideHannah Wilson, Sami Pochowski, Jared Pike

Hammer AwardMadison Jacobi, Connor Knight

Most Improved SwimmerJosie Cuda, Kevin Rogers, Jason McCormick

Breakthrough AwardMcKayla Lightbourn, Connor Knight

Most Improved DiverAriel Rittenhouse, Dylan Grisell

Most Valuable DiverKatrina Young, Tom Neubacher

Most Valuable Swimmer – Madison Jacobi, Tiffany Oliver, Pavel Sankovich




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