Virginia's 2011-12 Year in Review
Virginia had another successful year of athletic competition in 2011-12. Teams or individuals in 22 of Virginia's 25 sports advanced to postseason competition in 2011-12 highlighted by the rowing team's second NCAA Championship in three years. It's the fourth NCAA Championship for the Virginia athletics program in the last three years. Other top finishes in NCAA postseason competition by UVa athletics teams in 2011-12 included a second-place finish in the NCAA Tournament by the men's tennis team and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships by the women's golf team. The rowing team's varsity eight crew won the NCAA Championship in that event and the women's cross country team won the NCAA Southeast Regional title for the third time in the last four years. Men's tennis player Mitchell Frank won the singles championship at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) All-American Tournament and National Indoor Tournament. A total of 20 of the program's 25 sports were ranked nationally in the Top 25 during their respective seasons.
Virginia won four Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in 2011-12 and has now won 51 ACC Championships in the last 10 years. UVa won ACC Championships in rowing (12th in 13 years), men's swimming and diving (fifth consecutive and 13th in 14 years), women's swimming and diving (fifth consecutive) and men's tennis (sixth consecutive and eighth in the last nine years).
Three Virginia coaches earned ACC Coach of the Year Awards in 2011-12, including Mike London (football), Kevin Sauer (rowing) and Brian Boland (men's tennis). Sauer was also named the National and South Region Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association and London was honored as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Grant Teaff National Coach of the Year. In addition, Tony Bennett was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association District III Men's Basketball Coach of the Year and Jason Vigilante was named the Southeast Region Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year. Men's tennis associate coach Andres Pedroso was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Atlantic Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year and women's tennis assistant coach Troy Porco was named the ITA's Atlantic Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year.
Women's soccer player Morgan Brian was Soccer America's Freshman of the Year and men's tennis player Mitchell Frank was the ITA National Rookie of the Year. Football player Chase Minnifield received the Pop Warner National College Football Award as that organization's Player of the Year and men's lacrosse player Steele Stanwick received the Jack Turnbull Award from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association as the top collegiate attackman in the nation.
Among the Virginia student-athletes earning some form of ACC Player of the Year honors in their respective sports in 2011-12 were Morgan Brian (women's soccer, Freshman of the Year), Mitchell Frank (men's tennis, Freshman of the Year), Jarmere Jenkins (men's tennis, Player of the Year), Denny McCarthy (men's golf, Freshman of the Year), Steele Stanwick (men's lacrosse, Offensive Player of the Year) and Ellen Williamson (women's swimming and diving, Freshman of the Year). The rowing team's varsity eight crew of coxswain Sidney Thorsten, Keziah Beall, Martha Kuzzy, Kristine O'Brien, Sarah Cowburn, Fiona Schlesinger, Susanne Grainger, Hemingway Benton and Carli Goldberg was the ACC Crew of the Year. The men's track and field team's Nick Vena was selected as the Most Valuable Field Performer during the ACC Outdoor Championships.
Virginia's intercollegiate athletics teams won 64.7 percent of their contests in 2011-12. U.Va.'s teams compiled an overall record of 264-143-4.
Virginia's Kelly Flynn (women's swimming and diving), Rachel Jennings (field hockey) and Maggie Kistner (women's soccer) received Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarships from the ACC, and Lindsey Hardenbergh (women's tennis) received a Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award.
Virginia's David Karasek (men's swimming and diving), Matt Snyder (wrestling) and Sarah Borchelt (rowing) were named ACC Scholar-Athletes of the Year in their respective sports. Borchelt (rowing) was a Capital One First-Team Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and Snyder was a third-team Academic All-America selection.
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