DENTON, Texas- The 2011-12 swimming and diving banquet took place at Apogee Stadium Saturday night. The 14th annual banquet recapped and honored team and individual achievements for the progressing program headed by coach Joe Dykstra.
North Texas (6-4) finished ninth in CollegeSwimming.com / CSCAA Mid-Major Poll, residing as the top ranked Sun Belt Conference team and peaked as high as a program-best seventh during the season.
For the fourth consecutive year in a row, North Texas finished third at the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The team fell 37 points shy of a second place finish compared to 119 points in 2011.
North Texas swimming and diving proved that not only could they handle the load of being a Division I athlete but excel with the demands of an athlete and full-time student. The team held a 3.3 Grade Point Average (GPA) in each of the past 2 semesters along with 27 individuals maintaining a 3.0 GPA or better. Seven swimmers and divers made the Athletic Director's List (3.0-3.49 GPA), 14 on the Dean's List (3.5-3.99 GPA), and six qualified for the President's List (perfect 4.0).
• 62 new entries on the program's All-Time Top 10 Performers List
• 18 new school records out of 22 events
• 6 swimmers achieved NCAA Consideration Cuts (Gentile, Groteguth, Phillips, Ploetz, Rossum, Weickgenant)
• 2 divers achieved NCAA Zone Scores and competed at the Zone 'D' Diving Meet (Johnson, Taylor)
• 9 swimmers and divers named All-Sun Belt Conference (Gentile, Groteguth, Johnson, Phillips, Ploetz, Pope, Riedmann, Rossum, Weickgenant)
• 2 new SBC records, Catia Weickgenant (500 free conference and conference meet record) and Krista Rossum (100 breast conference meet record)
• 4 Academic All-Americans, meaning have clocked an individual NCAA Consideration and maintained a 3.5 GPA (Groteguth, Johnson, Rossum, and Weickgenant)
Team Awards (voted by team and staff):
Hardest Worker Award- Hiliary Riedmann
Most Improved Award- Bobbi Bliss and Becca Ploetz
Ultimate Athlete Award- Krista Rossum
Most Inspirational- Brandi Townsend
Most Outstanding Diver- Catherine Johnson
Most Valuable Rookie- Krista Rossum
Most Valuable Veterans- Catia Weickgenant
2012-13 Team Captains (voted by team):