DESTIN, Fla. - North Texas diver Delia Covo was honored by the Sun Belt Conference as the 2011 winner of the league's Female Sporting Behavior Award on Tuesday night. This marks the second straight year the award has gone to a North Texas athlete, volleyball player Brittani Youman won the award in 2010.
"It is a tremendous recognition," said North Texas swimming and diving head coach Joe Dykstra. "To have one female student-athlete recognized throughout all the conference, throughout every sport, it is a tremendous honor for Delia and our team. I couldn't be more proud, because Delia is a reflection of a student-athlete we try to get on our team, a good student, a good athlete, a leader in the community and someone who is always willing to help those around her."
Covo is one of the Mean Green's leading competitor in the pool, becoming one of the three divers who qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Meet, a competition no North Texas diver had qualified for since 2003. Covo holds the school record in the three-meter diving contest, and finished third in the Sun Belt Conference in that event.
Out of the pool, Covo has served on the Student-Athelete Advisory Committee since 2008, has helped tutor other student athletes and served as a TA for a freshman lecture, all while remaining an honor roll student with a Pre-Med major. She has volunteered for the Salvation Army, CANstruction Food Drive and Competition, and WFAA Santa's Helpers Toy Drive, among other activities.
Covo returns to the pool for her senior season in 2011-12 when North Texas Swimming & Diving kicks off their season in late fall.