Golden Goldys Set for Tonight

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Golden Goldys
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April 23, 2012

University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics will hold the sixth-annual Golden Goldys, a student-athlete awards gala, at TCF Bank Stadium, Monday night, April 23. Dinner is set for 6 p.m., with the awards beginning at 7 p.m. For the second-straight year, the Golden Goldys and the Scholar Athlete awards will be held in a joint ceremony.

The event, similar to ESPN's ESPYS, will feature the U of M student-athletes in formal/dress attire, where they walk down the 'maroon' carpet as early as 5:45 p.m. The voice of Golden Gopher football and men's basketball, Mike Grimm, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

During the ceremony, the athletics department will recognize student-athletes and their athletic and academic accomplishments throughout the season. Athletic awards will also be handed out, including the male and female athlete of the year, the male and female rookie of the year, male and female breakthrough performances, men's team coach of the year and women's team coach of the year. The voting includes spring sports of 2011 (baseball, men's and women's golf, rowing, softball, men's and women's outdoor track & field and men's and women's tennis) and the fall and winter sports of the 2010-11 athletic year. Along with the athletic accomplishments, the department will also honor and recognize the academic achievements of the department's 750 student-athletes.

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Megan Bozek, hockey
Amanda Kessel, hockey
Ashley Steenvoorden, swimming
Haley Spencer, swimming
Ashley Wittman, volleyball

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Harun Abda, track
Hassan Mead, track/cross country
Tony Nelson, wrestling
Kent Patterson, hockey
AJ Pettersen, baseball

FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Rachel Banham, basketball
Sara Moulton, softball
Natallia Pintusava, tennis
Jessica Plant, swimming
Taylor Uhl, soccer

MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Andre Hollins, basketball
Dylan Ness, wrestling
Kyle Rau, hockey
CJ Smith, swimming
Logan Storley, wrestling

FEMALE BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Tess Behrens, swimming
Megan Bozek, hockey
Maggie Keefer, diving
Mary Narzisi, golf
Dusti Russell, gymnastics

MALE BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Marqueis Gray, football
Andrew Larsen, cross country
Nate Schmidt, hockey
Erik Van Rooyen, golf
Rodney Williams, basketball

BEST FEMALE TEAM
Golf
Hockey
Swimming & Diving
Volleyball

BEST MALE TEAM
Hockey
Tennis
Track & Field
Wrestling

BEST WOMEN'S TEAM COACH
Jessica Allister, softball
Brad Frost, hockey
Kelly Kremer, swimming & diving

BEST MEN'S TEAM COACH
Don Lucia, hockey
Steve Plasencia, track & field/cross country
J Robinson, wrestling

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