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    2011 Eddleman Athlete of the Year Winners - Melissa Fernandez (WGYM) and Andrew Riley (MTK)


    2011 Eddleman Athlete of the Year Winners - Melissa Fernandez (WGYM) and Andrew Riley (MTK)

    April 30, 2012

    All-Time DIA Annual Award Winners

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) has announced the finalists for the 2012 Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Fighting Illini Spirit Awards. The finalists will recognized at the annual Fighting Illini Scholar-Athlete Reception Tuesday night, May 1, in the Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium.

    The award finalists were nominated by their head coaches and selected by a panel of DIA coaches, staff and administrators. The winners of the Fighting Illini Spirit Award, the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor and several leadership and academic awards will be announced at Tuesday's Scholar-Athlete Reception, while winners of the Eddleman Athlete of the Year Awards and Fighting Illini Newcomer of Year Awards will not be announced until mid-June, after the completion of the spring sports seasons.

    The Scholar-Athlete Reception is an annual event that recognizes graduating student-athletes and others who have excelled both athletically and academically during the 2011-12 academic year.

    2012 ILLINOIS AWARD FINALISTS

    Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year | All-time Eddleman Award Winners
    Awarded to the male and female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in athletic achievement during the 2011-12 season
    (Dike Eddleman Award winners will be determined following completion of the spring seasons)

    Male Finalists | VIDEO
    Junior Jordan Blanton (Richmond, Ill.) Wrestling
    Senior Luke Guthrie (Quincy, Ill.) Golf
    Freshman C.J. Maestas (Corrales, N.M.) Gymnastics
    Junior Whitney Mercilus (Akron, Ohio) Football
    Senior Dennis Nevolo (Gurnee, Ill.) Tennis
    Freshman Jordan Parr (Chillicothe, Ill.) Baseball
    Senior Andrew Riley (Kingston, Jamaica) Track & Field

    Female Finalists | VIDEO
    Sophomore Vanessa DiBernardo (Naperville, Ill.) Soccer
    Junior Adrienne Godbold (Chicago, Ill.) Basketball
    Senior Kelsey Joannides (Frederick, Md.) Gymnastics
    Freshman Ashley Spencer (Indianapolis, Ind.) Track & Field
    Senior Colleen Ward (Naperville, Ill.) Volleyball

    Fighting Illini Newcomer of the Year | All-time Newcomer of the Year Winners
    Best athlete performing in his/her first year of competition at Illinois.
    (Newcomer of the Year Award winners will be determined following completion of the spring seasons)

    Male Finalists | VIDEO
    Freshman Tracy Abrams (Chicago, Ill.) Basketball
    Freshman Jesse Delgado (Salinas, Calif.) Wrestling
    Freshman Tim Kopinski (Palos Hills, Ill.) Tennis
    Freshman C.J. Maestas (Corrales, N.M.) Gymnastics
    Freshman Jordan Parr (Chillicothe, Ill.) Baseball
    Freshman Brandon Stryganek (Waukegan, Ill.) Track & Field

    Female Finalists | VIDEO
    Freshman Melissa Kopinski (Palos Hills, Ill.) Tennis
    Freshman Liz McMahon (Liberty Township, Ohio) Volleyball
    Freshman Alison Meng (Lodi, Wis.) Swimming & Diving
    Freshman Jess Perkins (Orland Park, Ill.) Softball
    Freshman Stephanie Pouse (Hanover Park, Ill.) Soccer
    Freshman Ashley Spencer (Indianapolis, Ind.) Track & Field

    Fighting Illini Spirit Awards | All-Time Spirit Award Winners
    Student-athletes who exemplify the spirit, courage, effort and dedication of the Fighting Illini)
    (The Spirit Award winners will be announced at the Scholar-Athlete Reception on May 1)

    Male Finalists | VIDEO
    Senior
    Stanley Azie (Bolingbrook, Ill.) Track & Field
    Junior B.J. Futrell (Park Forest, Ill.) Wrestling
    Freshman Will Krug (Park Ridge, Ill.) Baseball
    Junior Brandon Paul (Gurnee, Ill.) Basketball
    Sophomore Nathan Scheelhaase (Kansas City, Mo.) Football

    Female Finalists | VIDEO
    Senior Amy Allin (Dallas, Texas) Tennis
    Senior Jackie Guerra (Plano, TX) Soccer
    Senior Rachel Japp Joyce (Mokena, Ill.) Swimming & Diving
    Sophomore Kersten Magrum (Mokena, Ill.) Basketball
    Senior Kelley Wedel (Anaheim, CA) Softball

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