Clapp was recognized with the prestigious Bronze Tablet honor during Illinois commencement. Clapp received multiple awards for her outstanding achievements both in the pool and the classroom during her senior year.
May 20, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois swimming and diving team concluded the 2008-09 season with an awards banquet recognizing the student-athletes for their work in the pool and the classroom. In addition to those awards senior standout swimmer Marissa Clapp was honored during the University of Illinois commencement with the prestigious Bronze Tablet University Honor.
Clapp concluded her career at Illinois with a 3.89 cumulative grade-point average in kinesiology. In order to receive Bronze Tablet honors students must have a 3.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average through the academic term prior to graduation and rank in the top three percent of students in their graduating class. Following in the tradition dating back to 1925, Clapp's name will be inscribed in the 2009 Bronze Tablet, which will be hung in the Main Library.
For her outstanding achievements in the classroom, Clapp was further recognized with the Illinois Female Scholar Athlete Award for earning the top grade point-average among senior student-athletes. She also was the recipient of CSCAA Honorable Mention Academic honors and Academic All-Big Ten honors for her work during the 2008-09 academic year. Clapp received both awards all four years of her career at Illinois.
The annual swimming and diving banquet recognized members of the swimming and diving team with 12 awards. The night's top winner was Clapp who took home five honors including Athlete of the Year and both the Allen B. Klingel Academic and Athletic Awards.
Other winners included junior Kristen Kloeckener, recognized with the Fighting Illini Spirit Award and Student-Athlete Award for the top grade-point average in her junior class. Freshman Laura Adrian took home Newcomer of the Year Award and fellow freshman Britni Fisher received Outstanding Diver of the Year.
Sophomore Meghan Mason was honored with the Coaches Award and freshman April McKee and sophomore Ann Miller received the Student-Athlete Awards for receiving the top grade-point average in their respective classes.
2008-09 Swimming and Diving Awards
Newcomer of the Year - Laura Adrian
Athlete of the Year - Marissa Clapp
Fighting Illini Spirit Award - Kristen Kloeckener
Most Improved - Marissa Clapp
Outstanding Diver of the Year - Britni Fisher
Performance of the Year - Marissa Clapp's 400 IM at 2009 Big Ten Championships
Coaches Award - Meghan Mason
Allen B. Klingel Awards
Academic Award - Marissa Clapp
Athletic Award - Marissa Clapp
Student - Athlete Awards
Freshman - April McKee
Sophomore - Ann Miller
Junior - Kristen Kloeckener