HANOVER, N.H. – Head coach Jamie Holder announced the 2017-18 Dartmouth women’s swimming and diving team awards at the Big Green’s annual end-of-season banquet.
The Tate Ramsden Coaches Award was developed this year and is going to be given annually in honor of Ramsden ’17, who passed away on Dec. 26, 2015, while training in Florida. This award is determined by the coaches and presented to the swimmer or diver whose character and commitment to the team best exemplifies the spirt of Dartmouth swimming. In its inaugural year, the award was given to Katie Altmayer, who swam the 50 free at Ivies.
Mackenzie Stumpf received both the Outstanding Freshman Award and the Karl B. Michael Award. Michael, after whom the Dartmouth pool is named, retired as head coach in 1970 after 28 years on deck. He had an impressive 218-91 record, produced 37 All-American swimmers and was awarded the National Collegiate and Scholastic Trophy for outstanding contribution to the sport in 1967. The award named after him is given to the member of the squad who has given the most to the team. Stumpf had an impressive rookie season, being named second team All-Ivy in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, breaking the Dartmouth record in both and earning NCAA B cut times.
The Lutkus Award is given to the student-athlete who has proven to be an outstanding and consistent performer during the season and who has maintained a high academic standing. For the second year in a row, Grace Herron was the recipient of this award. At Ivies last month, she swam the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 fly.
Hayley Winter received the Geer Award, which is presented to the swimmer or diver who has contributed the most to the development of the program, through not only her performance in the pool, but through her day-to-day dedication to her teammates. Competing at the Ivy League Championship for the last time, Winter swam well in the 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free.
Sophie Smith was named the Paul E. Tsongas Most Improved Swimmer. The award was named in honor of Tsongas, who was a four-year member of the team (1958-62) and was a quiet, yet effective leader. The U.S. Senator, who ran for president in 1992, died of cancer in 1997. Smith improved throughout the season, swimming the 50 free, 100 back and 100 free at Ivies. She was also part of the 400 free, 200 medley, 200 free relays.
For the third season, Allison Green was named the Ron Keenhold Diver of the Year. Keenhold was both a swimming and diving coach at Dartmouth for four decades and has numerous accolades as an All-American diver. At the Ivy League Championship, Green was 16th on the 1-meter board and 18th on 3-meter.