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Both students and alumni were honored April 24 at Old Dominion University's annual Athletic Honors Banquet and Sports Hall of Fame Induction at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Field hockey player Caroline Nichols, a senior from Virginia Beach, and soccer forward Edson Elcock, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., were named Athletes of the Year by the ODU Alumni Association.

Nichols is the first player in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) history to be named both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. She was instrumental in leading the Lady Monarchs to a 19-4 record and their 26th straight NCAA tournament appearance. Additionally, she is a member of the U.S. national squad.

Elcock was selected first team All-CAA and led both ODU and the CAA with 11 goals and six assists for 28 total points. In addition to scoring two goals in the Monarchs' nationally televised win over William and Mary, he was named National Player of the Week by Soccer News. Elcock helped lead ODU to its fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance.

Also at the banquet, sailor Ryan Kozoriz, a senior from Yorktown, and field hockey player Dana Sensenig, a senior from Denver, Pa., were named the 2007 recipients of the Jack Wilkins/James Howard Scholar Athlete awards. The awards, presented to the male and female senior athletes with the highest cumulative grade point averages, are named after the founding members of the ODU Intercollegiate Foundation.

Kozoriz raced in the Atlantic Coast Championships with Michael Collins and the two sailed to the best B division finish for Old Dominion. He also crewed a season-high 11 races in A division at the Charleston Spring Intersectional and raced to five top 10 finishes. The mechanical engineering major interned with NASA at the Langley Research Center last summer, and maintained a 3.67 grade point average.

Sensenig was a third team All-America selection by the NFHCA and first team pick by womensfieldhockey.com. She was a first team All-South Region, All-CAA and CAA All-Tournament selection. She led the Lady Monarchs to a 19-4 overall record and their 26th straight NCAA tournament appearance with 20 goals and 16 assists. A four-time member of the NFHCA national academic squad, Sensenig carried a 3.87 grade point average in health and physical education. She is a member of the U.S. national squad.

The university also inducted five new members into its Sports Hall of Fame: Mikki Baile, administration; Cal Bowdler, basketball; Tony Gsell, baseball; Jill Reeve, field hockey; and Tony Morris, baseball.

The following students were recognized at the banquet as the Most Valuable Players from their sport:

Men's Basketball: Drew Williamson, Burlington, N.C.
Women's Basketball: Sherida Triggs, Norcross, Ga.
Field Hockey: Caroline Nichols, Virginia Beach
Men's Golf: Stan Guerrero, Tijuana, Mexico
Women's Golf Ashley Davis, Toronto, Canada
Coed Sailing: David Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Women's Sailing Katrina Williams, Bermuda
Men's Soccer: Edson Elcock, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Women's Soccer: Heather Jones, Waldorf, Md.
Women's Swimming Jennifer Sargent, Chesterfield, Va.
Men's Swimming Tyler Haverty, Virginia Beach
Men's Tennis Henrique Cancado, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Women's Tennis Charleen Harhoff, Durbin, South Africa
Wrestling Christian Staylor, Chesapeake

MVPs from the baseball and women's lacrosse teams will be recognized after the completion of their spring seasons.

This article was posted on: April 25, 2007

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