Ball State men’s swim and dive hold annual awards banquet

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The 2016-2017 Ball State men’s swim and dive season finally concluded with the annual end of the season awards banquet held at the Knights of Columbus in Muncie.

Outside the weather was rainy and dark, but inside it was sunny with beach balls and blue balloons to match the beach themed event.

In his casual black buttoned shirt and black slacks, head swimming coach Bob Thomas addressed the crowd. He said the season went really well.

“We had almost twice as many dual meets this year, which turned out to be a good thing,” said Thomas. “It got everybody a chance to participate in more events.”

Many awards were given out, most notably, for the third straight year senior Tanner Barton received the Academic Award. Barton had a 4.0 Grade Point Average to finish the season.

Another award was the Doug Coers Memorial scholarship. This award was given to junior Banistre Lienhart.

“I feel very honored to receive this award because I know how highly coach and all (Doug’s) teammates thought of Doug,” said Lienhart.

There were seven high point awards given to the swimmer and diver with the most points in each specific type of events. One of the recipients was freshman Chase Jackson, who received a high point award for the backstroke events. Another recipient was junior Isaac Walling. Walling received the award in long-distance freestyle events.

Other than physical ability awards, there were 17 out of the 21 swimmer and divers were named team scholars. This 17 student-athletes had a GPA of 3.40.

The awards banquet finished with the announcement of team captains for next season. The captains were chosen by Thomas and the coaching staff. The new captains included: juniors Lienhart, Zach Toman, and Walling. Lienhart, who wore a gray suit with pink pants and a blue tie, said as a captain next year he is going to help make friendships.

“I want to make sure that all of us can connect and be closer as a team,” said Lienhart.

The next season starts in seven months.

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