Emily Silver Named Most Valuable Performer
April 25, 2005
BERKELEY - Freshman freestyler Emily Silver was named the Most Valuable Performer at the California women's swimming and diving awards banquet Sunday night.
Silver won the 200-yard freestyle and claimed the runner-up position in the 100 free at the Pac-10 championships. In addition, she was a member of the first-place 800 free relay team.
At the NCAA championships, the Bainbridge Island, Wash., native finished fourth in the 100 free, earning her one of five All-American honors. Silver was also a member of the ninth-place 200 free relay, eighth-place 400 medley relay, sixth-place 400 free relay and fifth-place 800 free relay.
Annie Babicz received the Most Improved Award after taking top honors in the 100 breaststroke at the Pac-10 meet. The sophomore finished 16th at the NCAA championships in the 100 breast and was on the eighth-place 400 medley relay.
Senior Emma Palsson and sophomore Sherry Tsai both received the Golden Bear Award. Palsson helped the 200 free relay to a fourth-place finish at Pac-10's and was also on the fifth-place 200 medley relay. Tsai helped the 400 free relay to a third-place Pac-10 finish and also joined Palsson on the 200 medley relay squad. At the NCAA meet, she was a member of the 200 and 400 free relays.
Senior Lauren Medina was honored with the Coaches Award at the banquet. Medina had strong showings in the 200 free at both Pac-10s (third place) and NCAA championships (fifth). In addition, she was a member of Cal's 800 free relay.
Sophomore Gina Merlone, a second team Pac-10 All-Academic selection with a 3.81 GPA in religious studies. received the team's Scholastic Award.