With the Spring Semester wrapping up in the coming days at the University of Utah, it was time to celebrate the 2018-19 year in Utah Athletics. The Utes held their Crimson Carpet Awards on Tuesday night, “[celebrating] academic success, athletic talent, community service and leadership” in Utah Athletics. Here are the winners of each award.
Female Ute Proud Award Winner: Darby Wayner, Utah Swim and Dive
The senior captain from Savannah, Georgia swept the individual breaststroke events in Utah’s senior day match with Oregon State. Wayner also set the Don Reddish pool record in the 100M breast (1:02.73).
Male Ute Proud Award Winner: Britain Covey, Utah Football
The Ute receiver returned from an LDS Mission for his sophomore season, catching 60 passes for 637 yards and one touchdown en route to a Pac-12 South Championship for the Utes. Covey will return from a leg and wrist injury for his Junior season this fall with the Utes.
Wellness Advocate Award: Ally Dickman, Utah Softball
The Senior outfielder has helped the Utes to a 15-29 record in 2019 and a victory over the third-ranked Washington Huskies on Saturday. Dickman recorded a season-high four hits in a 18-17 loss to Arizona State.
Female Rookie of the Year: Julia Richter, Utah Ski Team
Nordic Skiier Julia Richter, from Sayda, Germany, represented Utah at the NCAA Championships, helping the Utes to their second National Championship in three years.
Male Rookie of the Year: Jason Shelley, Utah Football
Jason Shelley stepped in for Tyler Huntley after the Utes’ QB suffered a season-ending injury against Arizona State. Shelley went 3-2 at the helm for the Utes, finishing with 1162 passing yards and five touchdown passes, helping to lead the Utes to the Pac-12 Championship game for the first time in school history.
Team Community Service Award: Utah Gymnastics
Utah gymnastics finished the 2019 season as the Pac-12 runner-up, finishing behind UCLA in the Pac-12 championships. The Red Rocks finished the season ranked sixth nationally, before falling in the NCAA National Semi-Finals.
James R. “Bud” Jack Scholar Athlete: Julie “Flo” Mohagen, Utah Ski Team
The senior from Norway was the 2016 NCAA Slalom Champion, a two-time All-American, as well as a 2018 Elite 90 Award winner, two-time first-team All-RMISA (2016-17) and has 10 career podium finishes.
John Crawford Jr. Community Service Award: Max Flom, Utah Women’s Soccer
The senior midfielder/forward helped the Utes to a 9-8-2 record in 2018, starting in four matches. Flom recorded three career goals and two assists during her time with the Utes.
Dr. Burtis Evans Award: Daniel Theriault, Utah Swim and Dive
Theriault was a CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2018, as well as Pac-12 All-Academic selection, finishing 20th on the platform at the NCAA Zones and ninth in the platform at the Pac-12 Championships.
Male Dr. Chris Hill Leadership Award: Chandler Anderson, Utah Baseball
The Senior outfielder started in 44 games as a Junior (37 in the outfield) in 2018. A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic (2017 second team, 2018 honorable mention), Chandler is batting .203 with 12 RBI’s and one home run in 2019.
Female Dr. Chris Hill Leadership Award: Kari Lee, Utah Gymnastics
Lee, a 2019 co-captain, is a three-time All-American (2 NCAA, 1 regular season), NCAA finalist on vault and floor as a freshman and a three-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection, helping the Utes to the National Semi-Finals as a Senior.
Most Inspirational Female Athlete: Lauren McCluskey, Utah Track and Field
McCluskey, a standout on the Utah Track and Field, tragically lost her life on October 22, 2018. McCluskey was a jumper on the track and field team and ranks 10th all-time at Utah in the pentathlon (3,181 points).
Most Inspirational Male Athlete: Parker Van Dyke, Utah Basketball
Van Dyke was a local high school product before attending the U. As a senior, the guard scored a career-high 23 points in the Utes victory over Arizona. Van Dyke shot 41% from the field and 37% from three during his time with the Utes.
Play of the Year: Van Dyke’s game-winning three vs UCLA
Most Outstanding Female Athlete: MaKenna Merrell-Giles, Utah Gymnastics
The 2019 co-captain was a Six-time NCAA All-American (3 NCAA, 3 regular season), regional floor champion, Pac-12 vault champion, five-time All-Pac-12 Conference and won a Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award.
Most Outstanding Male Athlete: Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah Football
Wishnowsky is one of, if not the best punter in the history of Utah Football. Wishnowsky is a three-time All-American, 2016 Ray Guy Award winner and three-time Ray Guy Award finalist. He is the only three-time Ray Guy Award finalist in NCAA history, as well as three-time All-Pac-12 selection. His 62 career punts of 50+ yards ranks second all-time at Utah, 175 career punts is fourth-most all-time at Utah and his 8,004 career punt yards ranks sixth in school history.
Female Athlete of the Year: MyKayla Skinner, Utah Gymnastics
Skinner is already the best athlete in Utah Gymnastics history and is one of the best gymnasts in the country. She is a two-time NCAA champion (floor 2017, vault 2018), two-time NCAA all-around runner-up (2017-18), 18-time All-American (9 NCAA, 9 regular season), 15-time 1st-team All-American (8 NCAA, 7 regular season), nine-time first-team All-Pac-12 Conference. Skinner is a two-time Utah MVP with 77 career victories and her 21 career all-around wins ranks second in school history.
Male Athlete of the Year: Chase Hansen, Utah Football
Hansen is a 2018 All-America linebacker and two-time All-Pac-12 selection (first team linebacker in 2018 and 2016 honorable mention safety in 2016). He played in 43 career games with 35 starts. His 164 career solo tackles are tied for seventh all-time at Utah and 33.5 career TFL is tied for sixth-most all-time at Utah. Hansen’s career is far from over after his time with the Utes as the linebacker should be playing on Sundays starting in Fall.
Most Inspirational Team: Utah Track and Field
The way the Utah Track and Field team came together after the death of Lauren McCluskey is deserving of this award. The track and field team was able to rally around the loss of their teammate and there was no other team that could have taken home the award for Utah Athletic’s Most Inspirational Team.