CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina swimmers Jackie Rudolph and Katie Nolan were amongst the big winners at this Monday night's Rammy Awards held at Memorial Hall.
Nolan is a senior from Hershey, Pa., while Rudolph is a senior from Virginia Beach, Va. They were named winners of long-time UNC Athletic Department Awards - the McCaskill Award and the ACC Senior Scholarship Award.
Details about these awards specifically and all of the 2013 Rammy Award winners follow.
The award recognizes senior student-athletes, one male and one female, who demonstrate excellence in athletics, scholarship and service to the community.
ACC Senior Scholar Award
The award goes to one male and one female student-athlete from each ACC school who demonstrate the highest excellence in academics and athletics.
The award recognizes a student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of the late John Lotz, who served as UNC's Assistant Athletic Director of Campus and Community Relations and also was an assistant basketball coach for the Tar Heels. Winners have succeeded under adverse circumstances, overcoming difficulties while maintaining a positive attitude.
ACC Top Six for Service Awards
The awards are presented to six student-athletes or teams at each ACC school who demonstrate dedication and commitment to community service and outreach programs.
For the first time, Rammy Awards were given to student-athletes in several categories. Winners were:
Male Athlete of the Year: Jonathan Cooper, football
Best Upset: Women's Tennis, which won the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in February
Most Outstanding Team: Women's Soccer, the 2012 NCAA Champion
Best Play: Giovani Bernard, football, for his 74-yard punt return vs. NC StateBubba Cunningham said. "This event gave us the opportunity to celebrate those successes."