Head coach Jim Halliburton has announced the 2011-12 Swimming and Diving postseason awards. The 2011-12 campaign featured numerous great performances, with 29 school records being rewritten in the season. The following student-athletes were awarded for their respective performances this season:
Women's Team - Taylor Streid
Streid is one of the top swimmers in SLU history. She finished fourth in the 200-yard IM, second in the 100-yard butterfly and eighth in the 200-yard backstroke at the A-10 Championship. Streid also finished with SLU's season best-times in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM. She was also a terrific student, earning Academic All-Conference honors.
Men's Team - Zack Billingsley, Patrick May, Patrick MacArt, Justin Pasquesi
The final race of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championship was one of the best races in Saint Louis swimming history. The all freshman men's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Zack Billingsley, Patrick May, Justin Pasquesi and Patrick MacArt captured the first and only gold medal for the Billikens in what coach Halliburton called "The most exciting race I've ever seen." It is the first time any SLU relay team has won first-place at the A-10 Championship. They also broke the school record in the event by a full six seconds. To top it all off, their time of 3:00.83 meets the NCAA "B" cut-line. It is the first time in SLU history a relay or individual has reached the national standard.
Women's Team - Whitney Gould
As a freshman, Gould was asked to compete in a lot of events. However, she shouldered the load and performed well. Gould finished the season in the top five of seven events for the Billikens, including the top time in the 1650-yard freestyle. She touched the wall at 17:32.03 at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships, setting a new school record.
Men's Team - Dustin Anderson
Anderson completed his freshman campaign as a very versitile swimmer. He was in the top five in nine events and top three in six. His top meet was the Mizzou Tiger Invitational, where he set seven personal best times.
Women's Team - Kirsten Gobell and Keevyn Scholl
The freshman duo of Gobell and Scholl put in the training hours to improve themselves and the team. Gobell swam a 2:05.13 in the 200-yard freestyle in her first collegiate race. By the end of the season, she was 1:58.58 in the same event at the conference meet. Scholl was similiar, going from 1:15.26 in the 100-yard breaststroke to a 1:07.01, the team's top time.
Men's Team - Ryan Clark
Clark was one of the top competitors for the Billikens as freshman. He competed in 11 different events and was able to participate in four events at the conference meet.
Women's Team - Lizzy Osterman
Osterman had a terrific sophomore campaign, cracking the all-time top three in four separate events. Her work ethic and drive to succeed made all of her teammates better in the pool
Men's Team - Justin Pasquesi
Pasquesi was not only voted one of the men's team Most Valuable, but also the Best Attitude. He gave his all in the pool and was ever-smiling outside of it.
Top Five Performers at the Conference Meet
Anne Marie Christensen
Top Eight Individual Races (Atlantic 10 Conference Meet)
Taylor Streid, 100-yard butterfly
Whitney Gould, 1650-yard freestyle
Taylor Streid, 200-yard freestyle
Patrick MacArt, 200-yard IM
Stephen Hansen, 100-yard breaststroke
Zack Billingsley, 100-yard freestyle
Patrick May, 100-yard freestyle
Justin Pasquesi, 500-yard freestyle