Crimson Choice Awards honor Alabama's best athletes from past year

Christopher Walsh

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama Athletics Department's annual Crimson Choice Awards, presented by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), was held at the Bama Theatre on Tuesday night.

ESPN's Laura Rutledge served as the master of ceremonies as swimmer Robert Howard and tennis player Andie Daniell were named the winners of the Paul W. Bryant Award given annually to the top male and female student-athlete.

Howard was an NCAA Champion, All-American and Academic All-American, and Daniell was an Academic All-American and All-SEC.

The finalists included: Tamara Clark (women’s track & field/cross country), Reagan Dykes (softball), Alex Green (men’s golf), Ariana Guerra (gymnastics), Cidavia Hall (volleyball), Keilani Hamann (rowing), Hale Hentges (football), Keith Holcombe (baseball), Herbert Jones (men’s basketball), Vincent Kiprop (men’s track & field/cross country), Jordan Lewis (women’s basketball), Kensey McMahon (women’s swimming & diving), Angelica Moresco (women’s golf), Edson Ortiz (men’s tennis) and Emma Welch (soccer).

Women’s and men’s tennis were honored as the teams with the highest grade point averages (3.78 and 3.37, respectively). Gymnastics was the women's squad with the most community outreach hours while men’s tennis earned the honor for the men.

A new honor unveiled at this year’s even was the Unsung Hero Award. The inaugural class was comprised of Christian Arseneau (men’s swimming), Chago Basso (men’s field), Taylor Berry (women’s basketball), Halia Bower (women’s diving), Ronnie Clark (football), Alexa Cruz (women’s cross country), Erin Curl (volleyball), Kylie Diffley (rowing), Nickolette Dunbar (women’s field), Sam Finnerty (baseball), Kim Gintrand (women’s tennis), Alex Green (men’s golf), Hunter Jaynes (men’s diving), Tia Kiaku (gymnastics), Kyra Lockhart (softball), Natassha McDonald (women’s track), Alex Plavin (soccer), Lawson Schaffer (men’s basketball), Paul Selden (men’s cross country), Gabe Serrano (men’s track), Grant Stuckey (men’s tennis), Tori VanBuskirk (women’s swimming) and Kenzie Wright (women’s golf).

Other awards handed out:

  • Team of the Year: Men’s Track & Field and Women’s Golf
  • A-Club Athlete of the Year: Tua Tagovailoa, Football and Kiana Winston, Gymnastics
  • Coach of the Year Award: Dan Waters, Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country and Mic Potter, Women’s Golf
  • Comeback Athlete of the Year: Anfernee Jennings, Football
  • Competitive Excellence Award: The Indoor 5,000-meter Crew – Gilbert Kigen, Vincent Kiprop, Alfred Chelanga and Conner Thompson, Men’s Track & Field
  • Rookie of the Year: Collin Sexton, Men’s Basketball and Tamara Clark, Women’s Track & Field
  • Faculty Member of the Year: Will Walsh, Economics Finance and Legal Studies
  • Supporting Role Award: Spirit Squads (Cheerleading & Dance)
  • Heart of Service Award: Brock Love, Baseball and Shea Mahoney, Gymnastics