Faces in the Crowd: March 7, 2016
Daniel, a Science Hill High senior, set a Tennessee record in the 100-yard breaststroke at the all-class state championships (53.94 seconds). He also defended his 200 individual medley title in 1:46.52. A 14-time junior national finalist, Daniel was named Tennessee's outstanding male swimmer of the year. He will compete at Harvard.
Macy, a freshman at York High, won NASCAR's Young Racer Award in Daytona after a 2015 late-model stock car racing season that included four top 10 finishes and a fourth place at Langley Speedway, where she earned the track's rookie of the year title. Macy's grandmother Diane Teel was the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race.
Nick, a senior at Asheboro High, defended his 285-pound title with a pin 96 seconds into the final of the Class 3A championships. He will compete for his third straight National High School Coaches Association heavyweight title in April. A defensive end who signed to play at Auburn, Nick had 178 tackles and a school-record 32.5 sacks in three seasons.
Nwajei, a 5' 8" junior guard at Wagner College, scored 40 points, including a game-winning layup with 1.7 seconds left, to spark a 64–63 victory over Central Connecticut. Nwajei led all Division I players in scoring through Sunday, with 28.7 points per game. She also holds the school career scoring record, with 2,039 points.
Gambrell, a freshman forward at Denver, keyed a pair of 4–1 victories over Colorado College in a three-day stretch: He had a goal and two assists in the opening win, followed by a goal and an assist in the first collegiate hockey game played at Coors Field. Gambrell led the Pioneers with 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists) through Sunday.
Sophia, a homeschooled senior who also attends Burlington Community College, and her 6-year-old American foxhound (aka Bobby) won the Westminster Kennel Club's Junior Showmanship title in New York City. Sophia earned a $6,000 scholarship.