Aguilar Earns Missouri State Outstanding Female Athlete Award
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State's final set of year-end honors were announced today (June 14) with the awarding of the 2009-10 Outstanding Female Athlete Award and the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award.
Soccer sensation Samantha Aguilar (Lenexa, Kan.) was awarded the Outstanding Female Athlete Award, as voted on by Missouri State's nine women's head coaches. She is the first soccer player to ever receive the award, which dates back to 1981.
Aguilar was named Missouri Valley Conference player of the year in 2009 after leading the Bears in scoring for the second straight season with five goals and 12 total points. She helped Missouri State to an MVC runner-up finish in the regular season and 12-5-2 overall finish, while earning First-Team All-MVC, MVC All-Tournament, MVC Scholar-Athlete and NSCAA All-Midwest Region honors.
The senior midfielder was named as the MVC Freshman of the Year in 2006 and was a two-time all-conference pick for the Bears. She finished her Missouri State career with 15 goals and 39 points in 78 games and ranked in the top six in four MSU career statistical categories.
Other finalists for the 2009-10 award were basketball sensation Casey Garrison (So., Bolivar, Mo.), cross country and track standout Terry Phillips (So., Kansas City, Mo.), volleyball defensive specialist Cara Hackmann (Jr., Washington, Mo.), swimmer Chelsea Dirks-Ham (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.), softball slugger Jenna Schwark (Jr., Broken Arrow, Okla.), and field hockey senior Melissa Lantz (Sr., Wildwood, Mo.).
Chelsea Ray (Anchorage, Alaska), an Advertising and Promotion major, is the winner of the 2010 Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award. The award is presented annually to the graduating female student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average.
Ray graduated in May 2010 with a perfect 4.00 grade point average and also minored in Legal Studies.
She was the MVC three-meter diving champion in 2008 and has never finished outside of the top five in that event at the conference meet. She earned the Bears' Diver of the Year honor three times and was named to the All-MVC team every season. She was a three time qualifier for the NCAA Zone D Regionals and claimed MVC Scholar-Athlete laurels all four seasons.
The award is named for Dr. Mary Jo Wynn who retired in 1998 after 41 years at Missouri State, including nearly a quarter century as a senior athletics administrator. Ray is the third member of the swimming and diving squad to be honored with this distinction, joining 2002 honoree Erica Adams and 2009 award winner Cara Belcher.
Previous award recipients:Outstanding Female Athlete Award1981 Stephanie Dutton, field hockey1982 Jennifer Seveland Box, volleyball1983 Lynne Strubberg, basketball1984 Jeanette Tendai, basketball1985 Kim Schwaab, field hockey1986 Terri Whitmarsh, softball1987 Kathy Crotty, volleyball1988 Marjorie DeMarino, field hockey1989 Mindy Struckhoff, volleyball1990 Susan Ruch, volleyball1991 LaWaynta Dawson, basketball1992 Barb Gaines, softball1993 Barb Gaines, softball1994 Melody Howard, basketball Kellie Becher, softball1995 Melinda Sallins, track and field1996 Melinda Sallins, track and field1997 Michelle Baptiste, track and field1998 Lisa Davies, basketball1999 Verneta Lesforis, track and field2000 Jackie Stiles, basketball2001 Jackie Stiles, basketball2002 Cheasa Gibson, track and field2003 Courtney Phillips, swimming2004 Cheasa Gibson, track and field2005 Casey Owens, track and cross country2006 Tracy Partain, track and field2007 Sally Hinton, golf2008 Missy Linnens, golf2009 Jordan Hawkins, swimming & diving2010 Samantha Aguilar, soccerDr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete1981 Diane Linneman, basketball1982 Stephanie Dutton, field hockey1983 Jennifer Seveland Box, volleyball Diane Busenbark, cross country1984 Mandy Charles, track1985 Maureen Manda, volleyball1986 Lisa Einheuser, cross country-track1987 Marla Douglass, basketball1988 Julie Warren, volleyball1989 Mandy Struckhoff, volleyball1990 Pat Stock, volleyball1991 Karen Heman, field hockey1992 Charity Shira, basketball1993 JanaRae Abram, tennis1994 Melody Howard, basketball1995 Linda Shipton, field hockey1996 Jodie Schurle, track and field1997 Alissa Donaldson, field hockey-soccer1998 Michelle Witzke, volleyball1999 Cheryl Haslag, cross country-track Lisa Davies, basketball2000 Lani Kim, volleyball2001 Jessica Gorham, softball2002 Erica Adams, swimming & diving2003 Rhonda Allen, cross country-track2004 Mary Litvan-soccer2005 Karen Hymer-soccer2006 Sarah Klaassen- basketball2007 Melissa Behr, field hockey2008 Carrie Vestal, cross country-track2009 Cara Belcher, swimming & diving2010 Chelsea Ray, swimming & diving