ODUís Arnason, Mason's Butts Receive Top CAA Men's Swimming & Diving Honors
RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2012) - Old Dominion senior Arni Arnason (Mosfellsbaer, Iceland) was chosen as the CAA Men's Swimmer of the Year for the third time and George Mason senior Derrick Butts (Silver Spring, Md.) was selected as the CAA Men's Diver of the Year in a vote by the league's head coaches.
Joining Arnason and Butts as 2012 award winners in men's swimming and diving were William & Mary freshman Kemp Pettyjohn (Lynchburg, Va.), who was selected as the CAA Men's Rookie Swimmer of the Year, and UNCW freshman JT Perryman (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who was named CAA Men's Rookie Diver of the Year. UNCW's Dave Allen was voted the CAA Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the eighth time and George Mason's Dennis Ceppa was selected as the CAA Men's Diving Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
Arnason earned CAA Swimmer of the Year accolades for the second year in a row and the third time in his outstanding career. The senior was named Swimmer of the Meet at the 2012 CAA Championship after winning three individual events and setting conference meet records in each of them. Arnason placed first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:46.97, the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.02 and the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:56.24. He went on to earn honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Swimming Championship after finishing 11th in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 53.24. He was also 21st in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championship. Arnason is the third person to receive CAA Swimmer of the Year honors three times, joining JMU's Randy Parker (1986-88) and George Mason's Tom Koucheravy (2005-07). He holds eight ODU school records.
Butts received CAA Diver of the Year honors for the first time after one of the best seasons in Mason history. The senior was named the Diver of the Meet at the 2012 CAA Championship after sweeping both boards. In the 1-meter competition, Butts set a meet record (360.85) in the preliminaries before capturing the league title with a score of 351.15. He also won the 3-meter competition with a score of 379.50. Butts went on to claim the NCAA Zone A Championship on the 1-meter board and placed sixth on the 3-meter board and seventh on the platform. That effort allowed him to become the first Mason diver to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Pettyjohn became William & Mary's first CAA Rookie Swimmer of the Year after earning 47 individual points at the 2012 CAA Championship, which was tied for the most of any freshmen. He earned all-conference honors after placing second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:23.03 and second in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:20.98. He also swam the lead-off leg for the Tribe's 800 freestyle relay team that captured the CAA title. Pettyjohn set W&M school and freshmen records this season in the 500 free and the 1650 free.
Perryman was the top-finishing freshman on both boards at the 2012 CAA Championship. He garnered all-conference honors on the 1-meter board after finishing third with 267.20 points. In the 3-meter competition, Perryman placed fifth overall with 262.20 points. He's only the third UNCW diver to be named Rookie Diver of the Year, joining Kobi Salinas in 2008 and Beau Bunn in 1996.
Allen guided UNCW to its 11th consecutive CAA championship in 2012 with a convincing 57-point margin of victory. He received CAA Swimming Coach of the Year honors for the fifth year in a row and ninth overall. Ceppa was chosen as the men's Diving Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. He guided Butts to the individual titles on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
In addition to the 2012 major award winners in men's swimming and diving, the following individuals and relay teams received All-CAA accolades based on their performances at the CAA Championship.
50-Freestyle: Sidni Hoxha, Old Dominion; Joe Gallene, UNCW; Travis Lauri, George Mason
100-Freestyle: Joe Gallene, UNCW; Sidni Hoxha, Old Dominion; Michael Williams, UNCW
200-Freestyle: Alex Galinskiy, Drexel; Gabe Thran, UNCW; Stephen Fay, William & Mary
500-Freestyle: Preston Wolter, George Mason; Kemp Pettyjohn, William & Mary; Bernardo Figuredo, Old Dominion
1650-Freestyle: Preston Wolter, George Mason; Kemp Pettyjohn, William & Mary; Bernardo Figuredo, Old Dominion
100-Butterfly: Nick Lowe, UNCW; Stephen Conrad, UNCW; David Kiss, George Mason
200-Butterfly: David Kiss, George Mason; Brandon Hicks, UNCW; K.J. Shaw, William & Mary
100-Breaststroke: Arni Arnason, Old Dominion; C.J. Fiala, UNCW; Jason Haigh, Old Dominion
200-Breaststroke: Arni Arnason, Old Dominion; Andrew Strait, William & Mary; Jason Haigh, Old Dominion
100-Backstroke: Austin Witherow, George Mason; Ryan Roberts, Delaware; Michael Baric, UNCW
200-Backstroke: Ryan Roberts, Delaware; Valtteri Halonen, UNCW; Matthew McCarthy, Delaware
200-Individual Medley: Arni Arnason, Old Dominion; David Kiss, George Mason; Michael Baric, UNCW
400-Individual Medley: Preston Wolter, George Mason; Andrew Strait, William & Mary; Fernando Rubio, Mason
200-Freestyle Relay: UNCW (C.J. Fiala, Nick Lowe, Stephen Conrad, Joe Gallene)
George Mason (Austin Witherow, Travis Lauri, Preston Wolter, Joey Kelly)
William & Mary (Stephen Fay, Sidney Glass, Andrew Strait, Ben Ward)
400-Freestyle Relay: UNCW (C.J. Fiala, Gabe Thran, Joe Gallene, Michael Williams)
George Mason (Preston Wolter, Travis Lauri, David Kiss, Joey Kelly)
Old Dominion (Arni Arnason, Daniel Camozzo, Drew Crockett, Sidni Hoxha)
800-Freestyle Relay: William & Mary (Kemp Pettyjohn, Hunter Perrot, Luke Robbins, Stephen Fay)
George Mason (Preston Wolter, Joey Kelly, Fernando Rubio, David Kiss)
UNCW (Alex Labonge, Michael Williams, Nick Lowe, Gabe Thran)
200-Medley Relay: UNCW (Michael Baric, Ray McGorry, Stephen Conrad, Joe Gallene)
Old Dominion (Birkir Jonsson, Arni Arnason, Drew Crockett, Sidni Hoxha)
George Mason (Austin Witherow, Fernando Rubio, David Kiss, Travis Lauri)
400-Medley Relay: Old Dominion (Birkir Jonsson, Arni Arnason, Drew Crockett, Sidni Hoxha)
UNCW (Valtteri Halonen, C.J. Fiala, Stephen Conrad, Michael Williams)
Delaware (Ryan Roberts, Joshua Hyman, Cole Clark, Paul Gallagher)
One-Meter Dive: Derrick Butts, George Mason; Stephen Cal, Drexel; JT Perryman, UNCW
Three-Meter Dive: Derrick Butts, George Mason; Stephen Cal, Drexel; Brian Coonce, Delaware