Women's Swimming and Diving earns three Big 12 postseason awards
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas women's swimming and diving team picked up three Big 12 postseason awards Wednesday in a vote conducted by the league's coaches.
Texas junior diver Kathryn Kelly was named the conference's Women's Diver of the Year, and freshman swimmer Natalie Sacco was tabbed as the league's Women's Newcomer of the Year. Diving coach Matt Scoggin was named the Big 12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year.
Kelly (Longwood, Fla.) enjoyed a breakout meet at the 2008 NCAA Championship, where she placed third in the three-meter event and fourth in the one-meter event. Kelly will return for the 2008-09 season as a three-time All-American.
Sacco (Dallas, Texas) enjoyed a productive meet at the Big 12 Championship that ultimately resulted in a bid to compete at the NCAA Championship. Sacco took third at the Big 12 Championship in the 1,650 freestyle and went on to place 25th in the event at the NCAA meet.
Scoggin's divers played a vital role in Texas' success in 2008. Senior diver Mary Yarrison joined the aforementioned Kelly as an All-American at the NCAA meet by placing second in the one-meter event. Yarrison won the consolation final in the three-meter event with a score that topped the winning score in the championship final. Scoggin picks up his third consecutive nod as the Big 12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year.