Dispatches from last night’s Terp Awards

Juan Dixon (center) with athlete of the year winners Patrick Mullins and Alyssa Thomas (Courtesy Maryland athletics).

Last night, the Maryland athletics department hosted the second annual Terp Awards, an ESPYs-like ceremony at the university’s performing arts center that offered an excuse to dress up, recap the school year’s best performances, film some brief comedy sketches and take pictures beside cardboard cutouts of President Obama, the First Lady and Lil’ Wayne.

Former hoops players Tony Massenburg and Christy Winters Scott hosted. Juan Dixon made an extended cameo appearance, as did President Wallace Loh and Athletics Director Kevin Anderson, not to mention the “Harlem Shake” video Anderson filmed with Dez Wells.

There were community service awards and academic awards and lifetime achievement awards and several live music performances, all before the evening’s three-part athletic awards section. Here were the big winners:

Talbot T. Speer Award (Male demonstrating extraordinary commitment): Taylor Kemp, men’s soccer

Founders Award (Female demonstrating extraordinary commitment): Alyssa Thomas, women’s basketball

Silvester Watch (Courage in face of adversity): Josh Asper, wrestling

Maryland Watch (Commitment to Maryland pride and leadership): Sequoia Austin, women’s basketball. The multi-talented Austin also backed up women’s track and field’s Amina Smith on piano during a rendition of Rhianna’s “Stay.”

M Club Postgrad Scholarship: Will Swaim (men’s soccer) and Janessa Pope (field hockey).

Charles P. McCormick Award (Senior student-athlete from Maryland): Taylor Schwarzmann, women’s lacrosse

Female Rookie of the Year: Taylor Cummings, women’s lacrosse

Male Rookie of the Year: Stefon Diggs, football

Women’s Coach of the Year: Cathy Reese, lacrosse

Men’s Coach of the Year: Sasho Cirovski, soccer

Female Athlete of the Year: Alyssa Thomas

Male Athlete of the Year: Patrick Mullins, men’s soccer

Team of the Year: Women’s lacrosse

Maryland Moment Award: Schwarzmann’s five goals against North Carolina

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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