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