Athletics News |
July 15, 2014
The University of Cincinnati has announced the winners of the prestigious Jimmy Nippert and Helen Norman Smith Awards for the 2013-14 year. Senior golfer Olivia Dose is the recipient of the Helen Norman Smith Award, while senior pole vaulter Josh Dangel has won the Jimmy Nippert Award.
Presented annually, the Nippert and Smith Awards are given to the male and female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves by academic achievement, athletic accomplishment and service to the campus community. Dose and Dangle were nominated by the respective head coaches for the award.
Helen Norman Smith Award
Olivia Dose (Gotebord, Sweden | Gotebord Hogre Samskola)
On and off the course, Olivia Dose has been a leader for Janet Carl's women's golf program. When the Swede began at UC, the team's average score was 311.1, but thanks in large part to her efforts, she departs with the team average at 303.6. Dose helped lower the team's average by posting a 75.1 average during her four years as a Bearcat, including a 74.8 average as a senior.
She played every round as both a junior and senior, leading the team in scoring each season and collecting all-conference honors both years. In 2013-14, she posted her best tournament score at the Prices Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate, finishing second thanks to a season-low round of 70, with her three-round total of 214 marking her best career total. She capped the season by finishing fifth at the American Athletic Conference Championships, with an even-par 72 on the final day, earning All-American Athletic Conference honors.
Her junior year saw a scoring average of 75.2, with a best round of 69 at the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational, where she finished second. Her best three-round score of the season came at the Clover Cup, where she tied for ninth with a total score of 217 (74-73-70). She placed 20th at the BIG EAST Championships to earn All-BIG EAST honors. Dose finished in the top-20 at the conference tournament during all four years at UC.
In the classrooms, Dose's accomplishments have been arguably even more impressive. She has been on the Dean's List nine times, while also making the Athletic Director's Honor Roll every grading period from Fall 2010 through her final semester this spring. She was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic team in 2010-13, while also being named an All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association and Women's Golf Coaches Association three times (2012-14).
Dose does not limit her leadership to the golf course and classroom either, as she volunteers her time with numerous organizations. She takes part in annual events including Operation School Bell, Kids Zone, Adopt-a-Family and Playdate with the Bearcats. She has also been involved with the Sand and See event at Traditions Golf Club, Boone County Planting and City Gospel Mission.
Jimmy Nippert Award
Josh Dangel (Cincinnati, Ohio | LaSalle)
Josh Dangel was already one of the best pole vaulters in UC history, but on April 11 he officially put his name atop the record books. At the All-Ohio Championships, being hosted by the Bearcats at Gettler Stadium, Dangle cleared 17' 10.25" on his second attempt. The height broke a 20-year old record previously held by Mike Albrinck, who was Dangel's coach at LaSalle High School and claimed the All-Ohio Championship for the senior.
It wasn't the only event Dangel won during his senior campaign. He also took the title at the Hoosier Open, the Ohio State Tune-Up and the Alabama Relays, while setting an Armory Fieldhouse record during the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational. He placed fifth at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships and third at the Outdoor Championships. He also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, accomplishing the feat all four years at UC.
While Dangel's senior year saw him set a school record, it was his junior year that saw him advance the furthest. Winning the pole vault in nine of 15 meets during the 2012-13 season, including the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. He placed eighth at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships, where he then cleared 17' 8.5" to place seventh in the nation and earn All-America honors.
Dangel did more than consistently earn points for the Bearcats at conference meets. He was a three-time member of the Dean's List while also being named to the Bearcats Honor Roll on three occasions. He was named to the BIG EAST Academic Honor Roll for the 2012-13 year and also earned the Bearcats Strong designation.
The Cincinnati native has also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since 2012. He has been actively involved in several of SAAC's volunteer initiatives, including the annual Gatorade Pong Tournament, Adopt-a-Family and Playdate with the Bearcats.