Naval Academy Announces Major Athletic Award Winners
ANNAPOLIS, Md.– The United States Naval Academy announced its major athletic award winners Thursday morning at the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony at Alumni Hall.
Cody Rome (Eagle, Idaho), a member of the cross country and track & field teams, was awarded the NAAA Sword for Men which is presented to that man of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in men’s athletics during his years of varsity competition.
Rome is a five-time Patriot League track & field champion and a six-time runner-up. He is the school record holder in the 3,000 meters and helped lead the Mids to four Patriot League cross country titles and two track & field titles. He is a three-time All-Patriot League selection in cross country and was a 2011 CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-American. Rome was also the 2011 and 2012 Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a three-time NCAA track & field regional qualifier.
Rome is just the sixth dual cross country/track & field athlete to win in the 121-year history of the award and the first since Aaron Lanzel in 2003.
Other nominees for the NAAA Sword for Men included Andrew Faulk (gymnastics), Mark Meyer (swimming), Jabaree Tuani (football) and RJ Wickham (lacrosse).
Jess Palacio (Sun Valley, Nev.) of the cross country and track & field teams was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to that woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women’s athletics during her years of varsity competition.
Palacio earned 12 varsity letters and 10 N-Stars in her career on the cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field teams. Earning 2012 Women’s Indoor Track Second-Team All-America honors in the mile, she in the program’s first indoor women’s track All-American. Palacio holds five middle distance school records in track and field and is a four-time Patriot League Track-Athlete of the Meet. She won 11 Patriot League individual track titles and helped lead the Mids to three track & field titles and two cross country titles in her career. She was a Three-Time First-Team All-Patriot League selection in cross country and was the 2011 Patriot League Cross Country Individual Champion.
Palacio is the fourth dual cross country/track & field athlete to win the award in its 33-year history and the first since Amy Baxter in 2001.
Kierstin King from the women’s lacrosse team was also nominated.
Andrew Faulk (San Antonio, Texas) of the gymnastics team won the Thompson Trophy Cup, which is presented to that midshipman, male or female, who has done the most during the year to promote athletics at the Naval Academy.
Faulk, the gymnastics team captain, won 2012 ECAC titles in the all-around, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar and was named the ECAC Gymnast of the Year. He placed 13th in the all-around competition at the 2012 NCAA Championship and was one of six finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award, which is presented to the nation’s top senior gymnast. He was ranked in the To 10 in the country in all-around average and finished first in the all-around competition in seven different meets.
Faulk is just the second gymnast to win in the 125-year history of the award and the first since N.C. Gillette in 1913.
Other nominees for the award included John Dowd (football) and Taylor Reynolds (lacrosse).
Will Race (Claremont, N.H.) of the men’s rowing team was awarded the men’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Race was a three-year letterwinner and a member of Navy’s varsity eight boat. This season he helped the varsity eight to a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Sprints, Navy’s best finish since 2004. As a sophomore, Race helped the varsity eight to an eighth-place finish at the 2010 IRA National Championship. He was selected to the under 23 U.S. National Rowing team where he rowed in the four without coxswain boat at the World Rowing Under 23 Championship in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Race is the fifth member of the rowing team to win in the 40-year history of the award and the first since Dean Phillips in 1997.
Erin Edwards (Hockessin, Del.) of the women’s basketball team was awarded the women’s Coaches’ Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.
Edwards helped lead Navy to back-to-back Patriot League Championships including the school’s first women’s basketball championship in 2010. Over her last two seasons, Edwards started 52 games and scored 329 points. Edwards, who was the 2011-12 team captain, improved her game as a senior scoring in double figures eight times after scoring in double figures only eight times her first three seasons combined. She led the Patriot League in three-point field goal percentage both as a junior and senior.
Edwards is just the second women’s basketball player in the 23-year history of the award to be recognized and the first since Jennifer Bombinski in 2001.