Brown Announces 2011 Award Winners at Third Annual Senior Banquet

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – At the third annual Senior Celebration and Awards Banquet on the Campus of Brown University at the Andrews Dining Hall, several student-athletes were honored for their outstanding accomplishments on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community. 

The Marjorie Brown Smith Award is presented to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year.  It is named in honor of the former Director of Athletics at the Women's College of Brown University, Marjorie Brown Smith, in recognition of her generous support of athletics.

Senior track & field thrower Brynn Smith (Saco, Maine) is a three-time NCAA qualifier competing in both the hammer throw and shot put. A team captain for the Bears, she has twice been named the Outstanding Performer at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. She holds the Ivy League record in the hammer with a throw of 202'11" and has earned seven Ivy League Championships in her career. Smith is also a great leader in the Brown community and in the classroom. An Academic All-Ivy recipient concentrating in Urban Studies and Public Policy, she was honored at Brown with the Derek Canfield Barker Prize, awarded annually to one student who has overcome adversity and served exceptional community service in both the Brown and Providence community.

The Fritz Pollard Trophy is presented to the outstanding male varsity athlete of the year. The trophy is named in honor of Frederick "Fritz" Pollard, Brown Class of 1919, one of our nation's true African-American pioneers, one of the greatest football players in Brown history, and a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. Pollard is recognized as the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl, to earn All-American honors, to play quarterback at the professional level, and become a head coach in the NFL.

2011 recipient senior javelin standout Craig Kinsley (Fairfield, Conn.) is an NCAA Individual Champion, just the eighth ever in his sport, and the first Brown thrower to win an NCAA title in 58 years. He is the Ivy League's first four-time first team All-Ivy selection in his event, the javelin. Kinsley has lost to just two collegians since the start of his sophomore year and is undefeated as a junior and senior. A team captain, he is a two-time IC4A Champion and a two-time first team All-American. His throw of 256'6" in the javelin is a school record and ranks second in Ivy League history. Kinsley is an Academic All-Ivy selection, and a double concentrator in Geo Science and Economics. He'll be defending his NCAA Championship in a few weeks in Iowa.

Brown's award for the outstanding freshman male varsity Athlete of the Year, the Joe Paterno Award, is named in honor of Joe Paterno, a member of the Brown Class of 1950 and one of Brown's all-time great athletes, who went on to a legendary career as head football coach at Penn State.

Rookie men's basketball point guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, Ill.) became the fourth Brown player in his sport to be named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. He established a Brown freshman record for assists, was the only team member to start all 28 games, and scored in double figures 18 times. A four-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, his legend started just three days after he suffered a severe facial injury in practice. Playing with 20 stitches to his face that required major dental work, and wearing a protective facemask, he scored 39 points against Columbia, tying the Pizzitola Sports Center scoring record. His 15 field goals against the Lions shattered the Pizzitola record. The 39 points he scored were the most in the Ivy League in eight years and rank sixth all-time at Brown.

The Kate Silver Award is given to the outstanding freshman female varsity athlete. Kate Silver came to Brown in 1982 after being a finalist in the women's 18 and under world hard-ball championship, and the second-ranked 18 and under woman's squash player in the United States.  At Brown, Kate played number one singles for just a few months before being diagnosed with leukemia.  She died in 1984, and the Kate Silver Award was established in her name by her coach and teammates.

This year's outstanding freshman female athlete, women's crew's Louise Breen (North Hampton, N.H.) came to Brown as one of the top recruits in the nation and immediately made an impact on one of the top ranked teams in the nation. A two-time member of the Junior National Eight that won gold at the World Championship, her contributions to the varsity boat on race day are vast.  She helped the Bears to a third place finish out of 56 at the Head of the Charles in her first collegiate race. Breen is considered one of the top five collegiate rowers in the nation, and has helped her Brown team to an 11-3 record, 4-1 in the Ivy League. Last week, she helped the Brown varsity to a second place finish at the Eastern Sprints.  She will be competing in the NCAA Rowing Championship this weekend in Sacramento, Calif.

The Dave Zucconi Award is presented to the male varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. The award is named in honor of Dave Zucconi, Brown Class of 1955, and the former Executive Director of the Brown Sports Foundation, who was often called "Mr. Brown."

This year's recipient, two-year men's tennis team captain Kendrick Au (St. John's, Newfoundland), is a four-year starter and an incredible leader on and off the court. He is the Northeast Region recipient of the Arthur Ashe leadership and sportsmanship award and is known throughout the Ivy League and the region as a paragon of sportsmanship. Au is the hardest worker at practice, setting the tone each day with his work ethic and positive attitude. His community service resume is legend, working with Fox Point, Toys for Tots, Breast Cancer Awareness and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. He wants to be a doctor and has already been accepted into Medical school.  His coach calls him one of those special people who comes along once in a lifetime.

The Arlene Gorton Cup is presented to the female varsity athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play. It is named in honor of former Brown Assistant Athletic Director Arlene Gorton in recognition of her development of women's athletics at Brown.

According to women's soccer head coach Phil Pincince, "This year's recipient is the ultimate team player on the field and off.  While she did not receive much playing time throughout her four-year career, senior Katie Gannett's (Chicago, Ill.) contributions to the team stand second to none. A genuine and caring person, she makes everyone around her better by her words and actions." Gannett is also the ultimate student at Brown, taking courses from 13 different departments. She received a Royce Sport and Society Fellowship and the Brown International Scholars fellowship. She is a two-time winner of the team's Margeson Team Spirit Award and earned the Sarah Nicholson Memorial Award, presented to the team member who has given the most to the team over four years as voted by her teammates. She is double concentrating in Literatures and Cultures in English, and Development Studies.

The Cliff Stevenson Award is named in honor of former Brown men's soccer and lacrosse coach, Cliff Stevenson, who retired in 1990 after directing the men's soccer program for 31 years. It is presented to the male varsity athlete who best exemplifies Cliff's boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the community.

Senior defender David Walls (Leeds, England) has been the Face of Brown Soccer over the last four years, both on the pitch, in the classroom and in the community. His approach to the Brown community is one of enthusiasm and energy. He played a role on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, showing his support of Brown Teams and extracurricular activities. Walls is an Academic All-Ivy selection, a two-year captain, and recognized as one of the smartest and most-talented defenders in the league, both by his peers and opponents alike. He's helped the team to an amazing 33 shutouts and has played in excess of 70 games, ranking high on Brown's all-time list. He's also a two-time All-Ivy and All-Northeast region selection.

The Bessie H. Rudd Award is presented to the female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports at Brown, and is based on enthusiasm, spirit, and leadership. The award is named in honor of Bessie Rudd, the former Director of Physical Education at Pembroke College from 1930-1961, in recognition of her leadership in the development of quality athletic programs for all women.

Women's basketball sophomore Caroline King (Valencia, Pa.) is a campus leader and involved in some capacity with groups that impact the Brown and Providence Community. She came to Brown to go to medical school and play Division I basketball. She has turned into the poster student-athlete, the president of Brown Nation, and demonstrates her passion for Brown athletics every day. She is a Meiklejohn peer counselor, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and volunteers at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, the Fox Point Elementary School and the Butler Hospital Free Clinic. A Community Health concentrator, she is the women's basketball team's Community Service organizer and Academic Liaison, and teaches middle and grammar school children with special needs.