Kevin Gill, Brandon Martin and Nancy Bowden Named Outstanding Butler Athletes
April 20, 2004
Seniors Kevin Gill (Indianapolis), Brandon Martin (Springville) and Nancy Bowden (Cincinnati, Ohio) captured the top male and female athletic awards at Butler University's annual all-sports banquet held at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday, April 20. The year-ending event was held to pay tribute to Butler's 19 athletic teams and included the presentation of most valuable player and mental attitude awards, plus several special recognition and scholarship awards, to Butler's student-athletes and teams.
Gill and Martin were named co-recipients of Butler's Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award, while Bowden was selected as Butler's Most Outstanding Woman Athlete. All three also earned Most Valuable Player awards for their respective teams.
Gill, the top player on Butler's successful men's tennis team, is the reigning No. 1 singles champ in the Horizon League. He was named the 2003 Horizon League Player of the Year, and he's a two-time Butler MVP.
Martin finished his four-year football career with the Bulldogs as Butler's all-time leader in pass interceptions. He led the NCAA Division I-AA in pass interceptions with eight in 2003, and he was named to the I-AA Mid-Major All-America team as a senior. He further was named Pioneer Football League North Division Defensive Player of the Year this past fall.
Bowden completed a four-year career on Butler's women's basketball team with 1,031 points, 540 assists and 305 steals. She led the Horizon League in assists and steals and ranked in the "Top 10" in the NCAA Division I in both categories in 2003-04. The Butler point-guard capped off her senior year by being named to the All-Horizon League first team, the Horizon League All-Defensive Team and the league All-Tournament Team.
Junior Areal Bienemy (Violet, La.) and sophomore Avery Sheets (Lafayette) were named recipients of the Paul D. "Tony" Hinkle Scholarship for outstanding athletic achievement. Bienemy earned first team All-Horizon League, All-Midwest Region and honorable mention All-America honors in volleyball last fall. Sheets was picked to the Horizon League All-Tournament team as a starting point-guard on Butler's men's basketball squad.
Juniors Brandon Gill (Indianapolis) and Rachel Pivarnik (Hilliard, Ohio) received Helen Tewksbury Awards for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and athletics. Gill, the younger brother of Kevin Gill, won a league singles' championship and earned first team All-Horizon League recognition last spring, while Pivarnik has played in every Butler women's soccer match over the past three seasons. Both have been named to the Butler Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.
Sophomore Will Turner (Auburn) and freshman Lynnsey Showers (Kokomo) were named recipients of a $1,000 Dean Herbert F. Schwomeyer Scholarship, presented for outstanding athletic and academic achievement. Turner is a first team performer on Butler's men's golf team, while Showers is the second leading scorer on Butler's women's golf team. Both athletes were named to the Butler Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
The Frank "Pop" Hedden Award, which honors Butler's outstanding male and female freshman student-athletes, was presented to a pair of Butler swimmers - Raj Duggal (Columbus) and Mary Beth Arnold (Indianapolis). Duggal set three Butler individual records at the 2004 Horizon League Championship, while Arnold captured Butler's lone individual championship at the league meet by winning the 200-yard breaststroke.
The Horizon League Sportsmanship Award was given to senior women's basketball player Lisa Pryor (Columbus, Ohio).
Three team awards also were presented at the banquet. The men's tennis and women's swimming squads received the Horizon League "Raise Your Sights Academic Award" for compiling the highest team cumulative grade point averages of all Butler teams. The women's volleyball team received the Horizon League Outreach Award for community service, while the men's cross country/track team and the women's volleyball team earned "The Shining Star Award" presented by the Division of Student Affairs on the recommendation of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) for a demonstrated commitment to academics, sportsmanship, school spirit and service to Butler University and to the Indianapolis Community.