DETROIT, Michigan, April 27. THE Detroit Athletic Club (DAC), in keeping with its longstanding tradition of supporting athletics in the community, announced earlier this week that University of Michigan senior Davis Tarwater (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School) is its first recipient of the Michigan Male College Athlete of the Year award. Calvin College's Lisa Winkle was selected as the female recipient. The award honors athletic achievement, academics and community service.
Tarwater and Winkle were selected from among a list of collegiate
student-athletes within the state of Michigan by a committee of DAC
members who have been involved in amateur athletics for many years. The
pair will be honored at the Dodge National Athletic awards, to benefit
the March of Dimes, on May 15 at the DAC, along with the as yet
unannounced Michigan High School Athletes of the Year.
A three-time NCAA champion (two individual, one relay) and 13-time
All-American (six individual, seven relay), Tarwater is a political
science major. He is U-M's 2006 Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor
recipient, honoring excellence in scholarship and athletics, after
earning Academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2004, '05 and '06. A
tri-captain on U-M's 2005-06 team, Tarwater was active with U-M's C.S.
Mott Children's Hospital, visiting patients and assisting with Mock
Rock, U-M's annual fundraiser for the children's hospital.
In four years at U-M, Tarwater won six Big Ten Conference titles (three
individual, three relay), including three consecutive titles in the
200-yard butterfly (2004,'05,'06). He holds Big Ten records in the
100-yard butterfly (46.16), 200-yard butterfly (1:41.84) and 800-yard
freestyle relay (6:18.11), and is a member of three additional U-M
record-setting relay teams: 400-yard freestyle relay (2:54.16),
200-yard medley relay (1:27.50) and 400-yard medley relay (3:11.04).
Tarwater won two titles at the 2005 U.S. National Championships (spring
200-meter butterfly, summer 400-meter freestyle relay) and finished
fourth at the 2005 World Championships in the 200 butterfly. He
finished fourth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 fly and was
a member of Team USA at the 2003 Pan-American Games and the 2001
Winkle competed for Calvin in both basketball and track and field. She
was the 2006 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
co-MVP in basketball and is a three-time All-MIAA first team selection.
She is an All-American in track and field and three-time basketball
All-American. A five-time member of the Calvin Dean's List, Winkle was
named to the 2005 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Academic
All-State Collegiate Women's team.