Tuesday, July 6, 2010
2009-10 Cavalier of the Year: Diego Restrepo
The fans have spoken, and with a sizable number of the votes cast (we don't do runoffs) the FOV Cavalier of the Year for 2009-2010 is Diego Restrepo, goalkeeper for the national champion men's soccer team. Here he is, transformed through the magic of bad Photoshop into a stylish, dashing Cavalier.
Restrepo overcame a surge of votes for Danny Hultzen brought on by the baseball crowd following a Sabre messageboard link and emerged from what was a three-way dead heat between he, Hultzen, and Monica Wright, who finished 1-2-3 in the voting. Robby Andrews was fifth, Kenny Clausen sixth, and the tennis duo of Courtney and Shabaz seventh; Kalkstein and Selenski earned a vote each. Not one vote for either of the swimmers; as a former swimmer myself, this makes me a sad panda. For a few seconds at least.
But the winner is extremely deserving. Hultzen and Wright are a tough pair to beat out, but Restrepo is a national champion and earned himself some pretty significant records along the way. A two-month shutout streak was the individual highlight of his season, as well as a huge save to set the tone in the penalty kick shootout in the NCAA championship game. The voters have chosen wisely.
Kalkstein, Selenski: 1
Henrich, Perdue, Robison, Tacke: 0