Thirteen U-M Student-Athletes Tabbed NSCA Athletes of the Year

May 7, 2013

Michigan NSCA All-Americans

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Thirteen University of Michigan student-athletes were named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) on March 31.

"The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate and high school athletics," said Boyd Epley, Founder of the NSCA. "The NSCA is pleased to recognize student-athletes that put forth an effort to improve their performance through strength and conditioning. They are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."

The NSCA awarded 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools with the honor. The program recognizes collegiate athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of the strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments as well as their integrity as student-athletes.

This is the fourth year in which student-athletes from Michigan have received the award.

2013 U-M NSCA All-American Athletes of the Year:
Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), Sr., women's swimming and diving
Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western), Jr., women's swimming and diving
Austin DeWildt (Wyoming, Mich./Catholic Central), Sr., men's track and field
Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community), Jr., softball
Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park), Jr. volleyball
Joanna Fleming (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven), Sr., women's track and field
Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge), Jr./So., men's basketball
Sara Nitz (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland East), Sr., women's track and field
Cody Riffle (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit), Jr./So., men's track and field
Jenny Ryan (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw Nouvel Catholic Central), Sr., women's basketball
Sean Sutton (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), 5th, men's lacrosse
Roman Willets (Whitehouse, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales), Sr., men's swimming and diving
Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion), So., baseball


Strength coach Katlyn Haycock on Adrienne Bicek ... "Adrienne has demonstrated a true dedication to her training both in and out of the water. A highly self-motivated individual, Adrienne's work ethic serves as an example for her teammates and has been the driving force behind her success in the weight room, in the pool and in the classroom. Having competed in the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and earning Academic All-Big Ten, CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention and U-M Athletic Academic Achievement honors, Adrienne exemplifies the benefits of hard work and dedication."

Strength coach Emily Enos on Erin Bridgewater ... "Erin's work ethic and confidence in the weight room are infectious. She relentlessly strives to improve on an individual level, in addition to constantly motivating and encouraging her teammates. Erin is the type of student-athlete a coach wants a full team of. She is consistent, dedicated, passionate and very enthusiastic. She is committed to Michigan Athletics and takes great pride in competing for Michigan. She is not only a leader in the weight room, but she is also a leader within her team and the community. Erin is an active member of the Leadership Academy, Athletes in Action and Michigan from the Heart. It is with great pleasure that I nominate Erin Bridgewater for the NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year."

Strength coach Trevor Klump on Austin DeWildt ... "Austin's dedication and consistency to training has made him an excellent candidate for this award. He is always pushing his teammates to the next level, making not only himself better but the rest of the team, as well. It is an honor to nominate Austin for the NSCA All-American Award."

Strength coach Lew Porchiazzo on Lyndsay Doyle ... "Lyndsay is currently a junior outfielder for the University of Michigan softball team and is a member of three Big Ten championship teams (2011-13). Her commitment to her physical development throughout the entire offseason has led to significant strength and speed gains. Despite improvements in the vertical jump, back squad and 20-yard sprint, she remains motivated and strives for continued improvement. As a member of the softball team, she participated in the 2012 Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk in which the team raised more than $20,000. Her focus and dedication serves as an excellent example to her teammates on how to approach training. I am fortunate to be able to work with Lyndsay and contribute to her success and it is with great pleasure that I nominate her for this award. I look forward to helping her reach her goals this season and next."

Strength coach Mike Favre on Lexi Erwin ... "Lexi Erwin has continually demonstrated her leadership and dedication to the strength and conditioning program in addition to the volleyball program as a whole. Her positive attitude and strong work ethic contributed to numerous personal records established by herself and the team this past offseason in all areas of strength and conditioning. Her unyielding commitment to her physical preparation has been instrumental to her becoming a major contributor to the team's success this season and during the NCAA Tournament. Lexi earned first team All-Big Ten Conference, All-Region honorable mention, and NCAA Tournament Berkeley Regional MVP recognitions this season. These previously mentioned qualities and achievements have earned Lexi the respect of the coaching staff, her fellow teammates and the entire athletic department."

Strength coach Matt Segura on Joanna Fleming ... "Joanna (Joe) has battled back from some injuries to become a real leader among all of the throwers. She has stayed committed to her training program all year and sets a great example for the freshman throwers. Joe is someone who can always be counted on to get everyone focused and it is my pleasure to nominate her for this award."

Strength coach Jon Sanderson on Jon Horford ... "Jon Horford has a relentless drive to be the best in the weight room and on the court. He has made tremendous gains in his time at Michigan improving in every area that we test. His vertical jump has improved by four inches and his back squat has improved by 135 lbs., among others. He is a high-character kid and a joy to coach."

Strength coach Trevor Klump on Sara Nitz ... "Sara's persistence and dedication to the weight room has made it very easy for me to nominate her for this award. She is a leader and motivator on and off the track and is always looking to improve. Sara takes her dedication right into the classroom and has received the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award on multiple occasions. She understands the importance of weight training and sets an example for other student-athletes to follow. It is with great pleasure that I nominate Sara for the NSCA All-American Award."

Strength coach Matt Segura on Cody Riffle ... "Cody is an incredibly hard worker in and out of the gym. He likes to keep the mood loose but is extremely focused when he steps into the circle and the weight room. His hard work and determination sets a great example for his fellow athletes. The drive he has for greatness and to excel every day at practice is why he deserves this award."

Strength coach Bo Sandoval on Jenny Ryan ... "Quite simply, Jenny Ryan is the hardest-working female I've ever been around. Jenny takes intensity and hard work to another level. She is extremely diligent and consistent with her training. Her attitude towards training and preparing for the game of basketball has solidified her leadership role on the University of Michigan women's basketball team. Every team and athlete in America works hard, but not this hard!"

Strength coach Bo Sandoval on Sean Sutton ... "Sean is our prime example of relentless commitment when it comes to physical preparation for lacrosse at the University of Michigan. I often describe Sean as the hardest-working man in college lacrosse. Sean's performance in the Michigan strength and conditioning program is characterized by aggression and technical proficiency. I proudly nominate Sean Sutton to be recognized as an NSCA All-American."

Strength coach Katlyn Haycock on Roman Willets ... "Roman has shown himself to be a leader in the pool, in the classroom and in the weight room. Serving as a team captain, Roman leads by example and encourages his teammates to strive for excellence. Through his dedication to all aspects of training, including strength and conditioning, Roman has earned NCAA All-America honorable mention and All-Big Ten honors while at Michigan. Additionally, he swam at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, competing in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle events. He is a central member of the team, significantly contributing to the success of the team both in and out of the pool."

Strength coach Jason Cole on Zach Zott ... "During his two years at Michigan, Zach has set the standard for his teammates, not only in the weight room but also in the classroom. He was an Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient in 2011. The phrase 'Leaders and Best' is a perfect description for Zach's approach to his college career. It is my honor to nominate Zach for this prestigious award."

Contact: Dave Ablauf (734) 763-4423