The 2000-2001 athletic year has been filled with numerous individual feats and
accomplishments, but the performances of the following Lady Vols stood out in our minds. These are The Daily
Beacon's nominees for Lady Volunteer Athlete of the Year.
Gwen Jackson, sophomore
Lady Vol forward Gwen Jackson stepped up during the latter part of the Lady Vols' 2000-2001 season, rising to the occasion after a season-ending injury to senior
All-American Tamika Catchings.
Jackson averaged 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds a contest. She also shot 79 percent from the free-throw line.
Sharon Dickie, sophomore
UT distance runner Sharon Dickie turned out to be quite a bright spot for the
Lady Vols last season, winning the NCAA South Regional title before finishing 29th at the national meet in Ames, Iowa.
Dickie finished eighth in the SEC Championships and was twice named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week. She also finished fourth in the Sea R
ay Relays Invitational 3,000-meter for the Lady Vol track and field squad.
Young-A Yang, junior
Tennessee golfer Young-A Yang continued her consistent play this year, finishing no lower than 11th in seven events.
Yang took home medalist honors for th
e first time in her three-year career, winning the Betsy Rawls Classic in March. The two-time All-American's win was only the eighth in school history. Yang was also named to the first team All-SEC for the third time in her UT career.
Erika Twedt,
For those unfamiliar with rowing, the coxswain is the leader of the boat. And in Erika Twedt, the Lady Vols are losing a proven coxswain. Twedt's coach, Lisa Glenn, called her one of the team captains ... a capable leader and motivator.
ian Wilkinson, freshman
UT soccer forward/midfielder Rhian Wilkinson is a freshman, but in 2000, she played a lot older. Wilkinson was named SEC Freshman of the Year and selected to the All-SEC second team.
Wilkinson scored 12 goals, including four game-w
inners last season. She also had nine assists.
Janette Koshell, senior
On a team that struggled with the lumber all year, UT senior outfielder Janette Koshell was a bright spot. Up to date, Koshell has six home runs and 20 RBIs, hitting a solid .
296. Koshell leads the team in total bases (71), slugging percentage (.467) and runs (21). She is also tied for the team lead in hits (45) and doubles (6).
Pam Hanson, senior
Lady Vol swimmer Pam Hanson completed her Tennessee career in style, ta
king home three All-America honors in her senior year. Hanson earned national certificates after her showing in the 100-yard butterfly, 100y backstroke and 200y backstroke. She was named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel All-SEC swimming and diving first tea
Jaime Sanger, sophomore
Like Pam Hanson, Lady Vol sophomore Jaime Sanger also made a splash in 2000-2001. Sanger's dive of 315.15 was good enough for a third-place finish in the NCAA 1-meter championship. The tally was a school record and career
Sanger was named SEC Female Diver of the Year for her finish at the SECs and NCAAs. She was also named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel swimming and diving first team.
The Lady Vol top 6
The Lady Vols started the 2001 dual season ranked 17th i
n the country. Twenty-one regular season wins and a conference runner-up finish later, the Lady Vols stand at No. 4 in the nation. No one player could be singled out to show the team's success, so the top 6 Alison Ojeda, Kim Gates, Vilmarie Castellvi, A
gnes Wiski, Crystal Cleveland and Brooke Cordell are our nominees.
Diane Slinden, junior
UT junior discus thrower Diane Slinden broke out this season, qualifying early in the 2001 outdoor season for the NCAA meet. Slinden first emerged at
the University of California-San Diego Invitational in late March, where she threw a mark of 182-3/55.56 meters. She backed that performance up with another strong event the next weekend at the Texas Relays.
Slinden is currently No. 1 in the SEC in the di
scus throw and No. 2 in the nation in the event.
Erica Lear, junior
A junior co-captain, UT setter Erica Lear has asserted herself as a leader for the Lady Vol volleyball team. And rightfully so, as she led the team with an astounding 1,523 ass
ists. That breaks down to a 13.6 assist-per-game ratio. She also led the team in digs, with 322.