BRISTOL, Tenn. – Two King University teams were honored by Conference Carolinas when they announced their Messick Awards for Sportsmanship. The men's and women's swimming teams both earned sportsmanship awards from the league.
This marks the first time for each program that they have won a Conference Carolinas Messick Award for Sportsmanship. Both teams finished third at the Conference Carolinas Swimming Championships.
Conference Carolinas athletics directors implemented the process by which the Conference Carolinas Messick Sportsmanship Awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach from each institution vote separately upon the sportsmanship of all-conference competitors. Each institution then submits those votes to the conference office where the averages are then calculated to decide the winner for each conference-sponsored sport.
The rankings of each school's conference-sponsored sports are then used to determine the institution which has displayed the best sportsmanship across all sports throughout the year. That institution is named the winner of the Messick Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the athletic year.
The Team Messick Sportsmanship Awards are now in their 10th year. The awards are named after John D. Messick, who was the president of former conference member East Carolina from 1947-59. Messick truly championed sportsmanship and even wrote a book entitled, "Personality and Character Development."