Six Terriers Honored At Annual Athletics Recognition Banquet

April 27, 2004

BOSTON - Seniors Jochen Dieckfoss (Tubingen, Germany) and Katie Terhune (Port Murray, N.J.) were honored as Boston University's Athletes of the Year at the annual senior athletes recognition dinner on Monday, April 26.

In addition, seniors Brent Bernkrant (Hollywood, Fla.) and Julia Nazzer (Wanganuii, New Zealand) were selected as the top student-athletes while seniors Abbey Pauley (Spring, Texas) and Kevin Fitzgerald (Belle Harbor, N.Y.) received the senior leadership awards.

Dieckfoss captured his fourth-consecutive America East Cross Country Individual Title last fall to earn his fourth-straight Team MVP honor. Dieckfoss also made his fourth and final trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing 72nd out of 255 competitors. On the track as a junior, Dieckfoss enjoyed his best-ever finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, placing 10th overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase. This winter, he won the mile at the America East Indoor Championships in 4:08.03 and this spring he'll be aiming for his third-straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Terhune earned the Mildred Barnes Female Athlete of the Year award for the second-straight year after finishing her career as B.U.'s women's basketball all-time leading scorer. Terhune scored 503 points as a senior to finish her career with a program-record 1,791 career points. Terhune also set records in career three-point field goals made (172), career free throws made (489), and career minutes played (3,631). As a senior in 2003-04, Terhune led the Terriers to a 19-11 overall record and their second-consecutive trip to the America East Championship game. She earned First Team All-Conference and All-Tournament Team honors for her efforts. Terhune became just the second female basketball player in program history to have her jersey retired.

Bernkrant, a versatile member of the men's swimming team, received the E. Ray Speare Award as the top senior male student-athlete. In his first two years with the team, Bernkrant excelled as one of the top freestyle swimmers in the conference. As a junior, he switched to the breaststroke and butterfly and also competed in the relay events. His best individual finish during his senior season was a win in the 200 butterfly at the season-opening meet against New Hampshire on Nov. 1. Bernkrant will graduate magna cum laude from the School of Management with dual sub concentrations in finance and operations and technology management.

Nazzer, a top runner for both the Women's Cross Country and Track teams, received the Gretchen Schuyler Award as the top senior female student-athlete. Nazzer set a B.U. record in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:07.07 at the Mt. Sac Relays in 2003. She also has been a key contributor to the cross country team that won three America East titles during her career. Nazzer finished 25th as a junior at the 2002 America East Cross Country Championship, while the Terriers earned their seventh-consecutive team title. A three-time America East Academic Honor Roll selection, Nazzer was honored as a First Team District I Verizon Academic All-American in 2003. This May, Nazzer will graduate summa cum laude with a degree in human physiology from the Sargent College.

Fitzgerald, the starting point guard on the men's basketball team for each of the last four seasons, received the John B. Simpson Award for senior leadership for men. During his career, Fitzgerald guided the Terriers to a 79-41 overall record. As a captain during the 2003-04 season, he led the Terriers to a 23-6 overall record and the team's second-consecutive America East Regular-Season title. Fitzgerald ranks fifth in program history in both career assists (372) and steals (166). As a senior, he led the team in assists with 86 and was the only Terrier to start all 29 games.

Pauley, a centerfielder for the softball team, was presented with the John B. Simpson Award for senior leadership for women. The lone senior on the 2004 squad, Pauley has been called by head coach Amy Hayes the "heart and soul of the team". As a junior, Pauley earned America East All-Conference Second Team honors and was among the nation's leaders in triples. She had her best season as a junior, setting career-highs in every statistical category. Pauley, who has guided the Terriers to back-to-back America East titles, will look to lead her team to a three-peat this May.