HARRISONBURG, Va., April 22, 2013 – James Madison University handed out the school's top athletics honors Monday night at the fifth annual JMU Athletics Recognition Banquet. Men’s soccer senior Paul Wyatt (Modbury, England/Ivybridge) was the recipient of the Male Athlete of the Year Award, with swimmer Eva Hannesdottir (Seltjarnarnes, Iceland/Kvennaskolinn (New Orleans)) earned the Female Athlete of the Year Award. On the academic side, redshirt junior men’s soccer player Adam Bastidas (Catasauqua, Pa., Catasauqua) and women’s tennis senior Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) won JMU's Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, respectively.
Wyatt was a finalist for the athlete of the year award last year, while Bastidas and Bulling received their honors for the second year in a row each.
Wyatt led JMU in in goals (9) and points (21), and following the 2012 season he was invited to the adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine. A four-year starter, he was twice named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region First Team and was voted to the NSCAA All-America Second Team in 2011. Wyatt was a four-time All-CAA honoree, earning First Team recognition in 2011 and 2012, Second Team honors in 2010 and Third Team recognition in 2009.
Hannesdottir became the first JMU swimming and diving athlete to represent the program at the Olympic games as she qualified for the 2012 London Games as part of the Icelandic National Team. In addition, Hannesdottir was the Icelandic National Champion in both the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events at the Icelandic National Championships last summer. For JMU, she was a two-time individual event champion at the 2012 CAA Championships, winning the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events. She set school records in both events as well as in the 50-yard freestyle on her way to being named a CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mention. Hannesdottir was a member of three championship relay teams that set JMU records and helped guide the team to the 2011-12 CAA Championship.
Bastidas is a President's List student majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies with a minor in middle school education, and he has a 3.77 grade-point average. He received Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention from the NSCAA in the fall of 2011, and he is a three-time recipient of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award.
Bulling is now a two-time Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year after winning the award in 2012. She is a three-time International Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and earned VaSID Academic All-State honors as a junior. In addition, the history and English double-major has been on the President’s List each year of her collegiate career. The Loveland, Ohio-native also published her research on the formation of slave religion in Appalachian State’s May 2012 issue of History Matters: An Undergraduate Journal of Historical Research. On the courts this year, Bulling went 18-8 in singles matches overall and finished her career with a 66-39 (.629) overall record.