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Swimmer, Soccer Players Win Patterson Medals

Women’s soccer national players of the year Casey Nogueira ’10 and Whitney Engen ’10 and All-America swimmer Chip Peterson ’10 are the recipients of the 2010 Patterson Medals, awarded annually to Carolina’s most outstanding male and female athletes.

Peterson, a native of Pine Knoll Shores, has been a member of U.S. Swimming’s Open Water National Team since 2006. He was a three-year All-America at Carolina, specializing in the 500-yard and 1650-yard freestyles. He becomes the fifth men’s swimmer to earn the Patterson Medal and the first since Harrison Merrill in 1965.

“For four years, we took extreme pride in how Chip represented [UNC],” says head swimming coach Rich DeSelm ’78. “Chip demonstrated that it is possible to achieve success at the highest levels through his dedication to excellence in academics, his fabulous work ethic in the pool, and his outstanding athletic accomplishments in ACC, NCAA, national and international competition. Chip exemplifies what every coach hopes to see from a young person they work with — honesty, integrity, passion, discipline, devotion to his team and a joy for his sport.”

Peterson, who currently trains full time in Fullerton, Calif., holds UNC records in the 500-yard freestyle, 1000-yard freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle, 1500-meter freestyle and as a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay team. He capped his career by winning the ACC title in the 1650 free as a senior. Peterson, who majored in biology, was named the 2010 ACC Men’s Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an ESPN Academic All-America selection in 2009 and 2010. He captured an ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship as a senior after being named ACC Men’s Swimming All-Academic three times and to the ACC Academic Honor Roll four times. He was named first-team All-ACC twice.

Engen, a native of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and Nogueira, from Raleigh, become the 12th and 13th women’s soccer players to win the Patterson Medal in the past 23 years.

“Casey Nogueira technically is one of the best players I’ve ever coached, and I think it’s wonderful she’s been extended this amazing honor,” says Tar Heel head coach Anson Dorrance ’74. “When you look historically at the women’s soccer winners of the Patterson Medal, they all had some extraordinary qualities, and Casey fits that bill. She can strike a ball with power as well as some of the greatest players of all time in the sport. Her game-winning performances in three NCAA College Cups in her four years during this age of parity speak to her extraordinary contribution to UNC athletics.”

Nogueira was a three-year starter at forward for Carolina, playing on three NCAA championship and four ACC championship squads. She won the Mary Garber Award as the top female athlete in the ACC for 2008-09. Nogueira finished 14th in career points and 15th in career goals at UNC with 139 and 55, respectively, to go along with 29 career assists.

As a junior in 2008, she led the nation in scoring with 25 goals and swept virtually every national player of the year honor, capturing awards from Soccer America, the Honda Awards, Soccer Buzz,Soccer News Network and Top Drawer Soccer. She scored the game-winning goal in four College Cup games — the 2006 semifinal versus UCLA, the 2006 final versus Notre Dame, the 2008 final versus Notre Dame and the 2009 semifinal versus Notre Dame. She had the game-winning assist in the 2009 NCAA championship contest against Stanford. Nogueira was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player at the 2008 and 2009 NCAA College Cups and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 and 2009 ACC Tournaments. She won All-Tournament honors at the NCAA College Cup three times.

“Whitney Engen is one of my favorite kind of sports stories because her career is a Cinderella story,” Dorrance said. “She is a player who was never invited into a national youth team camp prior to college and yet through her instinctive determination and competitive fire developed herself into one of the greatest UNC defenders of all-time. She is training full time for the U.S. team while trying to make the 2011 World Cup roster. Her ascension is nothing short of breathtaking.”

Engen won the Mary Garber Award as the ACC’s top female athlete in 2009-10 after winning the Honda Soccer Award as national player of the year following the 2009 campaign. Engen was a four-year starter for UNC, the first two on the forward line and the last two at center back. She helped lead Carolina to three NCAA crowns and a quartet of ACC titles. In 2009, she won first-team All-America honors from the NSCAA and Soccer America, was chosen first-team All-ACC for the first time in her career, was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the ACC’s Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She won the defensive MVP award at the 2009 College Cup.

Engen was a four-time selection to the ACC Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team and was a 2009 ESPN second-team Academic All-America choice. Engen, like Nogueira, was chosen in the first round of the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft, and both played this past year for the Chicago Red Stars.

The Patterson Medal is based primarily on athletic accomplishment, although sportsmanship and leadership also are considered. A committee of athletics, faculty and student representatives selects the winners, who are nominated by their respective head coaches. The award was first given in 1924 by Dr. Joseph Patterson (class of 1904, CMED) in memory of his brother, John Durand Patterson (class of 1908). The Patterson family of Chapel Hill continues to present the award.

Patterson Medal Winners
1924: Monk McDonald ’23 (football, basketball, baseball)
1925: M.D. Bonner ’24 (football)
1926: Jack Cobb ’27 (basketball)
1927: Ad Warren ’27 (football, boxing, wrestling)
1928: Galen Elliott ’28 (track)
1929: Henry Satterfield ’29 (basketball)
1930: Ray Farris Sr. ’30 (football, boxing, baseball)
1931: Henry House ’31 (football, baseball)
1932: Staton McIver ’32 (football)
1933: Stuart Chandler ’33 (football)
1934: Virgil Weathers ’34 (basketball)
1935: Harry Williamson ’35 (track)
1936: Harry Montgomery ’36 (football)
1937: R.D. Buck ’37 (football)
1938: Andy Bershak ’38 (football, basketball)
1939: George Nethercutt ’39 (baseball)
1940: George Stirnweiss ’40 (football, baseball)
1941: Paul Severin ’41 (football, basketball)
1942: Bobby Gersten ’42 (basketball, baseball)
1943: Carlyle Thomas Mangum ’43 (track)
1944: Denny Hammond ’44 (swimming)
1945: E.B. Shultz ’46 (track)
1946: Jim Jordan ’46 (basketball)
1947: Walt Pupa ’47 (football)
1948: Jim Camp ’47 (football)
1949: Vic Seixas ’49 (tennis)
1950: Charlie Justice ’50 (football)
1951: Jimmy Thomas ’58 (swimming)
1952: Cecil Milton ’52 (swimming)
1953: Chalmers Port ’54 (baseball, football)
1954: Miles Gregory ’53 (football, wrestling)
1955: Albert Long Jr. ’55 (track, football, basketball, baseball)
1956: Jerry Vayda ’56 (basketball)
1957: Lennie Rosenbluth ’57 (basketball)
1958: Buddy Payne ’58 (football)
1959: Dave Scurlock ’59 (track)
1960: Jack Cummings ’60 (football)
1961: Rip Hawkins ’61 (football)
1962: Ray Farris Jr. ’62 (football)
1963: Joe Craver ’63 (football)
1964: Bill Haywood ’66 (baseball, soccer)
1965: Harrison Merrill ’65 (swimming)
1966: John Shaw ’66 (baseball)
1967: Danny Talbott ’67 (football, baseball)
1968: Larry Miller ’68 (basketball)
1969: Bill Bunting ’69 (basketball)
1970: Charlie Scott ’70 (basketball)
1971: Don McCauley ’71 (football)
1972: Dennis Wuycik ’72 (basketball)
1973: George Karl ’73 (basketball)
1974: Tony Waldrop ’74 (track)
1975: Charles Waddell ’75 (football, track, basketball)
1976: Mitch Kupchak ’76 (basketball)
1977: Walter Davis ’77 (basketball)
1978: Phil Ford ’78 (basketball)
1979: Greg Norris ’79 (baseball)
1980: Bonny Brown ’80 (women’s swimming)
1981: Lawrence Taylor ’81 (football) and Al Wood ’81 (basketball)
1982: C.D. Mock ’82 (wrestling)
1983: David Drechsler ’83 (football)
1984: Sue Walsh ’84 (women’s swimming)
1985: Ethan Horton ’86 (football)
1986: Brad Daugherty ’86 (basketball)
1987: Kenny Smith ’87 (basketball)
1988: Rob Koll ’89 (wrestling)
1989: Jeff Lebo ’90 (basketball)
1990: Shannon Higgins ’90 (women’s soccer)
1991: Sharon Couch ’91 (women’s track and field)
1992: Dwight Hollier ’91 (football)
1993: Kristine Lilly ’93 (women’s soccer)
1994: Mia Hamm ’94 (women’s soccer)
1995: Tisha Venturini ’95 (women’s soccer)
1996: Marcus Jones ’96 (football)
1997: Debbie Keller ’98 (women’ soccer)
1998: Cindy Werley ’98 (field hockey); Antawn Jamison ’99 (men’s basketball)
1999: Cindy Parlow ’00 (women’s soccer); Ebenezer Ekuban ’99 (football)
2000: Lorrie Fair ’00 (women’s soccer); Tripp Phillips ’99 (men’s tennis)
2001: Meredith Florance ’01 (women’s soccer); Brendan Haywood ’01 (men’s basketball)
2002: Katie Hathaway ’02 (women’s swimming); Danny Jackson ’01 (men’s soccer)
2003: Laura Greene ’03 (volleyball); Matt Crawford ’03 (men’s soccer)
2004: Shalane Flanagan ’05 (women’s track and field and cross country); Catherine Reddick ’04 (women’s soccer); Nicholas Monroe ’04 (men’s tennis)
2005: Alice Schmidt ’04 (women’s track and field and cross country); Jed Prossner ’05 (men’s lacrosse)
2006: Laura Gerraughty ’05 (women’s track and field); Andrew Miller ’07 (baseball)
2007: Ivory Latta ’07 (women’s basketball); Heather O’Reilly, senior (women’s soccer); Robert Woodard ’07 (baseball)
2008: Rachel Dawson ’07 (field hockey); Chad Flack ’09 (baseball)
2009: Dustin Ackley (baseball); Tyler Hansbrough ’09 (men’s basketball); Yael Averbuch ’09 (women’s soccer)
2010: Casey Nogueira ’10 and Whitney Engen ’10 (women’s soccer) and Chip Peterson ’10 (swimming)


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