MOST VALUABLE PERFORMER
This Award has been around since the first season
back in 1973. The winner is determined by votes by the team members and the
criteria is “who do you feel was most valuable to the team in 2008.”
Mari Wunschel '08 – Santa Rosa, California
Mari Wunschel '08 - Santa Rosa, California
I remember calling a Mari Wunschel in December of 2003 and like most people who saw her name before speaking with her – I mispronounced her first name. I had already found out that she had been accepted through the Early Action process at BC. It was a pleasant conversation and it turned out to be a big plus for the swim program here at BC. I love the IM and the 400 IM is my favorite event. In all my years of coaching I do not know of any swimmer that swims this race better than Mari. I have said that Mari’s best events are the 200 & 400 IM. I have also said that her next four best are the 200 back, 200 breast, 200 fly and 200 free.
Watching Mari swim an individual medley has always been a treat as a coach. You know that most swimmers usually go up and down with their strengths and weaknesses during an IM, but Mari does not have a weak stroke – so that you know she is always in a race. These even and well swum strokes means that she will stay in most races right to the conclusion.
In her sophomore year I noticed that the 50 of each stroke in her 200 IM was faster than the same 50 in each of those 200’s. To me it was just a case of confidence and if she could get the same confidence in her “other” events both she and the team would benefit. I also decided as a coach to get her more involved in all the meets and the team did benefit greatly. As a coach I became aware that I was allowing a great resource for our team to go unused. I kept throwing Mari in any available 200 and the team was stronger for it. By her senior year, Mari was contributing often in every dual meet. Mari also showed some exceptional performances in the 200 backstroke and the 200 butterfly – not just in the dual meets but she also turned in both personal bests by a lot at both the Terrier Invite and the ACC’s. At the season ending ACC’s, she also managed to turn in a great 200 freestyle split in a record setting 800 freestyle relay. All of this combines to a proper conclusion to her four year BC career as the 2008 MVP.
List of All Boston College Swimming & Diving MVP's