Blotch, Swanson Selected John O. Oldham Student-Athletes Of The Year

Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics announced Tuesday at the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation’s annual year-end membership social that volleyball player Caron Blotch and swimmer Karl Swanson have been named the school’s John O. Oldham Student-Athletes of the Year.

Blotch, a Franklin, Ind., native, was one of the first players in school history — freshman Megan Argabright was the other — to earn All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association after picking up honorable mention accolades last season, while she became the first Lady Topper ever to be named first-team all-South Region on multiple occasions. She was selected the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and was a first-team all-league pick after posting an SBC-best 12.96 assists per game while recording a .346 hitting percentage as well as 2.11 digs per game.

Blotch earned all-Sun Belt Tournament honors after leading WKU to its second title, as the Lady Toppers finished the year 31-3 after dropping a four-game match to nationally ranked Louisville in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Off the court, Blotch was one of 29 female student-athletes participating in a fall sport to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and she also was named second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV.

A Bowling Green, Ky., resident, Swanson helped lead the Hilltoppers to its second Sun Belt Conference championship in as many years after claiming the 500-yard Freestyle, 1,650-yard Free and 400-yard Individual Medley at the league meet, and he was also part of the victorious 800-yard Free Relay team. During the regular season, Swanson was selected the SBC Swimmer of the Week on three occasions, more than any other individual in the conference.

He departs the Hill as the school’s record holder in four events — the 500 Free, 1,000 Free, 1,650 Free and 400 IM — while he set Sun Belt standards in the 1,650 Free and 400 IM.

During his career, Swanson was named the co-Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Year as a sophomore and was the co-SBC Swimmer of the Year his junior year.

— WKU —