BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University athletic department is excited to announce its six major postseason award winners, and team MVPs, for the 2018-19 season. The awards consist of the Danny Litwhiler Underclass Male Athlete of the Year, the Joanne McComb Underclass Female Athlete of the Year, the Robert B. Redman Senior Male Athlete of the Year, the Eleanor Wray Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and the Outstanding Senior Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
JOANNE MCCOMB UNDERCLASS FEMALE
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Becca Cubbler - Women's Swimming
Cubbler enjoyed, arguably, her finest season in the pool during the 2018-19 season as she became a three-time All-American after placing 12th overall in the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.65), 13th in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:09.18), and 16th in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:03.48) at the 2019 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving National Championships.
At the conference championships, Cubbler was a five-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) honoree after placing second in both the 1000 free and 400 free relay and finishing third in the 200 free, 800 free relay, and 400 medley relay. She is a 12-time All-Conference member through her first three seasons and won a PSAC title in 2018 as a member of the 400 free relay team.
DANNY LITWHILER UNDERCLASS MALE
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Kyle Dix - Men's Swimming
Dix rebounded in a big way during the 2018-19 season after missing the previous year due to injuries. He helped the Huskies to a 5-2 overall record and their fourth consecutive second-place finish at the PSAC Championships.
At the conference meet, Dix won three titles (100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke, 400-yard freestyle relay) while breaking the school and the meet record in the 100-yard butterfly. He finished by earning seven All-PSAC honors - going a perfect 7-for-7 at the championships. Along with his three titles, Dix also finished second in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley relay, and 400-yard medley relay. Dix then went on to compete at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Division Championships in Indianapolis as he swam in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and 100-yard butterfly.
He also earned PSAC Athlete of the Week three times during the course of the season.
SENIOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
OUTSTANDING SENIOR FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Allie Barber - Women's Soccer
Barber won both the Eleanor Wray Senior Female Athlete of the Year and Outstanding Senior Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her performance both on and off the pitch in 2018. She helped the women's soccer team to the program's first PSAC championship since 2002, the top seed in the Atlantic Region (the program's first trip since 2010), and an Atlantic Regional championship by finishing second on the team in scoring six goals and four assists for 16 points.
Barber posted a career-best four game-winning goals and scored pair of goals during Bloomsburg's 4-1 win over Slippery Rock in PSAC Quarterfinals - the second multiple-goal game of her career.
In the classroom, Barber graduated in May with a 3.89 cumulative grade point average while majoring in audiology and speech pathology.
ROBERT B. REDMAN SENIOR MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Ashton Raines - Baseball
Raines finished his final campaign in a Huskies' uniform with an 8-2 overall record, and a career-low 1.94 earned run average. His ERA - including the postseason - led all conference starters and was the seventh-lowest single-season mark in program history, while his eight victories tied for fourth in the PSAC and tied for third-most in a single-season in Bloomsburg history.
Following the year, Raines earned All-PSAC East First Team honors and All-Atlantic Region First Team accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings. He also garnered All-Atlantic Region Second Team honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA).
OUTSTANDING SENIOR MALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Nick McGuire - Men's Cross Country/Track and Field
In the fall, McGuire became the first male runner at Bloomsburg to qualify for the cross country national championships since 2006 when he placed sixth overall at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships - also the program's best finish at regionals since the 2006 season. He was named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region First Team and earned All-PSAC First Team accolades with a third-place finish at the conference championships.
During the track and field season, McGuire earned a fifth-place result in the 5000-meter run during the PSAC Indoor Championships with a personal-best time of 15:13.99 and then added a pair of podium finishes during the PSAC Outdoor Championships.
McGuire graduated with a degree in political science and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.86.