MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference has announced its 2022 women’s swimming individual award winners on Thursday afternoon. Nova Southeastern’s Celina Marquez earned Swimmer of the Year honors and Head Coach of the Sharks Swimming team Ben Hewitt was named the SSC Coach of the Year.
The junior from Santa Tecla, El Salvador, competed in four individual events and a pair of relays at the 2022 Division II NCAA Championship. Individually, she won the 200 Back (1:55.79) and finished runner-up in the 100 Back (53.05) and 200 IM (1:59.46). She also finished fourth in the 100 Fly (53.38). Marquez set the SSC overall record in the 100 Back (52.42) and the SSC Championship and overall record in the 200 Back (1:54.54). Both times were the fastest in NCAA DII in 2021-22. As a relay swimmer, she led NSU to national championship gold in the 200 Medley Relay (1:38.83) and 400 Medley Relay (3:36.23), setting SSC overall records in the process.
Marquez joins the illustrious group of Erin Black (2011-12), Emma Wahlstrom (2016-17), Courtney DeVeny (2017-18), and Emma Sunstedt (2018-19) to earn Sunshine State Conference Swimmer of the Year honors.
Hewitt repeats as SSC Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year, earning the award for a league-leading fourth time. He piloted NSU to a sixth conference championship and a third-place NCAA finish. With Hewitt’s guidance, nine swimmers and five relay teams earned passage to the NCAA championship, seven women were named to All-SSC teams, and NSU’s program claimed SSC Swimmer of the Year and 39 CSCAA All-America honors. This season NSU recorded 12 SSC top times, broke eight SSC meet records, and eclipsed six overall league records.
Nova Southeastern completed its 2021-22 season with a third place finish at the NCAA National Championship meet in Greensboro, N.C. To stay up-to-date on Sharks swimming, follow on instagram and twitter at @NSU_Swimming.