Kentucky Wildcats TV served up some bad lip reading at Monday’s 15th annual CATSPY Awards.
UK’s official sports video team put together a classic Cats-themed send up of the popular YouTube channel featuring coaches, athletes and athletics director Mitch Barnhart.
Inspired by ESPN’s ESPY Awards, the CATSPYs include coach, individual and team honors for Kentucky’s nearly 500 athletes in 22 sports. Highlights of each nominated athlete were shown ahead of each announcement at an event open to the public at Memorial Coliseum.
A number of UK official and athlete Twitter accounts updated the proceedings.
Fashion file: A number of UK athletes proudly showed off their CATSPYs outfits on Twitter and Instagram, while other UK accounts just tried to have some fun.
In what has become somewhat of a tradition, Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson tweeted about her preparations for the show leading up to the event.
Lawson, who pokes a little fun at herself and her lack of preparation, had just watched the Cats complete an improbable comeback from an 8-3 deficit to win 10-8 at Missouri on Sunday when she began her “CATSPY’s pregame” tweets @UKCoachLawson.
“Catspy’s Pre-game: bussing home wondering if the dress I ordered by clicking the 1st pic I saw on google search is at my door & if it fits,” she said late Sunday.
She later bemoaned that she forgot to order appropriate shoes for the occasion.
UK announced the nominees for some of its awards last week. They are:
Female Athlete of the Year: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (track and field); Ashley Dusek (volleyball); Makayla Epps (women’s basketball); Isabelle Johansson (women’s golf); Mollie Korth (gymnastics); Katy Kunc (track and field/cross country); Meagan Prince (softball); Sha’Keela Saunders (track and field); Asia Seidt (swimming and diving); Aldila Sutjiadi (women’s tennis).
Male Athlete of the Year: Nick Anderson (track and field); Tim Duckworth (track and field); Napo Matsoso (men’s soccer); Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (men’s golf); Malik Monk (men’s basketball); Jacob Thomson (track and field/cross country); Jon Toth (football); Evan White (baseball).
Female Rookie of the Year: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (track and field); Abbey Cheek (softball); Leah Edmond (volleyball); Mollie Korth (gymnastics); Katie Reed (softball); Asia Seidt (swimming and diving); Evangeline Soucie (women’s soccer)
Male Rookie of the Year: De’Aaron Fox (men’s basketball); Sean Hjelle (baseball); Malik Monk (men’s basketball); Benny Snell (football); JJ Williams (men’s soccer).
Supporting Role: Matthew Beach (swimming and diving); Laura Connor (women’s soccer); Stuart Ford (men’s soccer); Ali Galyer (swimming and diving); Dominique Hawkins (men’s basketball); Cathryn Papasodora (rifle); Hailey Poland (gymnastics); Shannon Smith (softball).
Scratch Award (given to a non-scholarship student-athlete whose effort is representative of playing for the “love of the game”): Ryan Creel (men’s soccer); Danaea Davis (gymnastics); Sam Day (swimming and diving); Harper Hempel (volleyball); Caroline McCaslin (track/cross country); Ayanna Parker (women’s soccer); Paige Poffenberger (women’s basketball).