Kabe receives Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete Award

Quincy Kabe receives award for swim and dive

Bridget Maxwell

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UW-Eau Claire’s own Quincy Kabe was named the 2023 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Max Sparger Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete.

Kabe is a third-year accounting student who is graduating this spring. He was named the 2020-21 College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Second Team, a two-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll, is recognized on the dean’s list and has received academic scholarships. 

“It is super important to get involved with something on campus so you have that automatic family built in and friends you can always count on,” Kabe said. 

He has served as a student mentor and was a Blugold Fellow who participated in honors research. 

Kabe has been named UW-Eau Claire’s Diver of the Year in 2021 and 2022. Last year he was recognized as the WIAC Diver of the Year after winning the one-meter and placing fourth in the three-meter. 

“He was a shoo-in because of all his accomplishments and work he has done not just with swim and dive but everything else Quincy does,” Annie Ryder, head swimming and diving team coach, said.

He serves as a UW-Eau Claire Navigators Leader and as a Residence Hall Advisor since 2021. 

“He stays on top of things, pushes his teammates to be better and challenges himself and others,” Ryder said. 

In order to be nominated for this award you need a 3.5 minimum grade point average. The player also needs to be in their last year of schooling and involved in other campus activities, organizations and community service projects.

“It was such a huge honor to even be nominated and considered for the award, so it was icing on the cake to actually receive it,” Kabe said. 

UW-Eau Claire men’s team finished second at the WIAC championships. It is now the third consecutive season the Blugold men earned a second-place finish.

The men’s team totaled 853 points, finishing only 54 points behind the winning team, UW-Stevens Point

Upcoming games for men’s swim and dive are in Indianapolis at NCAA Championships on March 15-18.  

It will be held in the IUPUI Natatorium for all four days. 

Kabe and his teammate Sarah Dahlk qualified for the NCAA Diving Regional this past weekend in Chicago.

“Two Eau Claire athletes haven’t received the (scholar-athlete) award in a long time, so it is cool to get and experience this alongside my teammate,” Kabe said.

At the NCAA, he took 12th with a score of 418.7 in the one-meter dive and fifth for the three-meter dive scoring 444.20.

Dahlk scored 371.05 for the one-meter dive, placing 8th and 395.35 for the three-meter dive, placing seventh. 

After he graduates, Kabe plans to use his accounting degree.

“I don’t see myself pursuing diving after college because my body is telling me I’m done,” Kabe said. 

However, he said there is a possible future in coaching swim and dive or doing something revolving around the sport.

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