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On April 24, 2006, Iona College celebrated National Student-Athlete Day in recognition of excellence in the classroom, on the field of play, and in the community.

National Student-Athlete Day was created by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and the Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society, with partnership from the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations. NCAA involvement began in 1994.

During this yearís event awards were presented for Male and Female Strength and Conditioning Student-Athlete of the Year, Academic Student-Athlete of the Year, and Gael of the Year in each sport. Those selected as a Gael of the Year were honored for embodying the mission of the day, the NCAA, and Iona Athletics. Below are pictures of the event and the award winners. For the Gaels of the year award standing left to right is Audrey Emaus of Womenís Swimming and Diving, Martina Weber of Womenís Basketball, Marvin McCullough of Menís Basketball, Drew Finneran of Menís Swimming and Diving, Heather Bourgault of Womenís Cross Country/Track, Frank Corrigan of Menís Cross Country/Track, Anne Fithian of Lacrosse, Eric Nowakowski of Menís Water Polo, Megan Teixeira of Womenís Soccer, Terence Kehayas of Football, Melissa McGregor of Womenís Water Polo, Mikaela Hogg of Volleyball, Colleen Ryan of Womenís Rowing, Paul Selvaggio of Golf, and Ryan Kelly of Menís Rowing. Not pictured are Tim Wheeler of Baseball, Stacy Moyer of Softball, and Marcos Monteagudo of Menís Soccer.

This annual event allows the Iona athletic department and coaching staff to honor the student-athletes for all that they have accomplished in the year.