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          Release: 04/28/2010
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY - On Monday, April 26, the Iona College athletics department celebrated National Student-Athlete Day with an indoor barbeque in Mulcahy Gymnasium.  The event, sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, was an opportunity to pay tribute to all of Iona's athletes for their continued dedication, perseverance, and accomplishments over the past year.

Following the barbeque portion of the evening, two athletes were presented with the Scholar Athlete of the Year awards, recognizing one male and one female undergraduate upperclassman for their outstanding academic achievements.  The Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to Ryan Scott of the men's water polo team and Amber Blocher of the women's soccer team for having achieved the highest cumulative GPA among all male and female student-athletes.

The final awards of the afternoon were the Gael of the Year Awards, given to an athlete from each team who, through his/her athletic accomplishments, academic achievements, community involvement, and demonstration of leadership, best exemplifies what it means to be an Iona College Gael.  The following were the Gael of the Year Award recipients from each team:

Andrew Passerelle, Baseball
Alejo Rodriguez, Men's Basketball
Suzi Fregosi, Women's Basketball
Ryan Sheridan, Men's Cross Country/Track
Ashling Baker, Women's Cross COuntry/Track
Peter Meagher, Golf
Carlee Street, Lacrosse
Kenneth Baldwin, Men's Rowing
Michelle Steinberg, Women's Rowing
Adam Rohan, Men's Soccer
Amber Blocher, Women's Soccer
David Gartman, Men's Swimming/Diving
Mackenzie Mone, Women's Swimming/Diving
Courtney Christie, Softball
Sarah Wiener, Volleyball
Ryan Scott, Men's Water Polo
Samantha Cody, Women's Water Polo

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