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Gaels Celebrate National Student-Athlete Day

          Release: 04/23/2012
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY - On Monday, April 23, the Iona College athletics department celebrated National Student-Athlete Day with an indoor barbeque at Mulcahy Gymnasium.  The event 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 afternoon, 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 Jenny Kurz of the women’s cross country and track team for having achieved the highest cumulative GPA among all male and female student-athletes.

New to the awards list this season were the Iona Strength & Conditioning Awards presented by strength & conditioning coach Ryan Carr.

Male Iron Gael – Connor Bracken, Men’s Water Polo
Female Iron Gael – Haley D’Angelo, Women’s Basketball

Team Iron Gaels – Baseball
Team Iron Gaels – Women’s Water Polo

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:

Chris Sand, Baseball
Scott Machado, Men’s Basketball
Haley D’Angelo, Women’s Basketball
Alexander Soderberg, Men’s XC/Track
Heidi Gregson, Women’s XC/Track
Andrew Graham, Golf
Stephanie Sumcizk, Lacrosse
Ryan Rourke, Men’s Rowing
Jennifer Kearns, Women’s Rowing
Adam Rohan , Men’s Soccer
Trista Rivera, Women’s Soccer
Chelsea Sheehan, Softball
Michael Wu, Men’s Swimming
Kara Nowakowski, Women’s Swimming
Ellen Carberry, Volleyball
Stefen Hill, Men’s Water Polo
Hannah Cross, Women’s Water Polo

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