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Springfield College Recognizes Outstanding Athletic Year At 2014 Annual Sports Recognition Night

A Team of Their Own Challenge Winners PHOTO GALLERY

Springfield, Mass. - May 6, 2014 - Celebrating one of the finest years in recent history, Springfield College recognized the most outstanding performances and student athletes of the 2013-14 school year at the Annual Sports Recognition Night held Tuesday evening in Blake Arena.

The emcee for the evening was Brian Magoffin, Director of Sports Communications at the College.

The evening marked another especially successful year in athletics at Springfield College in recent memory. In April, the men’s volleyball team won its third-consecutive NCAA Division III national title, while senior women's swimmer Kellie Pennington won the NCAA Division III National Championship in the 100 free. The women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse teams all qualified for the NCAA Tournament, while the track and field, wrestling, swimming and diving, and gymnastics programs all sent individuals to the NCAA Championships.

In addition, the men's soccer, baseball, and football teams all competed in their respective ECAC Championships.

In addition, the "Team of their Own Challenge" culminated with President Mary-Beth Cooper and her husband Dave presenting women's basketball and women's volleyball with their awards for having highest percentage of alums and parents donate to The College during the past eight months.

To conclude the program, Associate Athletic Director Kiki Jacobs awarded the women’s volleyball team with the Pride Challenge Award, which recognizes the team that excels the most in community outreach, team enhancement, academics, PAAC communication, team goals, and supporting fellow student athletes.

2013-14 Springfield College Award Winners

Springfield College News Media Recognition Award – Jon Santer – Springfield College Student
Courageous Female Athlete “Maureen Curry Rege” Award – Jen Thompson – Women's Diving
Courageous Male Athlete “Vic Ohanesian” Award – Pat O'Connor – Football
Female “Unsung Award” Athlete of the Year –Tamara Tribble – Women’s Basketball
Male “Unsung Award” Athlete of the Year – Travis Lane – Baseball
Freshman Female Individual Award – Emily Medeiros – Women’s Swimming
Freshman Male Individual Award – Alex Niemiec – Men’s Track and Field
Freshman Female Team Award – Lauren Holt – Women's Volleyball
Freshman Male Team Award– Brendan Dooely – Men's Lacrosse
Sophomore Female Individual Award – Ashleigh Monroe – Women’s Swimming
Sophomore Male Individual Award – Jon Zirna – Men's Gymnastics
Sophomore Female Team Award – Kelsey McGayhey – Women’s Volleyball
Sophomore Male Team Award –Luis Vega – Men's Volleyball
Junior Female Individual Award – Lauren Pocius – Women’s Gymnastics
Junior Male Individual Award – Dylan Foley – Wrestling
Junior Female Team Award – Jaimie Bickelhaupt – Softball
Junior Male Team Award – Danny Macalena – Football
Senior Female Individual Team Award – Kellie Pennington - Women’s Swimming
Senior Male Individual Team Award – Ryan Ponce – Men's Gymnastics
Senior Female Team Award – Vicky DiNatale – Women's Soccer
Senior Male Team Award – Jimmy O'Leary – Men’s Volleyball
Female Multi-Sport Athlete – Kelly Gallo – Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse
Male Multi-Sport Athlete – Ryan Malone – Men’s Soccer and Men's Volleyball
Female Scholar Athlete Award – Tessa Smolinski – Women’s Volleyball
Male Scholar Athlete Award – Tim Swenson– Men’s Basketball
Pride Challenge Award – Women’s Volleyball

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