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July 19, 2009

St. Francis Student Athletes Earn Top Academic Honors

Dozens of Students Recognized for Classroom Success

It was a banner year for St. Francis College student athletes, not just on the fields but in the classroom as dozens of men and women across all sports were honored for their academic excellence in numerous areas.

For the winter sports season in the Northeast Conference, the winner of the first ever Winter Scholar-Athlete Award in Women’s Bowling was Junior Alexandra Stein (Brooklyn, NY/Lincoln). Stein posted a team-best 186.5 overall season average and compiled four 200+ scores (212, 245, 224 and 221) over the course of three NEC competitions this year for the Terriers. She rolled 150 strikes during NEC play, and her 2,871 pinfall total over 15 traditional team games (191.4 average) ranked her in the top-10 in the conference. In an outstanding performance during the second NEC meet, she filled all 20 frames against Long Island and left only nine percent of her frames open in the meet. Stein, a Brooklyn native who has been named an NTCA Honorable Mention All-American and a second team NTCA Academic All American in both her freshman and sophomore years, maintains a 3.70 grade point average as a Physical Education major.

Stein is just the top of a list of 2008-09 Winter Scholar-Athletes from St. Francis. She’s joined by 44 other St. Francis students who ranked on the academic honor roll for earning a 3.20 or better cumulative grade point average. The Women’s Swimming and Diving team contributed the most women to the list with 12 members, followed by 11 from the Men’s Swimming and Diving team. The Men’s Track & Field team boasts 6 men on the list while the woman placed 5. Rounding out the list are 4 women from both the Basketball and Bowling squads while Men’s Basketball placed 3 students.

An even higher academic standard was set by 17 of those students whose GPA is 3.75 or higher. They earned a spot on the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Seven members of the Men’s Swim team earned this honor, 4 students from the Women’s Swim team and 3 men from the Basketball team also placed. One representative from Women’s Basketball, Women’s Track and Men’s Track also made the list.

The athletic program received further accolades from the NCAA as four teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their academic excellence. The Academic Progress Reports (APR) for Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Women’s Bowling and Women’s Golf placed them all in the 90th percentile in the country, meeting the stringent requirement for the honor.

In the water, Men’s Water Polo added to their already impressive ranking of being tied with Brown for the top GPA of any water polo team in the country by having 9 members recognized on National Student-Athlete Day. That number is nearly double the amount of players from the next closest school and by far the most in their conference, the Collegiate Water Polo Association.

National STUDENT-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Currently, it is presented with The NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). National STUDENT-Athlete Day is one of America’s strongest endeavors to increase the positive virtues of sport and the recognition of student-athletes nationwide.

NEC WINTER 08-09 Scholar Athletes

Richard Clark

Fr.

Men’s Basketball

Undeclared

Stefan Perunicic

Fr.

Men’s Basketball

Management

Tom Ward

Fr.

Men’s Basketball

Comm./English

Dean Brown

Jr.

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Psychology

Peter Liota

So.

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Undeclared

Matthew Megerdichian

Jr.

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Info. Technology

John Paul Montes

Sr.

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Political Science

Ben Schiavi

Fr.

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Undeclared

Kimarley Wilson

Sr.

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Accounting

Nikola Djuric

So.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Undeclared

Stefan Gencic

So.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Undeclared

Or Gil

Sr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Physical Education

Louis Hamwey

Jr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Comm./English

Dusan Milanovic

So.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Mathematics

Pal Pasztrai

Fr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Economics/Finance

Boris Plavsic

So.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Management

Richard Polgar

Fr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Management

Predrag Predin

Jr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Management

Filip Sasic

Fr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Biology

Tamas Toth

Fr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Biology

Karla Babica

Sr.

Women’s Basketball

Management

Barbora Galandakova

So.

Women’s Basketball

Comm./Advertising

Kristen Miah

Sr.

Women’s Basketball

Comm./Advertising

Deanna Petrucci

Sr.

Women’s Basketball

Physical Education

Marissa Padovano

Fr.

Women’s Bowling

Political Science

Julia Petosa

So.

Women’s Bowling

Undeclared

Alexandra Stein

Jr.

Women’s Bowling

Physical Education

Meaghan Valenti

Jr.

Women’s Bowling

Management

Dominique Burrus

Fr.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Management

Jeannette Dobosz

Jr.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Health Promotions

Kerrie Harnisher

Sr.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Physical Education

Melissa Johnson

So.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Physical Education

Eunice Marks

So.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Management

Campbell Bird

Fr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

English

Hadar Burger

So.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

History

Brandy Creek

Sr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Professional Studies

Christina DeBianchi

Sr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Psychology

Lianna Fotia

Jr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Biology

Jemma Hinkly

Fr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Comm./Film

Andi Miro

Jr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Biology

Thalita Paladino

So.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Health Promotions

Alexandra Santo

Fr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

History

Paloma Szivos

Fr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Undeclared

Erin White

Jr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Psychology

Katie Zerzan

So.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Undeclared

NEC WINTER 08-09 COMMISSIONER’S HONOR ROLL

Richard Clark

Fr.

Men’s Basketball

Undeclared

Stefan Perunicic

Fr.

Men’s Basketball

Management

Tom Ward

Fr.

Men’s Basketball

Comm./English

Ben Schiavi

Fr.

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Undeclared

Stefan Gencic

So.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Undeclared

Louis Hamwey

Jr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Comm./English

Dusan Milanovic

So.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Mathematics

Pal Pasztrai

Fr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Economics/Finance

Richard Polgar

Fr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Management

Predrag Predin

Jr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Management

Tamas Toth

Fr.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Biology

Karla Babica

Sr.

Women’s Basketball

Management

Dominique Burrus

Fr.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Management

Campbell Bird

Fr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

English

Hadar Burger

So.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

History

Alexandra Santo

Fr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

History

Paloma Szivos

Fr.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

Undeclared

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