Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Banquet

Posted: May 10, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason held its annual student-athlete awards ceremony at the Patriot Center on Monday night, honoring accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom.

The seniors were honored with the George Mason Award: A total of 57 seniors from 17 sports and the cheerleading and dance teams accepted the award.

The Aimee Willard commemorative award was presented to junior men’s volleyball player Mark Burik. The award was established in 1997 and is given to the Mason student-athlete who best exemplifies the standards of quality set by Willard: intensity, consistency of purpose, achievement and teamwork. Nominees are selected by head coaches and the recipient is selected by Gail Willard, Aimee’s mother, and the Willard family.

Burik is an outside hitter from Glendale, N.Y. He started all 22 games this year for the men’s volleyball team and was third on the team in kills and assists. He was also second on the squad in service aces and digs.

The Dr. Frank Pettrone Student-Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to a male and a female athlete who have demonstrated they are team players on and off the field, have motivational qualities and good sportsmanship and good academic standing.

Track and Field’s Murielle Ahoure won the Female Student-Athlete of the Year award. Ahoure, a sophomore, was an Indoor All-American in the 60-meters, was named Co-Most Outstanding Track Performer at the CAA Championships and the MVP of the ECAC Indoor Championships. She is a five-time ECAC and CAA champion.

Swimming and Diving’s Tom Koucheravy won the Male Student-Athlete of the Year award. Koucheravy, a senior, had twice been a finalist for the award before winning this year. He was an honorable mention All-American in the 1,650-yard freestyle, the CAA Swimmer of the Year and the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the CAA Championships.

He won the CAA Swimmer of the Year and Most Oustanding Swimmer at the CAA Championships in his sophomore and junior seasons as well. As a junior, he was a two-time All-American. This season, Koucheravy qualified for the NCAA Swimming Championships in two events.

The Scholar-Athletes were also recognized. To earn the award, seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or greater, juniors must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater, sophomores must earn a GPA of 3.6 or greater and freshmen must have a GPA of 3.7 or greater as of the end of the fall 2006 semester. All student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters, excluding freshmen. The Scholar-Athletes are:

Seniors: Chantal Bodkin-Clarke, volleyball; Olivia Brown, soccer; Mark Burik, volleyball; Brooke Crowther, swimming; Melissa Curry, lacrosse; William Dufresne, swimming; Lee Ann Fisher, rowing; Jay Friedman, tennis; Dan Hurley, golf; Laura Lazarus, cheerleading; Elizabeth Ouzts, swimming; Amanda Russell, dance; Alexandra Velesz, lacrosse; Melissa Venturi, lacrosse (NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient); Rachel Wiggins, soccer; Janelle Wilson, volleyball; Katlyn Winter, softball.

Juniors: Kelly Beyer, cheerleading; Kristen Byler, volleyball; Casey Clausen, rowing; Kristin Dickel, softball; Sarah Fack, soccer; MacGregor Lennarz, track and field; Erica Locher, swimming; Amelia Nelson, rowing; Jessica Paris, soccer; Mallory Pucci, swimming; Laura Salichs, soccer; Brittany Surkovich, swimming; Arielle Wienkofsky, softball.

Sophomores: Robert Batchelder, soccer; Margaret Bridges, lacrosse; Kathleen Dolan, rowing; Virginia Fuller, rowing; Rachel Hastings, softball; Ryan Jenkins, soccer; Chelsea Kropp, volleyball; Paige Krystofinski, softball; Justin Mallette, swimming; Paige Miller, softball; Jennifer Mockler, rowing; Mutsa Nyakabau, track and field; Allyson Romanow, track and field; Courtney Symczak, cheerleading; Nicole Toueg, cheerleading; Alicia Van Zandt, tennis; Jordan Wheatley, rowing.

Freshmen: Rebecca Anderson, softball; Anastas Budagov, tennis; Danielle Caldwell, lacrosse; Joary Casey, track and field; Theresa DeLucca, soccer; Steven Dunn, track and field; Richard Edgar, soccer; Kristin Escobar, swimming; Rashauna Hobbs, basketball; Caitlin Impink, swimming; Jessica Jacoby, swimming; Kara Kakol, cheerleading; Charlotte Morris, rowing; Imran Nayeem, tennis; Daniel Palumbo, baseball.

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