RMU All-Sports Banquet
The Robert Morris University Department of Athletics honored its student-athletes for the 2014-15 school year at its 21st annual AllSports Banquet, held at the Charles L. Sewall Center in April of 2015. Led by master of ceremonies Chris Shovlin, the radio play-by-play voice of Colonial athletics for the last 28 years, Robert Morris presented most valuable player plaques to each of its 16 intercollegiate sports, while 12 individuals and one team were also honored, respectively, with major awards. Garnering the Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Robert Morris University President Dr. Greg Dell’Omo, was senior Nicole Sleith of the softball team and senior Cody Wydo of the men’s ice hockey squad. Sleith compiled a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.72 as an engineering major and put together one of the most complete careers in school history from the pitching circle, establishing career school records for victories (78), strikeouts (932) and saves (13). Wydo owned a cumulative GPA of 3.69 while studying both accounting and finance. He concluded his career with the Colonials as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 150 points. Earning the honors for the Highest GPA Awards, which are bestowed to the senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative
grade point average, were Katelynn Scott of the women’s ice hockey team and Nick Faraci of football and David Rigatti of men’s ice hockey. Scott compiled a perfect 4.00 GPA throughout her four years at Robert Morris as an engineering major. Faraci and Rigatti each posted a GPA of 3.94 over the last four years. Faraci is a nursing major, while Rigatti studied biology.
The Robert Morris men’s ice hockey squad earned the Team GPA award, presented by Robert Morris Associate Director of Athletics Ryan Fleischer. The Colonials posted a 3.697 team GPA during the 2013-14 academic year, the highest of RMU’s 16 Division I programs. Taking home the RMU Athletic Department Appreciation Award, handed out by RMU Senior Associate Athletic Director Marty Galosi, was Dell’Omo. The RMU Athletic Department Appreciation Award is bestowed annually to an individual or individuals from outside the 2015 ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSIT Y FOOTBALL
athletic department that display exemplary service. A trio of students earned the 2015 Susan K. Hofacre Fan of the Year, which was also presented by Galosi. Earning the award were seniors Eric Buck, Chris Cappella and Marissa Dubaich. RMU Associate Athletic Directors Sean Simmons and Addie Muti presented the honor of Outstanding Senior Female to Bethany Ledford of the track & field team and Rebecca Vint of women’s ice hockey, respectively. Associate Athletic Director Don Smith, meanwhile, handed out the Outstanding Senior Male honor to Wydo. The winners of the seventh annual Strength & Conditioning Student-Athletes of the Year, presented to a male and a female by RMU head strength & conditioning coach Todd Hamer, were awarded to junior Brittany Byerly of the women’s lacrosse team and seniors Codi Casper and Duane Mitchell of the football squad. Taking home the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) award for 2015, which was presented by Mitchell, were juniors Chelsea de Jagr and Madison Kozlowski of the women’s soccer team. A total of 18 student-athletes were honored with MVP plaques at the 2015 All-Sports Banquet.
Independence Day Magazine (Sept. 19, 2015)