Terao, Smidova Earn Top Senior Honors at Awards Banquet

Terao, Smidova Earn Top Senior Honors at Awards Banquet

WASHINGTON – All-Americans Monika Smidova and David Terao were honored as the Outstanding Senior Female and Male Athletes of the Year on Sunday at the American University Awards Banquet at the Wardman Park Marriott.

Smidova, an honorable mention volleyball All-American for the second straight season, also earned the Patriot League Player of the Year twice and was a three-time PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She led the Eagles to a perfect 16-0 record in the PL regular-season and three PL championships.
 
Terao placed fourth in the 125-pound division of the NCAA Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden. He became AU's ninth All-American with his finish and was the Eagles' first since 2012.
 
Also on Sunday, men's swimmer Toby McCarroll earned the Barbara J. Reimann Postgraduate Scholarship. Earlier this month, McCarroll joined volleyball player Sarah Katz as the senior individuals with the highest cumulative GPA. McCarroll has earned a 3.94 GPA while majoring in history.
 
For the first time, team GPA awards were given at the banquet. The Eagles' field hockey program, which earned the highest GPA in the nation among field hockey teams, and wrestling, which earned a NCAA APR Public Recognition Award, received the AU Team GPA Awards.
 
The head coaches also announced their selections for Team MVPs during the 2015-16 athletic year. The group of 16 student-athletes included seven seniors, three freshmen and three international students.
 

Field Hockey – Rafaela Rubas (Fr., Vienna, Austria)
Men's Soccer – Jordan Manley (Sr., Columbia, Md.)
Women's Soccer – Kelly Donovan (Sr., Fairfax, Va.)
Volleyball – Monika Smidova (Sr., Plzen, Czech Republic)
Women's Cross Country – Kassidy Ayres (Fr., Blauvelt, N.Y.)
Men's Cross Country – Brendan Johnson (Jr., Waldorf, Md.)
Women's Swimming & Diving – Paris Wood (Sr., Walnut Creek, Calif.)
Men's Swimming &  Diving – Kilian Korth (Jr., Bury St. Edmunds, U.K.)
Men's Basketball – Jesse Reed (Sr., Saltsburg, Pa.)
Women's Basketball – Lauren Crisler (Jr., North Wales, Pa.)
Women's Indoor Track – Adriana Hooks (Fr., Williamsburg, Va.)
Men's Indoor Track – Alaeldin Tirba (Soph., Cincinnati, Ohio)
Wrestling – David Terao (Sr., Honolulu, Hawaii)
Lacrosse – Madison Hoon (Jr., Sayville, N.Y.)
Women's Outdoor Track – Kelseagh Budris (Sr., Concord, Mass.)
Men's Outdoor Track – Matthew Rainey (Fr., Brentwood, Tenn.)