WASHINGTON, D.C. – Emily Kinneston and Jeric Kasunic earned the Outstanding Senior Athlete awards Sunday night at the American University postseason awards banquet held at the Marriott Wardman Park.
Kinneston, a guard from Shelburne, Vt., became only the fifth women's basketball player in Patriot League history to win both the PL Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. She led the Eagles to a 26-7 mark overall and a trip to the NCAA Tournament to face UCLA after AU won the Patriot League championship.
Kasunic, a 197-pounder from Benton, Pa., became only the eighth wrestler in AU history to reach 100 career victories. He finished his four years second on the Eagles' career list in pins, and is the only AU wrestler to appear four times on the single-season list. His trip to the NCAA national tournament was his second. He was also one of four Eagles to earn national All-Academic honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
Also on Sunday, Team GPA Awards were given to the women's cross country and track (3.65), and the wrestling team (3.52).
Fifth-year wrestler Brett Dempsey won the Barbara J. Reimann Scholarship, given to an AU student-athlete for their postgraduate studies. Dempsey will attend medical school at Western Michigan University next fall.
Wrestling alumnus Jared Hyman '04 was presented with the Stafford H. Cassell Award, given for alumni commitment and contribution to the Eagle athletic department.
AU President Sylvia Burwell also spoke at the event and was presented with rings for the Eagles' volleyball and women's basketball championships in the Patriot League.
Team MVP awards were presented during the program:
Field Hockey– Rafaela Rubas (Jr., Vienna, Austria)
Women's Soccer– Kira Flaherty (Sr., Tobyhanna, Pa.)
Men's Soccer– Tim Neumann (So., Idar-Oberstein, Germany)
Women's Cross Country– Adriana Hooks (Jr., Williamsburg, Va.)
Men's Cross Country– Matthew Rainey (Jr., Brentwood, Tenn.)
Volleyball– Aleksandra Kazala (Jr., Debica, Poland)
Women's Swimming & Diving– Fiona Caulfield (Sr., Alamo, Calif.)
Men's Swimming & Diving– Scott Callander (Jr., McLean, Va.)
Women's Basketball– Emily Kinneston (Sr., Shelburne, Vt.)
Men's Basketball– Sa'eed Nelson (So., Pleasantville, N.J.)
Wrestling– Jeric Kasunic (Sr., Benton, Pa.)
Women's Indoor Track– Brianna Belo (Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.)
Men's Indoor Track– Alaeldin Tirba (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
Women's Outdoor Track– Brianna Belo (Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.)
Men's Outdoor Track– Matthew Rainey (Jr., Brentwood, Tenn.)
Lacrosse– Lexi Perez (Sr., Roseland, N.J.)