With a dinner held in Beckham Hall at Fayerweather Wed., May 1, the Wesleyan athletic department recognized the accomplishments of 173 scholar-athletes while announcing the winners of the Roger Maynard Memorial Award, presented annunally to the top senior male and female scholar-athlete at the University. This year's recipients are Howard Tobochnik '13 (far left in bottom photo) and Laura Kurash '13 (far right in bottom photo). Both are seen with their respective head coaches, head wrestling coach Drew Black and head women's soccer coach Eva Meredith, along with athletics director Mike Whalen.
Those invited to the gathering were members of the sophomore, junior and senior classes who had distinguished themselves both in the classroom with a minimium GPA of 3.2 and in athletic competition as a significant contributor to the success of their chosen sport(s).
Tobochnik was an NCAA Division III qualifier in 2012-13 after finishing third at 149 pounds during the NCAA Northeast Regional qualifier. That followed his 21-1 dual-match record as he led the Cardinals to a 15-7 record. He was a four-year starter for the wrestling team and will graduate with more overall victories (119) than any previous Wesleyan grappler. He was a three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American.
Kurash is the 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year in women's soccer after leading the team in scoring for a fourth straight year with nine goals and four assists for 22 points. She also was selected all-New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as an NSCAA Scholar All-East pick and a CoSIDA District II Academic All-American. She graduates as the number-two all-time leading scorer at Wesleyan with 37 goals and 14 assists for 88 points with 15 of her 37 tallies counting as game-winners.
The Maynard Award, established in memory of Roger Maynard '37 by his family, recognizes the finest combination of athletic achievement and academic accomplishment among the senior student-athletes each year. It was first awarded in 1970 with women added to the honorees in 1977.
Also presented during the dinner was the Cardinal Award, an annual honor bestowed by the Athletic Advisory Council (AAC) to an individual who has provided outstanding service to Wesleyan athletics. This year's recipient is Tony Antonelli '86, P'15, P'17 (left in above photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com). The award was presented by Dan Lynch '80, P'11, P'14, co-chair of the AAC (right in above photo).