The Department of Athletics celebrated the 2012-13 athletic season with an end-of-the-year banquet honoring the best and brightest student athletes of the season. Over 300 guests packed the Faculty Dining Room, where the Department presented a number of major awards.
In attendance were several Lehman dignitaries, including President Ricardo Fernández; Professor Robert Whittaker, Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs; Vincent Clark, Vice President of Administration and Finance; Vice President of Student Affairs Jose Magdaleno; Dr. Martin L. Zwiren, director of Athletics/APEX; Dr. Helene Silverman, Faculty Athletics Representative; Cheryl Kramer; and Martin Greenberg.
Major award winners included former Head Coach of Cross Country and Track and Field Lesleigh Hogg, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Buildings and Grounds crew members Pasquale Macchia and Wilfredo Benitez were awarded the Athletic Department Service Awards; Nellya Blinova ( Women’s Tennis) received the Charlie Greenberg Award; Geovanny Arredondo (Men’s Soccer) received the Ed Kramer Award; Vanessa Brown (Women’s Volleyball) earned the Paula Soto Spirit of Athletics Award; and Dr. David Gonzalez, M.D., Montefiore Medical Center, was given the Pedro Vialet Memorial Award.
Jennifer Navarro (Women’s Basketball) was named Female-Athlete of the Year and Abel Dupres (Men’s Swimming) was named Male-Athlete of the Year. The Female Scholar-Athlete Award was presented to Blinova and the Male Scholar-Athlete was given to Chris Mammano (Men’s Swimming)
The Men’s Swimming and Diving Team, winners of this year’s CUNY Athletic Conference Championship, were specially honored, with each member of the team, in addition to the entire coaching staff, receiving a championship ring.
Additionally, student athletes in each of the 18 varsity sports teams were presented with Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards. The winners are as follows:
|Sport||Most Valuable Player||Rookie of the Year|
|Baseball||Michael Liang||Kevin Hernandez|
|Women’s Basketball||Jennifer Navarro||Luisayra Madrigal|
|Men’s Basketball||Kelvin Gil||Driton Hasangjekaj|
|Women’s Cross Country||Thamare Rejouis||Melissa Martinez|
|Men’s Cross Country||Norvil Lindsay||Rene Cintron|
|Women’s Soccer||Tiffany Altamirano||Juliana Generoso|
|Men’s Soccer||Aleh Kazak||Maurice Whyte|
|Softball||Janet Ortiz||Cynthia Vasquez|
|Women’s Swimming||Aytaissa Estime-Kirkpatrick||Susana Perez|
|Men’s Swimming||Abel Dupres||Anthony Preda|
|Women’s Tennis||Nellya Blinova||Danielle Buckley|
|Men’s Tennis||Ben Cirilo||Gene Nakagaki|
|Men’s Indoor Track||Rene Cintron||Oumar Berte|
|Women’s Indoor Track||Tobi Alli||Eva Raza|
|Women’s Outdoor Track||Jasmine Springer||Shameeka Reed|
|Men’s Outdoor Track||James Oliver||Tashaun McFadden|
|Men’s Volleyball||Brian Francisco||Ibrahima Souare|
|Women’s Volleyball||Cari English||Imani Dubois|