POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - The Marist College Department of Athletics honored its senior class May 1 at a banquet held at Christo's Restaurant. Julia Rigothi of the women's rowing team and J.D. Recor of the men's lacrosse team were honored as Sportspeople of the Year.
Rigothi is a four-year member of the Varsity 8 and a two-time team captain as well as a five-time member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Boat of the Week. Rigothi competed at the 2016 U23 World Championship United States National Team Trials in Women's Double. She was also a gold medalist at the 2016 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in U23 Women's Quad.
Recor is the program's all-time career assists leader with 128. He is currently tied for second with 217 career points and is the second ever student-athlete in school history to be named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
The recipients of the James Pizzani Award were women's lacrosse goalkeeper Abigail Witczak and baseball infielder Greg Kocinski. The Pizzani Award is given to those who best embody the qualities of the late James Pizzani, which are consistent with the college's core ideals of excellence in education, pursuit of higher human values, and dedication to the principle of service. James Pizzani was a 1964 Marist graduate who died in 1988 after a nine-month battle with cancer.
The President's Academic Achievement Award was presented to Kate Mosca of women's swimming and diving and Jae Wong of men's soccer. The honor was presented to the male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point average. Men's and women's cross country were the recipients of the Athletic Director's award, which is presented to the male and female teams with highest cumulative grade point average.
The Individual Strength & Conditioning awards were presented to Alyssa Pitonzo and Olivia Pitonzo of women's lacrosse and Frankie Brier of men's lacrosse. Women's and men's lacrosse won the Team Strength & Conditioning awards.Each senior student-athlete was recognized at the banquet.