Student-athlete achievements on and off the courts and fields
Erik van Ingen a four-time All American
In the final race of his illustrious college career, Erik van Ingen placed eighth in the finals of the 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on June 9. In the process, he earned All-America honors for the fourth time in his career, something no other Binghamton athlete has accomplished during the program’s 11-year NCAA Division I era.
Vinson completes incredible run by taking third at NCAAs
Junior 149-pound Donnie Vinson achieved a rare and remarkable feat at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. With his 12-10 win over 10th-seeded Cam Tessari of Ohio State, Vinson capped a grueling run through the consolation bracket to place third. Vinson won seven straight matches — the only wrestler among 330 in St. Louis to win seven — to become the highest-placing Bearcat in 10 years as a Division I program. It marked the first time in six years that any wrestler won seven straight matches at the NCAA Championship and it was just the fourth time in the last 14 years, according to the NCAA.
Wrestling sweeps CAA elite awards
After an exceptional season that culminated with a program-best 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championship, Binghamton wrestling has garnered all three major end-of-the-year awards from the Colonial Athletic Association. In a vote of the CAA coaches, head coach Pat Popolizio was named CAA Coach of the Year, junior 149-pound Donnie Vinson earned Wrestler of the Year and freshman heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski was selected as Rookie of the Year for the 2011-12 season.
Augliera selected by Boston in 5th Round of MLB Draft
Senior pitcher Mike Augliera has been on a wild ride in the last year, one that culminated with hearing his name called by the Boston Red Sox during the fifth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. With the 181st pick, the American League East team made Augliera the highest-ever Binghamton player selected. He was also the first pitcher chosen from the America East.
Sosa drafted in 26th round by Oakland, joins Augliera as MLB pick
Binghamton fireballer Lee Sosa was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. One day after teammate Mike Augliera went to the Boston Red Sox, Sosa’s selection gives the Bearcats two draftees in the same year for the first time since 1990. Sosa was the 799th overall pick of the draft. It was the third time the A’s have taken a Bearcats pitcher (Jeff Dennis, 40th round in 2008; Murphy Smith, 13th round in 2009).
Slesnick captures gold on final day of America East Championship
The final day of competition at the 2012 America East Swimming and Diving Championship was highlighted by senior Nolan Slesnick’s gold in the 1650 free, closing out a phenomenal career. The men claimed their fifth-straight third-place finish with 604 points, while the women closed out the four-day meet in seventh with a score of 285. Each team crowned one champion. Freshman Corinne Zotter took the gold in the 100 breaststroke to become the first Binghamton University woman to earn a breaststroke gold in an America East Championship.
Quinn named America East Scholar Athlete for men’s indoor track
Fifth-year senior Adam Quinn has been named the America East Men’s Indoor Track Scholar Athlete for the 2011 season. It marks the first time in his career that Quinn has earned the conference’s annual award. At the America East Indoor Championships back in February, Quinn was second in the 5,000 and eighth in the 3,000. He was named to the America East Indoor Track All-Academic squad following the season.
Quinn and Quiller named to COSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team
Adam Quinn and Robb Quiller, both 2012 Binghamton University graduates, have been named to the COSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Track & Cross Country Team for the 2011-12 academic year. The Bearcat duo was cited for their accomplishments in the classroom and their athletic endeavors. Each of them will advance to the national ballot, which will name the Academic All-America Team later in the summer.
All-Americans Vinson, van Ingen highlight annual varsity awards
Binghamton University honored its student-athletes at the 65th Annual Varsity Awards Program May 3, at the Events Center. Nearly 500 students, staff, families and supporters were on hand as the department unveiled its 2011-12 award winners. The event was streamed live on Binghamton’s website for the sixth straight year.
Binghamton fall and spring honor roll selections
Seventy-two percent of Binghamton University’s fall sport athletes (70 in total) earned their way onto the America East Academic Honor Roll, second only to Maine’s 74 percent. Student-athletes from men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country made the honor roll by maintaining a 3.0 GPA during the semester of competition.
In the spring, Binghamton boasted an America East Conference-best 176 student-athletes on the honor roll that recognized competitors in winter and spring sports — the seventh year in a row Binghamton has topped the chart. The Bearcats also ranked first with 95 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selections.
See the fall honor roll
See the spring honor roll
In addition, the average GPA of all 403 student-athletes was 3.09 for the spring 2012 semester, the 13th consecutive semester that the average GPA was higher than 3.0. The newly created Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, for student-athletes earning a 3.3 or higher GPA, included 179 student-athletes who achieved the grade for fall 2011.
National college athlete honor society inducts 19 Binghamton University student-athletes
The Binghamton Athletics Department inducted 19 student-athletes into the National College Athlete Honor Society (Chi Alpha Sigma), marking the seventh year that the Athletics Department has held inductions. To be eligible, student-athletes must have achieved junior academic standing by their fifth semester, have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA and have earned at least one varsity letter in a sport sponsored by the NCAA.
See list of inductees
Binghamton finishes fourth in America East Academic Cup standings
The America East released its two end-of-year Cup standings and Binghamton showed its student-athlete balance with notable finishes in each metric. The Bearcats placed fourth (out of nine) in the Academic Cup with a 3.11 overall grade-point average and took fifth in the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup for overall athletics excellence.