2016 Athlete Honor Roll

Every year, we recognize an individual sport athlete and team sports athlete whose performances over a 12-month time span have been exceptional.We continue to build on the past with the enthusiasm and efforts of our current athletes. Our 2016 Athlete Honor roll is an SPG Alumni favorite.As we look to the future, our vision includes improvements and enhancement of our facilities, our programs, and the experiences of our athletes.

Here are the 2016 Athlete Honor Roll

 

  1. Crystal Dunn-Soccer
    Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Year.In September 2015, Dunn was added to the roster for the national team’s Women’s World Cup victory tour prior to September 17 match against Haiti, becoming the first player not on the World Cup roster to join the tour.Dunn made her first start of 2015 against Haiti and earned her first cap since the England friendly. She recorded her first career national team assists, both on Carli Lloyd’s goals, and scored her first national team goal in the final moments of the match.Dunn played her first Olympic qualifying match in the national team’s opening game of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. She scored her fifth international goal in the 5-0 victory over Costa Rica
  2. Robby Meehan US National Snowboarding Championships finalist
  3. Keri Cavallo-NYS girls soccer player of the year ,U 18National Pool,1st team All state Committed to Yale,Gatorade State Player of the year
  4. Joyce Kwok-Swimming- 10 All American Titles Now at CW Post
  5. Shannon Horgan – Soccer – Selected to the U.S. U-20 National Team.
  6. Christina Klaum- She was named second team all Big East. Lead her team to the Big East title for the first time in ten years. Selected To U.S. U-19 National Team Training Camp, one of 24 players to be selected for the camp held in Carson, Calif.
  7. Scott Albarella-2nd @USA National Karate Championships,member of the USA National Team
  8. Noah Rubin–Wimbledon Junior Champion 2014. #1 19 year old in the USA.
  9. Emma Gallagher -State runner up at 600 meters ,# 2 in the US at 600 meters and 400 meter hurdles and 4×400, Top 10 in the USA in 5 events 11 time All American
  10. Kieran McCarthy -Nassau County Champion in the 800 and The mile

 

Scientific research has concluded that it takes eight-to-twelve years of training for a talented player/athlete to reach elite levels. This is often called the ten-year or 10,000 hour rule, which translates to slightly more than three hours of practice daily for ten years Unfortunately, parents and coaches in many sports still approach training with an attitude best characterized as “peaking by Friday,” where a short-term approach is taken to training and performance with an over-emphasis on immediate results. A long-term commitment to practice and training is required to produce elite players/athletes in all sports. The athletes listed were not only committed to excelling this year but have shown an unending ability to work toward excellence.

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