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Dello Russo and Kaliner Named DIIICA Region IV Student-Athletes of the Year

By on August 4, 2022 0

SUWANEE, Georgia (August 4, 2022) – The Division III Commissioners Association (DIIICA) announced its regional winners for the inaugural DIIICA Student-Athlete of the Year awards on Thursday and it was another clean sweep for the Stevens Institute Department of Athletics. of Technology as alumni Gina Dello Russo and Brett Kaliner were recognized as Region IV winners.

Dello Russo, representing women’s athletics, and Kaliner, representing wrestling, will advance to the national ballot, along with the student-athletes of the year from each of the other nine regions. The first DIIICA student-athletes of the year will be announced later this month. Stevens swept all four MAC Freedom nominations, which were announced in July.

The DIIICA Student-Athlete of the Year Award recognizes male and female student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility (senior graduates or graduate students who have not been nominated in previous years are the only students -eligible athletes). These student-athletes demonstrate excellence both in the classroom and in competition, while serving their local communities.

Selection criteria for the awards included considerations based on academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership, as well as a personal statement submitted by each nominee.

Dello Russo was a six-year member of the athletics program, which rewrote the program’s record books throughout his tenure at Castle Point. A 14-time All-American across three events (200 and 400 meters and long jump), Dello Russo won the 2021 400-meter outdoor championship to become the program’s fourth national champion. She totaled six Athlete of the Year awards in two conferences and won conference titles in 13 disparate events and concluded her career as the holder of 11 conference records.

Dello Russo’s work in the classroom is equally impressive. She posted an undergraduate grade point average of 3.94, earned her degree in engineering management and then completed a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a perfect score of 4.00 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in social systems. -techniques – a program she started while winning a national championship. Dello Russo is a five-time All-District Academic Selection by the Colleges Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and three-time Academic All-American. She earned a pair of All-MAC academic honors and was the 2021 MAC Outdoor Track & Field Senior Athlete Scholar. Dello Russo was also a top 30 winner for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

“We are incredibly thrilled to see Gina being honored with this award,” the assistant athletics coach said. John Kolibab said. “Gina had one of the most illustrious careers in Stevens Athletics history with 14 All-America honors and a national championship. She was also able to show her versatility in her final season by becoming the first person in the history of the program to earn All-America honors in multiple disciplines (sprints and jumps).”

“Not only was Gina an incredibly accomplished athlete at Stevens, but she was also indispensable as a leader,” Kolibab continued. “Gina served as captain for five consecutive seasons and was the gold standard of what it took to be an elite athlete on and off the track. She inspired and continues to inspire a whole new generation of students- Stevens track and field athletes with the example she set. While she will be greatly missed and there is no replacement for an athlete like Gina, we are truly grateful for all she has done for our program.

Kaliner put an exclamation point on his stellar career on the mats with a perfect 29-0 season in his final season at Castle Point, culminating in a 4-2 decision over Baldwin Wallace’s Michael Petrella at 149 to win the program’s first national championship. The 2018 D3Wrestle and Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, 24 of Kaliner’s 29 wins in the 2021-22 season, came with bonus points and he improved his career record as a Duck to a remarkable 143-13 . The 2022 Mid-Atlantic Conference Wrestler of the Year, Kaliner is also a four-time regional champion, four-time conference champion and five-time All-American.

Kaliner also showed her prowess in the classroom, earning a 3.92 GPA as an undergraduate, while earning her degree in business and technology. He then completed his Masters in Financial Analysis and finished with a 3.95 GPA. A 2021 Middle Atlantic Conference Wrestling senior scholar-athlete, Kaliner has been recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association as a Scholar All-American in each of his five seasons on the mats. The West Chester, Pennsylvania native was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and earned four All-District Academic Honors. Kaliner also served as Chairman of StevensTHON sponsorship. Kaliner was the only wrestler recognized as a regional student-athlete of the year.

“This incredible honor goes to a person who richly deserves it,” the associate wrestling head coach said. Anthony Bonaventura. “Brett helped elevate the level of our wrestling program and the athletic department. He had a strong presence within the Stevens community over his five years and his work ethic and attitude were contagious. was an exceptional leader and I am happy to see him continue to be recognized for all that he has accomplished during his career. I know that he will continue to be a positive force in his professional career thanks to the habits he created by pursuing excellence, on and off the wrestling mat, at Stevens.

Additionally, Dello Russo and Kaliner are two of 17 student-athletes in school history to have earned multiple Academic All-America selections. Dello Russo is one of four Ducks to conclude their time in Hoboken as a three-time Academic All-American, while Kaliner was the first Academic All-American in program history.

Voting was done by conference commissioners in each of the 10 regions. Region IV consisted of student-athletes from the City of New York Athletic Conference, MAC Freedom, New Jersey Athletic Conference, and Skyline Conference.

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