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March 21, 2012

 

RIC ANNOUNCES WINTER MVPS

Providence, R.I.óRhode Island College held its annual winter banquet at the Quonset Point Officerís Club on Wednesday evening. Each sport handed out its Most Valuable Player Awards.

 

 

 

MENíS BASKETBALL

Senior forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) was named the menís basketball teamís MVP. Choice was named First Team All-Little East for the third consecutive season. He departs as the all-time leader at RIC in career games played, while ranking ninth all-time at RIC in career points and 13th in career assists. The forward played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

 

This season, Choice was among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in points, rebounds, assists and free throw percentage, while ranking third in field goal percentage. He scored a season-high 23 points at Southern Maine on Feb. 11, hauled in 12 rebounds against Plymouth State on Feb. 21, swiped four steals against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 28, blocked three shots against Southern Maine on Jan. 10 and dished out seven assists twice on the year. Choice cracked double-digit scoring on 22 different occasions, including the last eight games of the season. He also posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds against Plymouth State on Feb. 21. In one of biggest wins of the season for the Anchormen, Choice buried a pair of free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining to cap off the, 75-74, come-from-behind victory over Western Connecticut that sent RIC to the Little East Conference Tournament Championship game.

 

WOMENíS BASKETBALL

Senior forward Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) was named the womenís basketball teamís MVP. Riley was named First Team-All Little East for the second straight year, after earning Second Team and All-Rookie honors following her first two season at RIC. She was named Second Team All-Region by the New England Womenís Basketball Coaches Association (NEWBA) and Third Team All-Northeast Region by D3Hoops.com. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Womenís DIII News also named Riley as an Honorable Mention to their respective 2011-12 Womenís Basketball All-American Teams.

 

She departs as the programís all-time leader in career games played and is just one of three players to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds in RIC history. She also ranks third all-time in career rebounds and eighth in career points. The senior, who played and started in all 29 games this season, was named the 2012 Little East Conference Tournamentís Most Outstanding Player. After reaching 1,000 career points on Jan. 4 against Stevens Tech, she hauled in her 1,000th career rebound on Feb. 18 against Keene State, becoming just the third player in program history to reach both milestones. She led the team with 9.9 rebounds per game, while also averaging 13.5 points, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Her 287 rebounds on the year are ranked seventh in single-season program history. She led the Little East Conference in field goal percentage, while ranking among the leagueís top 10 in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

 

Rileyís field goal-percentage on the year (.518) is tied for seventh all-time in single-season history for the Anchorwomen. She recorded a career-high 27 points at Plymouth State on Dec. 3 and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds against Stevens on Jan. 4. She posted six blocks against UMass Boston on Jan. 7, which is tied for second all-time in program history for most blocked shots in a single game. She was named Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season. Riley reached double-digits in scoring 21 times on the season and finished with 12 double-doubles.

 

WRESTLING

Senior 125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) received the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Gauthier competed at the 2012 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships in La Crosse, WI, and finished 3-2 overall, falling just short of All-American honors. He earned All-New England honors with a second place finish at the 2012 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships, hosted by Wesleyan on Feb. 25-26,  and was named a First Team Pilgrim League All-Star. Gauthier finished the season with a 35Ė12 record to go along with 64 takedowns, 10 reversals, 32 escapes, 21 near-falls and 11 pins. He notched his 100th career victory on January 22 at the New England Dual Championships at Springfield College. Gauthier was named the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week once on the year.

 

WOMENíS GYMNASTICS

Senior Kate Bachelder (Portsmouth, NH) was named the womenís gymnastics team MVP. She averaged scores of 8.650 vault, 8.044 on bars, 8.642 on beam, 8.764 on floor and 34.100 in the all-around. She notched season-high scores of 9.375 on floor, 8.550 on bars, and 8.850 on vault at the ECAC Championships on March 10. She also recorded a season-high score of 8.975 on beam at the Brockport Invitational on March 4. Her season-high in the all-around was at the ECAC Championships on March 10 when she posted a score of 35.375.

 

MENíS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Junior Conor McCloskey (Wakefield, RI) was named the menís indoor track and field teamís MVP. McCloskey took 12th in the mile (4:18.90) at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Div. III Championships on March 3. He broke his own record with a 20th place finish in the mile (4:11.95) at the NEICAAA Championships on Feb. 25, and was also a member of the 4x800 relay team that broke their own record with a 14th-place finish and a time of 7:52.55. McCloskey earned All-New England honors in the mile with a seventh place finish and a time of 4:18.37 at the 2012 N.E. Div. III Menís Track and Field Championships on Feb. 18. He won the N.E. Alliance Championship in the 3,000m with a season-best time of 8:39.50 at the Alliance Championships on Feb. 11, while also earning N.E. Alliance honors as the Little East Champion with a season-best effort in the 1,000m (2:32.40) and a second place finish.

 

McCloskey finished 29th in the mile (4:15.41) at the BU Terrier Invitational on Jan. 28. He placed second in the 3000m (8:40.44) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 21. McCloskey placed first in the 1,000m (2:38.16) and the 3,000m (8:50.78) at the Coast Guard Winter Invitational on Jan. 14. He finished first in the mile (4:21.91) at the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 7. McCloskey placed fourth in the mile (4:19.03) at the Harvard Invitational on Dec. 10. He finished first in the 3000m (8:43.85) and placed second in the 1000m (2:37.19) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 3. McCloskey was named Little East Conference Track Athlete of the Week once on the season.

 

WOMENíS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Freshman Daria Braboy (Providence, RI) was named the womenís indoor track and field teamís MVP. Braboy broke her own program record and earned All-ECAC honors with a season-best effort in the 400m and a fourth place finish (57.36), while also finishing 21st in the triple jump (10.46m) at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Div. III Championships on March 3. She placed 11th in the 400m with a time of 57.75 and placed 19th in the triple jump (10.75m) at the NEICAAA Championships on Feb. 25. Braboy earned All-New England honors in the 400m with a fourth place finish and a time of 58.65 at the 2012 N.E. Div. III Womenís Track & Field Championships on Feb. 18. Aside from her stellar performance in the 400m, Braboy finished 11th in the 200m (26.67) and 13th in the triple jump (10.66m). She earned N.E. Alliance honors in three events at the Alliance Championships on Feb. 11, as she claimed the Alliance Championship in the 400m with a first place finish (58.87), placed second in the triple jump (10.91m) and broke the program record with a season-best effort and a fourth place finish in the 200m (25.98). Braboy also placed ninth with a season-best performance in the long jump (4.93m) and finished ninth with a season-best effort in the preliminaries of the 55m (7.55).

 

Braboy finished 14th in the triple jump (10.79m) and 17th in the 400m (58.37) at the BU Terrier Invitational on Jan. 27, and was also a member of the 4x400m relay team that broke the program record with a 16th place finish and a time of 4:05.77. She finished first with a season-best performance in the triple jump (10.85m), second in the 400m (59.63) and broke the program record with a season-best effort and a fourth place finish in the 60m (8.15) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 21. Braboy earned first place in five different events, including the 55m (7.58), the 600m (1:42.60), the 200m (27.11), the long jump (4.70m) and the triple jump (10.79m) at the Coast Guard Winter Invitational on Jan. 14. She finished second in the 200m (26.68), second in the triple jump (10.63m), and third in the 55m (7.60) at the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 7. Braboy placed third in the 400m (59.00) and fourth in the triple jump (11.02m) at the Harvard Invitational on Dec. 10. She finished first with a season-best mark in the 600m (1:41.94) and second in the triple jump (10.66m) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 3. Braboy was named the Little East Conference Rookie Track Athlete of the Week twice on the year, and was also named the Little East Conference Rookie Field Athlete of the Week once as well.

 

WOMENíS SWIMMING

Sophomore co-captain Sophie Kanno (Cranston, RI) was named the womenís swimming team MVP. She recorded three season-highs at Eastern Connecticut on Feb. 4 as she placed first in both the 100 IM (1:09.35) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.88), while finishing second in the 100 butterfly (1:08.56). Kanno registered two more season-highs at the Bridgewater State tri-match on Jan. 15 as she placed third in both the 200 freestyle (2:17.24) and the 50 freestyle (28.40), while also finishing third in the 100 butterfly (1:09.30). She finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.56) and placed 11th in the 200 IM with a season-high time of 2:31.54 at the Little East Championships on Dec. 3. Kanno placed fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:13.64) at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Nov. 12, while also finishing seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.43) and in a tie for ninth in the 50 butterfly with a season-high mark of 31.32.

 

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