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March 27, 2017

 

RIC ANNOUNCES WINTER SPORTS MVPS

Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College held its annual winter sports banquet at the Quonset Point Officerís Club on Monday evening where each team named their most valuable player for the 2016-17 season.

 

 

 

MENíS BASKETBALL

Sophomore forward Justin Campbell (New Haven, CT) received the Roland R. Blais Menís Basketball Team MVP award. Campbell played in 25 games this season, starting nine of them. He averaged 9.0 ppg and 5.1 rpg. He shot an impressive 57.7% from the field, ranking him third in the Little East Conference. The talented forward was in double figures in scoring in 11 games this season, which included a season-best 16 points on four occasions during the year.

 

WOMENíS BASKETBALL

Senior guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA) was named the womenís basketball teamís MVP. Moore was a First Team All-Little East Conference this season, her third straight campaign with an All-LEC selection. In 2016-17, she played in 22 games, starting all of them. She averaged 15.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.4 apg and 2.0 spg. She led the team and was second in the LEC in scoring, while her 45 steals on the year ranked her fifth among the conference leaders. She was also 12th in the LEC in assists (53) and her 5.8 rpg ranked 14th in the conference. Moore finished her career with 1,147 career points, which is 10th all-time in program history.

 

WRESTLING

Junior Michael Gallagher (Narragansett, RI) was named the wrestling teamís Most Outstanding Wrestler. Gallagher earned All-New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) and All-Northeast Region honors for the Anchormen this season at 184 lbs. Gallagher registered a second place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on Feb. 26, which qualified him for the NCAA Div. III National Championships, which were held in La Crosse, Wis. on March 9-10. He finished the season with a 25-10 overall record to go along with 51 takedowns, nine reversals, 33 escapes, five pins and five near-falls. Gallagher also finished fifth at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 19). He was named a National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American and a NEWA Scholar-Athlete.

 

WOMENíS GYMNASTICS

Sophomore Allie DiBiase (North Kingstown, RI) was named the womenís gymnastics teamís MVP. DiBiase will represent the Anchorwomen at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championships for the second straight season on March 31. DiBiase finished in fifth place in the all-around (36.600) at the NCGA East Regional on March 19. DiBiase registered career-high scores at the Springfield Quad on March 11, notching a career-best score (37.075) in the all-around for a fourth place finish. DiBiase also finished 10th on vault (9.550) and 12th on bars (9.175). Both marks were career-highs.  For the season, she is averaging scores of 9.273 on vault, 8.813 on bars, 8.868 on beam, 9.040 on floor and 35.993 in the all-around.

 

WOMENíS SWIMMING

Senior Abbie Leazes (Providence, RI) was named the womenís swimming teamís MVP. Leazes posted 12 victories this season, competing in several different events for the Anchorwomen. Throughout her career, she rewrote the RIC record books and will leave with the top time in school history in six different events. Leazes recorded three top-10 finishes to lead the way for RIC in 2016-17. Leazes led the way for the Anchorwomen at the Little East Championship on Feb. 4, taking eighth in the 1,000-yard freestyle (12:09.40), ninth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:45.68) and was eighth in the 400-yard individual medley (5:16.93). She also swam the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay that notched a fifth place finish (4:14.20). At the New England Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships on Feb. 16-19,d she finished 12th in the 1,650-yard freestyle (19:40.76) and 10th in the 400-yard IM (5:02.60).

 

MENíS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Freshman Levon Campbell (Newport, RI) was named the menís indoor track & field teamís MVP. Campbell earned All-New England honors in two events, taking eighth place in the 200m (22.73) and as a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished seventh (3:25.23) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 17-18. Campbell also earned All-N.E. Alliance accolades after taking third in the 200m (22.76), and as a member of the first place 4x200m relay team (1:31.89) and the second place 4x400m relay team (3:24.50) at the Alliance Championship on Feb. 11. Campbell captured first place in the 200m (22.87) at the Springfield Maroon & White Classic on Jan. 21.

 

WOMENíS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Sophomore Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) was named the womenís indoor track & field teamís MVP. She earned N.E. Alliance accolades with a first place finish in the 55m (7.48) and also picked up All-N.E. Alliance honors after running opening leg of the third place 4x200m relay team (1:47.65) at the Alliance Championship on Feb. 11. Grammas earned All-New England honors as part of the fourth place 4x200m relay (1:46.92) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 17-18. She captured first place in the 55m (7.62) and was second in the 200m (28.16) at the Coast Guard Invitational on Jan. 14. Grammas had a pair of second place finishes in the 60m (8.19) and the 200m (27.00) at the Springfield Maroon & White Classic on Jan. 21.

 

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