In the nationally televised Men’s Basketball game against Robert Morris, seniors Rachel Heinze and Kelly Yanucil were recognized for their achievements to the Mount’s athletic programs. In addition, junior Moriah Fitzgerald and redshirt sophomore Kyle Maxey were named PNC Student Athletes of the Year at the home game versus Bryant.
As a junior, Heinze broke both the Northeast Conference (NEC) and school records in softball for most homeruns in a single season (19). She was also named First Team All-Northeast Conference at the Utility position by playing as both an outfielder and a catcher.
In addition, she garnered the NEC Player of the Week title 3 times and led the NEC in slugging percentage with a .840 average. She currently has a career high and school record high of 26 home runs.
After the ceremony, Heinze humbly appreciated the Mount’s gesture and congratulated Yanucil on her accomplishments.
“It was so nice of them to do that, it was way too nice of a thing for me, but Kelly deserves it all. She did such a good job this season and it was nice of the school to do that.” Heinze added that, “I’m going to remember this forever, to be recognized by my school. It’s just really great.”
Also as a junior, Yanucil became the first woman in Mount history to earn NCAA Division I All-America honors after placing 9th at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the javelin. Yanucil also set the school record for the javelin at the championships with a personal best of 51.07m.
Additionally, she successfully defended her NEC title in the Javelin in the NEC Track and Field Championships the same year. Yanucil then went on to take the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) javelin title to advance to the NCAA Championship meet.
Afterwards, Yanucil expressed her gratitude to the Mount. “[The ceremony] was cool, it was cool. I like to have all my friends and coaches here. [I plan to take] the memories honestly, I learned a lot from it.”
Both Heinze and Yanucil will be competing one last time for the Mount during this spring’s sports season as they are set to graduate this May, with degrees in psychology and accounting respectively.
Every year, PNC Bank selects and recognizes two student athletes from the Mount who excel both academically and in their respective sport. This year, junior Moriah Fitzgerald and sophomore Kyle Maxey were honored for what they accomplished last year.
As a sophomore, Fitzgerald won the NEC Indoor Track & Field Pole Vault title which qualified her to compete in the ECAC Championship meet. She also made First Team NEC All-Honors. During her outdoor season, she placed second in the pole vault to earn her Second Team All-NEC Honors. Fitzgerald has an accumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.60.
“It’s really encouraging! It’s really an honor to be given it. I’ll really appreciate it in the next two years,” Fitzgerald commented.
Maxey is a recipient of the NEC Academic Honor Roll and NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In addition to maintaining a 3.754 GPA, he has made the Dean’s list since he first started attending the Mount. Maxey is on Student Athlete Advisory Committee, is a tutor for the Athletic club, and is also a tour guide in historic Annapolis. Maxey redshirted his first season of lacrosse, but his academic achievements allowed him to stand out from others.
Maxey expressed, “It’s great honor, they could have chosen any man, [but] they chose me. It shows that athletes are not just what they are on field or on the track. We are other people too, we are students first.”
Congratulations to these four outstanding student athletes. We wish them continued success both in and out of the classroom.