Vanessa Rivera Named CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete

York College three-sport student-athlete Vanessa Rivera has been named one of 29 City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Honorable Mention Scholar Athletes for the 2011-12 school year.

Rivera will be honored at the 26th Annual Michael Steuerman Scholar-Athlete Dinner on May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Queens College.

Rivera played three sports this season (soccer, basketball, softball), all while maintaining a 3.4 GPA as a Physical Education, K-12 major.  During the Spring semester, she somehow managed to maintain her GPA and compete in softball, all while taking part in a demanding teaching internship at the Scholar Academy in Queens, which required her to work from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day of the week.

The Queens native biggest contribution athletically came with the basketball team, where she started 14 games and averaged 3.5 points and 1.3 assists per contest.  In soccer, she split time as a goalie and a midfielder and in softball she was the teams’ starting right fielder.  Earlier this season, Rivera was named the winner of the Burt Beagle CUNYAC Women’s Basketball Sportsmanship award.

Rivera was also recently featured on the Cardinals Spotlight, which is York’s weekly athletics radio show.  You can listen to her interview here.

The pool of scholar-athletes was selected from the nine CUNY Athletic Conference senior colleges and the five community colleges.  The athletic directors of each school voted on the winners.  Four Scholar-Athletes of the Year were selected (one male and female from both the senior and community colleges).  Vladislav Romanov, a swimmer from the College of Staten Island and Mallory Grubler, a women’s volleyball player form Hunter College were named the senior college Scholar Athletes of the Year. Following their selection, 29 other CUNYAC athletes were selected as honorable mention winners.

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