Aug. 30, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's Jackie Truncellito and Marko Turcinov each earned honorable mention status as nominees for the 2004 MAAC Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Truncellito, a cross country runner and Turcinov, a swimmer, excelled in their respective sports and in the classroom last season.Truncellito led Loyola to its first cross country MAAC Championship after winning the individual title at the 2002 MAAC championship meet. She led the Greyhounds in virtually every race last season while earning a spot on the MAAC All-Academic team. A team captain the last two seasons, Truncellito has made Loyola's Dean's List four of her six semesters at Evergreen. She is currently a senior with a major in psychology and theology.Turcinov, also a member of the MAAC All-Academic team, was last year's MAAC Swimmer of the Year. Winning three gold medals at the MAAC Championships, Turcinov set conference records in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events. He also holds Loyola records in 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 IM, 100 Fly and 200 Fly. Turcinov is also entering his senior year with a major in business administration.The Student-Athlete of the Year Award was created in October 2001 to recognize overall excellence in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community. Nominees must have at least a 3.2 overall grade point average, be in their second year of residence at the institution, and be a starter or important reserve on their team.Manhattan's men's track and field standout Magnus Ahlen, Canisius' women's basketball notable Jenel Stevens and Niagara's women's tennis standout Milena Matijevic were named the 2003-04 New York Lottery MAAC Student-Athletes of the Year."The New York State Lottery is to be commended for its commitment to education with its sponsorship of the New York Lottery MAAC Student-Athlete of the Year program," Richard J. Ensor, commissioner of the MAAC, said. "These athletes represent what is best about college athletics, excellence on the playing fields and in the classroom."