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Four UAlbany Athletes Honored with SUNY Scholar-Athlete Awards

UAlbany Sports Information   05-04-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – Four UAlbany student-athletes were honored as recipients of the 2016-17 Scholar-Athlete Award by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, recognizing outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement.

Mary Adeyeye, Laini Leindecker, Caitlyn Paltsios and Elizabeth Snow are all 2016-17 Chancellor's Scholar Athletic Award Recipients.

"It takes a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work to achieve such a high level of academic and athletic success,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in the SUNY press release. “Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year's SUNY scholar athlete award, as well as the faculty, coaches, and staff across SUNY who support and inspire them to be the best."

To be considered for this award, student-athletes were nominated by their campus athletic director. Nominees' academic credentials and athletic accomplishments were then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system and members of the SUNY provost's office.

Adeyeye competes in numerous events for the women's track & field team, including the heptathlon, the school's record holder and picking up a sixth place finish in the ECAC and a second place finish in the Penn Relays, and the shot put, where she finished fourth in the America East indoor championships.  In the classroom, she stands with a 3.85 GPA in chemistry.

Leindecker got a place on the America East All-Conference Second Team for volleyball, leading the team in kills with 296 and joining the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig club.  The president of UAlbany SAAC, she was named the America East Fall Scholar-Athlete, holding a 3.71 GPA in human biology.

Paltsios was named an America East All-Conference First Team midfielder for the women's soccer team.  In 20 starts playing as a defensive midfielder and corner kick player, she scored three goals and three assists on 34 shots.  She made the America East All-Academic Team with a 3.89 GPA in psychology.

Snow is UAlbany softball's all-time leader in home runs, doubles and RBI.  As of May 4th, she is hitting .423 with a .533 on-base percentage and .969 slugging percentage, adding 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 40 RBI.  She currently has a 3.47 GPA in human biology, earning CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors last year.

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