Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 3 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Three individuals established themselves as not only outstanding athletes, but exceptional students over their tenures at D'Youville. Junior women's basketball player Ali Cochrane (New Port Richey, FL/Gulf) and senior women's crew rowers Emily Sliwowski (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) and Erin Sliwowski (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) proved to be some of the best on the court or in the water and the brightest in the classroom.
Cochrane posted an outstanding 3.988 GPA over the past three years as a Spartan, combining success in the classroom with her achievements at D'Youville. Her extracurricular involvement includes: President of ESS Club, Co-Chair of Athletics Committee, Student Association Member, Senior Resident Advisor, SAAC as well as a three-year player on the women's basketball team. In this, her final year at D'Youville, the Exercise and Sports Studies major served as a team captain and reached career highs in games started, minutes per game, points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game and blocks per game. She has contributed a tremendous amount D'Youville and D'Youville Athletics.
Both Emily and Erin saw a great deal of success as rowers for the crew team, but their achievements on the water are only surpassed by their exceptional academic efforts. Emily registered a 3.962 GPA with Erin registering a 3.995 GPA.
The Occupational Therapy majors were members of the Spartan's 4+ in both the fall and spring seasons. Leading the way for the women, the Sliwowskis helped lead the team to a top two finish in five races this season. In their only 2- race of the year, the sisters defeated several Division I boats to take first place. Their diligence as student-athletes has helped build a strong women's crew program and set the standard for future D'Youville student-athletes.
(Pictured left to right: Er. Sliwowski, Cochrane, Em. Sliwowski)