Student-athletes honored at awards banquet

From left - Tamara Miler, Montana Vescovi, Brady Fahy, Zach Vennaro.
From left - Tamara Miler, Montana Vescovi, Brady Fahy, Zach Vennaro.

ROCHESTER - Monroe Community College celebrated its student-athletes during the Athletic Awards Banquet Tuesday evening.

The MCC athletic department hosted the event along with the MCC Association, Inc. as well as Sodexo. The evening was a chance to honor Tribune teams for their accomplishments during the 2015-2016 sports seasons. 

The event welcomed more than 200 guests including college administration, faculty and staff, and student-athletes, to celebrate another successful season.

The MCC athletic department also named the winners of the Samuel J. Stabins Outstanding Athlete Awards and George C. Monagan Sportsmanship Awards.

The Samuel J. Stabins Outstanding Male and Female Athlete Awards are given to student-athletes who excel to the highest degree in their individual sport and who are considered among MCC's best.

Zach Vennaro (baseball) was the male recipient. The sophomore pitcher was named tournament Most Valuable Pitcher after leading the Tribunes to the Region III, Division II championship.  The 6-foot-5 right-hander has an 8-1 record with 59 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. He was a first team All-Region III selection.

Tamara Miler (women's swimming) was the female winner. Miler capped a record-breaking career by winning four events at the NJCAA national meet in March. She took first in the 200 free (1:51.96), the 500 free (4:56.44), the 1000 free (10:05.15), and the 1650 free (16:51.33).  All four times set new college, Region III, and Northeast District records, and her 1000 time set a new NJCAA national mark as well.

Miler was named the Female Non-Scholarship Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year. In addition to her work in the water, she is also a recipient of the 2016 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, as well as the SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award for the sport of women's swimming.

The Monagan Sportsmanship Awards are given to two student-athletes who demonstrate superior athletic skill, leadership, and sportsmanship, on and off the field. This year's winners were Brady Fahy (men's lacrosse) and Montana Vescovi (volleyball).

Fahy is a two-year started on defense for the Tribune men's lacrosse team. The 6-foot-6 sophomore helped guide the Tribunes to 10 wins during the 2016 season.  In addition to his success on the field, he has a GPA over 3.0, and he earned his associate's degree from the college in December. Fahy is also a Peer Mentor for the college, serves as a Resident Assistant for Housing and Residence Life, and was a founding member of the Tribune Mpire.

Vescovi starred for two years for the MCC volleyball team. The sophomore setter leaves Monroe as the program's all-time leader in assists and was a part of two Region III championships.  Her teams had a combined record of 85 wins and 7 losses in two seasons, and she represented the college at a pair of NJCAA national tournaments. A first team All-Region III selection, Vescovi has a 3.97 grade point average and is a recipient of the 2016 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.