ANNVILLE, Pa. – Albright College senior swimmer Ken Richardson, senior men’s tennis player Matthew Muoio and freshman women’s tennis player Mara Trifoi were named to the Winter/Spring Academic All-MAC teams, announced this week by the Middle Atlantic Conferences.
“These recipients represent the true meaning of a student-athlete,” said MAC Executive Director Ken Andrews. “This is one of the top conference awards we give out each season. It honors our student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the playing field.”
The Academic All-MAC teams recognize the top student-athletes both in the classroom and on the field during the 2017 spring semester. The MAC sports information directors nominate and vote on the Academic All-MAC teams, giving 50 percent weight on both academic success and athletic success.
Richardson posted a 3.89 GPA while majoring in business administration and chemistry. In March, he was named the MAC Men’s Swimming Senior Scholar Athlete. Richardson finished his career as an eight-time gold medalist at the MAC Swimming Championships. He led Albright to three team titles over four years. Richardson is a 19-time All-MAC First Team honoree with four individual gold medals and four relay gold medals. The senior also has eight silver medals and three bronze medals. Richardson owns four school records including three relay records. He was also named All-MAC First Team in tennis this spring.
Muoio was also named All-MAC First Team in men’s tennis, complimenting his 3.84 GPA in business management and marketing. Muoio was named All-MAC First Team each year of his collegiate career. A two-time MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year, Muoio went 14-3 overall as a senior while posting a 6-1 record in conference play. He finished the season on a six-match winning streak. He was 11-2 out of the No. 1 position.
Trifoi burst on the scene as a freshman, capturing MAC Women’s Tennis Player and Rookie of the Year honors. Trifoi carries a 4.0 GPA in biology. Trifoi went a perfect 6-0 in MAC Commonwealth action this season out of the No. 1 position for the Lions. She also did not lose in non-conference dual match action. Trifoi is the first player to be named both MAC Commonwealth Player and Rookie of the Year in the same season since another Albright player, Victoria Foanio, earned those honors in 2011.