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2012 Outstanding Student-Athlete Award Winners

Chris Jimenez ’12, Kristen McMaster ’12, Alyson Chiaramonte ’12 and Michelle Gulino ’12 (Photo by Robert Amsler)

Alyson Chiaramonte ’12 • Brooklyn Campus

Alyson Chiaramonte led the Lady Bears softball team to more than 100 wins over her four-year career, the most victories by a graduate in any SJC Brooklyn sport. Behind her pitching, the team qualified for four straight United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) softball national championships, including a school-best third-place finish in 2010.

Alyson rewrote the Bears’ softball record books as the team’s all-time leader in games started (140), innings pitched (502.2), wins (63), shutouts (29), ERA (1.24), strikeouts (653) and hits (180).

Alyson’s senior campaign was her most dominant. She compiled a career-best 1.04 ERA and a 16-6 record with 11 shutouts and 186 strikeouts. She also tossed back-to-back perfect games (the third and fourth of her career; she is the only Lady Bear to ever pitch a perfect game) and added three additional no-hitters to her impressive resume. Alyson was ranked among the Division III leaders throughout the season; at the conclusion of the regular season she was ranked in the top 10 in three categories — highlighted by her fourth-place ranking in shutouts and fifth-place ranking in hits — and in the top 20 in six categories.

Alyson led the team in batting all four seasons, finishing the 2012 season with a .433 average. She was also top this season in slugging (.692), home runs (3), hits (45) and extra-base hits (18).

In addition to her numerous player- and pitcher-of-the-week selections, Alyson is a four-time Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference (HVWAC) All-Conference selection, a four-time Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) First-Team All-Independent selection, the AD3I Player of the Year in 2010, the AD3I Pitcher of the Year in 2011, and a four-time USCAA All-American — the first St. Joseph’s student-athlete to ever accomplish that honor in any sport.

Michelle Gulino ’12 • Long Island Campus

Michelle Gulino has been a standout soccer and lacrosse player at St. Joseph’s College. She was a four-year captain of the women’s soccer team as well as co-captain for the women’s lacrosse team’s inaugural season this past spring.

Michelle is a three-time recipient of the Golden Eagle Award for soccer and a two-time Skyline All-Conference goalkeeper. She concluded her Golden Eagle soccer career with 70 games played, 12 shutouts, 149 saves and 1.23 goals-against average.

As a first-year member of the lacrosse team, Michelle played as a midfielder, scoring five goals. She also totaled 20 draw controls, caused 16 turnovers and picked up 36 ground balls.

Outside of her ventures on the SJC athletic fields, the East Setauket resident was an active member of the Student Government Association (SGA). Michelle served as the president of the St. Joseph’s College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and as a student representative on several institutional committees such as budget committee and the College Advisory Council.

Michelle is honored to represent the Skyline Conference as a member of the NCAA Division III National Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and was elected vice chair of the committee for the remainder of her term.

Academically, the Ward Melville High School graduate completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech (Communication Studies) with minors in psychology and business. Michelle was also a member of the Dean’s Service Circle, which is a community service group comprised of students on the dean’s list. This outstanding student-athlete recently graduated with honors from the Lambda Pi Eta (Speech) Honor Society and SGA.

Chris Jimenez ’12 • Long Island Campus

Chris Jimenez is a two-time captain of the Golden Eagles men’s basketball team. At the end of his career, he stood as the third all-time leading scorer in program history, amassing 1,452 points over four years. The senior guard also ranks second on SJC’s steals list with 220.

Chris shattered the SJC mark for three-point field goals in a career (312) and holds the record for three-pointers made in a game (10, on December 8, 2010, against SUNY Old Westbury). A member of the 2008-2009 Skyline Conference championship team, he helped lead the team to NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2012.

The St. Anthony’s High School graduate averaged 14 points per game this season, and 13.2 for his four-year career. During his senior season, Chris led team in steals (67) and was NCAA ranked 23rd in steals per game (2.58). He also placed 17th in the national rankings in three-point field goals per game (3.04).

The Huntington Station product is a three-time All-Skyline Conference Team honoree and a two-time All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Team member. Chris made the All-Atlantic Team and the NABC Atlantic Region All-District Team in the 2010-2011 season. In November 2011, he was named the MVP of the Eastern Tip-Off Tournament at Eastern Connecticut State University.

A testament to his durability as a player, Chris played in and started all 110 games over the past four seasons. He is a multiple Skyline Conference Player of the Week winner in addition to ECAC Metro Player of the Week. Off the field, Jimenez was an active member of the St. Joseph’s College Diversity Union.

Kristen McMaster ’12 • Brooklyn Campus

Kristen McMaster was instrumental in helping to start a women’s swimming team at St. Joseph’s Brooklyn Campus. Now, four years later, she leaves her mark on SJC not only as one of its most accomplished swimmers, but also as one of its most successful student leaders.

Throughout her swimming career at St. Joseph’s College, Kristen set the bar high for future Lady Bears. Her time of 1:03.9 in the 100-yard freestyle is more than five seconds faster than any of her teammates. She broke the 100-yard breaststroke record in her final meet, taking the gold medal at the Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference Championships with a time of 1:24.01.

Kristen is also number one in the 50-yard freestyle (28.64) and a part of the fastest 200-yard freestyle relay in school history (2:02.10).

Over her last three seasons, Kristen captured 11 medals at the HVWAC championships, including four gold medals (three in her senior year alone). The three-year team captain also received HVWAC All-Conference Team honors for three straight years.

In addition to her accomplishments in the pool, Kristen has also excelled in the classroom. She was a member of the honors program and a three-time United States Collegiate Athletic Association National All-Academic Team member.

Kristen was very involved in all aspects of student life at St. Joseph’s College, holding leadership positions in various clubs, including student government treasurer, student-athlete advisory committee executive board member, freshman orientation leader and editor-in-chief of the newspaper and yearbook.

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