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    Northwestern Announces Sports Performance Athletes of the Month



    Dec. 14, 2011

    Sports Performance Athlete of the Month Award Archive

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern Director of Sports Performance Jason Pullara has announced the NU Sports Performance Athletes of the Month for November, Sammy Albanese of softball and Kyle Ruchim of baseball.

    "I am excited to announce our November Sports Performance Athletes of the month with Kyle Ruchim, a sophomore on the baseball team, winning for the men and Sammy Albanese, a sophomore on the softball team, winning for the women," Pullara said. "These two student-athletes know to be successful in the spring they have to put in the work in the fall and throughout this month they have gone above and beyond their limits and motivated their teammates to do the same. Kyle and Sammy are dedicated and motivated athletes and great representatives of the student-athletes we have here at Northwestern."

    Successful student-athlete candidates for the award are those who are out of season or in the pre-season portion of their schedules, display a positive attitude, have an outstanding work ethic, show continued improvement in testing parameters and have a strong awareness for team and performance department rules and values.

    Sammy Albanese (Softball)
    Sammy Albanese brings a high level of energy to workouts, is a great team player and her teammates feed off of that energy and positive attitude. There rarely is a challenge that she cannot perform in workouts. Sammy always goes above and beyond what is required of her. Performance Coach Tyler Jorgensen says this about Albanese: "Sammy is one of the most explosive athletes that I have worked with at any level. She characterizes what it means to be a team player." The work ethic that she brings everyday was evident in the improvement and gains she made throughout the fall improving in all of the categories of softball testing this fall. Great Job Sammy!

    Kyle Ruchim (Baseball)
    The November male sports performance athlete of the month is sophomore baseball player, Kyle Ruchim. Absolutely committed to excellence, Ruchim consistently pushes himself and his teammates past complacency. His intensity, determination and purposeful execution is awe-inspiring and rivaled by very few in the collegiate setting. According to sports performance coach Joe Nudo: "Kyle is one of the most determined and dedicated athletes I've ever been around. Whether he knows it or not, he's played a major role in his team's offseason success."


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