Jan. 15, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's December Sports Performance Athletes of the Month are senior Charlie Rimkus of men's swimming and senior Alicia Gurrieri of women's fencing, Assistant A.D. for Sports Performance Jason Pullara announced today.
"As we continue to recognize our exceptional athletes for their outstanding performances, I'm proud to announce Charlie Rimkus and Alicia Gurrieri as our December Athletes of the Month," Pullara said. "These two seniors have been tremendous leaders for their respective teams and know the value of continuing to work hard during their competitive seasons. It is an honor to name Charlie and Alicia our December Athletes of the Month."
Charlie Rimkus (Men's Swimming)
Charlie Rimkus has been a great leader for his teammates this month. He comes to every workout with a positive attitude even when he is tired and beat from two grueling practices that day. He is a distance swimmer who competes with the sprinters in the Sports Performance Facility. He was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after his performance at the TYR Invitational this fall.
"He is an extremely humble and respectful individual who pushes not only himself to excel, but his teammates around him. Over the month both on training trip [in Mission Viejo, Calif.] and here in Evanston, he was constantly one step ahead. Charlie made sure guys knew where they needed to be while in Mission Viejo and during lifts he would make sure he and his teammates were always working," Sport Performance Coach Justin Blatner said.
Alicia Gurrieri (Women's Fencing)
Alicia is a senior sabre fencer. This fall she stepped up as one of the team's three captains. She has showed an exceedingly consistent desire to motivate and push her teammates to a higher level. Alicia is always the first to encourage her teammates when they are struggling during their morning workouts. She is a major asset to the program both as a fencer but also within Sports Performance.
"The first impression in the fall was that she wanted to help her team be successful. This passion for success has not waivered once since that first day. She is accountable no matter how her week is going," Blatner said.
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