Rutgers student-athletes arrive in style for the fourth annual “R Awards” at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
The athletes of Rutgers traded in their uniforms for formal wear on Tuesday as the university held its fourth annual R Awards, which celebrate the best performances on the playing field, in the classroom and in the community.
On the red carpet (actually it was white) the collegians showed their style as they arrived for the event. Front and center were swimmer Abbey Saunders and soccer player Aaron Aclooque, who took the prizes for “best dressed.”
Inside the event, the top two awards were handed out to women’s soccer goalie Casey Murphy and men’s lacrosse defender Michael Rexrode. The two won the school’s Big Ten Medal of Honor, which are given to one female and one male from each of the 14 universities in the conference. The awards, which were first presented in 1915, are given for the best overall academic and athletic performances. Of the more than 10,000 Big Ten athletes, only 28 medals are handed out.
In addition diver Addison Walkowiak and wrestler Nick Suriano were awarded the Bauer Athletes of the Year.
The team of the year honor was given to the wrestling squad, following an 11th-place result in the NCAA Championships which included a national finals appearance by Suriano at 125 pounds. Men’s basketball earned the Game of the Year honor for their 71-65 comeback victory over in-state rival Seton Hall on December 16.
The women’s golf team took home the awards for top grade point average (3.82 GPA) and additionally the Rutgers Leadership Academy Team Cup.