Two Students Named PSU Athletes of the Year

Penn State Athletics has named Seniors Nicole Fawcett and Casey Sandy as the Penn State Athletes of the Year for the 2008-2009 season.

Nicole FawcettNicole Fawcett led the women’s volleyball team to back-to-back NCAA Div. I National Championships her final two years at Penn State. During her time at PSU, the women’s volleyball team posted a record of 134-8. Fawcett was a four time AVCA All-American and was named the 2009 AVCA Division I National Player of the Year. She leaves Penn State second all-time in Penn State program history with 1,934 kills (8th all-time in the Big Ten).

Casey Sandy leaves Penn State as one of the most decorated athletes in men’s gymnastics history. Sandy won 29 individual event titles and had 40 top-3 finishes in 2009. His accomplishments netted him 5 Big Casey SandyTen Gymnast of the Week awards, bringing his career total to a record-setting 11. Finishing 7th in the vault in the finals of the Individual National Championships, Sandy earned his 9th All-America honors. He was also awarded the 2009 Nissen-Emery Award, bestowed in recognition of outstanding athletic achievement, academic excellence, and sportsmanship, it is the highest honor presented in collegiate gymnastics. Sandy also earned a spot on the Canadian National team after a dominating performance at the Elite Canada 2009 competition, winning the All-Around competition on both days.

Congratulations to both athletes, your accomplishments have brought honor to Penn State as a whole.


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Chase Tralka

Chase Tralka is a Senior majoring in Information Sciences and Technology with a minor in Security and Risk Analysis. He is from Northern New Jersey and is involved in far too many organizations to list here. He enjoys photography, cycling, and listening to obscure free jazz music.


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