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Five Binghamton student-athletes honored as SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete

Bykovskaya, Jabbi, Jain, Manscuk, Menz selected by administrators

May 11, 2011

Five Binghamton student-athletes honored as SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete

Complete List of Chancellor’s Scholar-Athletes

VESTAL, N.Y.—Five BU student-athletes earned high honors from the SUNY system this spring with selection as 2010-11 Chancellor’s Scholar-Athletes. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher honored 74 students from across the SUNY system.

Tennis player Marina Bykovskaya, basketball player Mahamoud Jabbi, tennis player Arnav Jain, soccer player Kyle Manscuk and lacrosse player Siobhan Menz were selected for their combination of academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement.

Bykovskaya is a junior with a 3.65 in management. She is a six-time America East all-conference selection in singles and doubles, including three first-team honors. She has helped the women’s team secure three conference runnerup honors in her first three seasons. She is 26-9 overall in doubles competition this spring and her 26 wins ranks third all-time in program history. She owns a team-best 74% winning percentage in doubles play.

Jabbi is a graduate student who carries a 3.28 grade-point average. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in student affairs at Binghamton. He was an all-conference and all-defensive team forward and ranked in the top-ten of the conference in rebounding, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, blocked shots and minutes played. He also served as a mentor with Upward Bound and was a two-year member of SAAC.

Jain is a four-year starter and two-time MVP for the men’s tennis program. He is a three-year first team America East all-star in singles and two-year first team in doubles and will graduate as one of the winningest players in the program’s lengthy history. He was ranked as high as No. 6 in the Northeast Region and is one of just two players to reach the 100-win plateau in his career. He is a member of the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll and also was selected to the America East All-Academic Team in 2009. He carries a 3.4 GPA in management.

Manscuk is a four-year standout and a psychology major with a 3.21 GPA. He was a two-time America East All-Conference selection who earned first team honoree this past fall. He was also selected to the first team All-Northeast Region team in 2010. He tallied seven goals in his last two seasons from the back line and was named to America East All-Tournament team as a junior. A four-time America East Honor Roll recipient, this individual also earned conference All-Academic Team honors in 2009.

Menz is a senior four-year starter and an English major with a 3.12 GPA. She was an America East all-conference second team selection in 2009 and 2010 and was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2010. She finished the season ranked fourth in the conference in ground balls per game.

Scholar athletes are selected by System Administration in consultation with the campus Athletic Directors at each level of play. In addition to academic excellence, the student-athlete must have been named to any of the following: the all-conference team, all-tournament team, MVP, etc.

Awards were given to student-athletes in four separate categories: Division I, Division III - SUNYAC, Division III - Independents, and NJCAA. The overall GPA for this year’s recipients is a 3.64.

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