Albany's Peter Rowell, UMBC's Michelle Kurowski, Binghamton's Amanda Ciccone and Joe Perez-Rogers, Vermont's Evan Fjeld and UNH's Rita Ciambra are the 2010-11 America East Winter Scholar-Athletes.
Albany's Peter Rowell, UMBC's Michelle Kurowski, Binghamton's Amanda Ciccone and Joe Perez-Rogers, Vermont's Evan Fjeld and UNH's Rita Ciambra are the 2010-11 America East Winter Scholar-Athletes.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Six Winter Champions Also Recognized As Scholar-Athletes

Release: 04/21/2011
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Six student-athletes who demonstrated excellence both on the field and in the classroom and competed during the 2010-11 winter season were named America East Scholar-Athletes by the conference office on Thursday. The six Scholar-Athletes include University of Vermont men’s basketball student-athlete Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy), UMBC women’s basketball standout Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and Binghamton University swimmers Joe Perez-Rogers (Shokan, N.Y./Onteora) and Amanda Ciccone (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern). University at Albany’s Peter Rowell (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) and University of New Hampshire’s Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) are the Scholar-Athletes chosen for men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports which America East sponsored in the winter season including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Member institutions of America East Conference for the 2010-11 winter season included University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont.

A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six winter championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20.

Fjeld, a senior first-team All-Conference forward for the regular-season champion Catamounts, is a business administration major and philosophy minor with a 3.23 cumulative GPA. He led Vermont in scoring (14.5 ppg), topped America East in blocks (1.9 bpg) and field-goal percentage (.543) and earned the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year award. Fjeld also earned spots on the NABC District I Second Team and the USBWA All-District I Team. The senior received multiple scholastic awards as well, landing on the 2010 America East Academic Honor Roll and Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Team after receiving ADA Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention status as a junior.

Junior guard Kurowski also led her team to the regular-season championship, pacing the Retrievers with 14.6 points per game and receiving first-team All-Conference honors. She became the third-fastest player in school history to score 1,000 career points and set a UMBC single-season record with an .894 free-throw percentage. Kurowski owns a 3.82 cumulative GPA and will graduate in three years with a psychology degree and a social welfare minor.  A Capital One Academic All-District First Team and America East All-Academic Team selection, she plans to pursue a teaching certfiicate and master’s degree next season. Like Fjeld, Kurowski was recently named to the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team.

Perez-Rogers is a junior bioengineering major with a 3.53 GPA. At the 2011 America East Swimming and Diving Championship, he won the gold medal in the 100 backstroke and finished third in the 100 freestyle. Perez-Rogers was also a member of the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams which both took home second place this year. He is a two-time America East All-Academic Team award recipient.

Ciccone, a senior with a 3.68 GPA, will graduate in May with a degree in financial economics. She is a 2011 America East Champion in the 100 butterfly, who also finished third in the 100 freestyle and fifth in the 200 IM at the conference meet. Ciccone was named to the 2011 America East All-Academic Team and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete award in 2010.

Rowell, who helped lead the Great Danes to their sixth consecutive America East Indoor Track and Field Championship crown in 2011, is studying accounting and has a 3.63 cumulative GPA. A junior who is also minoring in business administration, he is the 2011 America East Champion in the 500 meters and finished eighth at the IC4A Championship in the same event. Rowell was also a member of the gold-medal distance medley relay and the third-place 4x400 relay teams. He was named to the All-Academic team in 2011 for the second straight year.

Ciambra, who carries a 4.00 GPA in her graduate work, is pursuing a master’s degree this year in secondary education after graduating Summa Cum Laude from New Hampshire with an undergraduate degree in biology. She is a three-time indoor conference champion in the pole vault, qualifying for the ECAC Championship by clearing 12-feet, 3.50 inches. Earlier this winter, she captured the event at the Boston Indoor Games with a height of 12-feet, 11.75 inches. Ciambra is also a two-time member of the America East All-Academic Team.

America East recognizes a Scholar-Athlete in each of its 20 championship sports. Of those 20 sport Scholar-Athletes, a committee chooses an annual Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.