Athletic Director, Former Swimmer Receive ECAC Awards
The spotlight was on Penn State Altoona athletics at the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference Honors Dinner September 29 in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Fredina M. Ingold, Penn State Altoona director of athletics, was honored as ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year. Also, Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, who competed on the women’s swimming team last season, was the recipient of the 2013 Robbins/ECAC Division III Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
The ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to an administrator from an ECAC member institution or conference in recognition of outstanding or meritorious service to the ECAC. Ingold was the President of the ECAC Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012.
“Fredina Ingold is the consummate professional. She is a role model to her staff, her profession, and the student-athletes she serves,” said Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss, commissioner of the ECAC. “She is a strong, fair, and hardworking leader who volunteers countless hours outside of Penn State Altoona supporting and furthering the initiatives of the ECAC.”
The ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award honors the outstanding academic and athletic achievements of student-athletes representing ECAC schools in Division I, II, and III. One male and one female athlete from each division are selected based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics, and community service. The candidate must have earned a cumulative minimum overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and must have reached sophomore athletics and academic status. The candidate must be a starter or significant reserve in a particular sport and must compete in a least 50 percent of the contests in that sport. Other factors, such as community service, exemplary citizenship, or other extracurricular activities, are taken into consideration.
McCulloch, a junior at the University Park campus, was named the 2013 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Year. She was the conference champion in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke, and 200-meter breaststroke. The Lady Lions’ team captain, she also set the Penn State Altoona school record in the 50-meter breaststroke. McCulloch is majoring in bioengineering.