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August 9, 2012

NCAA Champs Get Their Rings

The United States Merchant Marine Academy recently awarded rings (pictured) to five athletes who won NCAA National Championships while representing Kings Point.

Bill Nixon '89, Joel Meyer '04, Nick Halbach '11, Vincent Renaut '11, and Dan Twito '11 are five of only seven athletes to win individual NCAA Championships at USMMA:

Nixon: 3 Meter Dive (Swimming & Diving)

Meyer: 3 Meter Dive (Swimming & Diving)

Halbach: 1 & 3 Meter Dives (Swimming & Diving)

Renaut: 165 lb. Weight Class (Wrestling)

Twito: 157 lb. Weight Class (Wrestling)

The Championship rings serve as a link between the past, present and future champions at Kings Point.  "I am thrilled that we were able to provide these rings to our former national champions, said Sean Tedesco, Head Swimming & Diving Coach at USMMA who coached two of the Swimming & Diving Champions.  "It represents the hard work, dedication, and success that they have achieved as student athletes at the Academy.  I hope they will wear them with pride."

Greg Ilaria, Head Coach of the wrestling team at Kings Point, who coached the Academy's only two wrestling champions, spoke highly of the achievements of his student athletes, "Vincent Renaut and Daniel Twito are the two most successful wrestlers in Academy history. Renaut was the first D-III Wrestler to ever win the prestigious All-Academy Championship, and was the first Kings Point wrestler to win a National title.  Renaut also won Most Outstanding Wrestler honors for the National Tournament.  Twito is the second National Champion in school history, and currently holds the Kings Point win record at 105 wins.  Twito was a stand out on both the soccer field, and the rugby field. He was voted best 1st class athlete by the 2011 senior class.  Twito and Renaut have paved the way, and set the bar for future Kings Point wrestlers."

USMMA plans on beggining a tradition of awarding similarly designed rings to thier future champions to add to the legacy of Kings Point Athletics.