2012-13 Rider University Athletes of the Year
Swimmer Molloy, Field Hockey’s Penas
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—Two athletes who led their teams to conference championships, senior Brian Molloy of the swimming & diving team and junior Sandra Penas of the field hockey team, were named the Rider University Athletes of the Year for 2012-13.
Molloy (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East) won four gold medals and a silver medal at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships, leading his team to the MAAC Title.
“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Molloy, who possessed the fastest time in the MAAC in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, the 400 free relay and the 800 free relay and had the eighth fastest 1,000 free in 2012-13.
Penas (Barcelona, Spain) was named the MVP of the Northeast Conference Championship Tournament, leading Rider to the NEC Title as a Third Team All-American. Penas finished eighth in the nation in goals and ninth in the nation in points.
“I feel extremely honored to have received this award,” said Penas, a First Team All-NEC and First Team All-Region selection in 2012. “I wasn't expecting it at all.”
Penas compiled 20 goals and nine assists in 21 games, leading the Broncs to a 15-6 record, 6-1 in the NEC.
Molloy broke the oldest record in Rider’s Coppola Pool this season, the 100 free (46.58), a record that stood since 1987.
“This award along with the MAAC championship and the swim teams’ GPA over 3.0 is a great way to represent Rider swimming and diving,” said Molloy, who was undefeated in the 2012-13 dual meet season against conference opponents in his individual events and his 800 free relay team broke the MAAC record set in 2009. “I'd like to thank coaches Shannon (assistant coach Shannon Daly) and Fletch (head coach Steve Fletcher). I could not have achieved this award without them. All and all I feel this award is a great way to end a great career for me.”
In his Rider career, Molloy qualified for the pre-Olympic Speedo Grand Prix meet in three events and was a member of the first ever relay in Rider Swimming history to make an NCAA “B” cut in 2012.
Penas will enter her senior season third on Rider's all-time scoring list (54g, 25a) with 133 points. “Even though it is an individual award, I could have never accomplished any of this without my team, so I feel this award is for the team as well,” Penas said. “I'm very excited to start my last season at Rider, I want to have the best possible senior year and I really hope we can finally make it to the NCAA tournament.”
In her three years at Rider the field hockey team record is a combined 50-12 and the Broncs competed in three NCAA Play-Ins.