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Royal Athletics Update


One of the most prolific scorers in the nation, averaging more than 20 points per game, Zach Ashworth earned second-team Academic All-America honors by ESPN The Magazine.
Scranton graduate Bill Burke ’86 has never lost his passion for running.

The first runner in Royals’ history to qualify for the NCAA Division III championships, Burke returned to his alma mater to pass along his knowledge as men’s and women’s cross country coach.

Under his tutelage, junior Chris Wasnetsky (Dunmore/Bishop O’Hara) earned his second straight trip to the NCAA Division III championships, where he finished 42nd overall, missing All-America honors by just seven places.

The women’s cross country team also celebrated a major milestone. By placing five runners in the Top 16, the Royals upset two-time defending champion Susquehanna University to win the Landmark Conference championship in Washington, D.C.

Wasnetsky was not the only fall sport student-athlete to earn national recognition.

Junior Chelsea Paskman (Chalfont/Central Bucks South) of the women’s soccer team became the eighth player in Royals’ history to earn All-America honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), landing a berth on the second team. She was also named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year.

Joining Paskman as conference player of the year recipients were juniors Zach Ashworth (Doylestown/Central Bucks West) and Megan Kopecki (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) in men’s and women’s basketball, respectively.

Ashworth was honored for his commitment to academics as well, earning second-team Academic All-America honors by ESPN The Magazine. Kopecki repeated as player of the year after leading Scranton to its 25th NCAA tournament appearance, a national record.

Even though the Royals and Lady Royals came up short in their quest to win conference basketball titles — losing in the championship games of their respective tournaments — the women’s swim team claimed its third consecutive title by finishing with 567 points at the Landmark Conference championships.

The quartet of sophomores Christine Gorge (Harleysville/Lansdale Catholic) and Carolyn Gillespie (New Market, Md./Linganore) and juniors Amie Leonard (Sparta, N.J./Pope John Paul XXIII) and Brittany Reyes (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) repeated as conference champions in the 200-yard medley relay, while first-year swimmer Colleen Logan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) won the 1650-yard freestyle.

The men’s swim team also crowned an individual champion in sophomore Andrew Kelly (Maple Glen/St. Joseph’s Preparatory), who won the 200-yard butterfly.

Press Release Contact:
Stan Zygmunt
Director of News & Media Relations
The University of Scranton