Student-Athletes Recognize Senior Class, Celebrate End of Year at Inaugural Ram Jam

KINGSTON, R.I. - Five University of Rhode Island seniors received awards while the entire 2016 graduating class of student-athletes was recognized at the inaugural Ram Jam, held Monday night at the Aqua Blue Grand Ocean Ballroom in Narragansett.

Mike Casey (men's soccer) and Franki Darnold (volleyball) received the Elizabeth Holmes Award - presented annually to the male and female graduating seniors who have combined exceptional scholastic achievement with outstanding athletic ability.

Michael DiMambro (men's track & field) and Tim Wienclaw (football) were presented the Albert LeBoeuf Award while Mariah Claudio (women's track & field) took home the Winifred Keaney Award - both of which are presented to the most outstanding male/female student-athletes who have been a role model in their respective collegiate careers and have remained in good academic standing.

Prior to the presentation of these awards, the entire senior class enjoyed a private reception with head coaches and other University VIPs. The senior student-athletes were then called into the Grand Ocean Ballroom and introduced individually to thunderous applause from their freshman, sophomore and junior class peers.

The reception began with a welcome from director of athletics Thorr Bjorn and wrapped up with brief speeches from SAAC president Caitlin Haggan and former SAAC president Abbey Miklitsch, who announced the swimming & diving team as winners of the 2015-16 Rhody Cup.

Following the awards presentation, the ballroom was cleared and converted to a dance floor, where student-athletes enjoyed the remainder of the evening.