Apicella, Stansberry nab Chick-Fil-A Athlete of the Week honors

Apicella, Stansberry nab Chick-Fil-A Athlete of the Week honors

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - Carson-Newman baseball's Vince Apicella (Dillburg, Pa.) and women's swimming's Margaret Stansberry (Knoxville, Tenn.) have been named the Chick-Fil-A Male and Female Athletes of the Week. 

Senior starting pitcher Vince Apicella (Dillsburg, Pa.) was also named the South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Week Tuesday morning for a strong outing against the University of Virginia-Wise Sunday afternoon.

With a game-time temperature of 25 degrees, the left-hander worked eight innings in an extra-inning 1-0 win over the Cavaliers tossing his sixth career complete game. Apicella notched 10 strikeouts, his eighth game in double figures over the last two years, while yielding just three hits and three walks in the game. Only two runners advanced into scoring position in the game against the hurler.

In 40 extra-inning games under Carson-Newman coach Tom Griffin since 2006, Apicella is the lone flamethrower to pitch a complete game in contests that extend beyond regulation.

The honor is the third time that Apicella has been named the league's pitcher of the week after doing so twice in 2015. The southpaw is one of nine pitchers to win the award since the league began recording the plaudit in 2006. Apicella joins Austin Bridgewater as the only pitchers with three selections as Bridgewater won twice in 2010 and once in 2011.

Sophomore Margaret Stansberry recorded seven All-Bluegrass Mountain Conference honors and reset six Carson-Newman school records at the 18th-annual BMC Championships in Rock Hill, S.C. last week.

She was a part of four school record breaking relays and three individual record-breaking performances. In the 800 Free Relay on Wednesday, the quartet finished third and reset the schoo record with a time of 7:27.92. The 200 Free Relay reset the benchmark with a swim of 1:33.74 and placed third. In the 400 Free Relay, the relay placed third in a time of 3:26.89, while the 400 Medley Relay also finished third with a swim of 3:47.42.
In individual competition, the sophomore's best finishes of the weekend were two second-place showings in the 100 and 200 Free. Stansberry swam a 50.27 second time in the 100 Free and a time of 1:49.10 in the 200. She finished fifth in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:03.80.