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NAU Athletics March Student-Athlete Spotlight

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Becky Russell of the swimming & diving team and Gus Margiotta of the track & field team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of March.

Russell is a senior from Arlington, Texas and is majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology and aspires for a career as a physical therapist. Her academic accolades include being named a WAC All-Academic selection in 2013 in addition to being a three-year AD Honor Roll and Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete award recipient and a member of the Dean's List. During the fall 2013 semester, Russell earned a 4.0 GPA. She has completed 154 hours of community service this year by volunteering with at Flagstaff Medical Center, Dr. T's Lab as well with Welcome Back Jacks, the MLK march and at swim meets. At the WAC Championships two weeks ago, Russell swam career-best times in the 50 freestyle (24.49), 100 freestyle (53.79) and 100 butterfly (58.37).

"Becky displays passion and a tremendous work ethic in the pool, the weight room and the classroom," said swimming & diving head coach Andy Johns. "She has come back from two knee surgeries and achieved lifetime bests at the conference meet this year. Her passion for swimming and for her teammates shows in her smile and she is an inspiration to everyone."

Margiotta is a junior from Gloucester, Mass. and is majoring in journalism. Margiotta's academic accolades include being named to the Dean's List and AD Honor Roll and receiving Big Sky All-Academic honors and receiving the Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete award. Margiotta has completed eight hours of community service so far this year volunteering in the community chopping wood and assisting with the department's MLK march and Red Ribbon Week. He is also heavily involved in serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as the Vice President. At the Big Sky Indoor Championships two weeks ago, Margiotta recorded a distance of 14.51m (47-07.25) in the shot put and 14.39 m (47-02.50) in the weight throw.

"Gus is a jack of all trades; he is excelling in the classroom, in athletics and is heavily involved with SAAC," said Megan Greenem Assistant Director for Academic Services. "He is the Vice President of SAAC and is spearheading our first ever LOUIE's Award Banquet which takes place April 30. Gus is a great representation of a successful all-around student-athlete."

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