WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior swimmer Matt Mullaney (Livingston, N.J.) was named the co-recipient of the 2009 Mrs. Kate C. Power Medal, funded by an anonymous bequest in 1942 and given to the second-year student with the highest class rank. Mullaney, now in his third year, earned a top-notch 4.0 GPA last year.
Mullaney, an economics/accounting and classics double major, can often be found studying in the student lounge of Stein Hall. He commented that the award was a welcome acknowledgement for the time he devotes to his studies while planning his academics around a busy swimming schedule. Asked for his advice for incoming students who want to mirror his level of achievement, Mullaney offers: "Success will only come if you work hard, do what is asked of you and take your education seriously. It's a unique and privileged opportunity to come to Holy Cross, so taking advantage of that will pay off in the long run."
Psychology professor and Dean for the Class of 2011, Mark Freeman, comments, "Matt is a terrific student who embodies many of the characteristics we prize here. Having entered the College as an economics/accounting major fiercely dedicated both to his studies and to varsity swimming, Matt decided last year to pursue a second major in classics and is therefore an outstanding example of the Holy Cross scholar-athlete."
Mullaney and the Holy Cross men's swimming and diving team will return to the pool for competition after winter break on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Bryant.