June 10, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) has selected 16 University of Michigan student-athletes as 2016 All-American Athlete Award recipients.
Michigan's 16 NSCA All-American recipients came from 12 sports. The list includes Domenic Abounader (wrestling), JT Compher (ice hockey), Ally Davis (volleyball), Mike Hernandez (men's lacrosse), Oliver Jaskie (baseball), Sarah Kamstra (women's swimming & diving), Cory Lester (wrestling), Sean Lonergan (men's basketball), Tyler Motte (ice hockey), Kelly Murphy (volleyball), Cindy Ofili (women's track & field), Jeremy Raisky (men's swimming & diving), Ben Ralston (wrestling), Olivia Richvalsky (softball), Madison Ristovski (women's basketball) and Ali Thomason (water polo).
"It is an honor to recognize the consistent dedication to strength and conditioning that these student-athletes have demonstrated during the academic year," said Mike Favre, the Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning at U-M. "The day-to-day commitment to their physical preparation is a testament to the character that is the foundation of all our sport programs here at the University of Michigan."
The award is given to student-athletes based on athletic accomplishments and dedication to strength and conditioning. Michigan had four more NSCA All-Americans than it did in 2015.
Not only did Ristovski receive NSCA All-American honors, the 2016 graduate with a degree in English also garnered the Hammer Strength All-America honor from the NSCA. She was one of 24 student-athletes nationwide to receive the honor.
"I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Madison this year," said Russell Barbarino, U-M Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports. "Her dedication to training and injury resistance proved critical during her career. Madison displayed an outstanding drive and competitive edge in helping lead her team to back-to-back WNIT semifinal appearances."