Minotti, Vrieze To Receive A.S. 55 Award Thursday Night

San Jose State student-athletes Michelle Minotti and Ashley Vrieze will be honored Thursday evening, April 26, as recipients of the A.S. 55 Award, given by Associated Students, the school’s student government organization.

Minotti, a member of the women’s gymnastics team, tied the Spartan beam record this season with a 9.900 at Sacramento State on March 18. For her accomplishment, she was named the WAC Specialist of the Week for March 19. Minotti also competed on the vault and bars for the team.

"I'm really proud of Michelle,” said San Jose State women’s gymnastics head coach Wayne Wright. “She is a dedicated student-athlete that cares about making a difference in the community and is a great ambassador of the gymnastics program and the Athletics Department."

Vrieze, a member of the women’s swimming team, was the team’s top performer at the 2007 WAC Championship. She finished second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 backstroke. In all, Vrieze collected one silver and one bronze medal, a pair of individual first-team All-WAC honors, one NCAA B’ cut, one USA Swimming National Championships qualifier, three school records, eight season-best times, eight lifetime-best times, 40 points in individual events and 116 more in relays for the competition.

“I'm thrilled that Ashley is getting this recognition,” said Spartan head coach Sage Hopkins. “She was certainly one of the central pillars in the foundation of this program. She's a great athlete, a tremendous student, and a wonderful leader.”

The A.S. 55 Awards are given normally to 55 students annually at San Jose State, in recognition for their leadership roles at the school and in the community.