The award is presented to individuals who earn a 3.5 GPA and an NCAA “B” qualifying time standard and achieved by fewer than 6% of all collegiate swimmers and divers.
Spadoni had an outstanding 2008-09 campaign in which she became the first Montclair State swimmer to earn an NCAA qualifying time since 2000 as she set two individual marks along with a pair of relay standards that had stood for nearly a quarter-century.
Spadoni, named the MSU Outstanding Sophomore Female Athlete, established new records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke events as she helped the Montclair State women to a second-place finish among Division III schools at the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Championships in February.
In the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke at the Metro Championships, Spadoni swam 1:05.25, eclipsing Gail Meneghin’s 1987 NCAA mark of 1:07.03. Her time was the best heading into the finals where she placed second at 1:05.47. The next day, Spadoni added the 200 breaststroke record to he resume as she swam 2:26.11, breaking Meneghin’s standard 2:26.26 set during the 1985 NCAA Division III Championships. She would place fifth overall in the event.
Spadoni was also part of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that set new records.