COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College recent graduates Leigh Brandenburg (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and Andrew DeCristoforo (Medway, Mass./South Shore Kings) were among 468 college student-athletes from around the nation named 2022 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year, as nominated by strength & conditioning coach Ryan Garrow. The duo was among nine Northeast-10 Conference student-athletes recognized.
Brandenburg appeared in 25 games for the Purple Knight softball team this spring, making 16 starts in the outfield. She scored nine runs and swiped six bases while fielding at a .975 clip. "Leigh is one of the hardest-working student-athletes to ever come through this program," said Garrow. "She loves the process of training and what it does for her in all aspects of her life. Leigh is going into the United States Marine Corps, and I am proud to know her and be a small part of her college process."
The first three-time head captain in Saint Michael's men's ice hockey history, DeCristoforo blocked a team-high 32 shots this past winter while turning in four points in 18 games on defense. "Andrew has made a huge impact not only for his team, community and academically, but a significant impact here in the Varsity Weight Room. I have had the pleasure of having him serve as an intern the past two years and being a huge proponent of our first refuel station here at the College. Andrew will go on to do great things in all aspects of his life."
Founded in 1978, the NSCA is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning and related sport science professions around the world. The NSCA community is composed of more than 60,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength and conditioning coaches, performance and sport scientists, personal trainers, and tactical professionals.