O’Brien and McGlynn Receive Top Athletic Honors

O’Brien and McGlynn Receive Top Athletic Honors


O'Brien and McGlynn Receive Top Athletic Honors
Win Harris and Donley Cups


WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America Department of Athletics held its annual Senior Banquet Thursday honoring all graduating athletes and giving out end of the year awards.  Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and Emily McGlynn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) were the male and female recipients of the department's top two honors.  O'Brien was awarded the R. Harris Cup and McGlynn received the Sr. Rosemary Donley Cup.

Both awards are given to a graduating senior, the criteria for selection includes excellence in four distinct areas; academics, athletics, leadership and service.  It also requires four years of participation in varsity athletics.

O'Brien was a two-sport athlete playing soccer in the fall and baseball in the spring.  As an outfielder on the baseball team, he had a 1.000 fielding percentage his sophomore year but did most of his damage at the plate.  In 2007 he led the team in RBI with 35 which ranked him fifth on the CUA all-time list and won the team MVP award.  In 2008, he helped the Cardinals to the program's first ever Landmark Conference Championship.  On the soccer field, O'Brien played just two seasons but led the defense immediately moving into the lineup.  The engineering major managed a 3.09 cum GPA and was actively involved in organizing team community service projects.

McGlynn was another dual-sports athlete participating in four years of volleyball and tennis as well as one on the basketball squad.  In volleyball she was a two-year captain, Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and earned All-Landmark honors this past season.  She led the team in kills her first year but moved to setter for her final three posting some of the best number sin program history.  On the tennis court, McGlynn was All-Landmark in both singles and doubles this past year.  Earlier in her career she also received All-CAC and team Rookie of the Year honors.  The philosophy and mathematics double major kept up an impressive 3.93 cum GPA and was also incredibly active in campus ministry at CUA.  She volunteered with a number of community organizations including So Others May Eat, Little Sisters of the Poor and SAAC.

McGlynn and O'Brien will both graduate on Saturday at CUA's commencement.