Michale Spicer and Sara Komosinski Recognized by he National Strength and Conditioning Association

April 20, 2004

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Western Carolina University Seniors Michale Spicer and Sara Komosinski were each named to the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American team, recognizing their dedication to strength and conditioning.

Spicer, an All-American and two-time All-Southern Conference pick, ended his career as the Catamounts' all-time leader in tackles for losses, while ranking second on the school's all-time list for sacks. At 6-2 and nearly 270 pounds, the Goldsboro, N.C., native can bench press 460 pounds, back squat 736 pounds and power clean 405 pounds. He also runs the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds, runs the pro shuttle in 4.45 seconds, has a vertical jump of 37 inches and can broad jump 9' 11".

"Michale is the strongest and most competitive athlete I have ever had the pleasure to coach," said WCU head strength and conditioning coach Tobias Jacobi. "He is a leader by both word of mouth and example. He is dedicated to making himself the best he can be, which show in his lifting numbers. He is a truly gifted athlete who loves to work hard. His commitment to training has turned into great success on the gridiron. Michale is the epitome of what a NSCA Strength & Conditioning All-American should be."

Komosinski, was a standout on the WCU volleyball team, earning All-Southern Conference honors and ended her career and the school's all-time leader in blocks, while competing on the track and field teams as well. The Muskegon, Mich., product bench presses 147 pounds, back squats 284 pounds and power cleans 160 pounds, while possessing a 21.5-inch vertical jump with an eight-foot broad jump.

"Sara is one of the hardest workers I have had the pleasure of coaching," Jacobi said. "She is a leader on and off the court. She constantly pushes her teammates to perform up to the team's high standards. She is a tireless worker who truly deserves the distinct honor of being named NSCA Strength & Conditioning All-American."

This is the 21st year the NSCA has named an All-American team. This year's class saw 186 collegiate athletes from 80 schools earn the esteemed award.