Briarcliff's Vastola Honored With NYU Student-Athlete Academic Award

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Briarcliff resident and New York University men's fencer Christian Vastola earned the NYU Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award.
Briarcliff resident and New York University men's fencer Christian Vastola earned the NYU Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award. Photo Credit: New York University's Athletics

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Christian Vastola, a Briarcliff resident and men's fencer for New York University, was one of 25 undergraduates honored with the NYU Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award.

Vastola was presented with the award at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 6, at NYU’s Palladium Athletic Facility. To earn the award, a student must be graduating with a grade-point average of 3.5 or better and have competed for a minimum of two years on an intercollegiate team.

A four-year team member, Vastola served as a captain for three seasons. In his senior year, Vastola produced a record of 43-14 in foil and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships, where he finished 22nd.

As a freshman, Vastola earned a bronze medal in foil at the U.S. Squad Championships. Over the course of his four years with the Violets, Vastola compiled 127 foil victories, third most in school history.

Vastola was a three-time University Athletic Association (UAA) All-Academic honoree. He made NYU’s Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee fall honor roll three times and the spring honor roll three times.

Vastola, who was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, is an urban design major in NYU’s College of Arts and Science.

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