The Wyoming Seminary Varsity Club recently honored six Wyoming Seminary alumni for their outstanding athletic achievements during its 38th Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet.
The 2012 honorees and their respective sports are Kayanne Vanderburg Barilla, Class of 1984, girls athletics; Steven Boyanoski, Class of 1977, football; Karen Bradley Mendoza, Class of 1997, girls athletics; Timothy O'Donnell, Class of 1999, swimming/triathlon; Lauren Powley, Class of 2002, field hockey; and Joshua Ufberg, Class of 1992, basketball.
Barilla, of Dallas, played on the Blue Knights field hockey, basketball and softball teams and was Sem's first female athlete to earn 12 varsity letters.
She was a four-year starter in basketball and in softball where she played right field, and a three-year starter at midfield in field hockey.
As a point guard in basketball, she averaged 10 points a game in her senior year. She also was selected to play in the senior Div. III All-Star basketball game as starting point guard and was named to the All-Star Second Team in field hockey and basketball in her senior year.
A graduate of Bucknell University, she was a member of the Bison field hockey team during her freshman year. She currently serves as the seventh-grade English teacher at Wyoming Seminary Lower School and has coached field hockey at both the Upper and Lower School. She also served as director of Upper School admission and primary dean at the Lower School.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bucknell and a teacher's certificate from King's College and is currently pursuing a master of education degree in reading at King's College.
O'Donnell, of Boulder, Colo., has competed as a professional triathlete since 2008. While at Sem, he was a member of the varsity swim team for three years and served as the team captain in his senior year.
He won multiple district titles, set several pool records and received several all-state honors. He also received the Scholar-Athlete Award in 1999.
While attending the United States Naval Academy, he competed on both the varsity swim team and triathlon team and served as triathlon team captain in 2002 and 2003, the years in which Navy won the national triathlon championship. He also was named the 2003 Amateur Collegiate National Champion.
He was a member of the Navy's World Class Athlete Program for two years, has served as an officer in the Navy's Special Operations Community and is a member of the USA Triathlon National Team.
In 2009, he won the ITU Long Distance World Championship, is a nine-time Ironman 70.3 champion and a six-time Armed Forces National Champion, in addition to winning numerous medals in national, Pan-American and world champion races.
A Shavertown native, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in naval architecture from the Naval Academy and a Master of Engineering in ocean engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.