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August 11, 2008 St. Mary's Names 5 Members Of It's 2008 Hall Of Fame Class

Five former student-athletes will be inducted into the St. Mary's College of Maryland Hall of Fame on Friday, October 17, as part of the annual Hawktober Festival - St. Mary's Homecoming weekend.  The induction ceremony will be held on Friday evening at Daugherty-Palmer Commons.

The Hall of Fame inductees are Jody Costa (Baldwin, Md./Dulaney), Brandon Jones (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons), Ryan Olsen (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg), and Kathy (Holmes) Sulkowski (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), while David Burdette will be enshrined as an Athletic Legend. 

This year's class ties for the second largest as the Class of 1991 also included four inductees.  The biggest class ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was the Class of 1990, the first-ever class to be inducted.  After the Class of 2000 induction, the Hall of Fame is now celebrated every two years.

A brief description of this year's inductees follows.  For more detailed information, please contact Nairem Moran, Sports Information Director, at 240-895-4482 or nmoran@smcm.edu.

David Burdette ‘76 (Class of 1976) was a three-sport athlete while at St. Mary's and was a letter winner as a member of the basketball, sailing and tennis teams.  Today, Burdette is the owner of a chemical conglomerate, while remaining active through swimming and sailing. 

As a member of Team Captain Hook, sailing out of Wayzata, Minn., he emerged as a contender for the spot as jib trimmer on the U.S. Paralympics Sailing Team for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.  In 2007, Team Captain Hook was ranked fifth in the world, while Burdette was the world's No. 2 jib trimmer.

Jody Costa ‘02 was a talented two-sport athlete for the Seahawks during her career as Costa excelled both on the volleyball court and in the pool.  In volleyball, she was a two-time All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) selection, including earning a first team nod as a senior in 2001. 

Costa finished her career on the court with 1,086 digs, 1,022 kills, 361 blocks, and 121 service aces, while setting the school's single-game record for blocks with 15.  The 1999 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year, Costa qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman in the 50 free as well as the 100 and 200 back. 

The Baldwin, Md. native was a three-time CAC champion in the 200 back, while also capturing the 100 back in 1999.  At the time of her graduation, Costa held school records in the 100 and 200 back as well as in the 200 and 400 medley relays; however, those marks have since fallen.

Brandon Jones ‘02 is the all-time leading scorer in St. Mary's men's basketball history as Jones put up 1,732 points during his four-year career.  The Baltimore, Md. native led the CAC in scoring twice (2000 and 2002) while earning all-conference distinction twice. 

For the 2001-02 campaign, he set the single-season records for points with 612 and field goals made with 224.  Jones also holds the career mark for field goals made with 640.  As a senior, he finished eighth in Division III in scoring as he averaged 23.6 points that season.

Ryan Olsen ‘02 is arguably one of the best strikers to have come through the men's soccer program.  Olsen holds the school records for goals (67) and total points (160).  The Gaithersburg, Md. native is also the conference career record holder in goals and total points.  He set the CAC single-season mark for goals (32) and points (72) in 2001, leading the nation in scoring across all three NCAA divisions. 

Olsen was a four-time All-CAC pick as well as a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region selection.  The 2001 CAC Player-of-the-Year, he was the second SMCM athlete to be featured in Sports Illustrated ‘Faces in the Crowd' for 13-point performance against Chowan as Olsen tallied five goals and three assists on October 10, 2001.

Kathy (Holmes) Sulkowski ‘02 is the third of this year's inductees that was a dual-sport athlete at St. Mary's.  An accomplished athlete in soccer and lacrosse, she was named the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year in both sports - soccer (1998) and lacrosse (1999). 

The Bel Air, Md. native also earned CAC Player-of-the-Year honors in women's lacrosse in 2002.  She was a three-time All-CAC honoree as well as a two-time all-region selection in soccer, while being named a first team Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American in 2002. 

The midfielder holds the school record for ground balls (341) and draw controls (314), while being second all-time with 73 assists.  She guided the women's lacrosse team to two appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and 2000, while leading the Seahawks to a pair of CAC titles.