Bristol Press Athletes of the Week are Bristol Eastern's Emily Mulcunry and Alex Marshall

Published on Monday, 25 November 2019 21:24
Written by BOB MONTGOMERY

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This week’s “Athlete of the Week” selections are Bristol Eastern senior diver Emily Mulcunry and sophomore running back/linebacker Alex Marshall of the school’s football team. 

Mulcunry, the daughter of Beth and Rob Mulcunry, picked up the sport as a freshman after injuring herself in gymnastics while in grammar school. She has been an all-conference pick in each of her four years with the Lancers and is also in the top 10 in her class with a 4.0 GPA.

“Emily brought positivity and perseverance to the team that helped her teammates overcome obstacles and stressors throughout the season and is someone that could be counted on when needed, both in the pool and out,” Eastern head Alyson Phelan said. “She takes on new challenges with ease and attacks each dive by analyzing body movement and rhythm to learn harder dives and excel as a competitive diver, a special skill that only few can attain.

“These traits helped her throughout her own season leading her to become the CCC South diving champion and all-conference winner, placing (herself there) by almost 50 points with a 403.10. This score broke the Bristol Eastern 11-dive school record by 20 points previously set in 2017. Emily continued onto States where she placed fourth in her division and (was the) first alternate for the State Open Championships.”

Mulcunry was quite thrilled with her performances in the CCC South and Class M meets this season.

“I was really happy with that,” Mulcunry said in referring to the conference meet. “I thought it was a good way to end my high school career. Zoey DiChello held the record and it was 383.00.”

“I was really happy with fourth [place], because it was an improvement over last year (position-wise) and with my score, too.” Mulcunry added. “It wasn’t my best diving, but it really went well. The top three go to the Open and I got fourth, so it was a little frustrated. But, I’m still happy with what I did.”

Mulcunry also appreciates how Phelan was able to help her grow as a competitive diver.

“She’s an amazing coach,” Mulcunry said “She’s always supportive and always makes competition fun. She’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I’m glad she coached all four years of my diving career.”

Mulcunry also believes that having been a gymnast prior to high school helped her with diving.

“I like diving, because it’s similar to gymnastics, so it was easier to get a handle on it,” Mulcunry said.

In looking towards next year, Mulcunry plans to be studying to become a nurse. Whether or not she will extend her diving career to that level, she’s unsure at this point in time.

 Marshall is the son of Greg Marshall and Maureen O’Keefe and he’s following in the football spikes of his brother, Justin, a former quarterback and state champion wrestler at Bristol Eastern.

Alex Marshall also competes in wrestling for the Lancers while also on the gridiron as a team leader with 820 yards on 180 carries while scoring seven touchdowns this season.

In receiving today’s “AOW” honors, Marshall led Bristol Eastern, 2-7 overall, with 68 yards on 20 carries in a 13-0 loss to South Windsor at Bobcat Field two weeks ago. And in heading into the season finale on Thursday, the annual Thanksgiving Day Game at Muzzy Field against Bristol Central (4-5), Marshall knows how important the cross-town matchup will be.

“It’s going to be a tough game for both sides,” Marshall said. “It’s going to be a passionate one, because it’s the final game of the year and the last one for seniors.”

Marshall started playing football with the Bristol Bulldogs and it’s his goal to play in college. Ironically, he and his brother took up wrestling together with the Bristol Gladiators when they were recruited at the football field and now Justin Marshall is a grappler at the collegiate level.

“I convinced him,” Alex Marshall said. “I signed up and about a half hour later, he did, too. He said, ‘OK, I’ll try it.’”

In the meantime, though, it’s Thursday’s Turkey Day game that the Marshall family is looking forward to, where Bristol Eastern will be the home team at Muzzy Field this year.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Athletes of the Week, Bristol Eastern on Monday, 25 November 2019 21:24. Updated: Monday, 25 November 2019 21:26.