The Marine Corps Athlete of the Year is awarded each year to active duty Marines who demonstrate the best that the Corps has to offer both in sport and the embodiment of Marine Corps values. We recognize the 2020 Marine Corps Athletes of the Year, First Lieutenant (1stLt) Mackenzie Margroum, Captain (Capt) Toni Paruso, and Captain (Capt) Kyle King. 1stLt Margroum and Capt Paruso will share this year’s Female Athlete of the Year.
1stLt Mackenzie Margroum currently serves as the 6th Marine Corps District’s Assistant Marketing and Communications Officer. As an athlete in 2020, 1stLt Margroum was a member of the US Armed Forces Swim Team at the Military World Games in Wuhan, China. At the Military World Games, she competed in multiple races, earning an impressive 7th place finish in the women’s 4x100 meter relay. Before swimming for the Marine Corps, 1stLt Margroum was a standout athlete for the U.S. Naval Academy. She was a 14-time Patriot League Champion, and is league and school record holder in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle. She also competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, and is a member of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Hall of Fame.
Capt Toni Paruso currently serves as a Company Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy. Captain Paruso was also a member of the US Armed Forces Swim Team at the Military World Games where she competed in several events, and was a part of the 7th place women’s 4x100 meter relay team. She was a Division I swimmer for four years at the U.S. Naval Academy. During her career, she earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors in each of her seasons and was selected as the 2012 ECAC Swimmer of the Year. She qualified for U.S. Summer and Winter Nationals in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She was tabbed as a 2011 and 2012 Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-American by CollegeSwimming.com. Most notably, she tied for 131st place in the 100-yard fly at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. She has since earned a spot in the U.S. Naval Academy’s Hall Of Fame.
Capt Kyle King is an Artillery Officer currently serving as an Inspector-Instructor in 5th Battalion, 14th Marines and an accomplished member of the All-Marine Running Team. Capt King joined the All-Marine Running Team in February 2015. His recent athletic accomplishments include an 8th place finish in the marathon at the Military World Games in Wuhan, China, 16th place at the USATF Cross Country Championships in San Diego, CA, and 47th place in the 2020 Olympic Trials in the Marathon in Atlanta, GA.
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