The SUNY Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation has announced the winners of the prestigious Louise Kuhl, Ira S. Wilson, Female and Male Athlete of the Year, Contribution, Service and Leadership, Myrtle Merritt and Dan Mullin Scholar-Athletes, Nick Hayes Memorial, Robyn Whitney-Lewis Memorial and Jennifer Guyer Divico and James E. Divico Memorial awards. These awards are given annually to outstanding student-athletes who have contributed in an exemplary fashion to a particular aspect of the college's intercollegiate athletics program and were presented to the student-athletes at the 11th Annual Geneseo Athletics Awards banquet on Sunday, May 1, 2011.
The winner of the Louise Kuhl Award for outstanding career contribution by a female student-athlete is Michelle Rodriguez (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) from the women's swimming and diving team. Rodriguez graduates as the most decorated student-athlete in Geneseo history with 16 All-America certificates, claiming eight in the 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyle events and eight in relay events. A four-year first team All-American, she led Geneseo to four straight SUNYAC team titles, is a 10-time individual SUNYAC champion and nine-time SUNYAC relay champion. Three times she was named the SUNYAC Female Swimmer of the Meet, holds nine school records, five SUNYAC records and claimed the Grace Mowatt Award for Career Achievement in SUNYAC Women's Swimming. Rodriguez is the daughter of J.R. and Kathleen Rodriguez of Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
The Ira S. Wilson Award is presented to the male student-athlete who has had the most outstanding athletic career. Wills DeMoulin (Pittsford, N.Y./Mendon) was a three-time honorable mention All-America selection in men's diving. He has two national awards on the one-meter board and in 2011 claimed his third national award with a 10th place finish on the three-meter board. In his four seasons, his team never lost a dual meet, aiding the Blue Wave to 43 out of their remarkable string of 54 straight dual meet wins, including, as coach Paul Dotterweich states, two meets that the team would not have won if not for his performance in defeating divers that came into the meet as the favorite. He was the SUNYAC champion on both the one and three meter boards in 2011 and was named the SUNYAC Diver of the Meet. The team captain holds the school records in 11 dives on the low board and six dives on the high board. His career is defined by the fact that he was selected for the national meet his sophomore and junior years over divers that had defeated him at SUNYACs due to the fact that he always attempted a more difficult collection of dives. DeMoulin is the son of Scott and Carol DeMoulin of Pittsford, N.Y.
The 2010-11 Female Athlete of the Year is senior Michelle Milkovich (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) from the women's field hockey team. Widely regarded as the best player to ever put on a Geneseo field hockey uniform, she led her Blue Knights to a record of 18-2, the program's first ever SUNYAC championship and their first bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament in 2010. Milkovich shattered the Geneseo record books with 15 goals, 13 assists and 43 points this year, all single season records. She owns the career assist mark of 36 and is the all-time leading scorer with 104 points, 22 more than the second placeholder. She is a four-time first team All-SUNYAC choice, the 2008 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, the 2010 SUNYAC Player of the Year and the 2010 SUNYAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. A four-time All North-Atlantic Region choice, including three times on the first team, she culminated her outstanding senior season by becoming Geneseo field hockey's very first All-American, when she was named second team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. In addition, she was selected to participate in the NFHCA Division III Senior All-Star game and the business administration major with a 3.57 grade point average capped her year by being one of just four SUNY Geneseo students to receive the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Milkovich is the daughter of Steve and Cindy Milkovich of Vestal, N.Y.
The 2010-11 Male Athlete of the Year is junior Lee Berube (Putnam Station, N.Y./Ticonderoga) of the men's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field team. In 2010-11, Berube dominated the Atlantic Region in cross country, winning the SUNYAC and Atlantic Region individual and team titles on his way to an eighth place finish at the NCAA Division III Cross Country championships, claiming his third All-America certificate and leading the Blue Knights to a seventh place finish of 32 teams. During the indoor track season, he set school records in the 5,000 meters and mile run and anchored the Distance Medley Relay to a school record time. He won the SUNYAC title in the 3,000 meters and advanced to the NCAA Division III Indoor championships, where he won his fourth All-America certificate of his career with a seventh place finish in the 5,000 meters. The biology major with a 3.14 grade point average has already qualified provisionally for the outdoor nationals and will lead the Knights at the SUNYAC championships right here at Geneseo on Friday and Saturday. Berube is the son of Jesse and Ellie Berube of Putnam Station, N.Y.
The Dr. Myrtle Merritt Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the female student-athlete who has maintained an excellent grade point average, while making a significant contribution to her respective team. Senior Jennifer Anthone (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) has participated in the NCAA Division III Swimming nationals on two occasions, earning seven All-America certificates, two first team and five honorable mention both freestyle and medley relays. She aided the women's team to four consecutive SUNYAC championships and is a 11-time SUNYAC event champion. She holds three SUNYAC and five school relay records and is a four-time All-SUNYAC selection. In the classroom, she carries a 3.45 grade point average in biology and secondary education and is a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society. She has earned Dean's List three times, is a four-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and three-time member of the Commissioner's List and was the Drs Arch and Jane Reid Scholarship recipient. She is a four-time All-Academic team member as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association. Anthone is the daughter of David and Lisa Anthone of Williamsville, N.Y.
The Daniel Mullin Scholar-Athlete award is named in honor of Geneseo's former chair of the department of health and physical education. The recipient is the senior male student-athlete who has demonstrated high academic achievement and athletic excellence. Bobby Henchen (Geneseo, N.Y./Geneseo) has been a four-year member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field team. In cross country, he aided the Blue Knights to the 2009 SUNYAC title, participated in two NCAA Division III championship meets, earned first team All-SUNYAC in cross country in 2009 and is a member of the SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame. On the track, he won the 2010 ECAC Indoor 5,000 meter championship, earned second team All-SUNYAC during the outdoor season and has provisionally qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III championships in the 5,000 meters. Off the field, he is a four-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and three-time member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List. With a grade point average of 3.68 as a dual major in Mathematics and Physics, he is a member of the Sigma Phi Sigma Physics, Pi Mu Epsilon Math and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. He received the John W. Padalino Endowed Scholarship in both 2010 and 2011 and earned a Best of Great Day award in 2009 and 2011. Henchen is the son of Mike and Joan Henchen of Geneseo, N.Y.
Each year, Geneseo recognizes one male and one female student-athlete who have significant athletic achievement and have demonstrated a personal commitment to the college's values of service, leadership, community and excellence.
This year's female winner for contribution, service and leadership is Khadija Campbell (Bronx, N.Y./Middletown). Campbell is a four-year letter winner for the women's basketball team, aiding the 2011 Blue Knights to a 26-4 record, the SUNYAC championship and trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. A two-time All-SUNYAC choice, she stands 10th with 172 steals, 12th with 591 rebounds and 21st in scoring with 735 points in just three seasons after transferring from Genesee Community College. Off the court, she has been the women's basketball representative to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for two years, served as a Sports Information Intern this spring, represented Geneseo at the NCAA Leadership Conference in Florida in 2009, works as a Merritt Athletic Center building manager and intramural supervisor and serves the greater Geneseo campus as an Admissions Department Event Coordinator for incoming minority students, as well as serving on the President's Diversity Commission. As stated by her coach, Scott Hemer, The College, as well as our department, has been fortunate to utilize her as a representative we can all be proud of. Campbell is the daughter of Elaine Salmon of Bronx, N.Y.
The award for male contribution, service and leadership was awarded to Mike Baker (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Ogdensburg). Baker has been contributing to our athletic program in a myriad of ways the past four years after joining the SUNY Geneseo men's basketball team. His coach, Steve Minton, calls him a decisive leader that motivates himself and those around him. The elementary education major with a 3.24 grade point average is a respected member of his team and was selected team captain for the 2010-11 season. He has been the team's representative to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for two years, elected by his peers as the Chair for 2010-11. He is a member of the Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee and represented Geneseo at the NCAA Career in Sports and Leadership Forum in Florida last spring. On the court, he has played in 98 of 103 possible games, starting 64 at point guard, where he scored 302 points and led the Blue Knights in assists in both 2010 and 2011. His 298 assists stand 11th on the Geneseo career charts. Baker is the son of Joe and Sally Baker of Ogdensburg, N.Y.
A member of the women's swim team, Jennifer Guyer Divico was an outstanding swimming talent who epitomized the team concept. The Jennifer Guyer Divico Memorial Award is presented each year to the member of the women's swim team who most closely resembles these characteristics. Kelly Battaglia (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville North) was a four-year participant in the SUNYAC Swimming and Diving championships and four-year event finalist at the conference championships. A 2010-11 team captain, she helped the Blue Wave to 40-3 dual meet record and coach Paul Dotterweich has been most impressed with her continued development over four seasons, crediting her outstanding work ethic and willingness to change her training regimen as the source of her improvement. Her hard work culminated in second team All-SUNYAC recognition after finishing runner-up in the 400-yard individual medley at the 2011 SUNYAC Championships. She carries a 3.67 grade point average in communicative disorders and sciences and will be a four-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and three-time member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List. Battaglia is the daughter of Paul and Kathleen Battaglia of East Amherst, N.Y.
Jim Divico, a member of Geneseo's basketball team, was a dedicated athlete who displayed great courage despite injury and physical limitations during his playing career. The James E. Divico Memorial Award is presented to the individual on the men's basketball team who most closely resembles these characteristics. Nate Cornish (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) epitomized Jim Divico's work ethic and team-first mentality. A four-year player, he played in 71 games, missing much of his junior year due to injury. Similar to Jim Divico, he returned to the captain the team this season, playing all 25 games off the bench, fostering toughness and defensive tenacity for the Blue Knights whenever he stepped on the court. Off the court, he carries a 3.57 grade point average in chemistry. He is a two-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List. Cornish is the son of Jeff and Val Cornish of Oneida, N.Y.
A 1997 SUNY Geneseo graduate, Robyn Whitney-Lewis was a four year member and All-SUNYAC performer for the women's volleyball team whose unexpected death in the spring of 2003 deeply impacted the Geneseo athletic family. Her family established the Robyn Whitney Lewis Memorial Award to honor the memory of one of Geneseo's finest student-athletes. Each year, the award is given to a senior member of the women's volleyball team who mirrors Robyn's commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for the sport of volleyball. Krista Frieling (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville North) has been a four-year player at outside hitter on the women's volleyball team. In 2010, she posted the fourth best offensive season for a hitter in Geneseo history with 435 kills and her 1,239 kills stands third all-time. A two-time first team All-SUNYAC performer, she culminated her athletic career by earning the SUNYAC West Player of the Year award this season. Off the court, she holds a 3.12 grade point average in mathematics, is a two-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List. Frieling is the daughter of Cary Frieling of East Amherst, N.Y. and Terri John of Williamsville, N.Y.
The Nick Hayes Memorial Award goes to a student who has contributed to the athletic department in a non-playing capacity. Senior Jennifer Nortz (Lowville, N.Y.) and junior Maddy Zanetti (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) have spent countless hours volunteering their time in the athletic training room, learning and becoming proficient in all the necessary skills to aid the SUNY Geneseo Certified Athletic Trainers, Sharon West and Jeremie Stearns. Nortz has been a student assistant for four years and is the President of the Sports Medicine Club. She carries a 3.93 grade point average in biology and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma and Beta Beta Beta honor societies. In addition, she has served in event management as the primary ticket seller for men's and women's basketball contests. Zanetti has been a student assistant for three years and her work ethic has made her the foundation of the student assistants. She is the fundraising coordinator and the website manager for the Sports Medicine club, carries a 3.30 grade point average in business administration.