SUNY Geneseo Department Award Winners
The SUNY Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation has announced the winners of the prestigious Louise Kuhl, Ira S. Wilson, 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 senior 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 10th Annual Geneseo Athletics Awards banquet on Sunday, May 2, 2010.
The winner of the Louise Kuhl Award for outstanding contribution by a female student-athlete is Liz Montgomery (Glenville, N.Y./Shenendehowa), a five-time All-American in cross country and track and field. She is a four-time NCAA Division III cross country championship participant, including leading the Blue Knights to the College's only Division III team national championship with a third place individual finish as a first year runner in 2005. The SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame member has won two SUNYAC cross country individual championships, has been a part of four SUNYAC and two Atlantic region cross country team champions and, in 2007, posted her highest individual finish with a second place run in the NCAA cross country nationals. All tolled, she claimed three All-America certificates in cross country and two in indoor track and field, both of those coming in 2007 in the 5,000 meters and the distance medley relay. Off the track, the elementary and special education major graduated with a 3.94 grade point average and used her final year of eligibility as a graduate student in the School of Education. She won the Dr. Dolores Bogard award as the top scholar-athlete in SUNYAC in 2007-08 and captured three SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete awards for having the highest GPA on the All-SUNYAC team. Montgomery is the daughter of Bill and Sue Montgomery of Glenville, N.Y.
The Ira S. Wilson Award is presented to the male student-athlete who has had the most outstanding athletic career. Dennis Costanza (Webster, N.Y./Schroeder) was an honorable mention All-America selection in 2008 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. He has a career record of 28-5 in goal in three seasons for the perennial nationally ranked men's lacrosse team since transferring from Monroe Community College. He earned first team All-SUNYAC and All-ECAC in 2009 and was a pre-season third team All-American in 2010. He has a miniscule career goal against average of 7.46 and a stout career save percentage of .600. The 2010 Division III Goalie of the Year candidate is currently ranked 20th in NCAA Division III in goals against average and sixth in save percentage. Costanza is the son of Tom and Elaine Costanza of Webster, 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. Katie Linehan (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland) has participated in the NCAA Division III Swimming nationals on three occasions, earning six All-America certificates, a pair of first team and four honorable mention awards in her specialty, sprint freestyle. She aided the women's swimming and diving team to three consecutive SUNYAC championships and is a six-time SUNYAC event champion. She holds three SUNYAC and three school relay records and reached the event finals in all but two individual and relay events in her SUNYAC career. In the classroom, she carries a 3.61 grade point average in biology and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Beta Beta Beta honor societies. She has earned Dean's List all seven semesters, is a three-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and two-time member of the Commissioner's List. Linehan is the daughter of Andrew and Lorraine Linehan of Schenectady, 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. Joe Mort (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid) has been a four-year starter at defender on the men's soccer team. On the field, he has helped the Knights to a record of 45-23-8 in four seasons, scoring 14 goals and six assists for 34 points, including leading the team with eight goals and 16 points in 2008. He is a two-time second team All-East Region and two-time first team All-SUNYAC member. Off the field, he earned the SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete and Holloway academic award in 2009, 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 3.81 in biology, he is a member of the Golden Key, Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Beta Beta and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. In 2010, he was one of four SUNY Geneseo students to win the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence and is just the fifth Geneseo student-athlete to be awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Mort is the son of Tom and Peggi Mort of Rochester, 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 Anna Lehet (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), a four-year letter winner for the women's tennis team. A three-time SUNYAC individual champion and two-time team champion, she has posted a fall singles record of 46-1 in her four seasons, with her lone loss coming in the SUNYAC tournament finals in 2009. She will participate in her second NCAA Division III championship tournament on May 14 and is a two-year team captain. Off the court, she holds a 3.36 grade point average as a dual major in mathematics and business administration and is a three-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List. Out of the classroom, she has served the women's tennis team for two years as the representative to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, serving as Vice Chair of the organization this academic year. She has attended 12 GOLD Leadership workshops and the words of her coach, Jim Chen, say it all, "she is the glue that holds our team together, motivates them, challenges each player to do better and sets high academic standards for herself and her teammates." She is the daughter of Joseph and Maureen Lehet of Queensbury, N.Y.
The award for male contribution, service and leadership was awarded to Mike White (Centerport, N.Y./Harborfield). White joined the SUNY Geneseo swimming and diving team as a walk-on, no small feat considering the 12 straight SUNYAC championships won by that particular program. The geology and secondary education major with a 3.01 grade point average is a respected member of his team and was selected team captain for the 2009-10 season. He has been the men's swimming and diving representative to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for three years, serving as the Vice Chair in 2008-09 and the Chair in 2009-10. He has participated in all the SAAC-sponsored community service projects and has initiated men's swimming specific community service activities. White is the son of Michael and Judith White of Certerport, 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. Sierra Achin (New Hartford, N.Y./New Hartford) was a four-year participant in the SUNYAC Swimming and Diving championships in her expertise as a breaststroker. A two-time All-American, once in the 200 breast stroke and once on the 400 medley relay, she aided the Blue Wave to a 37-2 dual meet record over four years and helped Geneseo win three straight SUNYAC team championships. She won the SUNYAC individual title in the 200 breaststroke in 2009, when she was first team All-SUNYAC, earned second team All-SUNYAC in 2010 and holds the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke. She carries a 3.16 grade point average as a dual major in communication and psychology and is a member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team. Achin is the daughter of Scott and Michele Achin of New Hartford, 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. Jordan Blair (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) epitomized Jim Divico's work ethic and team-first mentality. A four-year player, he made 39 starts at guard in his career, including all 25 games this season. He scored 227 points with 71 assists and 74 steals in his career and this season, contributed to the team by being its defensive stopper, harassing our opponent's top offensive threats with heart, hustle and determination. Off the court, he carries a 3.60 grade point average in biology. He is a three-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List. Blair is the son of Dennis and Joyce Blair of Orchard Park, 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. Jessica McKenna (Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip) has been a four-year player at libero on the women's volleyball team, mirroring Robyn's passion for her sport. She holds the Geneseo career record with 1,556 digs, finished seventh in career service aces with 139 and holds the school record with 42 digs in one match, a four-set win over Sage Colleges on September 5, 2009. Off the court, she holds a 3.25 grade point average in psychology, is a two-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List. McKenna is the daughter of Patrick and Gail McKenna of Islip Terrace, N.Y.
The Nick Hayes Memorial Award goes to a student who has contributed to the athletic department in a non-playing capacity. Hun Namkoong (Seoul, South Korea) has volunteered his time with men's ice hockey team for two years as the team's equipment manager. His duties included travelling to away contests, preparing and repairing equipment and sharpening skates. In addition, he was instrumental in building and rink operations during the intersession vacation period. He carries a 3.47 grade point average in business administration. Namkoong is the son of Kun Namkoong and Seokzeon Shin of Seoul, South Korea.