SUNY Geneseo Announces Athletics Award Winners


2011-12 SUNY Geneseo Department Awards

     Geneseo, N.Y.-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 12th Annual Geneseo Athletics Awards banquet on Sunday, May 6, 2012.



Ira S. Wilson Award

The Ira S. Wilson Award is presented to the male student-athlete who has had the most outstanding athletic career.  Lee Berube (Putnam Station, N.Y./Ticonderoga) is arguably the most outstanding distance runner in a long line of All-Americans, SUNYAC Champions and Ira S. Wilson Award winners to have run at Geneseo. A seven-time All-American in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, he has twice been a runner-up at the NCAA Division III championships; in cross country in 2011 and in the indoor 5,000 meters in 2010. A member of the SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame, he won the SUNYAC Cross Country meet three times, the Atlantic Region Cross Country meet twice and was the Atlantic Region Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2010 and 2011 on his way to All-America honors both seasons. On the track, he holds two SUNYAC records and four school records, earning All-America four times on the indoor track and once outdoors. He has already qualified for the 2012 NCAA outdoor championships in the 5 and 10,000 meters and won the 5,000 meters on Saturday, May 5 at the SUNYAC championships, setting a meet record time. Lastly, on May 23, he will receive the heralded Rochester Press Radio Club/Paychex Local College Male Athlete of the Year award.  The biology major with a 3.22 grade point average heads to Upstate Medical School's College of Health Professions in the fall to specialize in physical therapy, with designs on combining his studies with the training necessary to earn a trip to the 2016 Olympic trials in the 10K or perhaps, the marathon. Berube is the son of Jesse and Ellie Berube of Putnam Station, N.Y.

Louise Kuhl Award

The winner of the Louise Kuhl Award for outstanding career contribution by a female student-athlete is Monica Vieth (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) from the women's tennis team. Vieth established herself immediately as the top player in the SUNYAC conference as a sophomore after transferring from Nova Southeastern University by winning the first singles titles in 2009, duplicating the first singles win in 2011 and playing on the SUNYAC-winning first doubles team in 2009 and 2011, leading the Blue Knights to the SUNYAC team championship in each of those seasons. She is a two-time first team All-SUNYAC choice, earned second team All-SUNYAC in 2010 and has been the MVP of the women's tennis team each of her three seasons. This week, she will lead her Blue Knights at the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament for the second time in her three seasons and next year, the biology major with a 2.93 grade point average will begin taking course work in optometry at the University of Buffalo. Vieth is the daughter of David and Laurie Vieth of Williamsville, N.Y.

Male Athlete of the Year

The 2011-12 Male Athlete of the Year is senior Eddie Novara (Angola, N.Y./Lake Shore) of the men's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field team. In 2011-12, Novara earned his second career All-America certificate at the 2011 NCAA Division III Cross Country championships after finishing in 25th place. He finished second at the SUNYAC Cross Country championships, where Geneseo won, was third in the Atlantic Region race, which Geneseo won, and aided the Blue Knights to a program-best fourth place team finish at the national championships. During the indoor track season, he helped Geneseo to the team SUNYAC title after winning the mile run and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Indoor championships, where he finished 10th place in the mile. During the outdoor season, he set a SUNYAC record in the 10,000 meters after finishing second at the prestigious Penn Relays on April 26 and on Saturday, May 5, paced Geneseo to a second place team finish at the SUNYAC championships by winning the 10,000 meters and the 1,500 meters. The English major with a 2.96 grade point average has already qualified for the NCAA Division III outdoor championships in both the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters. Novara may sign a running deal with a professional running club. He is the son of Charles and Margaret Novara of Angola, N.Y.

Female Athlete of the Year

The 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year is Anne Beinetti (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Homeschool). Beinetti had a record-breaking season as a member of the women's soccer team. The senior led her Blue Knights to a record of 14-4-2 and a trip to the SUNYAC tournament semifinals. Along the way, she broke the Geneseo single season record with 17 goals and added four assists to tie the school record with 38 points. In just two seasons after transferring from Monroe Community College, she is ninth on the Geneseo career goals chart with 27 and 13th on the points chart with 61. In 2011, she earned first team All-SUNYAC and second team All-Northeast Region and was selected as the team MVP. A studio art major with a 3.44 grade point average, she is a two-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and two-time member of the Commissioner's List. This summer, she will be interning with the Dixon-Schwabl Marketing Agency in Rochester. Beinetti is the daughter of David and Joan Beinetti of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.

Dr. Dan Mullin Scholar-Athlete Award

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.  Ian Mort (Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid) has been a four-year starter on the men's soccer team.  He was the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year in 2008, earned second team All-SUNYAC in 2008 and 2011 and was a first team All-SUNYAC choice in 2010. His 25 goals stands sixth on the Geneseo career chart and he was a two-time All-East Region selection. 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 3.70 in biology, he is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma and Beta Beta Beta honor societies. He received the T. Fred Holloway as the top scholar-athlete in SUNYAC Men's Soccer in 2010, was a CoSIDA/ESPN District I First team All-Academic and a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-East Region Scholar-Athlete. He begins Dental School in the fall at the University of Buffalo. Mort is the son of Tom and Peggi Mort of Rochester, N.Y.

Dr. Myrtle Merritt Scholar-Athlete Award

The Dr. Myrtle Merritt Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the senior female student-athlete who has demonstrated high academic achievement and athletic excellence. Senior Katie Gayvert (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) soon embark on her third trip to the NCAA Division III women's tennis championships. On the court, she is a three-time SUNYAC individual champion, capturing titles at fifth singles in 2009 and third doubles in 2009 and 2010 and a two-time SUNYAC team champion. In the classroom, she carries a 3.84 grade point average in mathematics, is a 2011-12 Presidential Scholar and is a recent inductee into Phi Beta Kappa. She is a three-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and two-time member of the Commissioner's List and was the recipient of the Sigma Psi Zeta National Academic Scholarship, the Trasher/Snow Mathematics Endowed Scholarship and the Edgar Fellows Honors Scholarship. She won the SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete award in 2010 and 2011 and this spring, earned the highest honor bestowed on a SUNY student, the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. In the fall, she is entering the Ph.D. program in computational biology at Cornell University. Gayvert is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Gayvert of Fairport, 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.

Male Contribution & Leadership Award

The award for male contribution, service and leadership was given to Abe Miller (Buffalo, N.Y./City Honors). Miller 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, credits him with much of the success of the Blue Knights this season due to his unselfishness and leadership. After being a two-year starter, he was asked to come off the bench this year and did so willingly and without hesitation. He remained a positive role model and his inspiration and leadership was contagious throughout the team. The sociology major with a 3.72 grade point average is a three-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and two-time member of the Commissioner's List. He is a recent inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and won the C. Wright Mills award for excellence in sociology. He has been the team's representative to the Student Athletic Advisory Committee for two years, elected by his peers as the Chair for 2011-12, helping to coordinate and implement the group's community service activities. He was the athletic department representative to the Alcohol coalition, has been our representative on several campus task forces, was on the planning committee for the Student Leadership Symposium, served as the public address announcer for this year's Faculty Recognition ceremonies and participated for three years in the Section V Sportsmanship summit. It is no surprise that his dedication to service has led him to the Teach America program, where he will begin working this summer in the city school district in Detroit, Michigan.  Miller is the son of Cameron and Kathryn Miller of Buffalo, N.Y.

Female Contribution & Leadership Award

This year's female winner for contribution, service and leadership is Bri Dunton (Middlesex, N.Y./Marcus Whitman). Dunton is a four-year letter winner for of women's basketball team. The three-year team captain has been a leader on and off the court for the Blue Knights, including playing in all 108 games and starting 101 at point guard in her four seasons. She was named first team All-SUNYAC as a junior when the Blue Knights raced to a 26-4 record, the SUNYAC championship and trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. She stands sixth in career assists with 355, seventh in steals with 198, ninth in three point field goals with 78 and 13th on the career scoring chart with 948 points. Off the court, she participated four times in the Teresa House Walk, the Epilepsy walk of Rochester and our Senior Citizen Leaf Raking, was the captain for the women's basketball American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk team in Rochester and a two-time GREAT Day presenter. Academically, the Communicative Disorders and Sciences major with a 3.83 grade point average is a two-time Dean's List, three-time President's List, three-time SUNYAC All-Academic team and two-time Commissioner's List recipient. She was the SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete for women's basketball and the Dr. Myrtle Merritt Endowed Scholarship recipient as a junior and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Societies. She will be pursuing a Masters degree in Communicative Disorders at Fredonia, where she received a graduate assistantship. Dunton is the daughter of Daryl and Cindy Dunton of Middlesex, N.Y.

Robyn Whitney-Lewis Memorial Award

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.  Kat Strickland (Bemus Point, N.Y./Maple Grove) is the ninth recipient of this award and has been a four-year player at middle hitter for the Blue Knights, playing 524 of a possible 540 games over four seasons in the Navy and White.  A 2011 first team All-SUNYAC player, she stands fourth all-time at Geneseo with 375 blocks, is eighth in kills with 968 and is 12th in service aces with 115. She holds the school record for blocks in a four-set match with 15. The 2011 team captain and English major with a 3.76 grade point average is a three-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and two-time member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List and will relocate next year to Texas to participate in the Teach America program. Strickland is the daughter of Bonnie Rae Strickland of Bemus Point, N.Y.

Jennifer Guyer-Divico Memorial Award

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. Senior Becca Maisonet (Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y./Cornwall) was a four-year point-scoring participant in the SUNYAC Swimming and Diving championships.  A 2011-12 team captain, she was an inspiration to the rest of the Blue Wave this season. During her junior year, she developed a nagging shoulder injury, which impacted her performance in the pool and nearly caused an end to her career. Despite this physical limitation, she continued to practice, participate in meets and aid in the team's fifth straight and 20th overall SUNYAC title. She carries a 3.15 grade point average in math and secondary education. Maisonet is the daughter of Guy and Carla Maisonet of Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.

James E. Divico Memorial Award

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. Senior Mike Hoy (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia) mirrored Jim's team first mentality by spending much of the season at point guard after three years as the shooting guard. The Batavia High School graduate played 100 of 103 possible games with 57 starts at guard in the Blue and White.  He stands 33rd on the career-scoring chart at Geneseo with 827 points, is 13th with 96 three-point field goals and holds the single season record for free throw shooting with 90.2% in 2010. A three-time member of the SUNYAC All-Academic team and two-time member of the SUNYAC Commissioner's List, the biology major holds a 3.89 grade point average and is seeking employment in the medical research field. Hoy is the son of Richard and Beverly Hoy of Batavia, N.Y.

Nick Hayes Memorial Award

The Nick Hayes Memorial Award goes to a student who has contributed to the athletic department in a non-playing capacity. Senior Erik Talbot (Troy, N.Y./Tamarac) is a triple threat in regard to his contributions to the SUNY Geneseo athletic program. For four years, he has written articles on game results and feature stories on the student-athletes and coaches for the school newspaper, The Lamron. For three years, he has been involved with the 89.3-WGSU radio broadcasts of Geneseo athletic events, including spending the last two years as the play-by-play man for the Geneseo Ice Knights and this past fall he served as the student intern in the Sports Information Office. The Communication major with a 3.36 grade point average is headed to work on his Masters degree at the prestigious Newhouse School of Communication at Syracuse University. Talbot is the son of Richard and Carol Talbot of Troy, N.Y.