May. 03, 2012

Two Students Earn SUNY Scholar Athlete Awards

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From left to right: Katie Talbot and Kaitlin Wilcoxen.

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Two Geneseo student athletes are among recipients of 2011-12 Scholar Athlete Awards from the State University of New York.

Junior tennis player Katie Talbot, a biology major from Endwell, N.Y., and junior swimming and diving team competitor Kaitlin Wilcoxen, a biology major from Manlius, N.Y., received the recognition from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. They are among 17 award winners from the eight State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) winning schools represented this year in the competition and among 79 from all SUNY schools.

For SUNYAC schools, a scholar athlete nominee is the member of an All-SUNYAC first or second team with the highest grade point average. Nominees' academic credentials and athletic accomplishments are then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system and members of the provost's office.

Talbot earned second-team All-SUNYAC honors in the fall with a 3.47 grade point average in biology. Wilcoxen won first-team All-SUNYAC honors in the winter with a 3.80 grade point average in biology.

"SUNY students who earn this award have excelled in our classrooms as well as our athletic program," said Chancellor Zimpher. "With an average GPA of 3.6 and a number of championship competitions among them, this year's school athlete awardees are a highly commendable group."

Scholar Athlete Awards for spring sports will be announced later.

The Blue Knights have won 58 of the 197 scholar athlete awards (29.4%) conferred upon SUNYAC schools since inception of the award in 2003-04.

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