Female Athlete of the Week - April 24, 2017
Name: Shayna Held
Hometown: Wantagh, N.Y.
High School: Wantagh
Sport: Women's Track & Field
Held won the heptathlon competition at the Cortland Classic Invitational with 4,380 points to break a 33 year-old school record (4,342) previously set by Lori Connor in 1984. Her performance was also the ninth-highest total in the country this spring.
April 17 - Camille Wutz (Women's Track & Field)
Wutz won the long jump (20-1 1/2 - 6.13m) at the Brockport Invitational with a SUNYAC and program record-setting performance that was not only the longest in Division III this season, but also ranks fifth all-time in Division III history. She also took first in the 100-meter dash (12.24) and currently ranks in the top-25 nationally.
April 10 - Samantha Childs (Equestrian)
INTERVIEW WITH CHILDS
Childs was one of two riders to represent Geneseo at International Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zones this weekend, hosted by Skidmore College. The junior rode at the novice flat level, taking sixth in the field, the Knights' highest finish at Zones.
April 3 - Danni Napoli (Softball)
INTERVIEW WITH NAPOLI
Napoli went 4-for-6 in a doubleheader against Brockport, ripping a home run, a double, driving in two runs and scoring two runs, including the game-winning run in a walk-off victory in game two, 3-2. She lifted a first-inning solo home run in game one and followed with a 3-for-3 performance in game two, including an RBI double.
March 27 - Maddie Lee (Women's Lacrosse)
INTERVIEW WITH LEE
Lee scored a career-high five goals in a victory over Rochester Institute of Technology, 15-11. She buried a pair of first half goals, two second half free-position scores and a goal in the final 90 seconds that started a 3-0 run to seal the Knights' win.
March 20 - Nancy Nasky (Women's Swimming & Diving)
INTERVIEW WITH NASKY
Nasky set a SUNYAC and Geneseo program record in the 1650 free, swimming the event in 17:04.51 at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. The sophomore earned Honorable Mention All-American honors with a ninth place finish in the event.
March 13 - Alexa Wandy (Women's Track & Field)
Wandy swept the long and triple jump events to win a pair of national titles at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship. She posted a career-best 19-6 1/4 (5.95m) in the long jump before setting a championship record (41-5 3/4 - 12.64m) in winning the triple jump.
March 6 - Kara Houppert (Women's Basketball)
INTERVIEW WITH HOUPPERT
Houppert averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in wins over Muhlenberg, 65-53, and Rochester, 78-72, in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds. The senior scored 12 points against Muhlenberg and netted a career-high 23 points against Rochester to propel the Knights to their second trip to the Round of 16 in three years.
Feb. 27 - Camille Wutz (Women's Track & Field)
Wutz set a meet record in winning the long jump (19-3 1/2 - 5.88m) with the fourth-longest performance in the country while also besting the field in the 60 (7.78) with the 11th-fastest time in Division III to help lead Geneseo to the 2017 SUNYAC Indoor Championship.
Feb. 20 - Nancy Nasky (Women's Swimming & Diving)
INTERVIEW WITH NASKY
Nasky won four events and was named SUNYAC Swimmer of the Meet, leading the Knights to their 10th-straight SUNYAC Championship. She took first in the 1,650 free with an NCAA-B Cut Standard, won the 200 free and 500 free and also helped the 800 free relay team to a first-place finish.
Feb. 13 - Alexa Wandy (Women's Track & Field)
INTERVIEW WITH WANDY
Wandy was a part of two program records at the Boston University Valentine Invitational. Competing against a predominantly Division I field, she placed fifth in the triple jump (40-2 1/4 - 12.25m) with the second-best mark in Division III this season while also adding a leg to the 4x400 relay (3:55.10) that posted the 10th-fastest time in the country.
Feb. 6 - Elise Ramirez (Women's Track & Field)
INTERVIEW WITH RAMIREZ
Ramirez placed second in the 5,000 at the Tufts Cupid Invitational, crossing the finish line as the top collegiate runner with the sixth-fastest time (17:16.48) time in Division III this season. The times also 42 seconds faster than her previous personal-best.
Jan. 30 - Claudia Kolakowski (Women's Swimming & Diving)
INTERVIEW WITH KOLAKOWSKI
Kolakowski swept the 1-meter (280.90) and 3-meter (291.45) diving events to lead the Knights to first place at the Geneseo Invitational.
Jan. 23 - McKenna Brooks (Women's Basketball)
INTERVIEW WITH BROOKS
Brooks hit a buzzer-beating lay-up in the Knights' 62-60 overtime win against visiting RIT before totaling 10 points and seven rebounds in a 58-36 win versus Potsdam and 12 points and eight rebounds in a 66-46 win over Plattsburgh.
Jan. 16 - Nancy Nasky (Women's Swimming & Diving)
INTERVIEW WITH NASKY
Nasky won two individual events during the Knights' tri-meet split at nationally-ranked Carnegie Mellon. She won the 1,000 freestyle with the sixth-fastest time in the nation (10:26.66) and also won the 500 freestyle (5:09.02). Geneseo defeated Westminster, 215.5-84.5, but came up short opposite the No. 11 Tartans, 177-123.
Dec. 12 - Camille Wutz (Women's Track & Field)
INTERVIEW WITH WUTZ
Wutz won three events to lead the Knights at the Houghton December Classic. She set a facility record in winning the long jump (18-1.75/5.53m) with a leap that ranked third in the nation. She also won the 60-meter dash (7.99) before adding a leg to the wining 4x200 relay (1:51.40) that established a new Geneseo program record.
Dec. 5 - Nancy Shemet (Women's Swimming & Diving)
INTERVIEW WITH SHEMET
Shemet posted the fastest time in the 400 IM (4:42.79) and also finished runner-up in the 200 butterfly (2:13.11) in leading the Knights to first place at the Ithaca Bombers Invitational. She also swam on the third-place 200 medley (1:49.23), the third-place 400 medley (4:00.99) and the runner-up 400 free relay (3:33.11).
Nov. 28 - Katie Durand (Women's Basketball)
Durand posted 16 points in a 69-59 victory at Misericordia (Pa.) after totaling 12 points and six rebounds in a 79-49 victory at Morrisville.
Nov. 21 - Sara Rosenzweig (Women's Cross Country)
INTERVIEW WITH ROSENZWEIG
Rosenzweig finished an All-America 28th to lead the Knights to third place out of 32 teams at the NCAA Division III Championships. She covered the 6,000-meter course with a time of 21:14.1 to become the program's 14th All-American.
Nov. 14 - Marissa Cosarro (Women's Cross Country)
INTERVIEW WITH COSARRO
Cossaro finished seventh to lead the Knights to their second-consecutive NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Championship, crossing the finish line with a time of 21:04.8 to improve 10 spots over her 17th-place outcome as a junior.
Nov. 7 - Giovanna Fasanello (Field Hockey)
INTERVIEW WITH FASANELLO
Fasanello scored all three of the Knights' goals in a 3-2 overtime victory against Oneonta in the SUNYAC Championship match and also assisted Geneseo's lone goal in a 1-0 upset of New Paltz in the tournament semifinals.
Oct. 31 - Sara Rosenzweig (Women's Cross Country)
Rosenzweig won her second-consecutive individual title at the SUNYAC Cross Country Championships. She crossed the finish line with a winning time of 21:46.6, leading five Knights in the top-10 to clinch the program's 16th conference crown in 17 years.
Oct. 24 - Sam Mendelsohn (Women's Volleyball)
INTERVIEW WITH MENDELSOHN
Mendelsohn anchored the Knights defensive efforts in a 3-1 week, including a pair of SUNYAC victories, that clinched Geneseo's first postseason appearance since 2011. Her week included a 14-dig performance in a five-set victory over St. John Fisher as well as 14 digs in a three-set sweep of Cortland that sewed up the fifth-seed for the SUNYAC Tournament.
Oct. 24 - Taylor Clar (Women's Soccer)
INTERVIEW WITH CLAR
Clar anchored the Geneseo defense to a pair of SUNYAC shutouts as the Knights clinched the second seed and a first-round bye for the SUNYAC Tournament. She also scored her first collegiate goal in Geneseo's 3-0 shutout over a Plattsburgh squad that entered the match leading the league with 3.13 goals per game. The team's starting center back the entire season, she has been the driving force on a Knights' defense that has only allowed five goals the entire season, including two goals against conference opponents.
Oct. 17 - Maria Premo (Field Hockey)
INTERVIEW WITH PREMO
Premo was credited with a school single-game record four defensive saves in Genese's 5-0 shutout at SUNYAC-rival Oswego. It was the Lakers' first home loss after winning their first six of the season. The victory also clinched the Knights the third-seed for the SUNYAC Tournament.
Oct. 10 - Giovanna Fasanello (Field Hockey)
INTERVIEW WITH FASANELLO
Fasanello keyed a pair of victories for Geneseo, including a one-goal, three-assist showing in a 7-0 win over visiting Nazareth and a two-goal, one assist performance in a 4-0 victory at Morrisville.
Oct. 3 - Emily Janiszewski (Women's Soccer)
INTERVIEW WITH JANISZEWSKI
Janiszewski backstopped the Knights to a 1-0-1 week, including a seven-save performance in a driving rain storm in a 1-1 tie at Oneonta. She is currently tied for first in the SUNYAC with a 0.42 GAA and is second with a .900 save percentage.
Sept. 26 - Grace Cergol (Women's Volleyball)
INTERVIEW WITH CERGOL
Cergol keyed a 3-1 week for the Knights, including a pair of victories in SUNYAC Pool Play. She started the week hitting a stout .500 with 18 kills as Geneseo swept visiting Alfred and then averaged a double-double in kills and digs during the squad's three conference matches, including a 13-kill/13 dig showing in a four-set loss versus Fredonia and a 10 kill/12 dig match in a four-set win over Oswego.
Sept. 19 - Leah Greene (Women's Soccer)
INTERVIEW WITH GREENE
Greene helped lead the Knights to a 1-0-1 record, including a goal in the Knights' 2-0 victory over Houghton.
Sept. 12 - Rachel Ollis (Women's Tennis)
INTERVEIW WITH OLLIS
Ollis won the C-Flight Singles title a the Mary Hosking Invitational, hosted by William Smith. She swept four-consecutive matches, including an 8-6 win over RPI's Pooja Ganesh in the championship match, to clinch the title
Sept. 5 - Erin O'Connor (Women's Soccer)
O'Connor was named the MVP of the Flower City Classic after leading the Knights to a 1-0-1 record that included the game-winning goal in a 3-0 win over Union.