GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo seniors Kara Houppert and Marissa Cossaro, along with junior Jeff Doser and sophomore Luke Holtzman were named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Winter Scholar-Athletes of the Year, announced by the conference on Thursday.
Each season, on behalf of their institutions, the SUNYAC Sports Information Directors nominate and vote for athletes that display excellence in both the classroom and on the field of play. This season, nine individuals were selected from seven winter sports to receive this honor.
Kara Houppert - Senior - Women's Basketball
A native of Webster, Houppert averaged 9.2 points per game and 3.5 assists per game while leading the SUNYAC in three-point percentage (42.9%). She helped Geneseo maintain a perfect record during the regular season and reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament to earn D3hoops.com Second-Team All-Region and First-Team All-SUNYAC honors. A special education major, Houppert maintained a 3.66 GPA throughout the season to earn Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Marissa Cossaro - Senior - Women's Track & Field
Cossaro, a senior from East Northport, was named SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Outstanding Athlete of the conference championship meet, and earned All-America honors at the NCAA championships with an eighth-place finish in the 3,000 meter run. As a mathematics major with a dual minor in Spanish and adolescent education, Cossaro earned a 3.71 GPA throughout the season to garner Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Jeff Doser - Junior - Men's Swimming & Diving
Doser, a junior from Penfield, had numerous top ten finishes in the SUNYAC championship meet, including a tie for first in the 200 meter freestyle, second in the 50 meter freestyle, and second in the 100 meter freestyle. At the NCAA championships, Doser competed on five relays for Geneseo, setting a school record with his leg of the 800 meter freestyle relay. A dual major in biology and mathematics, Doser maintained a 3.90 GPA and was awarded induction into Phi Beta Kappa and the prestigious Goldwater scholarship.
Luke Holtzman - Sophomore - Men's Track & Field
Holtzman, a sophomore from New Rochelle, finished second in the mile at the SUNYAC championship. As a leg in Geneseo's distance medley relay, Holtzman earned All-America status for the team's second-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship. As a chemistry and mathematics dual major, he maintained a 3.92 GPA to earn Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.