GENESEO, N.Y. – Three SUNY Geneseo teams kick of their respective winter campaigns this weekend.
The MEN'S ICE HOCKEY squad takes on Nazareth on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. at the Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex in Henrietta. Ranked fifth nationally and first in the State University of New York Athletic Conference preseason polls, the Knights return following a 20-5-6 record a season ago that included the program's first SUNYAC Championship in 10 seasons as well as the second appearance in the NCAA Division III Frozen Four in the last three years.
Eleventh-Year head coach Chris Schultz, who was named the Edward Jeremiah Award winner for the second time in three seasons as the Division III National Coach of the Year, welcomes back a strong group of returners. Senior forward Stephen Collins returns following a junior campaign punctuated with First-Team All-America and SUNYAC Player of the Year recognition along with being named a finalist for the Sid Watson Award (DIII Player of the Year). Senior line mate Trevor Hills is also back after landing second-team All-America, while junior defenseman Patrick Condon brings a Third-Team All-America certificate a season ago to the mix.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING heads west to take on Division I Canisius on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. to kick the season off. The women will be in the hunt for their 10th-consecutive SUNYAC title, while the men look to earn their fourth conference championship in a row.
Junior Sam Randall headlines the list of returners on the men's side. The defending 3-meter dive national champion also brought home a second All-America honor following a third-place effort on 1-meter during a season that also saw him named the SUNYAC Outstanding Diver of the Year.
Junior captain Jeff Doser is the Knights' top returner in several freestyle events after winning the 500 freestyle and finishing third in the 100 and 200 at the SUNYAC Championships last year. Classmate Scott Guyton looks to build upon a 2015-16 campaign that culminated with a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly as well as a SUNYAC record in the 200 medley relay along with Doser. Senior Kevin Schaub should lead the way in the backstroke and individual medley events after setting a SUNYAC record in winning the 200 back while also placing third in the 200 IM and 100 back at the conference meet last year.
On the women's side, sophomore Nacy Nasky returns as one of the top distance swimmers in the country. After winning the 1,650 and the 500 freestyle events at the SUNYAC Championships, she went on to finish 17th in the 1,650 at the NCAA Championships (one place short of All-America) to garner SUNYAC Outstanding Swimmer of the Year honors.
Senior captain Emily Smith is the team's top returning backstroker after winning a SUNYAC title in the 100 back along with a second-place effort in the 200 back. Senior captain Leeza Seelbach was right behind with a runner-up finish in the 100 back while also taking third in the 100 freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle. Sophomore Sydney Ng looks to build on a first-year campaign that included a conference title in the 200 backstroke as well as third-place efforts in the 200 and 500 free events. Senior Claudia Kolakowski leads the Geneseo diving contingent following a third-place outcome on 1-meter and a fourth-place finish on 3-meter at the SUNYAC meet last year.
EQUESTRIAN opens the campaign with a pair of home shows on Saturday and Sunday, set to start at 9:00 a.m. at Leg Up Stables. Senior Tessa Horn leads a solid group of returners for 13th-year head coach Kim Sanford.
Horn finished first in Walk-Trot at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 2 Region 2 Championships a season ago helping the Knights to 10 total ribbons. Horn finished as a point rider on three occasions during the 2015-16 campaign, before going on to finish 10th in Walk Trot at the Zone 2 Championships, marking the ninth time in 10 seasons Geneseo had a rider has qualify for the zone finals. Senior Amy Kelly (Novice Fences) and junior Samantha Childs (Advanced Walk Trot Canter) also return after logging top-10 finishes at the regional championships.