GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's swimming & diving team begins its quest for an unprecedented 12th-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship when they open the season on Saturday, October 27 at NCAA Division I member Canisius. Here are six things you need to know about the Knights this season:
1. QUEENS OF THE SUNYAC
Geneseo has won 11-consecutive SUNYAC titles and 15 under head coach Paul Dotterweich in his 18-year tenure. The Knights have won 26 SUNYAC titles in 35 years of competition, the most by any swimming and diving team, men's or women's, in conference history. Geneseo opens the season ranked 21st in the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) preseason poll as well.
2. FANCY NANCY
The three-time SUNYAC Swimmer of the Year senior Nancy Nasky returns for her final season, seeking to become the first in SUNYAC history to earn the award four times. She leads 13 returning all-conference selections for the Knights. Reigning SUNYAC Rookie of the Year sophomore Lauren Siegel returns along with 2018 first-team all-conference selections senior Sydney Ng, junior Samantha Reichman and sophomores Maddie Knight, Deidra Osula, Celeste Pace, Noelle Staso and Rachel Wallisky. Junior Julia Caldwell garnered second team honors while sophomores Paige Turcotte and Alyssa Vadala each secured third team recognition last season. Reichman was an All-American Honorable Mention last season in both the one-meter and three-meter dives while Nasky, Osula and Staso each competed at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in 2018.
3. SWEET HOME GENESEO
After going all of last season without a home meet, the Knights are scheduled to return to Alumni Pool for four dual meets this season. Geneseo has not lost a home dual meet since November 2, 2013, when they fell to NCAA Division I member Canisius, 144-99.
4. NEW TO THE WATER
The Knights bring on nine new faces this season. Sophomore transfer Alexis Meisner and first-years Daniella Cornelia and Shelby Dobbertin add to the diving corps while first-years Linda Jaimes and Megan Reitz add to the Knights' distance team. First-years Lauren Beneat, Valerie Catalano, Arianna Falletta and Megan Palmer will specialize in strokes.
5. CONNECT THE DOTTS
Head coach Paul Dotterweich will lead both the Geneseo men's and women's swimming & diving teams for his 19th season at the helm. In 2018, Dotterweich was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year for both the men's and women's teams and was awarded the prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, becoming the first Geneseo head coach to ever receive the honor. Diving coach Shawn Austin was named CSCAA Diving Coach of the Year and SUNYAC Diving Coach of the Year and will return for his 11th season as well.
6. OFF THE BLOCKS
Geneseo opens the season with a dual meet at Canisius on October 27 before traveling to Grove City College for a tri-meet also featuring SUNYAC opponent Fredonia. The Knights host home dual meets against SUNYAC rival Cortland (Nov. 10) and local foe Nazareth (Nov. 17) before they travel to the Ithaca Winter Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 2). After the holidays, Geneseo will host back-to-back dual meets against Case Western Reserve (Jan. 19) and Rochester (Jan. 25) as well as the Geneseo Invitational (Feb. 2 at Erie C.C.). SUNYAC Championships will run from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23 at Erie C.C. as well.