Eleven members of the William Smith College swimming and diving team were recently named to the 2012 Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association (UNYSCSA) All-Academic Team. It is the most Herons to be so honored in over a decade.
Among the 11 students named to the All-Academic team, there were two sophomores: Lia Duffy ’14 and Sally Storch ’14; five juniors: Kristine Faulknham ’13, Lauren Morosky ’13, Casey Sherwin ’13, Katie Stebbins ’13 and Corinne Sullivan ’13; and four seniors: Kaileigh Fowler ’12, Amy Kievit ’12, Caitlin O’Brien ’12 and Emily Rogowski ’12.
“It is exciting that this was the largest number of Herons to be named to the all academic team in over a decade,” says Faulknham, a biology major with a double minor in health professions and English, who is a Biology Teaching Fellow and is a member of the Western Riding Club. “The team this year was able to transfer their hard work and motivation across the board to a number of different majors and disciplines and succeed wildly. While I know personally this takes a lot of personal sacrifice to be both a varsity athlete and a good student, my teammates helped me along because they were going through the same things as me.”
To earn a spot on the UNYSCSA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore, have an average grade point average of 3.3 over the previous two semesters, and be a participant in the UNYSCSA Championship meet.
“It is always humbling to be recognized by your peers at an athletic event for something that you have accomplished away from the pool,” says Rogowski, an English major with a minor in media and society, who serves as the house manager and co-creator of the Hope House, served as a tour guide for two years and is now a Senior Intern for the Office of Admissions. “Taking a minute to acknowledge the fact that athletes can excel in areas such as the classroom is really important and relevant to our community.”
The Herons finished 11th in the 14-team UNYSCSA Championship. The highlight of the meet for the Herons was the 400-yard medley relay on Day 2 of the Championship. Sherwin, Stebbins, sophomore Mimi Mahoney, and Duffy swam a 4:07.87 to break the school record by 0.54 seconds.