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Bays ’02 Featured in Mussel Stories

Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Monica Bays ’02 will make a triumphant return to Geneva when she participates in the Musselman Triathlon July 13. A decade-long triathlete, Bays is a two-time Musselman participant and looks forward to her third competition.

Recently, Bays was featured in the Musselman newsletter – one of only nine runners among the 2,000 athletes to have their stories told.

"I was a Varsity Heron for four years - three years as a swimmer," Bays told Musselman organizers. "I loved my time at HWS, and all the friends I made through athletics there. The dedication, hard work, and mental edge I learned through participating in sports at HWS gave me the drive to continue to pursue athletics after college."

As president of the William Smith Alumnae Chapter of Rochester, Bays has visited campus many times since graduation, but her trips back to HWS for the Musselman are a highlight. "The Musselman Triathlon is an event that stays on my calendar, because I love to come back and visit the campus where some of the best memories of my life stem from."

Bays graduated from William Smith with a B.A. in music and now serves as a music teacher at Freewill Elementary School in the Wayne County School District.

The full article follows. This story and others can also be found at http://musselmantri.com/media.


 

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Monica Bays, 32, of Rochester, NY recalls her college years at William Smith fondly - and uses the Musselman as one of many excuses to revisit the Hobart & William Smith Colleges campus every year.

"I graduated in 2002 - and, in fact, just came back from my 10 year college reunion!" says Bays. "I return to campus at least a couple times a year... I like to stay involved with the Heron Society and the William Smith Alumnae Association."

Bays, in fact, is the President of the William Smith Alumnae Chapter of Rochester, and served as a class agent and Reunion Committee Member.

"I was a Varsity Heron for 4 years - three years as a swimmer," she says. "I loved my time at HWS, and all the friends I made through athletics there. The dedication, hard work, and mental edge I learned through participating in sports at HWS gave me the drive to continue to pursue athletics after college."

Bays, in fact, has been participating in triathlons for ten years, competing in the Musselman Triathlon Aquabike twice as well as many sprint and Olympic distance races - including Age Group Nationals three times.

"In 2010, I completed my first Ironman - Ironman Florida - and I am going back to do it again this year to better my time," she says.

"I've been married for almost five years to Darman Bays," she says. Bays is a tennis instructor - in fact, the two met at the Midtown Athletic Club while he was teaching tennis - and the couple live in Brighton, NY where Bays has taught music for the past ten years at the Wayne Central School District. "My two favorite training partners are my twin sister Michelle and my five year-old black lab, Daphne." Bays says her husband, as well as her parents, are all very supportive of her racing and the rigorous training schedule that comes along with it.

"The Musselman Triathlon is an event that stays on my calendar, because I love to come back and visit the campus where some of the best memories of my life stem from."

 


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