WS Honors Top Student-Athletes
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The William Smith College Athletic Department honored the top student-athletes of the 2012-13 academic year at the annual Heron Awards Banquet this evening. Senior cross country runner Emily D'Addario received the Winn-Seeley Award for her achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics, while senior coxswain Kim Goral and senior field hockey forward Annie Kietzman shared the Marion Harrison Greene '20 Award for their impact on their teams.
A two-time All-Liberty League honoree, D'Addario made the switch from the Heron soccer team to the cross country team after her sophomore season. She had never run cross country before, but that did not stop her from becoming one of the most outstanding runners in William Smith history. D'Addario won the first three races she ever ran and went on to record a total of nine career victories, setting new course records on five different occasions. She was named the 2011 Liberty League Cross Country Rookie of the Year and earned USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region honors in her rookie season. D'Addario became just the second Heron to ever run in the NCAA Division III National Championship.
D'Addario not only excelled on the course, but also went above and beyond in the classroom. She was a three-time Liberty League All-Academic honoree. D'Addario was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District team, and was tabbed a USTFCCCA All-Academic selection in both 2011 and 2012. She became one of only 29 female fall sport student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. D'Addario is just the 10th Heron student-athlete to receive this prestigious scholarship.
D'Addario also received the cross country team's Sharon Peckham Best '62 Most Valauble Cross Country Award for the second year in a row.
An NFHCA first-team All-American, Kietzman led the Herons in her senior season with 17 goals and 19 assists for 53 points. She finished fourth in the nation in assists per game (0.95) and 20th in points per game (2.56). The two-time ECAC Mid-Atlantic All-Star and 2009 Liberty League Rookie of the Year recorded four game-winning goals in 2012. Kietzman raked in the awards after her stellar senior season. The four-time all-conference selection was named the 2012 Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year and the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Offensive Player of the Year. Kietzman was named to the NFHCA All-North Atlantic team for the third time in her career. She was also named an NFHCA Senior All-Star.
Kietzman played in 77 career games, recording 43 goals and 39 assists for 125 points. She tied the William Smith career record for assists and sits stop the Heron list for assists in a season (19). Kietzman also ranks fifth in career points and is tied for eighth in career goals.
Kietzman was also presented with the field hockey team's Charles P. Boswell '50 Award.
A tri-captain and 2012 CRCA first team All-American, Goral has served as the coxswain for the varsity eight for three years. Over the course of her four years on the Heron rowing team, Goral has been a member of 21 Liberty League boats of the week. She has been a member of three consecutive Liberty League Crews of the Year and has been a New York State Championship and an ECAC medalist. Goral steered her boat to a third place finish at the 2012 National Championships. This year, she has led her team to a first place finish at the Head of the Genesee and silver medals at the Head of the Charles and the Head of the Fish. Goral has also earned a spot on the Liberty League All-Academic Team for the past three years.
The Cynthia Oyler '93 Award is presented to the senior who will be continuing her education at the postgraduate level within the year and displays outstanding athletic abilities, excellent academic records and exemplary leadership. This year the award was presented to senior swimmer Casey Sherwin. Sherwin holds school records for the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. She is a member of Hai Timiai and was a former Susan Bassett and Stephanie Christie Award winner. Sherwin has made the Dean's List all four years and earned Liberty League All-Academic and UNYSCSA All-Academic honors for the past three years. Sherwin will study neuroscience at the University of Vermont in the fall.
Out of the pool, Sherwin was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, has served as a swimming coach for the Geneva Gators Special Olympic Team, facilitated acquaintance rape awareness workshops and served as a Pre-Orientation Adventure Program guide.
Sherwin also received the Anne Richardson Rowley '82 Most Valuable Swimming and Diving Award.
The Melissa Mulliken '80 Award was presented to basketball senior Jaimie Rubin for participation, leadership and off-field endeavors that supported the advancement of William Smith Athletics. Rubin has been an active participant in the Rising Stars and Core 20 leadership groups. In addition, she has been an intern for the William Smith Athletic Department for the past two years, working to promote Heron student-athletes around campus and the Geneva community. Rubin earned a spot on the Liberty League All-Academic team three years in a row.
In her senior season on the court, she played in all 27 games, starting 23. Rubin ranked second on the team dishing out 69 assists. She added 146 points and 35 rebounds. Rubin played in 96 career games and posted 291 assists and 467 points.
Senior soccer forward Renee Jensen was honored with the Evaleen C. Harrison '19 Award for her consistent commitment to the pursuit of excellence in athletics and in the classroom. She led the Heron soccer team with nine assists and added six goals for 21 points this season. Jensen finished the year ranked fifth in the Liberty League in points and tied for ninth in goals. She scored William Smith's lone goal in a 1-1 double overtime tie with eventual national champion Messiah. Jensen earned a spot on the NSCAA All-East Region second team and the All-Liberty League first team. An architectural studies major, Jensen earned a spot on the 2012 Liberty League All-Academic team.
In 80 career matches, Jensen recorded 20 goals and 24 assists for 64 points. She notched eight career game-winning goals. Jensen tied for seventh on the William Smith list for assists in a season with her nine helpers this fall. She also ranks fifth on the all-time list for career assists. Jensen led the Herons to four straight Liberty League tournament titles and two trips to the national semifinals.
The Susan Bassett Award went to junior soccer defender Olivia Zitoli for excellence in academics, athletics and leadership. The history major earned a spot on the 2012 Liberty League All-Academic team and garnered All-Liberty League second team honors. A three-year starter, Zitoli has played a key role in the Heron defense that posted 10 shutouts and sported a 0.52 goals against average this year. Zitoli added two goals, the game-winners against Babson and RIT. In 61 career matches, she has posted two goals and an assist.
A junior on the field hockey team, Margaret McConnell received the Betsy Mitchell '65 Award for meeting and overcoming personal challenges. Early in the summer of 2012, McConnell unexpectedly lost her older sister to a lifelong battle with cerebral palsy. With the support of her teammates, she persevered through difficult times with courage and strength. A tenacious defender as well as a standout in the classroom she helped her team win the Liberty League Championship. McConnell earned All-Liberty League second team honors and garnered a spot on the Liberty League All-Tournament Team. She started all 20 games for the Herons and recorded nine goals and two assists. McConnell earned a spot on the NFHCA National Academic squad for the second time in her career and was named to the Liberty League All-Academic team for the second year in a row.
Sophomore soccer forward Madeline Buckley was presented with the Hazel Nettleship Hardy '65 Award, which is given to the student in her middle years who has contributed to the growth of Heron athletics and is an excellent representative of William Smith Athletics. Buckley played in 20 matches this year, starting 15. She led the Herons with 10 goals and added four assists for 24 points. Buckley garnered a spot on the All-Liberty League first team.
Buckley also excelled off the field. The education major earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District first team and garnered Liberty League All-Academic honors. Buckley is also heavily invested in serving the Colleges and greater Geneva communities. She is a member of Geneva Heroes, SAAC, Heron Society, and the Soccer Team's Leadership Group.
First-year swimmer Sarah Litt was given the Stephanie Christie Award as William Smith's Rookie of the Year. Litt established a new school record with a time of 2:13.46 in the 200 butterfly breaking a 24-year-old mark by 0.89 seconds. She narrowly missed (by 0.28 seconds) breaking a second school record in the 200 backstroke at the New York State Championships. Her times in the 200 backstroke and in the 400 individual medley rank second all-time in William Smith history.
Every year the Dean's Award goes to the William Smith team with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year, the swimming and diving team was honored after earning a cumulative GPA of 3.61. The soccer team and the basketball team posted the second highest fall GPAs with a 3.43, and the squash team was next with a 3.32. The average fall GPA of William Smith student-athletes was 3.3, and 74 percent of Herons student-athletes held a 3.0 or higher fall GPA with 19 attaining a 4.0 GPA.
Basketball senior Sydni Salvatore was presented the Joseph N. Abraham Award for perseverance through injury. Despite a rash of injuries that plagued her throughout her career, Salvatore managed to not only contribute to the Herons' success but also drive that success. As a senior, she was second on the team in scoring, producing 11.2 ppg to go with 3.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, and a team-high 55 steals. Over the final three games of her career, Salvatore averaged 21. 3 ppg and 3.7 rpg.
Salvatore also earned the Marisa Vespa '08 Basketball Award.
In addition to these department awards, each team gave two individual awards, while members of the Class of 2013 were presented with a Heron ring.