GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo men's swimming and diving team opens the season on Saturday, October 27 when they travel to NCAA Division I opponent Canisius for a dual meet. Here's six things you need to know about the Knights as they enter the 2018-19 campaign:
1. IT'S REIGNING MEN
Geneseo has won five-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference Championships, winning 17 titles in 18 seasons under head coach Paul Dotterweich. Despite losing seven seniors to graduation, including two-time National Champion Samuel Randall '18 and NCAA qualifiers Jeff Doser '18 and Derek Secord '18, the Knights are poised to capture a sixth-straight conference crown.
2. CRAZY EIGHTS
The Knights return eight all-conference selections from last season. Senior Matthew Modelewski, juniors Matt Mattera, Mitchell Phelps and Kaz Sampson along with sophomores Will Eng and Harry Harkins earned first team honors while senior Clark Davis and junior Harper Coleman were second-team selections last season. Harkins and Eng competed at the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships last season and will look to return in 2019.
3. FEELS GOOD TO BE HOME
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. FRESH FISH
The Knights welcome 12 new members to the team this year: first-years Ethan Greenfield and Alex Jakubiak will specialize in freestyle sprints, while first-years Ivan Fedorov and Sean McClellan will join the distance ranks. First-years Kyle Barry, John Ocker, Charlie Shemet, Connor Towers, Matthew Triaszin and James Wun will be stroke specialists while first-years Ben Wilcox and Corey Wirth will add depth to the Knights divers.
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 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (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.