GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo women's swimming & diving team opens the 2017 campaign on Saturday at Erie Community College in a dual match against NCAA Division I affiliate Canisius College. Head coach Paul Dotterweich has the Knights in position to capture another State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title, returning 15 members of the 2016 championship-winning squad.
Geneseo returns six of last season's all-conference selections, including two-time reigning SUNYAC Swimmer of the Year junior Nancy Nasky. Nasky finished an Honorable-Mention All-American ninth in the 1,650 freestyle at the NCAA Division III Championships, establishing a SUNYAC and program record of 17:04.51. She also earned three individual SUNYAC titles in the 1,650, 500 and 200 freestyle while adding a leg to the first-place 800 free relay team. Seniors Kaitlin Doherty and Alida Mooney along with juniors Nancy Shemet and Sophia Thompson and sophomore Julia Caldwell earned All-Conference honors last season as well.
The Knights bring on 13 first-years and two juniors into the fold for the 2017-18 season. According to Dotterweich, the team will rely heavily on the newcomers to make an instant impact after graduating nine student-athletes from last year's roster.
Geneseo will open the year with a dual meet against NCAA Division I foe Canisius on Saturday, Oct. 28. The team will face Grove City and Fredonia (Nov. 4), Cortland (Nov. 11) and Ithaca and Hartwick (Nov. 18) before competing in the Ithaca Invitational in early December. Over the winter break, both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams will travel to Puerto Rico for a training trip. The squad returns in the new year to face Case Western Reserve (Jan. 20) and Rochester (Jan. 26 & 27) before hosting the annual Geneseo Invitational at Erie Community College in Buffalo. The squad will gear up for the SUNYAC Championships in late February, also hosted by Erie Community College. Qualifiers for the NCAA Division III National Championships will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. (March 14-17) to compete.