GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior Nancy Nasky was named State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Swimmer of the Year for the third-straight season, while first-year Lauren Siegel received SUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors, leading 16 Knights selected as SUNYAC all-stars.
Seniors Kaitlin Doherty, Natalie LaCourt and Alida Mooney, along with junior Sydney Ng, sophomore Samantha Reichman and first-years Maddie Knight, Deidra Osula, Celeste Pace, Noelle Staso and Rachel Wallisky were all named All-SUNYAC First Team while sophomore Julia Caldwell garnered second team honors and senior Emily Reiter and first-years Paige Turcotte and Alyssa Vadala each secured third team recognition. Head Coach Paul Dotterweich was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year while diving coach Shawn Austin earned SUNYAC Diving Coach of the Year honors
Nasky finished first in the 500 free and broke her own SUNYAC record to qualify for NCAA Championships in 1650 free. At the NCAA Championships, Nasky finished 18th in the long-distance event, just missing her second-straight All-American finish after taking ninth in 2017. In the four years since the award was created, Nasky has won the past three, and a Geneseo swimmer has earned the title all four seasons.
Siegel swept the 200 IM and 400 IM, placing first in both events. She finished second in the 200 back, finishing behind Ng by just 0.18 seconds, and was a member of the Knights' first-place 400 medley relay team.
Reichman earned the SUNYAC three-meter diving championship when she set a Geneseo record and qualified for NCAA Championships with a score of 500.35. At the national championship meet, she finished 11th in the one-meter and 13th in the three-meter to earn All-America Honorable Mention in both events.
Doherty and LaCourt paired with Staso and Osula to form the SUNYAC champion 200 free relay team. The quartet finished in 1:35.14 to advance to the NCAA Championships where they performed in four relays. The Knights took first in all five relays at the SUNYAC Championships. Ng, Mooney, Nasky and Wallisky earned first in the 800 free relay. LaCourt, Staso, Pace and Osula formed the winning 200 medley relay team while LaCourt, Staso and Ng joined Siegel to form the SUNYAC champion 400 medley relay. Staso, Ng and Osula teamed with Knight to take first place in the 400 free relay on the final day of the meet, capping Geneseo's sweep of the relay events.
Osula took first in the 100 free while Staso grabbed a gold medal in the 200 breast. Ng took first place in the 200 free and the 200 back as well, and finished runner-up to Nasky in the 500 free.
Caldwell placed second in the 400 IM, finishing just behind Siegel to earn second team honors. Turcotte earned a third team honor with a bronze finish in the 200 breast, while Vadala finished third in the one-meter dive. Reiter took third in the three-meter dive at SUNYAC Championships, and then earned a bid to the NCAA Championships with a career performance at NCAA Regionals. Reiter's Geneseo career ended in Indianapolis with a pair of 28th-place finishes in the one-meter and three-meter dives.
Dotterweich earned his seventh Women's Swimming and Diving SUNYAC Coach of the Year honor after leading the Knights to an 11th-consecutive conference title. He was also named Men's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year, his 11th honor as the men's coach. Austin was named Men's and Women's Diving Coach of the Year after leading the Knights to three SUNYAC diving titles.