Liberty League Championships, NCAA berths, All-American status, and Academic All-America plaudits
With ample successes in the classroom and in the field of play, the RIT Athletics program has enjoyed unparalleled success during the 2016-17 season. From Liberty League Championships to NCAA berths, to All-American status, and Academic All-America plaudits, RIT’s 675 student-athletes have had plenty to celebrate this year. Here is a glimpse of what was accomplished through May 2017. For updates, go to ritathletics.com.
Liberty League All-Academic (Fall/Winter/Spring)
- Tigers had 207 student-athletes (55 from fall, 32 in winter, and 120 during the spring) earn Liberty League All-Academic honors. Student-athletes must be a sophomore or higher in class standing and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30.
- In addition, 31 non-Liberty League student-athletes (wrestling, men’s and women’s hockey) were honored as All-Academic selections from their leagues.
- During the 2016 fall semester, RIT’s 675 student-athletes enjoyed a cumulative GPA of 3.31, highest in program history. Forty-eight student-athletes enjoyed a 4.0 GPA.
Men’s Cross Country
- James Bailey earned All-American, All-Atlantic Region and All-Liberty League Second Team honors, and second straight USTFCCCA All-Academic honor.
- Jon Pelzar earned All-Liberty League First Team honors, All-Atlantic Region accolades and competed at the NCAA Championships.
Women’s Cross Country
- Emma Jones became first All-American in program history and earned All-Liberty League First Team and All-Atlantic Region honors.
- Jones, Becca Schwan and Jennifer Crossen earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
- Sarah Szybist named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year; the second Tiger student-athlete in school history to receive that honor.
- Szybist, the Liberty League Player of the Year, was a four-time AVCA All-American and All-Liberty League first-team pick. She led Division III with 770 kills and finished career with 2,563 kills, sixth all-time in NCAA history.
- Three All-Liberty League selections, including Scott Fishel, Peter Cinibulk and Will Schiesswohl.
- Fishel was a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick for a second time.
Three All-Liberty League selections, including Emily Thiel, Lauren Chester and Riley Yankowich.
- A.J. Horde became the 21st player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points.
- Head Coach Bob McVean was inducted into the Wendy’s College Classic Hall of Fame.
- Tigers won their first Liberty League Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
- Cori Okada named Liberty League Tournament Most Valuable Player and an All-Liberty League First Team selection.
- Ashlynn Palmitesso and Jessica Glaz joined the 1,000-point club.
- Adam Brubacher named the 2017 Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year.
- Brady Norrish earned All-Atlantic Hockey Second Team honors.
- Mackenzie Stone named the 2017 CHA Defensive Forward of the Year.
- Caitlin Wallace won 2017 CHA Individual Sportsmanship Award.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Tigers placed third at Liberty League Championship and broke 400-yard medley relay school mark.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
- Sophomores Amy Adams and Sedera Zbranak went to the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship.
- Tigers placed third at Liberty League Championship and fourth at UNYSCSA Championship, breaking nine RIT records.
- Tory Cain, Dempsey King, and Sam Weinger went to the 2017 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship.
- Cain, King, Nicholas Greenquist and Weinger named NWCA Scholar All-Americans.
- RIT dedicated the Ronald S. Ricotta Wrestling Locker Room.
- Will Gorman named the RIT Co-Senior Male Athlete of the Year. He broke 37-year-old RIT career records in home runs and runs batted in.
- Tigers won first Liberty League Championship and advanced to NCAA Tournament for first time in program history.
- Gorman was the Liberty League Player of the Year; Brian Reed named the Pitcher of the Year; Head Coach Rob Grow, the Coach of the Year.
- Six Tigers earned ABCA All-New York Region honors.
- Tigers set countless school records, including most wins (33) and winning percentage (.786).
- Tigers clinch second straight Liberty League postseason berth.
- Shortstop Erin Guinan named Liberty League Rookie of the Year and was an NFCA All-Region First Team selection.
- Ranked as high as No. 2 in USILA.com Division III poll; won 12 games against ranked foes.
- Ryan Lee broke the program record for points in career (294) and became the first Tiger to surpass 300 points.
- Tigers won sixth-straight Liberty League regular-season championship and advanced to NCAA Tournament for eighth-straight season.
- RIT advanced to NCAA Championship game for second time in program history and will take on No. 1 Salisbury University at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
- RIT enters national championship game riding a 15-game winning streak.
Junior Emily Livecchi moved into top 5 in scoring at RIT with 179 points and earned All-Liberty League First Team honors and IWLCA All-New York Region Second Team accolades.
- Varsity 8 won first Kate Louise Cup in program history at Head of the Genesee Regatta.
- Novice 8 boat won gold medal at Liberty League Championships.
- Varsity 8 won gold at Liberty League Championships and led team to first league championship and automatic bid to NCAA Championship.
- Varsity 8 won Kate Louise Cup at Head of the Genesee Regatta for first time since 2002; placed fifth at prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta.
- Varsity 8 nationally ranked in the U.S. Rowing/CRCA Poll.
Men’s Track and Field
- Daniel Giuliano named Liberty League Indoor Rookie of the Year.
- Matthew Lienhard (60-meter dash) and Curtis Geiger (200 meters) broke indoor school records; Otto Kingstedt (10,000 meters) and 4 x 200-meter relay team broke outdoor records.
- Kingstedt recorded second fastest time in Division III this season.
Women’s Track and Field
- Won 2017 Liberty League Indoor Championship for first time.
- Jess Calzolari and Emma Jones represented RIT at NCAA Indoor Championship.
- Calzolari named Liberty League Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.
- Head Coach David Warth and staff named the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year.
- Tigers broke four indoor school records and a pair of outdoor records.