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Keuka College Again Tops NEAC in Scholar-Athletes

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Kaitlin Snipas, left, and Olivia Gombatto compete at the St. John Fisher College Cardinal Classic in April. The Women’s Track and Field team posted an Athletics Department-best 3.56 grade-point average during the 2018-19 academic year. (Photo: Cara Buffaloe)


The Keuka College Department of Athletics excelled on the field during the 2018-19 academic year, and the Wolves did the same in the classroom.

For the third straight year, Keuka College topped the North Eastern Athletic Conference – this year with a department-best 116 student-athletes earning NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors.

To earn Scholar-Athlete honors, student-athletes need to maintain at least a 3.40 combined grade-point average for the fall and spring semesters.

The 116 student-athletes continues an upward trend for the department. Keuka College had 110 selections last year and 85 two years ago. Keuka College led the NEAC with 17 more selections than second place. The 116 selections were more than three full-time members of the conference combined.

The selections encompass the 14 teams and sports that are sponsored by the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Overall, Keuka College had 164 student-athletes across their 23 varsity teams earn above a 3.40 for the academic year. As a department, Keuka College posted a 3.21 grade point average, up from a 3.09 last year.

The Women’s Track and Field team led the way with a 3.56 grade-point average. Right behind them was the Dance team and Men’s Track and Field team with a 3.52 GPA. The top NEAC teams for the Wolves was the Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Soccer teams, each with a 3.48 GPA. In total, 19 of the 23 teams recorded a grade-point average of at least a 3.00.

The Wolves also boasted seven student-athletes who recorded a perfect 4.00 GPAs for the year.

Kaylie DeSorbo (Danbury, Conn.) – Women’s Cross Country & Track and Field

Emily Kies (Westfield, Pa.) – Dance

Mack Ottens (Binghamton) – Men’s Cross Country & Track and Field

Alyssa Rex (Phoenix) – Women’s Volleyball

Valerie Stephan (Rensselaer, N.Y.) – Dance

Ann Stull (Addison, N.Y.) – Softball

Elisa Swinehart (Batavia) – Competitive Cheerleading 


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