GCC Athletics Update: Women’s Lacrosse/Athletes of the Week
Written by WBTA STAFF on February 23, 2018
Hannah Kirisits (center) is surrounded by her parents as she commits to GCC’s women’s lacrosse program from lancaster
Kirisits is Latest Women’s Lacrosse Edition
Hannah Kirisits became the latest Cougar to join the women’s lacrosse ranks after signing on and enjoying a family campus visit Feb. 21.
After returning from one end of the state and signing Julia Malkischer from the Albany area, Genesee Community College women’s lacrosse coach Jeff Reyngoudt stayed a little bit closer to home by heading in the opposite direction this time – west – to recruit literally a legend.
Kirisits plays for the Lancaster Legends in Section VI of the New York Public High School Athletic Association for one of the largest high schools in Western New York that competes at the Double-A level.
Not only does Reyngoudt’s latest recruit have the versatility as both a defender and midfielder, but like so many other Reyngoudt recruits, she comes along with a winning pedigree as a high-school sectional champion and her athleticism goes beyond the lacrosse field and onto the courts of basketball and tennis. In addition, there’s no better recruit than one that excells both on the field and in the classroom as Kirisits is also an honor student.
Kirisits plans to attend GCC to help pursue a career in graphic design and will join the team in the spring of 2019.
Nanako Shiozawa (Chiba, Japan) from the women’s swimming team and Ferran Martinez (Barcelona, Spain) from the men’s swimming team
Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced
The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 18 are Nanako Shiozawa (Chiba, Japan) from the women’s swimming team and Ferran Martinez (Barcelona, Spain) from the men’s swimming team, with the latter also being selected as the NJCAA Region-III Male Athlete of the Week.
Martinez helped the GCC men’s swimming team set three school relay records and he also captured first place three times at the NJCAA Regionals/NE District Championships in helping the Cougars to a regional championship runner-up finish last weekend. Martinez captured half of all the men’s individual first places that included the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley. The three school relay records Martinez was a part of were the 400-yard freestyle, the 400-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle.
Shiozawa was the lone Cougar to capture a first-place finish (200-yard butterfly) in women’s compettion at the NJCAA Regionals/NE District Championships in helping Genesee to a third-place Region-III finish (fourth-place NE District) last weekend at MCC. Shiozawa took home three top-three finishes overall that also included a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, as well as being part of four relay teams that finished in the top-four with one second-place (400-yard medley), one third-place (200-yard freestyle) and two fourth-place (200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle) finishes.
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