University of Rochester

Rochester Review
January–February 2012
Vol. 74, No. 3

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HIGHLIGHTS Swimming Teams Sweep Liberty League
sportsLIBERTY LEADERS: Both the men’s and the women’s (above) swimming teams claimed Liberty League titles this winter, including six new league records for the women and three records for the men. (Photo: Athletics & Recreation)

The men’s and women’s swimming teams each took home the Liberty League crown as Rochester’s winter sports season got off to a fast start, including a top-five ranking for women’s basketball. The fall seasons wrapped up with multiple All-America and league honors for Yellowjacket athletes.

Football: Defensive end Chris Bickford ’12 was named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, the first Rochester player selected for the honor in 18 years. The team finished with a 4-5 record.

Field hockey: Forwards Allison Beardsley ’12 and Anna Dobrzynski ’13 were selected to the All-America team, the sport’s highest honor, as the Yellowjackets racked up a record of 13-6.

Men’s soccer: Rochester went 9-5-2 overall, including wins over nationally ranked Washington University and Calvin College. The team placed fourth in the UAA and won the Flower City Tournament.

Women’s soccer: Forward Ellen Coleman ’12 was named first team all–UAA for the fourth straight year and All-American for the third straight year. The team finished at 8-7-1, including a hard-fought draw against nationally ranked Case Western.

Men’s cross country: Paced by repeat All-American James Vavra ’12, the Yellowjackets took 22nd as a team at the NCAA championships. Rochester also placed sixth at UAAs, fifth at NCAA regionals, and second at states.

Women’s cross country: Rochester took third at states, eighth at UAAs, and 13th at NCAA regionals behind solid efforts from Zarah Quinn ’13, Danielle Bessette ’14, and Hillary Snyder ’12.

Golf: Behind Rafael Baez ’14, Michael Chudacoff ’12, and Nicholas Palladino ’14, the Yellowjackets qualified for the spring Liberty League championships.

Rowing: The team’s Varsity 8 earned gold at the Western Ontario Invitational. In addition, the Varsity 4-plus took bronze at the Head of the Genesee.

Squash: Rochester made it five Liberty League titles in a row by going 4-0 at the league championships.

Volleyball: The Yellowjackets went 21-15 overall in the fall, including a fifth-place finish at UAAs. They also shared the team crown at the New York Regional Volleyball Challenge.

Men’s tennis: Boris Borovcanin ’14 enjoyed a stellar fall season, both at singles and doubles, where he frequently teamed with Brian Rice ’12. Overall, Rochester posted a 2-2 mark on the season.

Women’s tennis: Frances Tseng ’13 reached the singles finals of the ITA regional championships, where Danielle Shreck ’12 won the consolation bracket.

Men’s swimming and diving: The Yellowjackets, who were ranked 21st heading into winter break, roared to another Liberty League title, beating runner-up RPI by more than 200 points. Rochester won 14 events, Adam Bossert ’13 was named Male Swimmer of the Year, and Brian Wong ’15 picked up Rookie of the Year accolades.

Women’s swimming and diving: The women, ranked 20th going into winter break, dominated the Liberty League championships, winning 13 events, including four by freshman Lauren Bailey ’15. Emily Friedline ’15 was named Rookie of the Year, while Megan Braun ’13 and Sara Spielman ’13 were named Co-Divers of the Year.

Men’s basketball: Rochester took third at the Wendy’s Classic by topping Brockport in the consolation game. Rochester finished strong in the first half of the season with an 8-2 record, knocking off two unbeaten teams in four days. Going into the winter break, the team was ranked in the top 25.

Women’s basketball: The Yellowjackets claimed the Wendy’s Classic crown for a seventh straight year and climbed to No. 5 nationally with a mark of 10-0. Center Danielle McNabb ’14 picked up weekly UAA Player of the Week honors.

Men’s track and field: The team started the winter season at the RIT Early Season Invite, where Greg Hartnett ’12 won the 1,000 meters and Mark Rollfs ’15 triumphed in the 5,000 in his collegiate debut.

Women’s track and field: The Yellowjackets won three events at the RIT Early Season Invite, including Ashanna Lynch ’13 in the shot put and Yvette Igbokwe ’15 in the 60 meters in her first collegiate meet.

—Ryan Whirty