Men's Tennis' Alex Burbine and swimming and diving's Kelsey Helin are the January recipients of the Leo Dufort Siena College Student Athlete of the Month Award. Both seniors have led their teams in the classroom and athletically as they prepare for the upcoming championship seasons.
Burbine, a senior from Londonderry, N.H., enjoyed a strong fall, while also excelling in the classroom. Burbine, a finance major, holds a 3.54 cumulative GPA and achieved a 3.67 GPA this past fall. On the court, he competed as one of the senior leaders at No. 3 for the Saints. Against Hartford he picked up a singles win and teamed up with Darren Resich to for a doubles victory as well. He will again be counted on as one of the leaders as the Saints begin their championship season this weekend.
Helin, a senior from Keene, N.H., was a leader on the field and in the pool for the Saints. An accounting major, Helin holds a cumulative 3.57 GPA, and was a member of the 4.0 club this past fall. In the pool, Helin was one of the more versatile swimmers for the Saints this season. Over the course of the season she swam in the Breast, Fly and IM and was a staple of Siena's top 200 medley relay team. She earned the top seed times for the Saints in the 100 and 200 breast for the upcoming MAAC Championships.
The Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.