Feb. 17, 2014
Seniors Ryan Schmitz from the men's tennis team and Dana Tricarico from women's swimming and diving have been named Siena College's Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month representing January. The duo has excelled academically and athletically throughout their college careers. Both Schmitz and Tricarico were named to the 4.0 club for the fall 2013 semester.
Schmitz is a native of nearby Schenectady, N.Y. Along with Peter Collins, Schmitz was part of the most successful Siena doubles team in the fall 2013 season with a 6-2 record. He also posted a 4-4 singles record for the fall season, second among the Saints.
Academically, Schmitz possesses a 3.96 cumulative GPA and is majoring in Finance. He was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in 2013.
A native of East Lyme, Conn., Tricarico finished her swim career with a fifth place team finish at the 2014 MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships. She was part of the 400-yard Free Relay team, along with Jacque Medina, Maggie Fletcher, and Shannon Love that finished sixth at the championship.
Tricarico possesses a 3.56 cumulative GPA while majoring in Environmental Science. She was one of ten swimmers to be named to the 2014 MAAC Women's Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team.
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.