LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.- Men’s tennis sophomore Peter Galante and women’s swimming’s senior Dory Miller have been named Siena College’s Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month for January. The two honorees have been selected for this award for their success on and off the playing surfaces.
Galante has appeared in multiple spots for the Saints during his two years with the team. During his freshman season, he primarily played third doubles while also playing fifth and six singles. This season he has played all over the lineup including third through sixth singles and has played four matches at first doubles. A finance major, Galante achieved a 3.86 grade point average during the fall semester and currently sports a 3.61 cumulative GPA.
Miller, a transfer student from Florida International, has had success both in an out of the pool for the Saints. Named a co-captain for this season, she also achieved a 3.76 grade point average for the fall semester, bringing her cumulative GPA to 3.75 as chemistry major. She helped lead Siena to their first ECAC Championship when the team captured the title on December 6th. She ranks in the top 25 for top times of the 100 Back, top 20 in the 400 IM and the 200 Back in the MAAC this season.
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.