Dec. 30, 2011
Sophomore Brendan Gregg of cross country and senior Sarah Szewczyk of field hockey were honored with the most recent Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month awards, representing November. The two standouts have shined both academically and athletically during their times in Loudonville.
Gregg led Siena cross country to one of the best seasons in recent program history this past fall. He placed 25th at this year's MAAC Championships with a time of 26:28.4, the fastest time of any Siena men's competitor over the Van Cortlandt Park course in the past decade. The team as a unit finished seventh at the event, up two spots from their 2010 effort. Additionally, Gregg carries a 3.3 cumulative GPA, and is an undecided arts major.
Meanwhile, Szewczyk wrapped up her Siena field hockey career with a fine senior season. Her six points tied for second on the squad, and her one-goal, two-assist performance against NEC power Monmouth nearly pushed the Green and Gold to one of the biggest comebacks in program history. The upperclassman has also shined in the classroom as a Marketing major, posting a 3.72 cumulative GPA heading into the year and a perfect 4.0 during the fall semester.
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.