Conroy, Ness Named Leo Dufort Student-Athletes of the Month

Feb. 28, 2011

Shawn Conroy of the men's tennis team and Katie Ness of swimming and water polo have been named the Leo Dufort Student-Athletes of the Month, representing January. Both have stood out athletically and academically during their times in Loudonville.

A senior finance major from nearby Scotia, New York, Conroy carries a 3.46 cumulative GPA. He won two matches in the fall, and his leadership will play a large role in Siena's spring season. Most notably, he helped Siena top Rider in their lone conference match in the fall season.

Ness, a junior psychology major, boasts a 3.32 cumulative GPA and is one of four student-athletes competing on both the swimming and diving and water polo teams. She most recently played a role in three first-place finishes at MAAC Championships in swimming and diving, including a new conference record in the 50 free. Her attention now turns to water polo, where last year she helped the Saints to just their second-ever appearance in their MAAC Tournament.

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.