Feb. 29, 2012
Katie Carew from Siena swimming and diving and Meghan Yi from Siena cross country have been honored with the latest Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month, representing January. Both Carew and Yi have spectacular bodies of work, both in the classroom and as members of Siena's community of student athletes.
A senior, Carew co-captained Siena swimming and diving this past season. The Saints went 9-7, recording the program's fifth consecutive winning season. The nine wins also tied Carew and her classmates as the winningest class in Siena swimming and diving history with 34 victories. Outside the pool, Carew carries a 3.5 GPA while majoring in Philosophy, and has represented her team on Siena's Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Carew was the MAAC's female nominee for the NCAA Student Athlete Sportsmanship Award, and has also represented Siena and the MAAC at a number of national conferences.
Meanwhile, Yi helped lead the women's cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the 2011 MAAC Championships as a senior. A team captain, Yi also excels in the classroom, carrying a stellar 3.79 cumulative GPA while majoring in Biology. Away from Siena, she spent part of last summer mentoring underprivileged children in the African country of Namibia, and will spend this coming summer biking across the country as part of the Bike and Build Program, which supports affordable housing nationwide.
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.