Hamilton's 2014 Riffle Award winners announced
Hamilton College women's swimmer Maggie Rosenbaum '14 (Alford, Mass./Monument Mountain Regional HS) and men's golfer Greg Scott '14 (New Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union HS) received the 2014 Jack B. Riffle Awards at the College's senior varsity athlete awards dinner on May 20.
The Riffle Award has been presented annually since 1987 to the most outstanding Hamilton male and female senior athlete. Riffle graduated from Hamilton in 1950 and passed away on Dec. 13, 1986. A group of Riffle's friends and associates established a memorial fund in his name because of his deep interest in Hamilton athletics.
Rosenbaum is the sixth Riffle winner from the women's swimming and diving program. She finished first in the 100-yard backstroke at the 2011 and 2012 NCAA swimming and diving championships, and is the only women’s swimmer in team history that has won a national title.
Rosenbaum earned eight All-America awards, which are given to someone when they finish in the top eight of an event at the NCAA championships. The eight awards are tied for the most by any Hamilton male or female swimmer or diver in the history of the two programs.
Rosenbaum was voted the NESCAC Championship Women’s Swimmer of the Meet in 2012 and 2013 and was a four-time all-conference honoree. She earned the 2014 NESCAC Women’s Four-Year High-Point Swimmer Award, which goes to the swimmer that generated the most points for her team during the last four NESCAC championships.
Rosenbaum has the program record in seven individual events and is part of four relays that own the team record. She is the NESCAC championship record-holder in the 50 and 100 back and has the conference record for the 50. She set Hamilton's Bristol Pool record in the 100-yard butterfly at her final home meet in February.
Scott is the second Riffle winner from the men's golf team after the other was honored 20 years ago. He was voted to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-America third team and the GCAA Division III All-Freshman Team in 2011. He is a four-time GCAA Northeast Region all-region selection and a three-time NESCAC all-conference honoree, including the first team in the fall of 2011.
Scott shares the team record for best 18-hole score with a 67 and is believed to hold the program record for best 36-hole tournament score at 139. His career average for an 18-hole round was 75.4 strokes.
Scott has been on the NESCAC fall all-sportsmanship team three times. He helped Hamilton finish third at the NESCAC championship qualifier in 2012 and fourth at the 2011 qualifier. He led the team to two appearances in the four-team NESCAC championship.
Men's lacrosse player Bryan Hopper '14 (Ridgewood, N.J./Lawrenceville School) and women's cross country and track athlete Sarah Ohanesian '14 (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Emma Willard School) received the Milton H. Jannone Awards. The Jannone Award is presented annually to a male and female senior athlete who is recognized by their peers and coaches for their outstanding athleticism, leadership and academic accomplishment.
Hopper was a two-time NESCAC all-conference selection, including the first team in 2014. In three years, he scored 54 goals and added 19 assists for 73 points in 41 games. The 2013 and 2014 team captain earned 2014 U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-America Team honors and will play in the 2014 Division III North/South Senior All-Star Game in Baltimore on Sunday, May 25.
Ohanesian was an individual qualifier for the 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and earned a pair of U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Atlantic Region all-region team awards for cross country. She holds the sixth-fastest five-kilometer time by a Hamilton women’s runner on the team's home course.
Ohanesian was a two-time member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference all-conference team for indoor track & field. For outdoor track & field, she earned a spot on the 2014 New York State Collegiate Track Conference all-conference team for the 1,500-meter run. She owns the program’s indoor record in the mile run and is part of the outdoor team’s distance medley relay record.
Ohanesian received 2013 USTFCCCA all-academic honors for cross country. She made the NESCAC fall, winter and spring all-academic teams a total of seven times.
Women's soccer player Jacqueline Winter '14 (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional HS) and men's ice hockey player Evan Haney '14 (Sainte-Marthe, Quebec/Millbrook School [N.Y.]) received the Jean-Marius Gelas Memorial Awards. The Gelas Award is presented annually to a male and female senior student-athlete who has displayed outstanding development in sportsmanship, leadership, character and athletic ability during their college years.
Winter started all 61 games on defense during her four-year career and helped lead women’s soccer to three postseason appearances, including the second round of the 2010 NCAA championship. She was a three-time NESCAC fall all-academic team honoree and the 2013-14 President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Haney scored 15 goals and added 17 assists for 32 points in 86 career games. He was team captain as a junior and a senior and an assistant captain as a sophomore. He helped lead men’s ice hockey to three postseason appearances, including 2011 when the team earned the No. 1 seed for the NESCAC championship for the first time. He served as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee team representative in 2013-14.
The featured guest speaker was Dr. Tom LaFountain '78. LaFountain is the founder of Professional Sports Care, which is a chiropractic sports medicine organization that provides professional golfers and professional golf programs highly trained and experienced chiropractic physicians for their services. He is the director of chiropractic services for the PGA Tour and has been a member of the PGA sports medicine team since 1997. At Hamilton, LaFountain played quarterback for the football team and once held the team record for single-game pass completions. He was co-captain and most valuable player of the baseball team his senior year.