FIT Celebrates its Fall All- Americans and Successes in 2013
By DJ Bevivino
(New York, NY) The athletic programs at FIT are again, being nationally recognized. The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced their list of All- Americans and the Fashion Institute of Technology has been well represented in every fall sport. The announcement comes at the end of a year where many of the teams and athletes had amazing success.
Cross Country- The 2013 cross country and half marathon season was outstanding. The team continually finished in the top ranks of each race. They set a goal of finishing in the top 5 at nationals and they did just that. Led by Freshman Lindsey Schroth, who finished in 14th place at nationals, earned herself a spot on the Honorable Mention All-American team. Running against teams from higher division and the NCAA the half marathon team flew out to Georgia as the only representative from the NJCAA Div. III and finished only 3 points out of ninth place. The 10th place finish by the three girls competing shows the true talent of the FIT Athletes as this was the first time they had competed in a half marathon race.
Soccer- The womenís soccer team finished their season second in both the league and the region. As the program is now in its third year, and gaining respect within the soccer community, the players are really starting to turn heads. Seniors Katie Snyder, Kate Snow, Hannah Rodriguez all were named first team All-Region. Three of the Tigers defenders were named to the second team All-Region as well, senior Melanie Daniel along with freshmen Erica Renstrom and Darcey Lehman. The fall, however couldnít have gone any better for senior Fashion Design student Hayley Reid. She was named, not only to the first team all- region team, but she was also named All- Region Player of the Year. This is the first time a FIT soccer player has ever been named player of the year. Hayley set another first for FIT Athletics, she was the first soccer player from the college to be named an All-American (second team). Katelyn Snow was also recognized for not just her work on the field but in the classroom as well. Katelyn was named to the first team All-American Scholars by the National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association.
Volleyball- With Carrie Thomas at the helm for the second year, the Tigers were out jumping hitting and diving just about every team they played this year. Playing over 40 matches this season the Tigers were destined from the start to go to nationals. The team won both the Howard Tournament, CCRI tournament and came in second at the Mustang Invitational. After beating local rival Suffolk in the region tournament, the Tigers advanced to the national tournament held in Minnesota. Playing some of the best teams in the country the tigers advanced from their #8 seed to finish 7th in the country. The team was filled with talent, there is no other way to put it. Lead by Carrie Thomas, who was named coach of the region, as well as Coach of the tournament, raised the bar for future teams. The talented duo of Rachel Carey and Alison Tyler ended the season being named to the Honorable Mention All-region team. The accolades for seniors Anna Buckley and Megan Houff are going in the record books were they will be tough to beat. Buckley recorded over 1000 set assists in her career, and was named to the first team All-Region team. Houff not to be out done was:
Named to the first team All- Region Team
In Week 7 Named player of the week by the NJCAA
2013 Dragon City Invite All-Tournament Team Region XV Player of the Year (second year in a row)
Nation All-Tournament Team
First team All-American
Tennis- The Tigers Tennis team had a lot of pressure after their outstanding season last year. However, if you knew this team at all you knew they would be up for the challenge. What else can you say except they finished second in the country. SECOND IN THE COUNTRY. Thatís right, Coach Lynn Cabot-Puro, notching her 3rd Consecutive Coach of the year award, lead this team right back to Billie Jean King stadium and put on a show. Three players from the tigers were named second team All-Americans. Senior Ashley Yakaboski, and Freshman Robyn Arteaga, were both named for singles play. Senior Keerthana Sivaramakrishnan was also named to the second team for singles play but was honored with another award. Kik,i as her teammates call her, was awarded the 2013 National Coaches Sportsmanship award.
How can you top that? The Fashion Institute of Technology is a dominant force in Athletics. Three teams playing at Nationals, 2 Coaches of the year, 6 All- Americans, 2 players of the year, and that was just the fall. With Swimming &Diving and Track & Field still ready to make their mark on an incredible start to the 2013-14 athletic calendar we can only expect to add to that list of accomplishments.