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>>Brockport men’s basketball came up just short in their pursuit for a SUNYAC Championship, falling to Oswego, 74-63, in the conference finals recently. Following the game, both Jahidi Wallace and Mekhi Beckett were announced as members of the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team. The Golden Eagles finish the season as the SUNYAC runners-up with a 20-7 record overall and 14-4 in conference play.

>>Brockport women’s basketball’s Stephanie Jean-Baptiste was named the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, Zairea Hannah earned Second-Team All-Conference, and Anna Felice took Third-Team All-Conference in a release by the conference office. Jean-Baptiste made an instant impact on the court in her freshman year, becoming the programs first SUNYAC Rookie of the Year since the 2004-05 season. The guard from Jersey City averaged 10.7 points per game, leading the team in scoring average.

Hannah also joined Brockport this year for her first season with the program. The Rochester native immediately joined the starters, starting in all 25 games for the Green and Gold. Leading the team in both points and rebounds this year, she nearly averaged a double-double at 10.4 points and 9.9 rebounds a game.

Felice finishes her stint with the Green and Gold earning the first all-conference honor of her career. Going 83-for-101 at the free throw line, she led the SUNYAC with a free throw percentage of 82.2%. She averaged 9.7 points per game on her way to joining SUNY Brockport’s Career Scoring “500” Club this season.

>>The SUNY Brockport wrestling team recently competed on the final day of the NCAA Mideast Regional Competition, hosted by Ithaca College. The Golden Eagles finished the meet with a total of 54 points in 12th place and will be sending Elijah Sims and Joe Yanis onto the NCAA III Championships in Roanoke, Virginia. Sims went undefeated on the final day of competition to punch his ticket to nationals in the 149-weight class. In the heavyweight division, Yanis started the day with a 5-0 decision loss in the semifinals. He moved onto the consolation semifinals, where he won by a fierce 2-1 decision. He won his final match of the day by a 2-0 decision, landing himself third place and a ticket to nationals.

>>The women’s track and field team completed the final day of the SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Brockport placed second with 130.5 team points. Mia Montgomery claimed the conference title in the 60-meter dash. She took the gold medal with a time of 7.94 in the event finals. Sarah Crockett earned her second gold medal of the weekend, repeating as champion in the shot put event. She threw a 13.34 to score 10 points with her first-place finish. Sarah Killip tied for second in the high jump event, earning a silver medal. She hit a clearance height of 1.57 meters to grab seven points. In the women’s 800-meter event, Jennifer Metz passed the runner from Geneseo right before the finish line to take silver. She finished in 2:17.14, just 0.09 ahead of the third-place runner. Brockport’s 4x400 squad of Clara Sensini, Courtney Bostic, Jennifer Metz, and Sarah Levine earned silver by running a 4:00.51. They scored eight big points for the team in the event.

>>The men’s track and field team completed the final day of the SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field Championships recently. Brockport placed third with 106.5 team points. Kelly Brown claimed the conference title in the men’s 60-meter dash, running a 6.97 to take the gold. Alex Rood also took a gold medal, placing first in the shot put with his distance of 15.87 meters. Jason Marincic earned the bronze in the event with a 14.61. Winning the silver medal in the men’s mile, Jonathan Zavala broke the school record once again for the event. Zavala ran a 4:09.34 for second place and eight points.

>>The SUNYAC announced the 2023 Men’s Ice Hockey All-Conference and All-Rookie teams, as nominated and voted on by the conference coaches. The Golden Eagles had two players earn recognition in Connor Galloway and Manny Sanchez. Galloway is earning his first career All-Conference honor following his junior campaign. He finished the season with 28 points, ranking fifth in the SUNYAC. In his first season with the Green and Gold, Sanchez was tied for third on the team with 12 assists.

>>The SUNY Brockport swim and dive teams recently finished an amazing day four at the SUNYAC Swimming and Diving Championships at ECC. The women’s squad finished third in the SUNYAC with a total of 457 points. The men’s team moved up one spot from last year’s finish, taking sixth with 234 points. Elizabeth Sagan finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.67, just .01 seconds before the second-place finisher from SUNY Geneseo. She also broke the program record of 52.25 in the event.

>>The National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) announced that Brockport’s Kyra Figurelli was selected as the NCGA East Event Specialist of the Week. Figurelli had an amazing performance with her routine on the floor exercise at the meet in Cortland. She posted a 9.900 to win the event, marking her best of the season and the highest floor mark in the nation this season. She matched her 2022 NCGA Floor National Title score to help the Golden Eagles defeat both Cortland and Rhode Island at the meet. Figurelli is now ranked third in the nation with an average of 9.744 on the floor.

>>SUNY Brockport Athletic Director Erick Hart announced the hiring of Jim Clar as the new head women’s volleyball coach earlier this month. Clar will be responsible for all aspects of Brockport’s storied women’s volleyball program. Clar spent the last 11 seasons developing the Hartwick College volleyball program into a perennial contender in the Empire 8 Conference. His hard work came to fruition this past Fall as he guided the Hawks to their best record in program-history, 20-5 overall, en route to earning Empire 8 Coaching Staff of the Year honors. He piloted the Hawks to the program’s first Empire 8 Championship game appearance; four all-conference selections and he also mentored the Empire 8 Player of the Year.

>>Athletic Director Erick Hart also announced the hiring of Aimee Spilman as the new Coordinator of Athletic Events and Operations. Spilman will be responsible for managing the game operation needs for all 23 of Brockport’s varsity sports as well as scheduling and monitoring all activities in the athletic facilities. Additional duties include coordinating daily facility oversight and supervision of graduate assistants, interns and student worker personnel.

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Posted: March 02, 2023