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Empire Alumni News

Empire Alumnae at 2018 NESCAC Championships

Empire Alumnae found each other and shared hugs and stories. Pictured (L-R): Kelly Delane, sr, Middlebury, Julia Ruggiero, fr, Amherst, Ali MCNamara, jr., Williams, Nia Vogel, sr., Trinity College, Charlotte Nixon, sr, Connecticut College, Kristina Barry, jr., Williams, Kitty Elwyn, jr., Colby College


Eric Moss Named Liberty League Rookie of the Week!

Congratulations to Empire alumnus and RIT Freshman Eric Moss on being named the Liberty League Men's Swimming and Diving Rookie of the Week on Monday, for the week ending Jan. 28, 2018. You can read all the details on the RIT Athletics website

 

 

 


 

Congrats to the Empire Class of 2017! 


Below is a list of our graduating Seniors and the schools they will be attending in the Fall.  We are so proud of you all and wish you the best of luck in your next adventure! We hope you take with you many happy memories of good times in and out of the water, and many lessons learned in your time with the team. 
Remember: "If you work hard, good things will happen!"

NAME

SCHOOL
Mika Andrews West Point
Sami Drew University of Michigan
Aidan Flannery University of Wisconsin
Sakura Hamazaki SUNY Geneseo
Andrew Holzman Binghamton University
Sabeen Khan University of Michigan
Kasia Malendowicz Columbia University
Tanner McFarland Lafayette College
Eric Moss Rochester Institute of Technology
Julia Ruggiero Amherst College
Jojo Sasso Union College
Meghan Walsh Providence College

 


 

Congrats to the Empire Class of 2016! 


 

NAME

SCHOOL
Kelly Amar Washington & Lee
William Ansehl University of Chicago
Taylor Atkin Colgate University
Alex Corda Washington University
Evan Dodes Hamilton College
Kerry Kelly Union College
Alec Nicaj Providence College
Rachel Noach SUNY Cortland
Maureen O'Sullivan University of Toledo
Stephanie Pon Tufts University
Nadia Riverso Emory University
Kaz Sampson SUNY Geneseo
Sarah Schlesinger Northeastern University
Kymani Senior Denison University
Bebe Thompson Yale University
Dan Tucci Marist College

 


Congratulations to the Empire Class of 2015!

NAME

SCHOOL
Kristina Barry Williams College
Eric Bostrom Johns Hopkins University
Kierstin Chu Northeastern University
Tyler Curran Emory University
Amanda Leopizzi Roger Williams University
Patrick MacAulay Providence College
Charlie McFarland Bucknell University
Alison McNamara Williams College
Joseph Ruggiero SUNY Geneseo
Wyatt Semenuk Kenyon College

 


 

Congrats to Empire Alum Kierstin Chu on being a finalist at the 2016 CAA Championships -
Go Huskies!



Alison McNamara Rookie of the Meet at NESCAC Meet

Empire Alumna Alison McNamara (Class of 2015) earned "Rookie of the Meet" at the 2016 NESCAC Meet, helping Williams College win their 15th NESCAC title. Ali was second in both the 500 and 1650 events, and won the 1000 free. You can read the full story on Swimming World Magazine online by clicking here. Congratulations Ali -- we are so very proud of you!!!


Shane McNamara Named to National Junior Team

Congratulations to Shane McNamara on being named to the 2014-2015 USA Swimming Mens National Junior Team! This team is comprised of athletes 18 & under with the top six fastest times in the country, in Olympic events only, from the combined results of all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets from 1/1/2014 to 9/1/2014.  Shane's 200 breaststroke qualified as the second fastest 18 & under time in the country!  Shane was also selected to represent USA Swimming as a member of  the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team, but was unable to attend due to commitments at Harvard University. 


2014 Empire Seniors

Congratulations to the Empire Class of 2014!

Athlete

College

Kelly Delane

Middlebury

Megan Gallagher

Colgate

Gabe Girotto

 University of Miami

Kaitlin Hartigan

Richmond

Acacia Hoisington

Dartmouth

Shane McNamara

Harvard 

Charlotte Nixon

Connecticut College

Beatrix Panitz

Michigan State

Peter Patapis

Wesleyan

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Tulane

Raoul Rodriguez

 Princeton

Sam Rubenstein

NYU

Aaron Saccurato

Dennison

Max Tillman

 College of New Jersey

Nia Vogel

Trinity College

 

                                         

 


Look Who We Ran Into at Winter Nationals!

We are always happy to run into Empire alumni at swim meets, so naturally it was great seeing Maggie D'Arcy at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals Meet in Knoxville, TN!

Maggie D'Arcy & Ryan Marynowski at 2013 Winter Nationals

 


2013 Empire Seniors

Congratulations to the Empire Class of 2013!

Athlete

College

 

 

Elizabeth Barry

Hamilton College

John Blackburn

Colby College

Nicole Ebratt

 University of Rhode Island

Chandler Elwyn

Hamilton College

Kristen Lane

Holy Cross

Alec Lessem

George Mason University 

Christian Macaluso

Binghamton University

Sivan Mehta

Carnegie Mellon Univ

Avery Nisbet

R.P.I.

Melanie Patapis

 Tulane University

Bryan Pon

Johns Hopkins University

Pasha Rusakov

SUNY Oswego

Lene' Sansone

 

Sora Shiraishi

University of Rochester


Lauren Becerra Named Skyline Swimmer of the Year

After leading the Mount Saint Mary women's swim team to its second straight Skyline Conference title, Empire alumna Lauren Becerra was named Skyline Conference Women's Swimmer of the Year.  Lauren won all three of her individual events at the meet, and was the anchor of the winning 400 free relay. Congratulations Lauren!

Lauren Becerra


Nicholson Named Patriot Swimmer of Week

Empire alumnus Mike Nicholson was named Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week after two individual first-place finishes in the Bucknell win over Lehigh University.  The meet reunited Mike with other Empire alumni JT Nangle, Matt Carducci, and Timmy Perley. Congratulations on a great college season!

        Mike Nicholson

JT Nangle, Matt Carducci, Mike Nicholson & Timmy Perley


Marynowski Captain of Colgate Women's Team

Congratulations to Empire alumna Ryan Marynowski on being named one of the Captains of the 2012-2013 Colgate University Women's Swim & Dive Team.

Ryan had an amazing Junior season, earning second team All-Patriot League honors and finishing second in her events at the Patriot League Championships.

 You can read the whole story here:

http://www.gocolgateraiders.com/news/2012/9/12/WSWIM_0912120546.aspx

Congratulations Ryan - we are proud of you!


Empire Triathletes!

Before going off to Franklin & Marshall College in the Fall, Empire swimmer Christopher Shannon completed the grueling 2012 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, which included a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz island to St. Francis Yacht Club in frigid water, an 18 mile bike ride, and concluded with an 8 mile run. Christopher not only finished, but he placed second in his age group and in the top 5% of 2000 participants, with an overall time of 2:38.07!  (Click here for the full story.) Christopher told  us that his success was  "Thanks to the intensity of Empire's year-round training and the importance of goal-setting if any one of wants to achieve results."   But we know the training is only as good as the work you put into it -- so, congratulations on your hard work and great results Chrisopher! We are proud of you!!

 

Speaking of hard work... Empire swimmers Avery Kiesel, Isabel Kiesel, Garrett Kiesel, and Olivia Andrews were recently featured in a story on Wall Street Journal Live that focused on their training for the upcoming TOUGHKids Triathlon Championship on September 8th. Click here for a link to the WSJ story.  Triathlons are a "family affair" for these athletes, and we wish them luck in their race!

Triathlete Christopher Shannon

2012 Empire Seniors

Congratulations to the Empire Class of 2012!

We are so very proud of you and we wish you the best of luck as you start your college careers!!

Athlete

College

Meghan Barry

Hartwick College

Sophie Browne

Northeastern University

Gavin Buckland

Drexel University

Matthew Carducci

Lehigh University

Jacqueline Diffley

Boston University

Darrin Gillenwater

Binghamton University

Matthew Ginsgerg

 Dartmouth College

Codi Haigney

Colorado College

Danielle Latino

Fairfield University

Michael Lu

M.I.T.

Carter McFarland

Loyola University Maryland

JT Nangle

Bucknell University

Elizabeth Ostertag

Princeton University

Andy Schunk

SUNY Geneseo

Christopher Shannon

Franklin & Marshall College

Mollie Smith

Marist College

Tommy St. Vincent

Lafayette  College

Shieri Suzuka

Carnegie Mellon Univ

Sawyer Turcotte

Tulane University

Lauren Church

Univ Of Pennsylvania


Eyckmans Racks Up College Awards

Empire Alumnus Robert Eyckmans (Class of 2008) has been busy at Columbia University! The Political Science major is graduating this year after leaving his mark academically as well as on the Columbia Lions Swim Team. Honors he has garnered include:

  • Columbia Varsity/School Record

    • 100 Breast (55.08)

    • 400 IM (3:51.11)

  • Academic All-Ivy

    • Selected by the Ivy league, NOT by the school.  Criteria is to maintain a 3.0 GPA and have a strong impact in one's sport.  Rob was the only swimmer to qualify, and 1 of 10 Columbia athletes for that season (winter sports).

  • Division 1 Mid-Major All-America Honorable Mention

    • The criteria is to attend a Division 1 Mid Major School and make an NCAA "B" cut; had "B' cuts in all his events.  400 IM, 100 breast, and 200 Breast (1:59.26)

  • Second Team All-Ivy

    • Placed second in an event at the Ivy league Championships (400 IM).

  • MVP

    • Voted most valuable by his teammates.

  • Herbert Vollmer Award- Most Outstanding Swimmer or Diver

    • Awarded to the most outstanding swimmer by the athletics Department. ( More or less an MVP award, except the athlete is selected by the university, not voted on by the swimmers.)

When talking about his Empire experience and its impact on his collegiate swimming, Rob said "Empire is a special place that not only produces good swimmers, but good men as well.  There is no swimmer I have encountered in my four years of college that displayed the discipline, respect, or work ethic on the same level of that of the Empire program."

Thanks for the kind words Rob, and for proving them true.  Congratulations on a great college career -- you have done us proud!!!


Ivy League Empire Alumni

Thanks to Audrey Pangilinan for sending us this great shot of five Empire Alumni from the Ivy League Championship Meet at Princeton. In the photo from L to R: Maggie D'Arcy (Columbia), Doug Ellman (Princeton), Rob Eyckmans (Columbia), Stacy Rogers (Princeton) and Erica Pangilinan (Penn).

We are so proud of you!

 


Yuka Suzuka Named SUNYAC Outstanding Female Swimmer

Congratulations to Empire Alumna Yuka Suzuka on being named 2012 SUNY Athletic Conference Most Outstanding Female Swimmer!

Yuka's amazing performance at the 2012 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships included conference record setting times of 55.53 in the 100 backstroke, and 2:01.60 in the 200 backstroke that also qualified her for NCAAs.Great job, Yuka!


Marynowski Named Patriot League Swimmer of Week

After three meets in five days, resulting in first place finishes in every event she entered, Empire Alumna Ryan Marynowski was named Patriot League "Swimmer of the Week". Click here to read the full Colgate Raiders article with details on Ryan's stellar week!

Ryan Marynowski


Empire Alumni Reunited at Bucknell Invitational

LtoR: Teddy Perley, Alex Panzarino, Courtney Callahan, Ryan Marynowksi, Mike Nicholson, Claire Hunter, Tavy Smith, Timmy Perley

Nine Empire alumni were reunited when Bucknell University held their Invitational meet in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania November 18-20.  Swimming for host team Bucknell were Mike Nicholson, Alex Panzarino, and Timmy Perley. Swimming on the Colgate University team were Courtney Callahan, Claire Hunter, Ryan Marynowski, Teddy Perley, and Tavy Smith, and Allison Fulenwider was there swimming for Georgetown.

Ryan Marynowski & Allison Fulenwider


Congrats to Georgetown Captain Kelly Donlin!

Congratulations to Empire Alumna Kelly Donlin on being elected Captain of the Division 1 Georgetown University Hoyas Swim Team! This is Kelly's senior year at Georgetown, and we are proud of her hard work and the great things she is accomplishing in and out of the pool!

Georgetown Captain Kelly Donlin


Erin Calderoni Named Greenwich Swimmer-of-Year

Congratulations to Empire Alumna, Erin Calderoni, who has been named the female recipient of the 2012 Walter Rothenheber Memorial Swim Performer-of-the-Year Award by the Greenwich Aquatic Hall of Fame.  This award recognizes superior competitive achievement during the previous calendar short and long course seasons, and will be presented to Erin at the Annual Greenwich Aquatic Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon on November 26th.   After an impressive swimming career at Empire and at Greenwich High School, Erin moved on to Loyola University where she will compete with the Greyhounds when they open their season on October 8th against George Mason.  Along with studying and swimming, Erin found the time (and energy!) to run the 9th Annual Diane Geppi-Aikens 5K with her new Loyola teammates.  Congratulations to Erin on this wonderful recognition of her hard work and accomplishments!

Erin Calderoni


Captains Courageous

An alumni parent sent us this great picture taken at the Westchester Conference Championships meet of four Empire collegiate swimmers, who will all be Captains of their respective college swim teams this year. Congratulations to Ryan Marrano, Jim Flannery, Teddy Perley, and Rob Eyckmans!

We love hearing about what our alumni athletes are doing! If you have stories or photos you'd like to share on our Alumni Page, please send them to us at coach@empireswimming.com!

Captains LtoR: Ryan Marrano, Jim Flannery, Teddy Perley, Rob Eyckmans


Swimming to Rowing

Former Empire swimmer, Will Robbins, graduated in 2010 and went on to Stanford University. He sent us a great article on how his experience and training with Empire prepared him for his walk-on acceptance to the Stanford Rowing Team, and continues to be a big part of his crew training regimen. Click here to read his story

Empire Alumni Will Robbins Rowing With Stanford


2011 Empire Seniors

SARAH FISCHER

MAYA OLIVIERI

ERIN CALDERONI

SARA ARAUJO

SHANNON TOAL


ALI KATCHIS


LAUREN BAILEY


SAMI JAILE

CATHERINE WISELL

EDWARD PAGANO

TIMMY PERLEY


LUCAS AVIDAN

AARRON BENNETT

VIN CATARRANACHIO


DAVID PURDY