Newest Hall of Famers
On Friday, September 15, during Homecoming weekend, 10 Ithacans were inducted into the Ithaca College Athletics Hall of Fame:
The basketball teams coached by Leslie “Les” Barton ’39 won 17 league titles, 10 county championships, and six Section I crowns. His Pine Plains (
Six-time all-American gymnast Lindsay-Leigh Bartyzel Consolati ’96 won the 1994 NCGA individual national championship in the all-around. Winner of Ithaca’s Iris Carnell Award as the top female athlete of the senior class, Bartyzel also won five individual ECAC titles (a Bombers record), two in 1994 and three in 1995, She was the first Ithaca gymnast to record six all-America finishes.
A member of two successive Ithaca College NCAA national championship women’s soccer teams, Megan Collins-Heiar ’94, M.S. ’95, earned first-team all-America honors as a senior. A back, she was a three-time all-conference, three-time all-state, and two-time all-region pick. She was named the defensive most valuable player of the 1991 NCAA final four. Collins scored 24 points in 91 games as the Bombers posted a four-year record of 69-10-12.
Quadruple threat Penny Curtis ’70 competed in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, and swimming and diving. A member of
Jeff Geller ’94 is one of five
As a pitcher for the IC baseball team, Bob Graham ’59 compiled a 16-1 record that included a win over
The 1996 Ben Light Award winner as the top male athlete of his senior class, Colin Herlihy ’96 was a two-time national winner at the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships and an all-American in 1995. After breaking two school records and one NCAA record in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke at the 1996 NCAA championships, Herlihy was named swimmer of the meet. In 1995 and 1996 he was named the Upstate New York State Collegiate Swimming Association swimmer of the year.
A two-time all-American field hockey player, Debra Smith ’90 is one of just two Ithacans to have twice earned first-team honors. She was a three-time first-team all-region selection and was named the team’s defensive MVP as a sophomore, junior, and senior. A sweeper, Smith collected 14 career assists. She also played third base for the softball team, compiling 52 hits and 36 runs scored in her four-year career.
Baseball pitcher Joe Sottolano ’90 was named the most outstanding player at the 1988 NCAA Men’s College World Series after leading the IC team to the title. A two-time ECAC all-star and one-time all-region player, he was one of 36 baseball players in the nation to be invited to try out for the Olympic team in 1988. Head coach at the U.S. Military Academy since 2000, Sottolano has led Army to the only three NCAA playoff appearances in the program’s 117 years of competition.
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