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Greta Leberfinger
Qualifies for 2012 United
States Olympic Trials
G
reta Leberfinger ’15 has become
the first active Marist student-
athlete in school history to qualify for a
United States Olympic trial. Leberfinger
recorded a time of 1:11.88 in the 100-meter
breaststroke at the Eastern College
Athletic Conference’s Long Course
Meter Swimming Invitational on Feb.
23 at the United States Naval Academy in
Annapolis, MD. In doing so, she came in
0.31 seconds ahead of the trial standard
time.
After nearly making the cut in her
first qualifying attempt in the morning
with a time of 1:12.66, Leberfinger came
back in the night session on a mission.
It was there that she swam to a time of
1:11.88, ahead of the Olympic time trial
standard of 1:12.19. With her result,
Leberfinger will now be invited to com-
pete for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic
SwimTeam. The trials will be held June 25
through July 2 in Omaha, NE, with only
a chosen fewmaking the cut to represent
the United States at the 2012 Summer
Olympics in London.
—Alex Lumb
Alisa Kresge ’07 and Rik Smits ’88 were honored
at the inaugural MAAC Honor Roll Dinner
at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of
Fame on March 2. Two former student-athletes
from each of the conference’s 10 schools were
enshrined in the MAAC Experience, the league’s
exhibit at the Hall of Fame.
KrystianWitkowski
Signs with Philadelphia
Union of MLS
K
rystian Witkowski ’12, one of
Marist men’s soccer’s all-time
leading scorers, became an official
member of the Philadelphia Union of
Major League Soccer on Feb. 21 when
the club announced his signing to a pro-
fessional contract. On Jan. 17, Witkowski
was selected 26th overall in the 2012
MLS Supplemental Draft.
The Union began their 2012 sea-
son on March 12 against the Portland
Timbers. Their 34-match regular season
runs until Oct. 27.
A three-time National Soccer
Coaches Association of America
All-Region selection and All-Metro
Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree,
Witkowski is the first Red Fox to have
signed a professional deal with an MLS
organization.
—Alex Lumb
Courtesy of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Krystian Witkowski ’12 has become the first Red
Fox to sign a professional deal with a Major
League Soccer organization.
Courtesy Marist Athletics
Courtesy Marist Athletics
Greta Leberfinger ’15 has become the first active Marist student-athlete in school history to qualify
for a United States Olympic trial.
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