Four Leopards Named to Patriot League's All-Decade Men's Swimming Team

Lafayette grads are given the prestigious nod for their accomplishments in the pool.

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Dec. 5, 2000

EASTON, Pa. ( - In celebration of the conference's 10th anniversary, the Patriot League announced its Men's and Women's Swimming All-Decade teams on Tuesday, with Lafayette holding four of the 20 roster slots on the men's team.

Former All-Patriot League Leopards Ignacio Fente '96, Javier Fente '95, Andrew Rutherford '94 and Sean Hansen '00 were honored by the league for their excellence in the pool.

Javier Fente dominated the sprint events during his reign at Lafayette and he still holds school records in the 100-yard freestyle (45.35) and 100-yard backstroke (50.99). He was named the team's most valuable swimmer two-times during his career as a Leopard.

Javier's older brother and fellow honoree Ignacio holds the Lafayette record in the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 1:51.68. The elder Fente earned the team's academic achievement award in 1994, which is given each year to the student-athlete with the highest GPA on the team.

Rutherford holds three individual school records, setting new marks in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.44), 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.63) and 200-yard individual medley (1:51.69). To go along with his individual achievements, Rutherford is also a member of four record-holding relay teams at Lafayette, the 200- and 400-yard freestyle squads and the 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams

A more recent graduate, Hansen is Lafayette's record-holder in the 400-yard individual medley, setting a mark of 4:08.95 in 1998. He also earned the team's most valuable swimmer award in both his freshman and senior seasons.

The All-Decade swimming teams are comprised of 20 men and 20 women, including two divers on each team. The student-athletes were selected by a committee consisting of head coaches, institutional sports information liaisons and administrative liaisons. Those included on the All-Decade rosters are:

Jill Adessa (Holy Cross '92), Lauren Ayres (Lehigh '02), Heidi Borden (Army '01), Colleen Criscillo (Army '91), Heidi Fearon (Navy '96), Jamie Grivalsky (Lehigh '02), Margaret Grunow (Bucknell '93), Carolyn Harris (Army '00), Kathleen Hartnett (Bucknell '94), Melissa Hawley (Navy '02), Stacia Johnson - D (Navy '92), Stacey Kalota (Army '03), Kelly Kinsella (Navy '93), Tricia LeRoux (Army '02), Colleen Lynch (Holy Cross '95), Julia Mason (Navy '99), Jen Myers (Bucknell '98), Rachael Pick - D (Army '97), Heather Sprengel (Colgate '94) and Jen Trainor (Army '99).

Dave Bresser (Army '94), Jeff Cline (Lehigh '96), Mike Colvig (Colgate '96), Dan Downs (Army '03), Steve Droste (Bucknell '93), Ignacio Fente (Lafayette 96), Javier Fente (Lafayette '95), Jay Gross (Bucknell '93), Sean Hansen (Lafayette '00), Ken Johns (Lehigh '96), Alex Johnson (Bucknell '99), Paul Littlefield (Lehigh '91), Joe Novak (Army '99), Atsushi Ohtaka (Fordham '92), Jeff Roseman - D (Colgate '98), Andrew Rutherford (Lafayette '94), Chris Sheier (Lehigh '99), Paul Smith (Fordham '93), Greg Sobo - D (Colgate '94) and Don Steenson (Bucknell '92).

- D indicates Diver