By PAUL ANTONELLI
Recorder Sports Editor
Swimmer Antonio Lanzi knows a little bit about achieving success in the pool, but the 2012 Amsterdam High School graduate never expected to earn the respect of his college teammates as quick as he has at the University at Buffalo.
On Saturday, his swimming and diving teammates awarded him with the Newcomer of the Year award at the program's annual year-end banquet.
Lanzi competed in the 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyle events this year for the Division I Bulls.
"The fact that he was voted by his teammates shows how hard he has worked," said Buffalo head swimming and diving coach Andy Bashor. "His teammates acknowledged his contributions not only inside the pool but also outside."
Lanzi's hard work paid dividends, especially in the 500 freestyle - an event that Bashor said was Lanzi's best in terms of improvement over the course of the season.
"Antonio has such a good stroke and kick," Bashor said. "He competes so hard and there are times when guys chase him. One of the big things we like is how hard he works. Kids who work hard like that will get results."
Union College junior Dane O'Neil (Canajoharie) has been named to the weekly Liberty League Honor Roll, announced by the conference on Monday.
O'Neil pitched his sixth consecutive complete game, going seven innings and allowing no runs. He struck out five batters and walked one in the 2-0 win at Skidmore.
O'Neil has boasted one of the nation's best earned run averages, which now stands at 0.64. His performance aided the Dutchmen to a 3-2 record on the week and clinched a playoff berth. Union has also set a program high in wins in a single season with 21.
Should Union win the Liberty League regular season title, plans are in place for Shuttleworth Park to host the three-day Liberty League tournament May 9-11. If the season ended today, RPI (15-7), St. Lawrence (11-9) and Vassar (10-12) would join Union in the four-team field. The double-elimination tournament concludes on May 11 with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
There was more good news for O'Neil, who also learned that he qualified for the 2012-13 Liberty League All-Academic Team. Student-athletes with a full year in residence at their institution who carry a 3.2 cumulative grade point average into a season of competition qualify for the Liberty League All-Academic teams.
D.J. Hoagboon (Mayfield) and Josh Nethaway (Fonda-Fultonville) played major roles in Albany's doubleheader sweep of University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday.
Albany won the first game 5-0 and the second game 10-1.
In the first game, Hoagboon was 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Nethaway was 1-for-3.
In the second game, Nethaway was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs batted in and a run scored, while Hoagboon was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Nethaway is hitting .a team-best 333 (47-for-141) with three homers, 13 doubles and 29 RBIs.
Hoagboon is batting .227 (32-for-141) with three doubles and 13 RBIs.
Albany (20-17-1, 12-8 America East) will host UMBC today at noon.
The entire Siena College baseball team - local pitcher Matt Gage (Broadalbin-Perth) included - will have their heads shaved following Sunday's noon game against Canisius. The team is hoping to raise $5,000 for childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
SUNY Cobleskill sophomore Julia Lull (St. Johnsville) earned a spot on the 2013 All-NEAC North Division Team.
Lull had a breakout season at the plate where she batted .312 with eight doubles, one home run, 13 runs scored and 18 RBIs. Lull was also successful on 6-of-7 stolen base attempts during the season.
R.J. Pingitore (Broadalbin-Perth) finished his freshman season at Southern Vermont College hitting .281 (32-for-135) with four doubles and 17 RBIs. Pingitore also was the recipient of the team's Golden Glove award.
Southern Vermont finished its season with an 11-24 record, including a 5-13 mark in New England Collegiate Conference play.
Meghan Bartlett (Johnstown) signed her National Letter of Intent to compete for the St. Bonaventure women's swimming and diving team on Wednesday. Bartlett was the top female diver in Section II last season and placed sixth in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association swimming and diving championships.