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Hartwick Athletics to Induct Six Into Hall of Fame on April 22

April 6, 2017

Hartwick College Athletics will induct former stars Jonathan Schnell ’96, Mollie Wynia ’99, Ryan Johnson ’02, Edwin Ruiz ’05, Aileen McCarthy ’10, and Kirsten Hudson ’10 into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 22.

The ceremony will take place in the Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, on the College campus, beginning at 6 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $45 per person (a $10 child’s dinner option is available). Registration for the event is required by Friday, April 14. To register, visit: www.hartwickalumni.org/2017hof.

With the addition of this year’s class, Hartwick will have inducted 148 former student-athletes, coaches, teams, and supporters into its Hall of Fame. It honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Hartwick’s intercollegiate athletics programs. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought distinction, honor, and excellence to Hartwick through their athletic accomplishments.

Schnell is one of the most decorated men’s swimmers in the history of the program, tying for second in All-America or Honorable Mention All-America honors with 11 in his four seasons. He helped Hartwick to a 33-9 dual-meet record, three Empire Athletic Association championships, a UNYSCSA title in 1993, and a pair of top 20 NCAA team finishes (1994, 1995). At the 1995 NCAA Championships, Schnell captured All-America honors in the 100 backstroke and he combined with his teammates for another All-America finish in the 400 medley relay. He earned Honorable Mention All-America finishes in the 200 backstroke and 200 IM in 1996, and combined for seven more in relay events, with two in the 200 medley relay (1994, 1996), two in the 400 medley relay (1995, 1996), and a sweep of the 200, 400, and 800 freestyle relay events in 1995. At the time of his induction, Schnell will still be ranked sixth all-time in the 200 IM, sixth in the 400 medley relay, and ninth in the 200 backstroke in the program’s record books.

Wynia was a two-time All-American defender who helped the women’s lacrosse program to its most successful season in 1998. Wynia earned All-Region Second Team and NYSWCAA First Team accolades in her sophomore season as Hartwick captured the ECAC Mid-Atlantic title. She played in every game as a junior and led the team to a College-record 18 wins and the program’s only appearance in the NCAA Div. III Final Four. Wynia was named to the All-Region First Team and selected to the IWLCA All-America Third Team for her efforts. She repeated both feats in her senior campaign and competed in the prestigious STX North/South Senior All-Star Game. She finished her career playing in 70 games, leading the team in ground balls (66) as a sophomore and caused turnovers (28) as a senior. Wynia also contributed 14 goals and five assists despite playing as a defender. Over her four-year career, she aided in 52 victories for the program.

Johnson became just the sixth player since Hartwick football was reinstated in 1992 to be named an All-American. After registering 2,063 yards total in his first three seasons at ‘Wick, Johnson accumulated 1,217 yards on 67 receptions, which included 20 touchdown catches, in his senior year. At the end of the season, he was named the ECAC Northwest Player of the Year and selected to the Football Gazette All-East Region First Team. He then was recognized as both a Hewlett Packard and D3football.com Third Team All-American. Johnson closed his career with 168 receptions for 3,337 yards and 44 scores, while leading Hartwick to a record of 29-14 with three ECAC Bowl appearances. At the time of his induction, more than 15 years after his final game, Johnson is still ranked second in touchdown catches, third in reception yards, fifth in receptions, sixth in points scored and total touchdowns, and seventh in all-purpose yards in Hartwick history. In addition, his 20 touchdowns in 2001 rank 16th in the NCAA Division III record book.

Ruiz was an All-American and conference Player of the Year for Hartwick. The forward/midfielder arrived at ‘Wick after winning a national title (2001) and earning All-America honors (2002) at Bryant & Stratton College. In his first season with the Hawks, he scored five goals and assisted seven others, earning New York State All-Region and Atlantic Soccer Conference (ASC) All-Conference honors. Ruiz exploded in his senior year, registering 13 goals, including six game-winning tallies, and nine assists. He led the ASC in goals, assists, and points per game, and ranked in the national top 20 in all three categories. He was named the ASC Player of the Year and the ASC First Team, and repeated as an all-region pick. He was later tapped as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Second Team All-American. In his two seasons, Ruiz helped the Hawks to 28 wins, five losses, and four ties. He was selected 11th in the 2005 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by the Kansas City Wizards.

Hudson is the first player in Hartwick water polo history to achieve All-America or All-America Honorable Mention honors in each of her four years of competition. After receiving ACWPC All-America Honorable Mention accolades in 2007, 2008, and 2009, Hudson was named a Third Team All-American, becoming just the fifth player at ‘Wick to do so. A four-time CWPA Eastern Championships and Northern Division First Team pick, Hudson was also tabbed a Northern Division MVP and Team MVP three times and twice named a Hartwick College Anna Meyer Female Athlete of the Year. She finished her career with 367 goals, 248 assists, and 615 points, which are still program records at the time of her induction. She also held records for points and assists in a season with 201 and 77, respectively. During her four years, Hudson helped the Hawks to a record of 113-39, an NCAA Tournament appearance, CWPA title, a program-record 32 wins in 2007, and four CWPA Northern Division championships.

McCarthy is the first equestrian scholar-athlete to be inducted into the Hartwick Athletics Hall of Fame. She competed for four seasons from 2006-07 to 2009-10 for the Hawks, helping them to 3rd place rankings in the region in each of her first two campaigns. In the spring of her sophomore season, McCarthy became the first Hawk to qualify for the IHSA National Championships by placing second in intermediate fences at the Zone II competition in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2008. Nearly a month later in Burbank, CA, with the top two contestants from each of the nation’s nine zones competing, McCarthy became the first national champion in the program’s history. She would close out her career at ‘Wick with a pair of appearances in the regionals in each of her junior and senior campaigns.

For more information on the Hartwick College Athletics Hall of Fame, contact Marilyn Nienart at nienartm2@hartwick.edu or (607) 431-4700.