While #CougarPRIDE is Genesee Community College's athletics department's current social media hastag, Cougar student-athletes are taking pride in their performances to a new level as others are taking notice nationally.
Yesterday afternoon, two more Genesee student-athletes were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association as National Players-of-the-Week in their respective sports in Division III.
It was the fourth-consecutive week the NJCAA chose to name a pair of Cougars as the nation's best at the Division-III level in sports the Cougars compete in.
Leah Czechowski took the NJCAA D-III Women's Soccer Player of the Week, while Lyndsey Rowland was tabbed as the NJCAA D-III Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. It was the second time this season that Rowland has won that national recognition.
Not only do the Cougars lead every other D-III college in the number of selections in each sport the Cougars compete in, but collectively they have received 10 selections overall.
Genesee's three fall sports (volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer) compete with more than 250 other colleges collectively for weekly national honors with nearly 100 D-III volleyball teams and over 150 combined men's and women's soccer teams at D-III.
After Genesee's 10 selections in those three combined sports, they are followed by Eastfield and Herkimer, who have three each.
Erie, Hudson Valley, Columbus State, Brookdale, Delta and Harper have each received a pair of recognitions with a handful of schools receiving single recognitions so far this season.