Hating Geneseo

Geneseo Hockey beat Fredonia last night to win the 2018 SUNYAC Championship.

Geneseo also won SUNYAC Championships this year in women’s basketball, cross country, swimming, diving, tennis, indoor track and field, and women’s soccer. I think I got them all.

It’s easy enough for student-athletes at other schools to start “hating Geneseo” for how good they are, but I’m reminded of a quote from my interview two weeks ago with senior swimmer Bill Bradley before SUNYAC Championships:

“I’m not going to kick myself because some kids from Geneseo swam a second or two faster than me. And they’re all going through the same thing, swimming up to 10,000 yards per day for the last year . . . Arron Carlson (Fredonia Diving alum, ’17) told me one time that you can’t hate the people you’re competing against because you know what they’re going through. It’s the same thing with me. I always tell the swimmers to either side of me, “Hey, have a nice race.” I do want them to have a good swim because I’m not rooting for people to fail. I want to swim faster than them, but I still want them to do well.”

On the last day of the championship meet Bradley finished second in the 200-yard butterfly. He did not win, nor did he get the school record he was hoping for, but he swam well, and he was happy with that.

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