The Genesee Community College's athletes of the week for the period ending Feb. 18 are Nanako Shiozawa (Chiba, Japan) from the women's swimming team and Ferran Martinez (Barcelona, Spain) from the men's swimming team, with the latter also being selected as the NJCAA Region-III Male Athlete of the Week.
Martinez helped the GCC men's swimming team set three school relay records and he also captured first place three times at the NJCAA Regionals/NE District Championships in helping the Cougars to a regional championship runner-up finish last weekend. Martinez captured half of all the men's individual first places that included the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley. The three school relay records Martinez was a part of were the 400-yard freestyle, the 400-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle.
Shiozawa was the lone Cougar to capture a first-place finish (200-yard butterfly) in women's compettion at the NJCAA Regionals/NE District Championships in helping Genesee to a third-place Region-III finish (fourth-place NE District) last weekend at MCC. Shiozawa took home three top-three finishes overall that also included a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, as well as being part of four relay teams that finished in the top-four with one second-place (400-yard medley), one third-place (200-yard freestyle) and two fourth-place (200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle) finishes.