Allison Ryan, Austin Sisco Latest Pair to Earn WNE Student-Athletes of the Week

Allison Ryan, Austin Sisco Latest Pair to Earn WNE Student-Athletes of the Week
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Western New England University Athletics Department has announced that wrestling's Austin Sisco (Denville, N.J./Pope John Regional) and women's swimmer Allison Ryan (Hyde Park, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt) have been named the student-athletes of the week, for the period ending Sunday.

Sisco, a freshman, won twice on Saturday at the RWU Recreation Center in the Golden Bears' last dual meets of the regular season. At 133 pounds, Sisco earned a major decision over Kevin O'Hagan from nationally-ranked College at Brockport, 13-4. He also defeated Matt Elias from another nationally-ranked opponent in host Roger Williams University, 5-3. Western New England fell to Brockport, 43-4, and host Roger Williams, 40-9.

The team wraps up the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the New England Wrestling Association Futures Tournament hosted by Roger Williams.

Ryan, who is a junior, put on a show at the 2015 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships hosted by the University of Rhode Island last weekend. In total, the Golden Bears set seven new school records and finished in 12th place out of 20 schools with 266 points.

On Friday, the preliminary 200-freestyle relay of Erika Sheinhait, Jacquelyn Peterson, Nicole Birchenough, and Ryan set a school-record time of 1 minute and 45:86 seconds. In the "B" finals, the four ended up third in 1:46:19 for the second-fastest time in school history. On Saturday, the 800-free relay squad of Sheinhait, Peterson, Birchenough, and Ryan medaled sixth with a time of 8:28:57, which shattered the old mark of 8:36:39 set by Krista Goulet, Katelyn Skrzypiec, Aimee Smachetti and Ashley Petersen at the 2010 NEISDAs. In the 200-medley relay, which was fifth in the "B" Finals, Gianna Albanese, Ali JohnstoneJanelle Lief and Ryan teamed up for a 2:01.12 time--just over a second short for another WNE benchmark. The neuroscience major set a personal best of 2:26:21 in the 200-individual medley.