Girardi, Thayer Repeat as Fisher's Athletes of the Year
For the second-straight year, Peter Girardi ’18 of the men’s track and field team and Lindsey Thayer ’18 of the softball team have been named the St. John Fisher College Athletes of the Year.
Girardi turned in a phenomenal junior year, excelling in numerous events in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
During the indoor season, the Cicero, New York native littered the Fisher record books with his name. Girardi now holds the record for fastest 200m dash (22.25), 400m dash (48.82) and the 60m hurdle (8.15). The latter two events set new conference records as well. At the Empire 8 Championship, the sprinter took home First Team All-Conference honors in both the 60m hurdles and 400m and collected a Second Team nod in the 200m. His times also garnered him a spot in the Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championship, where he notched 10th in the 60m hurdles and 12th in the 400m dash.
In outdoor, Girardi continued to shine as he sprinted into history. He toppled Fisher records in both the 110m hurdles and the 400m dash, and his 400m dash set a new outdoor record in the conference. At the Empire 8 Outdoor Championship, Girardi reigned in two more First Team selections, placing first in both the 400m dash and the 400m hurdles. He was also named the Conference's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. Once again, the junior’s times sent him to the NCAA Division III Championship, where this time he picked up two All-America nods. Within just two hours of each other, Girardi claimed sixth in the 400m hurdles and second in the 110m hurdles.
Plenty of other awards fell Girardi's way as well this year. He was named All-Region by the USTFCCCA in two indoor events and three outdoor. As for weekly awards, he was selected as the Empire 8 Track Athlete of the Week seven times, the ECAC Track Athlete of the Week for times and the St. John Fisher College Male Athlete of the Week three times.
Thayer turned what may have been one of the most memorable seasons in not just College history, but also that of the NCAA.
The junior topped the national charts this season in a plethora of categories, including total strikeouts (456), strikeouts per seven innings (13.5), hits allowed per seven innings (2.73), and shutouts (16). Her total punch-outs on the season also ranks fourth all-time in NCAA history, while her strikeouts per inning ranks sixth. En route to helping the team earn national runner up status, she tossed three no hitters including a perfect game with one coming against Williams College in the Division III NCAA College World Series. One of the most historic appearances for Thayer came on April 21 against Nazareth as she recorded every out in the seven innings contest via strikeout (21), marking the third time that has ever happened in Division III history.
Over the course of the year, a multitude of awards piled in for Thayer, most deservedly a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American First Team. She was also tagged as Fast Pitch News' National Pitcher of the Year and a First Team All-Regioner as well. During both the Regional and Super Regional rounds of the NCAAs, the Winthrop, New York native claimed Most Valuable Pitcher praise. At the conference level, Thayer was tabbed as the Empire 8’s Pitcher of the Year as well as the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player. To round out the impressive season, the hurler nabbed two National Pitcher of the Week accolades, six Empire 8 Pitcher of the Weeks, and two ECAC Pitcher of the Weeks.