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Alfred University announces Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012

ALFRED, NY -- Alfred University will induct five former student-athletes into its Athletics Hall of Fame during an on-campus banquet Saturday, Oct. 6, held as part of the University’s annual Homecoming celebration.

Members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 are: former cross country/track standout Jim Smith ’85; swimming All-American Rich Hymes ’88; two-time men’s lacrosse All-American Pete Colburn ’95; men’s basketball star Brian Quinlan ‘99; and three-time national-qualifying equestrian team member Jennifer (Brown) Smith ’02.

Jim Smith was a four-year member of the cross country team (1981-84) and indoor and outdoor track and field teams (1982-85), serving as captain for cross country and track as a senior.

He was a national qualifier in the 1,500-meter run, competing in the 1984 NCAA indoor championships in that event, and was the Independent College Athletic Conference (ICAC) champion in the outdoor 1,500-meter run in 1984. He was runner-up in the 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter runs at the 1984 ICAC indoor championships and was also a two-time ICAC all-star in cross country (1983 and 1984).

Smith holds the school records in the indoor and outdoor 1,500-meter runs and once held the school mark for the indoor 1,000-meter run. He was a member of the team that holds the record or the indoor distance medley relay, set in 1984.

Hymes was a four-year member of the AU men’s swimming and diving team (1985-88) who earned All-American certification 13 times during his illustrious career and served as a team captain for the Saxons as a senior in 1988.

He was an All-American in two individual events (200 freestyle, fourth place; 500 freestyle, eighth) and three relays (400 freestyle, ninth; 800 freestyle, sixth; 400 medley, eighth) in 1985; two individual events (200 freestyle, 14th; 200 butterfly, 15th) and two relays (400 freestyle, 13th; 800 freestyle, 16th) in 1986; and on individual event (100 butterfly, 14th) and three relays (200 medley, 13th; 800 freestyle, 16th; 200 freestyle, ninth) in 1988.

Hymes was a member of the team that at the 1985 NCAA championships set a school record (since broken) in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Colburn played two seasons on the AU men’s lacrosse team (1994 and 1995) after transferring to Alfred from junior college.

In his two years in a Saxon uniform, he earned All-American honors (honorable mention). He helped lead the team to the NCAA championship tournament in 1994, when the team went 12-3, and as a senior in 1995 helped lead the Saxons to a 13-4 record and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate championship.

Despite only playing two seasons at Alfred, Colburn ranks fourth on the school’s career goals list with 109. His 62 goals in 1995 and 47 in 1994 rank second and fourth, respectively, on the school’s single-season records list and his 75 points (62 goals, 13 assists) in 1995 in the sixth-most in a single-season at AU. He shares the school record for goals in a game with nine (vs. California-San Diego in 1995).

Quinlan played four seasons (1995-99) on the Saxon men’s basketball team and ended his career as one of the most prolific scorers in program history.

A two-year team captain (1997-99), Quinlan was the Empire Athletic Association (EAA) Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 1995-96. The following season, he helped lead the Saxons to a 15-11 record, the Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) crown and a berth in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament. As a senior in 1998-99, Quinlan helped lead the team to an 18-10 mark and a runner-up finish at the ECAC Upstate championship tournament.

Quinlan finished his career with 1,487 points, fifth-most in AU history. He holds school records for three-point shots made (247) and attempted (644). He played in 104 games (101 starts) and averaged 14.3 points per game. For his career he had 271 rebounds, 187 steals and 206 assists. He made 49.9 percent of his shots from the floor, including 38.4 percent from behind the arc, and was a 79.1 percent shooter from the free-throw line.

Jennifer Smith is the most accomplished rider in AU equestrian team history, three times competing in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) national championships.

She placed in the top eight in the country in the Open Division of the IHSA hunt seat class each year she competed at nationals. As a freshman in 1999, she was eighth in Open Equitation on the Flat; in 2000, she was seventh in that same event; and in 2001, as a junior, she placed fourth nationally in Open Equitation Over Fences.

Smith qualified for the IHSA Regional Championships in Open over fences and on the flat all four years at AU and each year, she qualified for the Zone championships in the Open Division. In 200, she was second at Zones in Open on the flat and was second at Zones the following year in Open over fences. She qualified for both events at the 2001 Zone championships. In 2001, she was the Reserve High Point Rider in Region II, qualifying to compete in the Cachionne Cup Invitational at the Zones finals, where she placed sixth.

Anyone wishing to attend the Hall of Fame Banquet is asked to call the AU Athletic Department at 607-871-2193.