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YELLOWJACKET MILESTONESA Timeline: Rochester’s Individual National Champions

When Kylee Bartlett ’19 won two national titles earlier this year—the indoor pentathlon championship in March and the outdoor heptathlon championship in May—the rising junior from Williamstown, New York, joined not only an elite group of women athletes in the country, but she also joined the history of Rochester’s individual national title holders.

Bartlett was the second Rochester athlete to win a national title in the heptathlon and the third in the history of Rochester athletics to win multiple individual national titles.

Here’s a look at the company she keeps.

1974

David Moller ’75

Ellicott City, Maryland

  • Moller won the three-mile title at the 1974 outdoor meet and the 1974 three-mile run in cross country.

Anthony Palumbo ’74, ’84 (PhD)

Rochester

  • Also at the 1974 outdoor meet, Palumbo won the triple jump title.

1983

Bob Swartout ’83, ’92S (MBA)

Rochester

Alex Gaeta ’83, ’91 (PhD)

New York City

  • Paired for doubles for the first time at the start of the season, Swartout and Gaeta won the 1983 doubles championship in tennis.

1985

Renee Schmitt Somerville ’87

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

  • In addition to winning the 1985 heptathlon title, Schmitt Somerville helped lead the volleyball team to its first NCAA playoff appearance.

1986

Michelle Mazurik Maybaum ’86

Carlsbad, California

  • Mazurik Maybaum won the 55-meter dash title in 1986, one year after finishing third.

1987

Tom Tuori ’87

Rochester

  • Tuori won the 1,500-meter race in 1987 after finishing second as a sophomore and junior.

1988/1989

Josefa Benzoni ’88, ’92W (MA)

Rochester

  • Benzoni won three national championships in track and field, winning the indoor 1,500 meters in 1988 and 1989, as well as the 3,000 meters in 1989.

2006

Stephen Goodridge ’08, ’09 (MS)

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

  • Dividing the last day of competition so that he could also take his optics final, Goodridge won the 2006 individual golf championship.

2017

Kylee Bartlett ’19

Williamstown, New York

  • Becoming only the third woman in NCAA Division III history to win two multi-event titles in the same academic year, Bartlett won the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon in 2017.