From top left clockwise: Kelly Brennan '00, Becky Griffith '98, Denise Johnson '87, Matt McKenna '95, Chris Notarfrancesco '95, and Paul Schofield '92
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Orange and Blue Club is proud to announce the newest class of outstanding former student-athletes that will join the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor as part of Homecoming Weekend on Sept. 28-29.
This year’s class includes six individuals – three men and three women – who stood out from among a long list of nominees. The class includes Kelly Brennan ’00 (women’s swimming), Becky Griffith ’98 (field hockey), Denise Johnson ’87 (women’s track and field), Matt McKenna ’95 (men’s swimming), Chris Notarfrancesco ’95 (football), and Paul Schofield ’92 (men’s lacrosse).
Additionally, the Hall of Athletic Honor Selection Committee voted to recognize the accomplishments of several teams. The 1962 baseball team, the 1976 and 1977 men’s track and field squads, and the 1987 women’s cross country team will be featured at the event.
The total numbers for the Class of 2012 are impressive. During their careers at Gettysburg, the six inductees combined for 54 all-conference citations, 17 All-America certificates, and they led their respective teams to 10 conference championships.
Hailing from Wayne, Pa., Brennan emerged as the best competitor in the butterfly since national champion and Hall of Honor member Patti Schuman ’82. In her first three seasons, she racked up 21 All-Centennial Conference medals, including 18 of the gold variety. Brennan was a three-time conference champion in both the 100 and 200 butterfly events, setting school records in each. She qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in each of her four seasons and landed All-America accolades eight times. In 1998, she placed fourth in both butterfly events at NCAAs. Gettysburg claimed a conference title in each of her four years on the squad.
Griffith was a two-time All-American on the field hockey field and was a first-team selection in 1997. She was the first Bullet to eclipse 100 career points, finishing with a school-record 106. The Camp Hill, Pa., native also set the career mark for assists with 26, including a single-season record 15 in 1996. Griffith was tabbed All-Centennial Conference First Team in each of her final three campaigns. She led the Bullets to conference titles in both 1994 and 1997 in addition to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1994.
Johnson was a trend-setter for a young women’s track and field program. In the sport’s first year of varsity competition, the Martinsburg, Pa., native took home a conference title in the javelin in 1984. She defended her title the following season and in 1986, she became the first Bullet to qualify for the national championships. Johnson held the school’s javelin record for all but two weeks during her collegiate tenure, and her heave of 139-2 still stands as the best in school history 26 years later.
McKenna joins Brennan as one of the top individual swimmers in school history. The Morristown, N.J., native was an 18-time gold medalist at the conference championships, including three first-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke. In 1995, he became the first Gettysburg men’s swimmer to earn first-team All-American honors after placing seventh in the 100 back and he finished his career with three national certificates. McKenna was a two-time conference MVP and he led Gettysburg to four conference team titles.
In just three years on the gridiron, Notarfrancesco established a remarkable legacy as a wide receiver and return specialist. After transferring from Fordham University, the Mechanicsburg, Pa., native racked up 2,114 career receiving yards – smashing the school record by nearly 600 yards. He became the first Bullet to post over 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, posting 1,115 in 1994 and he set the single-game receiving record with 263 yards against Franklin & Marshall College on Nov. 11, 1994. Notarfrancesco was named second-team All-America and first-team All-CC in 1994 after leading Gettysburg to an 8-2 record.
Schofield holds the distinction of being the first three-time All-American in the men’s lacrosse program’s storied history. The Martinsville, N.J., native helped the Bullets to the first NCAA appearance in school history in 1989 in addition to national playoff appearances in 1991 and 1992. Gettysburg captured a trio of Middle Atlantic Conference titles with Schofield earning all-conference accolades three times, including first-team honors in 1990 and 1991. Schofield picked up national accolades in each of his final three campaigns with an honorable mention selection 1990 and back-to-back second-team nods in 1991 and 1992.
The 50th anniversary of the exploits of the 1962 baseball team will be put on display at the Hall of Athletic Honor Induction Ceremony. In head coach Eugene Hummel’s first season, the Bullets went 12-6 overall and represented the Middle Atlantic Conference University Division in the NCAA District II Regional playoffs.
The 1976 and 1977 men’s track and field teams won back-to-back Middle Atlantic Conference titles and sent a number of competitors to the national championships. Ten Bullets earned All-America recognition and members from those two teams still hold many school records to this day.
The 1987 women’s cross country team didn’t have a superstar runner, but the team as a whole was one of the best ever put together at Gettysburg. The squad notched the first undefeated dual-meet season (10-0) in program history and finished runner-up at both the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships and the NCAA Mid-East Regional with the top five runners copping all-region status.
The Hall of Athletic Honor Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 5:30 inside the College Union Building Ballroom.