The Genesee Community College's athletes of the week for the period ending Jan. 20 are TaLia Burgess from the women's basketball team and Ferran Martinez from the men's swimming team.
TaLia scored 31 points in a pair of games last week and led the Cougars to a 1-1- record. Her 20-point performance helped the Cougars reach their second-highest point total in a single game this season at 78 in a win against Herkimer. TaLia also added 21 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocks.
Ferran captured three first places that helped the Cougar men's swimming team to a second-place finish at Alfred State College Jan. 20 with wins in the 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard individual medley. Not only did those three wins allow Ferran to have the most wins amongst the entire men's field of five teams at the event, but it also led to his being named CollegeSwimming.com's NJCAA National Swimmer of the Week. It was the third time this season Ferran captured a trio of wins with the previous two occurring at invitationals at JCC and NCCC.