Published April 26, 2013
Longest-Held Spring Sports Records at RIT
The best of the best.

Listed here are the athletes at RIT who, in each of their respective spring sports, have achieved standing records that have remained unbroken longer than any other. These records are so outstanding that decades have passed, but no one has surpassed them.


Attended RIT: 1952-1957
Highest Batting Average, Season: 0.500 (1953)v 2nd Highest Batting Average, Career: 0.408 (1953-1956)
2nd Most Triples, Season: 6 (1955)

It has been 60 years since Frank Silkman broke the record for highest season batting average for RIT Baseball with an untouchable 0.500 in 1953. Just two years later, he nearly broke his own record with a second-place record of 0.472. The latter was narrowly broken in 2009, but at no point in the past 50 years has anyone been able to unseat Silkman from his first-place seat. Also in 1955, Silkman managed to set a record for highest number of triples that, while broken in the current time, managed to remain for over forty years before being toppled in 2006. Silkman is now 83 years old, and his days in college are but a distant memory. Even so, in an email interview he spoke of his triples record humorously; “As I recall I believe I set a record for the most ‘triples’ during that period. The guys used to joke, it wasn’t that I hit the ball that far but that I could run fast.”

Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Distance Medley 10:19.8 (1971)

Lee Wirsham
Tony Spiecker
Tom Doehler
Dave Kosowski


(now Amber Strevey) Women’s Lacrosse
Attended RIT: 1999-2004
Most Ground Ball, Season: 105 (2000)
Most Ground Ball, Career: 274 (2000-2003)

If you’ve ever watched a lacrosse game, you’ve probably noticed that the ball will occasionally be dropped on the ground. These ground balls might not seem like anything important, but being able to retrieve them quickly can help change the direction of play by forcing the offensive team back on the defense. At RIT, the longest-held Women’s Lacrosse title belongs to Amber Mescher, who retrieved the most ground balls in a game, season and a career during her years on the team from 1999-2003. After her record-breaking career, she went on to become the assistant coach for the team while attending graduate school for her remaining year at RIT. In an email comment, Mescher expressed how little she actually remembers from the event. She said, “I believe you can only set records when you work together and everyone is playing their best.” She added, “I’m honored that the record still stands but hope that that soon one of the new team members will break it.”


Slugging Percentage, Season: .909 (1986)
Triples, Season: 10 (1986)
Sacrifice Flies, Career: 9 (1984-1986)
Sacrifice Flies, Career: 10 (1983-1986)
Base on Balls (Walks), Career: 43 (1983-86)


Women’s Tennis
Most Dual Wins, Season: 13 (1982)
Most Dual Wins, Career: 39 (1980-83)
Most Overall Wins, Career: 55 (1980-83)
Most Consecutive Dual Singles Wins: 24 (1980-83)


Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
200-meter Dash: 25.1 seconds (1984)
100-meter Dash: 12.12 seconds (1985)


Men’s Tennis
Most Consecutive Wins: 30 (1965-1967)


Men’s Lacrosse
Attended RIT: 1970-1975
4th Highest Save Percentage, Season: 0.653 (1975)
4th Highest Save Percentage, Career: 0.613 (1971-1975)
8th Most Saves, Season: 192 (1975)
8th Most Saves, Career: 406 (1971-1975)

In lacrosse, a “save” is quite simply the deflection of a ball from the defender’s goal. RIT’s Lacrosse team was still in its infancy when Steve Van Gorden left his mark on the record books by setting records for highest career save percentage, highest save percentage in a season, most career saves and most saves in a season. Though each of these records have been broken several times since Van Gorden’s years on the team, his name and achievements as a goalie remain in the top-ten goaltending records recorded by Men’s Lacrosse. As a result, he is undeniably one of the all-stars of RIT’s lacrosse history. Van Gorden himself was pleasantly surprised to learn that the records he set years ago are still on the list after more than thirty years. In an email interview, he said, “Three of my children are RIT grads so I guess my greatest pleasure has been when they discovered dad was still listed in the record book.”

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