When Morgan Molfino heads to Niagara University this fall, she'll be bringing with her some impressive hardware.
In fact, Molfino, a Jamestown High School and, more recently, a Jamestown Community College graduate, has spent the last two years in the pool becoming one of the most decorated athletes - and the most decorated swimmer - to ever don a Jayhawks uniform.
"The historical records are somewhat incomplete," JCC swimming coach Mike Giambruno said, "but I think she is probably the most decorated athlete ever at JCC."
Morgan Molfino recently completed her record-setting career as a member of the Jamestown Community College Jayhawks swim team.
Given her accomplishments, which included numerous medals and ribbons thanks to her performances at the regional championships and earning NJCAA All-American honors a grand total of six times, it's hard to imagine anyone has managed to do better.
After joining the Jayhawks at the start of the 2010 season, Molfino promptly stepped into the role of do-everything swimmer.
She swam distance, became a key component in a number of relay events and, most impressive of all, had success in an event that 14-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps once swore he would never compete in again, the toughest race in all of swimming - the 400-meter individual medley.
She handled all of her tasks, rising to each challenge. And that's exactly what Giambruno had envisioned for her.
"She's one of our most skilled and accomplished swimmers," he said prophetically at the start of her freshman year. "She can be a four-stroke person in the individual medley, and I also expect her to be a freestyler and distance swimmer."
During that first season, Molfino was named an All-American in two events, the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay.
Best for Giambruno, and the Jayhawks, she was just getting started.
Despite coming back this season with a new, expanded role that required a great deal more commitment and pressure - that of team co-captain - Molfino was more than equal to the task.
Case in point, she won four All-American certificates as a sophomore.
"I don't think anybody has ever won four in one year (at JCC)," Giambruno said.
She was the anchor in the Jayhawks' 200 freestyle relay squad, swam the butterfly portion of the 400 medley relay team, competed in the 400 freestyle relay and battled the 1,650-meter freestyle and the 400 individual medley events.
Along the way she led the women's squad to victories over Erie Community College, a victory in the first-ever Jayhawks Swimming and Diving Invitational and a second-place finish in the Northeast District Region 3 Championship meet at Monroe Community College.
And in each event, not only did she perform, but she was crucial in providing the example and leadership for her young teammates as well.
Nowhere was that more evident than when 12 Jayhawks - the most JCC had sent in over eight years - to the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Florida back in early March.
"She was a lead-by-example type person," Giambruno said of the lone member of the women's team to reach the nationals as a sophomore. "She wasn't boisterous, but she helped keep everyone calm, focused and motivated. Especially when we went to nationals."
While there Molfino and her teammates - Kelsey Akin, Brittany Ihrig, Emily Windoft, Courtney Magera and Renee Massa - placed eighth in the 400 medley relay and both the 200 and the 400 freestyle relay. Meanwhile, individually, Molfino captured 13th in the 400 IM and broke the 20-minute mark in the 1,650-meter freestyle.
"She did a great job over her career and I'm sorry to see her go," Giambruno said. "She's a great kid and a great student. It was a treat to (have her on the team)."