Get to Know Your Hawks: Geena Lesiak

June 19, 2012

Geena Lesiak, a native of Voorhees, N.J., has appeared in 54 career games in three seasons with the Hawkeyes. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree recently sat down with

What was it like to be a member of the 2011 NCAA Tournament team?
“It was an amazing feeling. To see the hard work that we as a team put in finally come together was just indescribable. We just only hope we can go further next year.”

How rewarding was the experience, after the work put in during the offseason?
“It was very rewarding. Sometimes in a small amount of time it is hard to see progress, but when you finally see it all come together, you realize what you have been working for the whole time and that it is completely worth it.”

How is your academic career path coming along?
“Very well. I currently am working as a research assistant with one of my professors in her research lab. I am also looking at graduate schools for when I graduate.”

Who is the most influential person in your life?
“I can’t really just choose one; I’d have to say my parents and brothers.”

Who is your favorite professional athlete?
“Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.”

What is your favorite TV show?
“I will always like Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve been a fan since the beginning and I like to watch all the medical stuff even if it isn’t real.”

What are your personal goals for the offseason?
Prepare myself mentally and physically for the upcoming season and improve my skills.”

Other than Grant Field, what is your favorite place on campus?
“Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center.”

Do you have any hobbies?
“I like to read and do arts and crafts occasionally.”

What is your favorite movie?
“I enjoy a lot of movies, but if I had to pick just one it would be Beauty and the Beast.”

What is your favorite food/meal?
“Recently it has been shrimp and rice with veggies.”

What was the key factor in your recruitment that led you to Iowa City and the Hawkeye field hockey program?
“The team felt like a family and when you’re so far away from home it’s nice to have people close to you.”