Quick Hits: NFL signees, All-Ivy golfers and alpine coach of the year

by Cody Fujii and Nathan Albrinck | 5/7/17 10:41pm

Orimolade and Miller sign with NFL teams

Following this weekend’s National Football League Draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, outside linebacker Folarin Orimolade ’17 and defensive back Charlie Miller ’17 were signed as undrafted free agents by the Los Angeles Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively.

In 2016, Orimolade led the Big Green’s defense in tackles, tackles-for-loss and sacks. He was also the Football Championship Subdivision leader in forced fumbles, with 0.5 per game. His 23.5 career sacks rank second in Dartmouth football history. For his senior season efforts, Orimolade was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team FCS All-American. He will fight for a roster spot on the Rams’ defense, which ranked 23rd in the NFL in defensive points against last season.

Miller played nine games last season and finished tied for first in interceptions and tied for sixth in tackles. As a key member of the Big Green’s special teams unit, he served as the team’s only punt returner and blocked a field goal in the final few minutes of Dartmouth’s 20-17 win over Towson University in October. Miller will look to earn a roster spot on the Jaguars, who haven’t won more than five games since 2010. During his Pro Day, he ran 40 yards in 4.47 seconds.

Women’s alpine coach John Dwyer is coach of the year

The United States Collegiate Ski Association named women’s alpine ski coach John Dwyer the National Alpine Coach of the Year in late April. This is only Dwyer’s second season with the Dartmouth women’s team after he was appointed head coach of women’s alpine skiing in 2015.

“It’s an honor to be named coach of the year,” Dwyer said. “I give credit to the other three coaches and of course to the athletes because they put that recognition towards me.”

This season, Dwyer had a strong core of six skiers in Meg Currie ’17, Steph Currie ’20, Alexa Dlouhy ’19, Kelly Moore ’18, Hannah Melinchuk ’19 and Foreste Peterson ’18. His team grabbed 13 podiums and 26 top-five finishes during the six-carnival season. Dwyer’s skiers were the strongest group on a Dartmouth team that won five out of six carnivals during the regular season. Dartmouth placed fourth at the NCAA championships this year, its best finish since 2012.

“The results speak for themselves,” Dwyer said. “We did great as a team overall and had a lot of individual successes too. One of the goals for the team is to not be complacent and continue to move forward.”

Sean Fahey ’17 makes men’s golf All-Ivy second team

Sean Fahey ’17 capped off his college career with a record finish, earning himself a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team. The men’s golf team finished sixth at the Ivy League Championship, which concluded on April 23.

“It felt good,” Fahey said.

He improved each round of the tournament, carding a 76-74-72. He ended the tournament 6 over par, tied for eighth with the University of Pennsylvania’s Zareh Kaloustian, and led the Big Green in birdies.

The 2016-2017 season was the strongest of Fahey’s college golf career. As a freshman, Fahey carded an average round of 75.5, a number which increased to 76.8 in his junior year. This season, Fahey played 26 rounds, more than any season in his career, and dropped his season average to 74.85.

“I worked a lot on chipping and putting,” Fahey said. “Those were the biggest things that changed.”

Catherine Roddy ’19 is first All-Ivy women’s golfer in 17 years

Catharine Roddy ’19 of the women’s golf team was awarded with an All-Ivy First Team selection after competing in the Ivy League Championship. It was the first time in 17 years and the third time in history that a member of the Dartmouth women’s golf team made the cut.

“It felt great to be given this honor,” Roddy said.

Roddy carded a 73-76-74 in the tournament, finishing 7 over par and tying for third with Princeton University’s Hana Ku. Roddy led the Big Green with 10 birdies during the tournament.

Roddy displayed remarkable improvement this season. Last season, she competed in 14 rounds with a stroke average of 82. This season, Roddy participated in three more rounds and lowered her average to 77.24. In all three rounds of the Ivy League championship, she exceeded that mark.

Roddy partially attributed her improvement this season to the strengthening of her mental game, which allowed her to stay focused under pressure. A strong team dynamic was key to her jump in performance.

“Our team had a really good fall season, and I think it gave us a lot of positive momentum and belief in ourselves, Roddy said. “And I think that translated to my game. I would like to emphasize the team component, even more than internal aspects.”