The Weekend Roundup: Week Eight
No. 45 women’s tennis mounted a comeback against No. 17 University of Kentucky in Friday’s NCAA tournament regional match, but the Wildcats pulled out a pair of close singles matches to earn the victory. It was the second time in three years that the Big Green advanced to the tournament but was knocked out in the regional round.
Kentucky dominated in doubles to win the first point of the match. Big Green duo Taylor Ng ’17 and Kristina Mathis ’18, who went 15-5 during the regular season, suffered a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Kentucky’s Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, the nation’s sixth-ranked doubles team. Jacqueline Crawford ’17 and Lexxi Kiven ’18 lost 6-1 soon after, giving the doubles point to the Wildcats. Julia Schroeder ’18 and Racquel Lyn ’20 were up 5-2 when their match went unfinished.
In singles, Kentucky’s Justina Mikulskyté stretched the Wildcats’ lead to two, downing Lyn in straight sets at the No. 5 position. Then, Dartmouth came to life. Mathis and Schroeder got wins on courts three and four — Mathis 6-1, 6-3 over Adachi and Schroeder 6-2, 7-5 over Emily Fanning. Kentucky pulled back ahead 3-2 when Allison McCann ’20 lost a second-set tiebreak in No. 6 singles. With Kentucky on the verge of clinching the match, it all came down to Ng and Crawford on courts one and two. Playing No. 22 Sutjiadi, Ng went down 6-3 in the first set and battled back to a 7-6(5) win in the second. Meanwhile, Crawford also fought off a first-set loss and took her Wildcat opponent to a third set. But Sutjiadi took control in the third set against Ng, and Kentucky clinched the win. Dartmouth finishes the season with an overall mark of 17-5.
The championship portion of the rowing season began Sunday with the men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew teams competing in the Eastern Sprints Regatta and the women’s team at the Ivy League Women’s Rowing Championship. The heavyweight varsity eight headlined the day, finishing in 5:38.777 to take fifth in the grand final of Eastern Sprints. The Big Green took second in its heat to secure the grand final spot, Dartmouth’s first since 2010. The heavyweight second varsity eight finished third in its heat, earning a spot in the petite final, where it took sixth place. The third varsity eight placed fifth in the petite final, while the fourth varsity eight took third in its heat to advance to the grand final, where it finished sixth. The Big Green ended the competition in eighth place. The first varsity lightweight eight placed fourth in its heat and third in the petite final, with a time of 5:55.984. The second and third lightweight varsity eights each placed second in its respective petite finals. As a team, Dartmouth lightweight rowing finished the regatta in ninth place.
At the Ivy League Women’s Rowing Championship, the first varsity eight placed fourth in the heat, before improving its time by just under seven seconds to win the petite final by a 13-second margin over Cornell University. The second varsity eight improved its time in the preliminary heat by 15 seconds to finish second in the petite final. The third varsity eight took sixth in the grand final. The first and second varsity four boats each placed second in their respective petite finals. The Big Green finished eighth in the championship with 15 points.
Track and Field
Men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their season at the New England Outdoor Championships, hosted by Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The women’s team finished fifth overall, while the men were third in the team standings. On the first day of competition, Moriah Morton ’17 won the javelin with a 45.65-meter/149-09-feet throw, while Bridget Douglas ’18 was seventh in the same event with a 41.23-m/135-03-ft throw. Julia Valenti ’20 won the pole vault, clearing 4 meters/13-01.50 feet. Lillian Anderson ’19 was fifth in the 5,000-meter run in 17:12.98. On the second day, middle distance runners Bridget Flynn ’18 and Bridget O’Neill ’18 were second (4:24.60) and fifth (4:33.78) in the 1,500-meter run, respectively. In the 800-meter run, Claire Dougherty ’20 placed third (2:09.41), and Annalisa Crowe ’20 placed sixth (2:12.26). Kathleen Sprout ’17 was third in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.83.
On the men’s side, on day one, Colin Minor ’18 and Timothy Brennan ’17 went one-two in the hammer throw with throws of 61.88-meters/203-00-feet and 60.80m/199-06ft, respectively. Hendric Tronsson ’20 was third in the long jump with a 6.84-meter/22-05.25-feet leap. In the 5,000-meter run, Julian Heninger ’17, Sander Kushen ’19 and Matt Herzig ’17 placed second (14:13.33), fourth (14:33.88) and seventh (14:38.76), respectively. On day two, Lucas Ribeiro ’19 won the discus with a 51.79-m/169-11-ft throw, while Amos Cariati ’18 placed second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.25 seconds. In the 400m hurdles, Alec Eschholz ’19 was third (53.29), and Parker Johnson ’19 was seventh (54.88) in the finals.