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For the men’s and women’s track and field teams, months of training and preparation will culminate in two days of competition this weekend when the teams travel to the University of Pennsylvania to compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. For both teams Heps is the most important meet of the spring season, after the NCAA Regional Championships.
If it can be said that this year was a season of opportunity for Dartmouth baseball — as I wrote in the preseason round up so many weeks ago — then this weekend is the culmination of that opportunity, the chance to swipe the Ivy League crown from the two-time reigning champ Columbia University in the Lions’ own den. Whether or not Dartmouth will bring home the championship for the first time since 2010 is a question to be answered only by the unpredictability and fickle nature of baseball itself. Whether or not the Big Green can is a question that the team has already answered.
It’s championship season for the Big Green. Last week saw the softball team repeat as Ivy League champions, and this week their counterparts on the baseball team will look to capture their first title since 2010. On the courts, the women’s tennis team will head down for a first round matchup in the NCAA tournament. This weekend promises to have some exciting Big Green action as teams look to add to the trophy case and perform on a national stage.
The weather is warming, spring is in the air and’tis the season for ultra-competitive intramural sports. I know what you’re thinking, “Parker, c’mon! IM sports aren’t competitive at all!” Well, you’re bloody well wrong, and you should be ashamed of yourself. Your IM team should be so ruthlessly efficient, well-organized and brutal that it could goose-step all over Poland on a whim. IM sports are no joke, folks, and the way you people are treating them is a true disgrace to us all. Without further ado, here is everything you need to know about how to assemble your dream IM squad.
1. Build up a minor league division
This one is really a no-brainer, guys. You’ve just got to recruit players straight out of high school and have them begin training in your Single-A team, based out of Bunker Hill Community College. After that, your best Single-A players can advanced to the Double-A team at the University of New Hampshire, and, finally, the very cream of the crop can move up to the Triple-A team at Colby-Sawyer College. After that, it’ll be time for your ultra-elite, highly trained athletes to come up to the big leagues: the Dartmouth College Intramural Tennis competition.
When he was 10 years old, Konrad von Moltke ’15 never imagined that he would finish his collegiate career as a co-captain of Dartmouth’s swimming and diving team.
Players on both the men’s and women’s tennis teams received a number of major accolades over the past week. The teams saw players placed on the first and second 2015 All-Ivy teams, and some also clinched Ivy League Player of the Year and Ivy League Rookie of the Year awards.
The men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew teams had trying weekends as the rowing season approaches its conclusion. Neither team won a race as Cornell University dominated the weekend’s affairs.
This week I sat down with John Lewis ’17, a member of the sailing team who took third in the A division alongside Robert Floyd ’17 at the George Morris Trophy hosted by Boston University. This past weekend, the sailing team finished 10th overall at the New England Championship.
After placing second in individual novice fences at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 1 Championship at Mount Holyoke College nearly a month ago, Meaghan Haugh ’17 qualified for a spot in the coming IHSA National Championships in West Springfield, Massachusetts for the second consecutive year.
This past weekend, both the men’s and women’s club ultimate frisbee teams competed in the New England college Division I regional tournament at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The men’s team, known as “Pain Train,” made it to the quarterfinals before losing a close match to Brown University 15-11 and ending the tournament tied with Boston College for seventh of the 16 teams.
Last Saturday morning marked the culmination of a month of spring practices, as the football team played its annual spring game in front of a strong turnout in Memorial Field, which is still in the process of being renovated. Having experienced a game-like situation — though with non-contact rules — for the first time in over five months, the Big Green will now prepare for a fall season in which they’ll be one of the favorites to win their first Ivy League championship since 1996.
Softball (25-16, 16-4 Ivy) won its second consecutive Ivy League championship title this past Saturday against the University of Pennsylvania (22-20, 13-7 Ivy), sweeping the first two games of a best-of-three series. Though the team won both games, the victories were by no means easy to clench, as stellar pitching on both ends made it difficult for either team to showcase impressive offense.
For the first time in College history, the women’s tennis team has received an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament. Completing its 5-2 record in the Ivy League by taking down Harvard University by a 5-2 score last Saturday, the team has been nationally ranked each week for more than three months and was ranked as high as No. 18 in the country at the end of February. The Big Green, now ranked No. 31, will play the No. 51 College of William and Mary next Saturday, May 9, at the NCAA tournament in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. If the Big Green wins, the team will play the winner of the game between the University of North Carolina, currently ranked second in the nation, and Quinnipiac University.
The coed and women’s sailing teams are finishing their regular seasons in strong form after posting some of their best finishes of the spring last weekend. The women’s team qualified for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association College Sailing Women’s National Semifinal by placing sixth out of 16 at the New England ICSA Women’s Championship — Reed Trophy.
We’ve come to one of the biggest sports weekends of the year, with the NHL and NBA playoffs in full swing and the Kentucky Derby set for Saturday. Despite the national sports scene, it is a relatively quiet weekend for Big Green athletics, as only six teams are in action. We’re taking a different approach to this week’s primer, and rather than focusing solely on the Big Green’s competitions, we’re choosing one Dartmouth series and a second Ivy League game that directly impacts the Big Green.
Field hockey tri-captain Ali Savage ’15 wasn’t the only person that fell in love with Hanover on her visit from Australia.
This weekend, the Big Green softball team (23-16, 16-4 Ivy) will face the University of Pennsylvania (22-18, 13-7 Ivy) in the Ivy League Championship Series for the third consecutive year. The three-year tug-of-war between the Big Green and the Quakers began in Philadelphia in 2013, where Penn defeated Dartmouth in a 2-1 series, winning their second championship since the Ivy League softball program began in 1980. Dartmouth managed to exact revenge the following year as the team won the school’s first championship in program history by taking down the Quakers in another 2-1 series in Hanover. Now, after two championship series that have gone the distance, Dartmouth is hosting Penn with a chance to solidify the Big Green’s claim as the premier program in the Ivy League.
Members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams took part in the University of Pennsylvania’s 121st Penn Relays this past weekend at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The contest — among the oldest and most decorated events in competitive track — brings together some of the country’s best athletes, including professional, collegiate and high school competitors.
The men’s golf team hit the links this weekend for the final time this season as they squared off against the rest of the Ancient Eight at the Ivy League Championships in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Shooting a 921 for the weekend, the Big Green placed sixth and came away 36 strokes behind the top-finishing University of Pennsylvania Quakers.
With a clean sweep of Harvard University this past weekend, Big Green baseball (20-19, 16-4 Ivy) has completed its regular season, going undefeated in divisional play for the first time in 23 years and extending its win streak to 14 games — the third-longest win streak in program history.