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Dartmouth women’s hockey has a long history of success. For example, in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, the Big Green has appeared in seven championship games, winning four. On an individual level, one of the team’s most notable alumna, Gillian Apps ’06 Tu’19, is a three-time Olympic gold medalist who most recently had a pivotal role in Team Canada’s gold medal campaign at the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014.
On Feb. 9, the 23rd Olympic Winter Games will kick off at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in South Korea. While there are over 90 countries sending representatives to compete, many eyes will be on the fierce rivalry between the American and Canadian women’s ice hockey teams. Four years ago, Canada bounced back from a 2-0 deficit in the final four minutes of the 2014 Sochi Olympics gold medal game against the U.S., clinching the title in a stunning overtime defeat.
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving team won at home this past weekend against the University of Massachusetts and the State University of New York, New Paltz. But for both teams, to win at the Tate Ramsden Invitational, in memory of their late teammate Tate Ramsden ’17, made the meet more special.
With six matches to go before playoffs, the men’s and women’s squash teams reached the midpoint of their seasons this month. Both teams finished their 2016-2017 season in ninth place: a drop for the men who started the season ranked eighth and an improvement for the women who started the season ranked ninth then dipping to 11th for a brief moment in the middle of the season. The college nationals are broken into flights of eight teams. The top eight, the A division, compete for the national championship whereas the other brackets of eight compete for cups or trophies. Each team’s final season ranking is used to determine their initial rank the following season.
Dartmouth men’s basketball has had a difficult 4-11 start to the season, but with almost a full slate of Ivy League Conference games left to play, and a fast-developing young core, the men are focusing their efforts on qualifying for the Ivy League Tournament at the Palestra, the home gym of the University of Pennsylvania.
Women’s tennis co-captain Kristina Mathis ’18 has been playing tennis since she was five thanks to the influence of her dad. Here at Dartmouth, she has seen her team through many victories including winning the Ivy League Championship last spring. The women’s tennis team most recently won on Wednesday, January 17 against Boston University.
Last season, it was impossible to talk about the men’s Nordic team without mentioning Fabian Stocek ’17 in the same breath. On a deep Big Green team with several skiers who would be top point-winners at other Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association schools, Stocek was in a league of his own, dominating the carnival circuit with eight wins in 12 races. As Dartmouth eyes the 2018 NCAA Championship, Stocek is the lone departure from team that represented Dartmouth at the 2017 championship and finished fourth.
Every year, the student body lines up outside of Thompson Arena with tennis balls in hand, waiting for the hockey game of the year against Princeton University. The tradition of throwing tennis balls onto the ice after the first Big Green goal has been kept alive for over two decades..
Last year, the Dartmouth ski teams reclaimed the east from the University of Vermont. This year, they’re aiming higher.
While most Dartmouth students were enjoying their six weeks winter break between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Big Green winter sports were in full swing.
Hanover has always been a haven for hockey, hosting several great teams including a few NCAA Frozen Four squads. Coming into the 2016-2017 season, expectations were high for Dartmouth’s men’s hockey. In the past few years, the Big Green has struggled, but the team’s goals never change. The Eastern College Athletic Conference is yet again loaded with top ranking teams, both Ivy and non-Ivy League, but the veteran core of the Big Green is determined to make some noise in the conference this year. After going to the ECAC semifinals two years ago, the Big Green is hungry for more.
Women’s basketball hung on for a 63-56 victory over Harvard University on Saturday, starting off conference play on the right foot and bringing its overall record to 9-5. The win over the Crimson brought the women one over their total wins from the previous season.