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What’s up Dartmouth!? John Beneville ’16 and Alex Lee ’16 here.
Long removed from its heights of Ivy League dominance in the 1990s, the football program has endured a lengthy revival period. After a 13-year drought between winning seasons that was snapped in 2010, the Big Green have steadily improved in nearly each subsequent season, only dipping down as far as a .500 winning percentage in 2011. With expectations higher than ever, that development could reach its zenith in 2015 with the potential for Dartmouth’s first Ivy League championship in 18 seasons.
Although the volleyball team began with a tough start to the preseason, ending 0-3 after losses in the San Diego State University and University of San Diego Invitational, the women quickly bounced back in their own tournament this past weekend, defeating both visiting teams, West Virginia University and the University of Connecticut.
The Big Green’s cross country teams opened their fall seasons in dominant fashion, taking first place in both the men’s and women’s races of the Dartmouth Invitational at the Hanover Country Club this past Saturday. Both the men and women recorded perfect team scores of 15 points in the home meet.
Highlighted by a double-overtime home win over the College of the Holy Cross, the men’s soccer team wrapped up its early four-game schedule before the beginning of the fall term with a 2-1-1 record. \n In its season opener, the Big Green ended its 11-game losing streak against the University of Connecticut by shutting out the Huskies in a scoreless 0-0 tie after 110 minutes of play.
The early season — that time when fall athletes and a few freshman are some of the only faces on campus, when entire days revolve around the sport and the team — is a time of development for each player, aided by teammates and coaches.
We’ve heard it before: to be the best, you’ve got to work harder, arrive earlier and stay later. Recruited athletes have proved they can do this, but they don’t stop when they sign their National Letter of Intent. Fall varsity athletes arrive up to three weeks before the rest of campus to work solely on their sports before classes begin, and freshman athletes are no exception.
It’s only been a couple of weeks since the first members of the Class of 2019 began to arrive on campus, but some Big Green athletes have already made names for themselves before they did the Salty Dog Rag outside of Robinson Hall. After competing with the United States national Under-19 Ultimate Frisbee league last year and representing the youngest player on this year’s U-23 team, Verzuh also toured the country with a group of female Ultimate players this summer to promote the sport.
A group of students, under the guidance of women’s, gender and sexuality studies professor Pati Hernandez, spoke on the subject of what Hernandez calls Dartmouth’s “invisible walls” on Wednesday night through the program Telling My Story on Campus.
When the Ivy League released its 2015 Football Preseason Media Poll on Aug. 11, the Big Green found itself in an unfamiliar place — second on the list. A ranking this high has not been granted to the Big Green since 1996.
In addition to being a member of the Boston’s women’s club rugby team, Beantown, Dunn was selected to the ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s Collegiate 15s team to play against Ontario in late July and is now at USA Rugby’s National All-Star Competition camp in Denver.
Hunter Johnstone ’16 is the co-captain of the Dartmouth sailing team. Just last month, Johnstone was selected for the Intercollegiate Sailing Association 2015 All-Academic Team. The Dartmouth sat down with Johnstone to get a glimpse into the sailing team’s busy schedule and two-term season.
The Dartmouth women’s ice hockey team is familiar with excellence. Eight Olympians — Sarah Tueting ’98 (USA), Sarah Parsons ’10 (USA), Gretchen Ulion ’94 (USA), Kristen King ’02 (USA), Katie Weathersten ’07 (CAN), Gillian Apps ’07 (CAN), Cherie Piper ’07 (CAN) and Rachel Rochat ’95 (SUI) — have skated for the Big Green in Thompson Arena and likewise for their respective countries in the Winter Olympics. Together, they have earned nine gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches included three Dartmouth students on its 2014-15 NABC Honors Court, announced at the end of July. Alex Mitola ’16, Connor Boehm ’16 and Gabas Maldunas ’15 met the requirement of earning a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average during the 2014-15 academic year. The NABC recognized Maldunas last year. The Dartmouth sat down with Maldunas to discuss balancing academics and athletics at Dartmouth.
It’s been a great year for Dartmouth football, and the Big Green’s success has only continued into the summer. Coming off second place finish in the Ivy League, last week, College Sports Madness named 16 Big Green football players to the 2015 All-Ivy League preseason football teams.
This week, The Dartmouth sat down with Yejadai Dunn ’16 to speak about her recent experience playing as part of the ATAVUS All-Stars Women’s Collegiate 15’s team, as well as her rugby career at Dartmouth. Dunn will be competing in USA Rugby’s National All-Star competition on August 11.
In the past week, the men’s and women’s tennis teams were honored as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic teams and the men’s and women’s track and field program was recognized as a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team. Seven members of the sailing team were also honored.
All summer long, herds of high school students fill College sporting facilities, dorms, dining halls and crosswalks as they participate in numerous athletic summer camps held on campus.
A self-described late bloomer, Kristen Rumley ’15 never imagined pitching in college. After initially starting her athletic career in soccer, Rumley switched over to softball at the age of seven and fell in love with a sport that would be deeply ingrained in the next decade and a half of her life.
Three members of the women’s golf team, Jane Lee ’15, Lily Morrison ’16 and Jessica Kittelberger ’18, were named to the Collegiate Golf All-American Scholar team.