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"This has been a record season in terms of how many riders we've brought to races," Holmdahl said. "We've also had numerous wins in both the highest and the lower categories, and several new cyclists have showed incredible talent, crossing the finish line well ahead of all competition."
Many members of the both the men and women's team came into the Heps with personal or season bests. Notably, Abby D'Agostino '14 set a new record in the 1,500-meter by almost six seconds with a time of 4:11.94, an incredible 13.44 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Princeton, and then went on to beat last year's record of 9:23.64 in the 3,000-meter with a 9:21.79. For her amazing performance, D'Agostino was awarded the most outstanding female track athlete of the meet for the second year in a row.
"This year, we came in second out of 11 teams in four out of five shows, and ended up in third place in the region," coach Sally Batton said. "One of our riders, Alexa Dixon '15, was high-point rider two competitions in a row. We have some great first-years that came in and really strengthened the team."
"We are extremely pleased and proud of the team's performance," head coach Bob Whalen said. "Even though our entire preseason practice was indoors, we played strong fundamental baseball. The pitchers threw strikes, the players swung bats aggressively and overall, we played well in close games against good teams."
The Big Green had two nail-biting matches with the Quakers (8-20, 5-6 Ivy) and the Tigers (16-9, 9-2 Ivy), yielding a 69-64 Dartmouth victory against Penn that snapped a five-game losing streak for the Big Green. The Tigers narrowly outstepped the Big Green, with a 68-63 win.
Midfielders Nikki Dysenchuk '13 and Jack Connolly '16 and attackers Chris Costabile '13 and Jeff Perkins '14 each scored two goals apiece, while attackers Adam Hull '15 and Adam Fishman '15 and midfielder Brendan Rotanz '14 all rang in with their first goals of the season.
With the spring season rapidly approaching, the men's lacrosse team hopes to improve on last season's losing record, while the women's team hopes to build off last season's success, highlighted by a thrilling 6-4 victory over the University of Pennsylvania, when the Big Green clinched the Ivy League Tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
With just one month left until the first round of the ECAC Championship, this match marked the second time that Dartmouth played the Crimson. Harvard faced off against the Big Green (11-8-4, 7-6-3 ECAC) on Jan. 12, but the Crimson fell victim to a goal from forward Jesse Beamish '15 that put Dartmouth ahead with a 3-2 victory. The Crimson entered yesterday's game riding an eight-game losing streak.
Leading the Big Green men was John Bleday '14, last season's indoor 3000-meter individual Ivy League Heptagonal Championships winner, who took the top spot in the same event with a 7:59.33. Jonathan Gault '13 outpaced most of his opponents with a 14:25.81 to grab second place in the 5000-meter run. Connor Reilly '13 continued his trend of strong performances with a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter dash, with a 6.93.
The sophomore rugby fullback and former Dartmouth football running back, respectively, were chosen by coach Alexander Magleby '00 with the hope of increasing the number of candidates in the U.S. Olympic rugby pool.