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Dartmouth’s swimming and diving teams took to the University of Pennsylvania’s Sheerr Pool Friday and Saturday to take on the Quakers and the Yale University Bulldogs. In their first contest of 2016, the overall team performances lagged behind Penn and Yale, with the men losing to Penn 227-71 and to Yale 215-85 while the women lost 234-66 and 249-51, respectively. The meet opened Friday evening with 1-meter and 3-meter diving. Consistent top-finisher Brett Gillis ’16 took first in both men’s events by significant margins, and AJ Krok ’19 finished fourth in the 1-meter and sixth in the 3-meter. On the women’s side, Allison Green ’19 grabbed fourth and Allegra Codamon ’18 took seventh, both in the 1-meter. The Big Green divers have been doing especially well this season. Green opened her collegiate career at the first meet of this season in November against Cornell University by qualifying for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship, held in early March. Krok, Gillis and Taylor Clough ’17 all qualified as well. At four, this is the largest number of Dartmouth divers that have qualified for Zones in a season. Saturday was less successful for the Big Green. “The results weren’t exactly what we would have wanted,” women’s co-captain Charlotte Kamai ’16 said, “But there were definitely some good swims in there.” Strong men’s swims included Misha Tovmashenko ’18 taking second in the 200-yard freestyle, David Harmon ’17 touching third in the 100-yard butterfly and James Verhagen ’16 finding third in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke races. The women’s standouts included Megan Crook ’19 taking fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, Kendese Nangle ’16 clinching fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke andTaylor Yamahata ’18 touching fifth in the 200-yard backstroke.The remainder of the results from the 32 events contested were less strong. “We weren’t really looking to improve times [in this meet],” head coach Jim Wilson said. “We were really just looking to see if they can handle the workload.” Despite the resistance faced in Philadelphia, athletes and coaches seemed optimistic about their teams’ performances going forward. In recent years, Dartmouth’s men’s team has come in around fifth place in the Ivy League Championships, while the women have come in last. Kamai is hoping for better this year. “I think we’re going to have a really, really great end of our season,” she said. “We’re definitely going to have a very successful season. We’ve got a great crop of new freshmen and everyone’s been working really hard, so I think there’s a lot of potential.” Several freshman are indeed doing well for the Big Green. Delaney Hall ’19 on the men’s side and Crook on the women’s have been performing well in the breaststroke, an area of recent weakness for the Big Green after the departure of NCAA championship caliber breaststroker Nejc Zupan ’14 two years ago. The team, guided by two new assistant coaches, has implemented an entirely new training program that Kamai believes is helping the teams progress as well. It involves dividing the team into skills groups so that their workouts are more individualized. Over the past three weeks, Tate Ramsden ’17’s passing has not been forgotten by the team. Penn and Yale swimmers sported the initials “TR” in his memory, and a moment of silence took place during the event. “It’s definitely been really, really hard, Tate was a really great guy and an integral part of the team,” Kamai said. “The first week was pretty hard, and even this meet – it’s weird for everyone because we know he’s supposed to be there.” Kamai felt that it was important that the team continue swimming, as it was something Ramsden loved. Coaches acknowledged that their athletes had a lot on their plate. “They’re trying to get their feet back on level ground right now,” Wilson said. “I wouldn’t say that we swam exceptionally well or exceptionally poorly based on that, it’s just it’s on everybody’s mind.” Gillis said that teammates had been looking to each other for comfort. “Joking about his stupid Canadian accents that he would do, he was just a funny guy,” he said. “It’s tough, but things like that happen I guess. Hopefully, we can dedicate a performance to him this year.” Dartmouth’s teams will next take to the pool to host the Dartmouth Invitational at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt. on Jan. 22 and 23.
Women’s soccer was unable to break into the Ivy League win column this weekend, tying the University of Pennsylvania 1-1 at Rhodes Field. In fact, after nearly three hours, they came within 19 seconds of adding a third to the loss column, until Jill Dayneka ’16 found the tying tally with her head.
The women’s soccer team failed to replace the goose egg in their Ivy League win column this weekend, losing 0-1 to Yale University on Saturday evening at Reese Stadium in New Haven, Connecticut. Despite out-shooting the Bulldogs 11-5 and putting the ball in dangerous positions many times, the Big Green could not find the back of the net.
The women’s soccer team fell to Princeton University 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night, following a battle of stout defenses and high-pressure forward lines on both sides. Unbeaten in its last eight games, the Big Green — now 7-2-2 and 0-1-1 Ivy — had not lost a game on their home turf of Burnham Field since Oct. 1, 2012 when Pepperdine took a 1-0 victory in double overtime. Princeton now sits tied with Harvard University atop the Ivy League standings with a 2-0 conference record, as the Big Green slips to a three-way tie for fifth.
Women’s soccer head coach Ron Rainey knew what it was like to be a coach long before he became one. The son of a high school and college-level basketball coach, Rainey took his soccer skills to the sideline almost as soon as he graduated from Wilkes University, where he had been a two-time captain and team most valuable player on the men’s soccer team.
With two dominating performances over the weekend, the women’s soccer team continued its hot start to the fall season, moving to 5-1-1 on the season. On Friday at Parsons Field in Boston, the Big Green came back from a one-goal deficit in the second half to beat Northeastern University by a score of 3-1. On Sunday, Dartmouth’s offense exploded at its home Burnham Field to take down Sacred Heart University by a lopsided score of 6-0.
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. Games are tough and each one matters, but the Ivy League games have yet to be played.
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.
From the outside, last week’s fourth-place finish at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women’s National Championships might look like a disappointment for the two-time defending champion women’s sailing team. It might seem a pity that the team’s sole senior, two-time Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year Deirdre Lambert ’15, went home without any hardware.
All three rowing teams were in post-season action this weekend, each competing for a bid to their national championship. The No. 12 heavyweight men earned a bid to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Regatta with a varsity finish of 11th at the EARC Sprints Regatta. The lightweight men saw their season come to an end when they missed their qualification to the IRA regatta by one spot, finishing ninth at Eastern Sprints, less than three seconds behind the United States Naval Academy. The women’s crew team was also disappointed, finishing tied with Columbia University for seventh at the Ivy League Championship this weekend, a slight slip from last year’s fifth-place team finish but not enough to earn a NCAA tournament bid. Brown University ultimately took the Ivy crown for the women.
The men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew teams will both travel to Worcester, Massachusetts, this weekend to begin their post-season competition at the Eastern Sprints Regatta, the annual rowing championship for the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges.
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.
In its first and only game of the year under the lights, men’s lacrosse took on another rookie program Tuesday night, routing the University of Massachusetts at Lowell 18-9. In a predictable win over the fresh-faced River Hawks — who just ended their first Division I season at 1-12 overall — the Big Green earned its most decisive victory of the season, putting itself over its previous season high of 16 goals in a game. The game also marked the first time the team came away with a victory of more than two goals.
Men’s lacrosse broke its three-game losing streak with a 7-5 win against the New Jersey Institute of Technology Tuesday, ending the Highlanders’ debut season at 0-12. The meeting at NJIT’s Lubetkin Field at Mal Simion Stadium brought Dartmouth’s record to 4-6 with three games to play. Dartmouth’s usual standouts took to the stage again as Wiley Osborne ’17 had four assists, Jack Korzelius ’18 marked a hat trick, Adam Fishman ’15 notched his 15th goal of the season and goalkeeper Blair Friedensohn ’16 made 11 saves. A new face in Cody George ’18 stepped onto the board with a tally, and Jack Connolly ‘16 and Billy Heidt ’16 finished out the Big Green’s seven markers. The Big Green entered the match unsure what to expect, head coach Brendan Callahan said. NJIT’s new program is led by head coach Travis Johnson. Johnson was given just over a year to build a team and recruited more than 20 freshmen, completing the roster with just two older members, a sophomore and a senior from the club team. NJIT is the 11th start-up since 2010, according to Inside Lacrosse. The school recently transitioned to NCAA Division 1 status, but is not included in a conference. The fledgling team brought an unusual style into their match with Dartmouth. By running a possession game that at times looked more like a stall, the Highlanders were able to control the ball, take quality shots and limit Dartmouth’s offensive opportunities, contributing to the low score. At one point, Friedensohn said, NJIT held the ball for around seven minutes — an extremely long time for the Big Green defense to work continuously. The situation was not helped by Dartmouth’s poor performance on faceoffs, losing 11 of 16. It was a challenging style to play against, but not one the team is likely to spend much time learning to counter, Friedensohn said, as it is not one they expect to see again this season. “I knew if we came out and played well, we could certainly get her done,” Callahan said of the game. “The guys found a way to make it happen.” Dartmouth took the lead immediately in the match, scoring two goals in the first two minutes. NJIT got on the board with six minutes to play in the first quarter, then tied the score with just over a minute remaining. Dartmouth scored moments later to end the first quarter up 3-2. Korzelius netted the only goal in the second quarter, and NJIT had two goals in the third to enter the fourth quarter with the teams knotted at four. With one more goal for each side to start the fourth, it was not until just 7:26 remained that Korzelius was able to put Dartmouth up for good, netting two goals to close the final quarter. The star freshman was at it again. “I definitely think that there is always room for improvement, never settling for anything like that,” Korzelius said of the recent praise he has received. The team was, Callahan said, “a little tired and beat from the weekend,” having dropped its Princeton match Saturday. The team tried to learn from the loss to move forward into Tuesday’s game. “It was back to the basics, the details of what we did,” Callahan said. “We spent some time talking about what it meant to be a team and play together. Hey, we’ve got to shoot the ball better, we’ve got to communicate better on defense, we felt like there were some cracks in the base-level of our fundamentals and our skills, and we focused on that in the game today.” Tuesday, Callahan said, should be a springboard win, as Dartmouth has started the path to hitting its target of finishing the last four games 4-0. The Big Green has just a few days to prepare for its last road game at the University of Pennsylvania, but is now focusing on the bigger picture — the team has just two remaining games that could decide whether or not they make the Ivy League Tournament. “That’s the reason all of us came here — so we could win the Ivy League tournament,” Freidensohn said. “We’ve all been dreaming about it, so that’s really on the forefront of our minds — dedicating every second the next two weeks to that reaching that goal.” This season, which many saw as a rebuilding year under a new head coach, has had so far a large emphasis on improvement and growth. Now, Friedensohn said, the team is finally focusing less on getting better and more on simply trying to win. “We’ve actually established that we have improved every single week, and that’s why improvement is no longer our goal, but now, setting the next standard, is winning,” he said. “We’ve earned the right to set that as our goal.” The players are excited to have reached this point in the season, where they will be putting their work into practice. “The biggest part of our season is right now. These next games determine where we’re going to head, if we make these playoffs,” Korzelius said. “It’s definitely an awesome ride so far but we’re focused on finishing up in the way we want.” The team will play the University of Pennsylvania Saturday at noon in Philadelphia.
The men’s lacrosse team dropped its match Saturday at Yale University’s Reese Stadium, falling to the No. 11 Bulldogs 10-4. The loss brings the Big Green’s total record to 3-5, with the team 1-2 in the Ivy League after an overtime win against Harvard University on March 21 and an 8-2 loss last weekend against Cornell University. Between the two Ivy games, the Big Green secured a 16-15 win over the University of Vermont on March 24. .
Unlike previous years, when the men’s lacrosse team travelled during the spring interim period, first-year head coach Brendan Callahan continued to work with the team in Hanover this past week. With this new approach, Callahan led the men to two home wins — a 12-11 double-overtime battle in the Ivy opener against Harvard University and a 16-15 tug-of-war against out-of-conference rival University of Vermont — before the Big Green ended a three-game win streak with an 8-2 loss on the road at Cornell University this past Saturday.
On Wednesday afternoon, men’s lacrosse dropped its home opener against Sacred Heart University 10-9 on a buzzer-beater. Down 9-8 with 23 seconds left, Jack Connolly ’16 tied the game for Dartmouth, but Sacred Heart managed to score again just as time expired. The loss brought the Big Green’s record to 0-3.
The women’s squash team travelled to Harvard University to participate in the College Squash Association’s Women’s National Team Championships Feb. 13-15. Seeded at the top of the B Division and ninth overall, the team reached the finals for the Kurtz Cup, losing to Stanford University 6-3. Men’s squash has its first round of competition in the CSA Men’s National Team Championships today.
The squash teams ended their seasons Wednesday with wins against Williams College at the Berry Squash Courts. The No. 10 men blanked the Ephs 9-0, and the No. 9 women stumbled slightly, getting the victory 6-3. Prior to the match, the teams recognized seven seniors — Sarah Caughey ’15, Helena Darling ’15, Marian Lurio ’15, Oona Morris ’15, Mark Funk ’15, Bayard Kuensell ’15 and Michael Mistras ’15 — who played their last home matches.
The men and women’s club fencing teams hosted their first tournament since 2008 this Saturday on the Alumni Gym basketball courts, the last of three Northeast Fencing Conference tournaments for the 2014-2015 season.