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The author of “First Team” has not slept very much recently. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he hasn’t slept at all. However, I have to pull through for my boys, namely sports editor Chris Shim ’18. Incoming: 800 words — but just that. Coherency need not apply.
With the first week of the Olympic Games in Rio in the books, multiple Dartmouth alumni have already posted stong performances.
As the shock waves from Kevin Durant’s departure reverberated away, Russell Westbrook agreed to a three-year, $85 million contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder this Thursday.
Each week Vikram Bodas ’18 and Sam Forstner ’18 will tackle a controversial issue in the sports world. Much like home field in baseball, each week one of the writers will take their stance first (“away”), allowing the other to respond with an argument of their own (“home”). This week they will be debating the viability of football and the question of whether our generation’s children will grow up playing the same game.
UPDATED: Aug. 4, 2016 at 1:24 p.m.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, Andy Murray, the scruffy haired Scott from Dunblane, lifted the Wimbledon Trophy for the second time. This gives him a total of three Grand slam titles. Impressive? Yes. Upsetting that he only has three? YES. Why? Here are a few facts you may not know about Mr. Murray — he has made it to 11 Grand Slam finals. He has been to the final at every single Grand Slam: Wimbledon, Roland Garros, US Open and Australian Open. He has given every concession speech there is to give. He has lost with smiles and he has lost with tears. He has thanked his team and he has cursed his mum.
Each week Sam and Vikram will tackle a controversial issue in the sports world. Much like the home field rule in baseball, one of the writers will take their stance first (“away”), allowing the other to respond with an argument of their own (“home”). This week they will be debating the merits of the NBA’s policy that requires athletes to be at least one year removed from high school before entering the draft.
Despite Dartmouth’s small size and relatively isolated location, the College will be well represented by seven alumni at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. During their time at Dartmouth, the seven Olympians competed for the Big Green in varsity and club sports. There are three representatives from the women’s track and field and cross country teams, two from men’s lightweight rowing, one from women’s tennis and one from the men’s rugby team. In preparation for this historic summer, The Dartmouth will be profiling each of these athletes individually and their journey to Rio in greater depth, but for now, meet the seven athletes who will be representing the United States and Greece as well as the quaint College on the Hill.
Women’s lacrosse head coach Amy Patton has resigned her position after an investigation into her conduct.
Kaitlin Whitehorn ’16 turned in her best performance in her young career on Sunday, July 3, finishing fifth in the women’s high jump at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Although Whitehorn failed to finish in the top three and qualify for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro later this year, she set both a new school and personal record of 6 feet 2-1/4 inches in her final competition in a Big Green uniform.
From the moment Ben Lovejoy ’06 stepped on the ice for the Big Green, it was clear he had the ability to play at the next level. Although he was not drafted upon graduating Dartmouth, Lovejoy worked his way through the minor league hockey ranks and eventually secured his first National Hockey League contract in 2008.
Dana Giordano ’16 and Kaitlin Whitehorn ’16 ended their collegiate careers with a whirlwind finish. Both seniors placed third and earned First-Team All-American honors in their respective events at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 11. Giordano completed the 1500-meter race in a school-record 4 minutes, 11.86 seconds, and Whitehorn cleared a height of 5 feet 11 1/2 inches in the high jump.
Sophomore summer is too easy. As the summer staff at The D rotates through editor positions under the careful and trained eye of editor-in-chief Rebecca “A-Side” Asoulin ’17, I’ve enjoyed the week off to lounge on the Green and hand in “First Team” five hours late to this week’s sports editor Vikram Bodas ’18 — who turned his own articles in on-time a grand total of zero times in the spring. Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to “getting money,” or so the saying goes.
Before I dive into this first edition of “First Team,” I’d like to acknowledge those that came before me.
Thirteen Big Green sports teams have released their list of recruits for the incoming Class of 2020. In total, 127 freshmen have been named as varsity athletes for next season. Of those, 31 are from the track and field and cross country teams and 35 are football players.
Female Athlete of the Year Winner: Yejadai Dunn '16
In 1925, the Dartmouth football team won its sole national title behind the strong arm of halfback Andrew “Swede” Oberlander. In a black-and-white team photo, the Big Green squad looks just as one would expect of a team from that era: burly, serious and entirely white.
It’s no question that last season was a landmark one for Dartmouth football. The Big Green reached the FCS Top 25 rankings, had nationally acclaimed offensive and defensive play, eventually had players sign with or try out for professional teams and, above all else, secured a share of the Ivy League championship for the first time in 19 years. But at a more technical and even philosophical level, the team also took an innovative step.