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In her final days at Dartmouth, Abbey D’Agostino ’14 was known on campus as the most decorated Ivy League athlete ever. In 2013, she became the first Ivy League athlete to win an NCAA Cross Country National Championship, going on to win six more NCAA titles by the time she graduated.
The Dartmouth sat down with three athletic administrators — senior associate athletic director for physical education & recreation Joann Brislin, director of fitness Hugh Mellert and coordinator of intramural and club sports Theresa Hernandez — to talk about the nuts and bolts of PE and intramural sports.
In the past two weeks, the men’s basketball team has been playing much better than its record would suggest. While the team is 6-17 overall and 3-7 in the Ivy league, most of those losses came at the beginning of the season. Over the past three weeks, Dartmouth has recorded impressive wins over in-conference rivals Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania and Brown University. The team’s 3-7 conference record places it in a sixth place tie with Cornell University. However, with Penn and Columbia tied for fourth in the league off 4-6 records, there remains a chance for Dartmouth to finish in the top four, thereby earning a spot in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament and a chance at an NCAA tournament bid.
Patrick Peterson ’18 is a decorated right-handed pitcher on the men’s baseball team. In his freshman year, he was named a Louisville Slugger All-American and All-Ivy League First Team relief pitcher. In his sophomore year, he was a member of the All-New England Third Team and the All-Ivy League Team for the second year in a row. Most recently, Peterson was selected to be the 2017 National College Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Watch List as the only Ivy League representative. He enters his junior year with a perfect 7-0 record with 10 saves.
Before each dual match, the coaches of the men’s and women’s tennis teams have to make the crucial decision about which of their players will play varsity. Both have 11 players on their respective rosters, but not all players are selected to play in each match.
I told myself I’d never venture down this godforsaken path again. I swore an oath with my right hand on my last column that I’d never write another NARP Meets World for the rest of my time here at Dartmouth College. Yet I find myself sitting in the deepest abysses of the stacks, attempting to procure a comedic smattering of entertainment from this tangled mess I call my brain. I am by every precedent and definition washed up, but I am here to dabble in the devil’s craft once more.
Well, it’s February, and, once again, the Washington Capitals are head and shoulders above the rest of the teams in the National Hockey League. In fact, the Capitals have the second most points in the league, have only lost three times in 2017 and have scored five or more goals in 11 consecutive home games. Furthermore, they are at the top of every NHL power rankings. They lead the league in Hockey-Reference.com’s “Simple Rating System,” which rates the relative strength of every team in the NHL. They are second in goals against average and rank among the best in the league on the power play and penalty kill. With this much success, how could the Capitals possibly lose?
For 64 years, two towers stood tall to distinguish Dartmouth from the New Hampshire countryside. Of course, the first was Baker Tower, erected in 1928 — Baker stood for the academic side of Dartmouth. The second was the ski jump, an 85-foot steel-and-snow behemoth whose silhouette looked over the golf course. For generations of college students, the jump — sometimes referred to by its location, the Vale of Tempe — symbolized the outdoor side of Dartmouth.
One slalom run encapsulated the Big Green’s outing at Dartmouth’s 111th Winter Carnival. In his second descent on a brisk Saturday afternoon, Brian McLaughlin ’18 came charging down Winslow Ledge. He looked to be headed for a fast time when he stumbled on a section of the course which announcers Brian Francis ’18 and Nolan Kasper ’14 called “Hangman’s Corner.” McLaughlin hiked back to the gate and made it to the bottom, but he had lost seven seconds over his first run and finished in 35th place.
There are two obvious narratives when you watch a game with a big comeback: the comeback and the choke. The New England Patriots’ 31 unanswered points to defeat the Atlanta Falcons and win Super Bowl LI without having led the game for a single second certainly plays into both of these narratives. Epic drive after epic drive to tie the game by New England. Chance after futile chance for Atlanta to put the game away.
There is a certain excitement that comes with watching a hockey team take the ice before a game. The lights in the arena are often dimmed, strobe lights are turned on, music plays upbeat tunes and the crowd rises to its feet. Teams are typically led onto the ice by their starting goalie, the last line of defense, who typically sports a set of pads with customized color patterns to represent his institution. One may also notice the goaltender’s glistening chrome cage reflecting the spotlight as the team skates around. Look a little closer, however, and you will catch a glimpse of what a goalie would refer to as the most significant piece of his gear: the mask. Yes, the mask protects the one who wears it from the damage of 90+ mile per hour slap shots, but the reason why a goaltender’s mask is so special often has nothing to do with being on the ice. A thorough analysis of a goalie mask, therefore, requires not just insight into the design itself but also familiarity with the man who wears it.
Many students on Dartmouth’s campus have been fortunate enough to have younger siblings follow in their footsteps to take advantage of what the Big Green offers. If they are lucky enough to attend Dartmouth at the same time, they can share in the opportunities open to students while creating their own individual identities. This is true of the Giegerich brothers. Brian Giegerich ’18 and Matt Giegerich ’19 are not only among the community of siblings on campus but are also two talented athletes on the men’s squash team.
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Last season, the Big Green ski team turned a corner. After a nearly four-year carnival drought, Dartmouth snagged a win at the Colby Carnival in late January 2016. The team won again the next weekend at the University of Vermont but was held winless for the remainder of the season. Still, hopes remained high, and the team managed to place fifth at the 2016 NCAA Championships, its best performance since 2013.
Ken Cucuel has been an assistant coach for the Dartmouth men’s squash team for 23 years. In addition to his long-standing stint as a coach, Cucuel won national championships as a player in the 65-plus division in 1999 and in the 70-plus division in 2004 and 2005. He also placed third at the World Masters Games in 2005 and fourth in 2009 in the 70-plus and 75-plus divisions, respectively.
This past week, forwards Troy Crema ’17 and Alex Jasiek ’19 received honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference as the Player of the Month and Player of the Week, respectively. Crema’s accolade is the third of his career after earning ECAC Player of the Week honors twice. Jasiek’s award marks the first of his young career with the Green and White. In addition to the ECAC honors, Crema has been selected as a nominee for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate men’s ice hockey player.
Both the Dartmouth men and women’s tennis teams look to build on good starts and improve as the season continues. The men’s team experienced ups and downs after stumbling to an early record of 2-4, struggling at times in the face of high pressure situations. On the other hand, the women’s team currently boasts a 5-0 record, a hot start that the women hope to extend.
With 17 different athletes on the U.S. National Ski Team currently affiliated with Dartmouth in some way, the College has consistently served as a hub for top skiers in the nation. Although each U.S. National Team skier who has come through Dartmouth has a unique background, all share the same deep passion for skiing that began at a young age.