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It was a winning weekend for Dartmouth’s women’s basketball program, as the team managed to come from behind in both match-ups to claim late-game victories. The Big Green traveled south to face Yale University and Brown University, improving their league record to 4-4 and overall record to 9-15.
Desperate to escape a four-game losing streak that has cast a pall over prospects for conference success, the Dartmouth men’s basketball team entered last weekend with a chance to prove itself against the best team in the Ivy League, as well as a contest against a more evenly matched side. While the former case saw the Big Green (8-14, 2-6) relinquish a once-stable lead to lose 75-65 to Yale University (17-5, 8-0) on Friday, the team rebounded the following night to decisively triumph over Brown University (7-15, 2-6) 87-70.
Last week, Dartmouth hosted the Women’s Sports Weekend, which seeks to connect women and young girls to Big Green athletics.
After a three-week break, the No. 5 men’s squash team stormed back onto the courts this past weekend to secure a thrilling victory against No. 12 Cornell University 5-4 before losing to No. 8 Columbia University 5-4 the next day. The women’s team also travelled to New York but dropped both games to Cornell and Columbia 8-1. Then on Tuesday, both the men and women’s squash teams picked up wins, traveling to Williams College and sweeping the Ephs. The men’s team (8-3, 3-2) continued their remarkable season with a 6-3 victory, while the No. 11 women (4-8, 0-5) ended its two-game skid with a 5-4 nail-biter.
Coming off of two overtime games on the road in New York the previous weekend, the women’s basketball team sought to come out strong on its home turf last weekend against two perennial Ivy League powerhouses, Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. The weekend resulted in a sweep of the home team. Dartmouth lost 85-48 to Princeton (15-4, 4-1 Ivy) and fell against Penn (16-3, 5-0 Ivy), the top team in the league, 56-41. The weekend’s losses mark the Big Green’s third loss in a row and leaves the team at 2-4 in league play and 7-15 overall.
In the final meet of the dual meet season, the Big Green men and women’s swim and dive teams were defeated by Columbia University. The men won six events while the women won four, The men’s team lost by a total score of 172-127 and the women’s team lost 189-111.“The Columbia men were pretty good, but we still kept the meet really close,” head coach Jim Wilson said. “About two-thirds of the way through we were only five points back. And for the women’s team, it seemed like almost every time we lost, it involved the other team wearing tech suits which we didn’t wear to compete.”In the 200-yard freestyle, Misha Tovmashenko ’18 gave the Big Green its inaugural first place finish of the meet (1:40.72), followed by Tony Shen ’18 in third (1:43.42). James Verhagen ’16, currently one of the strongest backstrokers in the League, won the 100-yard backstroke (50.68) by almost a full second and, a few events later, took the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.37), finishing almost four full seconds ahead of the nearest swimmer.Tovmashenko would go on to win another event later in the day, the 100-yard freestyle (46.67), out-touching his second-place competitor by less than two-tenths of a second. Though the Big Green was unable to produce a top-three swimmer in the men’s 100-yard breaststroke, David Harmon ’17 placed first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.65) by just one one-hundredth of a second, keeping the Big Green in the competition. Logan Briggs ’16 finished in second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:45.78), while Shen touched right after him in third (4:46.17).Wrapping up the meet, the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay team comprised of Aaron Athanas ’16, Brandon Boval ’18, Tovmashenko and Henry Patrick ’19 finished in second place (1:24.13), devastatingly close to the first place finisher, Columbia’s A team, that finished just half a second ahead of the Big Green’s A team.“As a team we were pretty happy with the result,” Briggs said. “We did better than last year, and we had some good swims. I think we’re all very excited for Ivies as well.”For the divers, Brett Gillis ’16 started the meet by securing second place in the 3-meter dive to Columbia’s sophomore top diver, Jayden Pantel, who now has 22 consecutive first place finishes in the event.The two would later meet again in the 1-meter dive with Gillis finishing on top this time. Gillis was victorious by less than one full point, 331.50 points to Pantel’s 330.53 points. With diving events split by Gillis and Pantel, both individuals contributed 13 points to their respective team totals. Finding similar success in the 1-meter dive, women’s Allison Green ’19 finished in first place (262.20).Gillis said he has known Pantel since the two competed together in Saskatchewan, Canada at a young age.“[Pantel has] been doing really well lately, and he definitely got me on the 3-meter, but the 1-meter went really well for me,” Gillis said. “I just relaxed a little and did a lot better.”The women’s side found success early in distance swimmers Haley Winter ’18 and Olivia Samson ’16 in the 1000-yard freestyle with Winter taking first (10:36.15) and Samson finishing second (10:36.15). Winter pulled out the win after falling behind early and swimming an incredible second half. The Big Green women’s team would receive another first place ten events later in the 500-yard freestyle with another one-two finish by Annclaire MacArt ’18 in first (4:57.86) and Amber Zimmerman ’19 finishing second (5:01.90). Megan Crook ’19 continued her strong rookie season with another victory to her name in the 100-yard IM (58.99). She was also the only swimmer in the event to finish under the one minute mark.Ending the weekend, the women took second and third in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with the A team finishing in 1:37.05 and the B relay touching soon after (1:38.10).“It was a tough meet, but we’re really excited for Ivies,” women’s swim captain Charlotte Kamai ’16 said. “I know, as a team, we talked a lot about our personal goals and our team goals for the meet.”The Big Green swim and dive teams are now preparing for the Ivy League Championships as they begin to taper and focus on swimming their best times. As a team, they plan on having as many swimmers as possible make NCAA cut times to be invited to the NCAA championships. Notable swimmers to look out for to swim their best times to make the cuts include Verhagen, Tovmashenko, Athanas and Harmon.Briggs said he is also looking forward to ending his career in the 400-yard IM and making the NCAA B cut time for consideration to be invited to the NCAA Championships. With his eye on the gold ever since he took the silver in the 1-meter dive in his sophomore year, senior Gillis is looking to put it all together for his last Ivy League Championship.The Big Green teams will separate to compete in the championship meet. The women will head to Princeton, New Jersey Feb. 18 to 20, and the men will wait one more week before going to Providence, Rhode Island from Feb. 25 to 27.
Even the best fall down sometimes. The Carolina Panthers fell victim to the fix we correctly anticipated. Jeb got whooped by Kasich, 2016’s first benefactor of the “Gates Lucas bump.” Hillary fell to Bernie “the Butthead” Sanders by a margin of more than 20 points in the Granite State.
Over the weekend, the No. 32 Dartmouth women’s tennis team hosted the ECAC Winter Championship, which consisted of all the Ivy League teams except the University of Pennsylvania. The team finished third, falling in a close battle to No. 58 Columbia University 4-3 before defeating No. 54 Brown University 4-3. On the road, the No. 34 men’s team was unable to replicate last week’s amazing victories, falling to both No. 32 North Carolina State University 5-2 and No. 61 Old Dominion University 4-3.
Similar to last season, the Boston Celtics have surprised the NBA with a solid performance. After going 40-42, finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference and losing in four games to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last season’s playoffs, the Celtics are currently the third place team in the East at a respectable 31-22.
Since 1959, the Dartmouth men’s basketball team has managed to win a mere total of eight games combined in its annual away game trips to the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Last weekend’s trek down the East Coast brought no change to that pattern, as the Big Green (7-13, 1-5) let another game get away against Penn (8-11, 2-3) 71-64, and fell behind early against Princeton (14-5, 4-1) to lose 83-70, wrapping up a mid-conference four-game losing streak that leaves the team tied for last place in the Ivy League.
The Big Green ski team continued its hot streak, beating out their host University of Vermont to capture a win at the two-weekend UVM Carnival event. The team continued its consistency across disciplines and was bolstered by the return of 2015 NCAA Freestyle champion Patrick Caldwell ’17 along with another strong freshman performance. The team, held from a first place finish in carnival season over the past three years, has now netted back to back first place finishes in their last two carnivals.
The women’s hockey team beat Brown University 5-0 on Saturday, snapping a 15 game winless streak. The team fell to Yale University the night before in overtime 4-3. The Big Green’s first win of 2016 improved the team to 5-16-3 overall and 5-10-3 in ECAC hockey play.
No. 20 Dartmouth men’s hockey split a pair of road games this weekend, falling to No. 11 Yale University in New Haven before riding a four-goal second period to a win over Brown University. The Big Green now sits at 12-10-1, and its 9-7-0 conference record is good for fourth in the ECAC.
Dartmouth men’s and women’s track and field recorded strong individual performances at the Dartmouth Indoor Classic this past Saturday at home in Leverone Field House. The Indoor Classic served as the fourth and final home meet of the indoor season for the Big Green.
This week, The Dartmouth spoke with Nordic skier and team captain Oscar Friedman ’16. The Boulder, Colorado native recently earned a top ten finish in the 15-kilometer classic during the Colby Carnival and has his eyes set on a professional skiing career after graduation.
This weekend, women’s tennis is coming to Dartmouth as the Big Green hosts the ECAC Winter Championships.
Freshman alpine skier Alexa Dlouhy ’19 has been dominating her competition in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association. After winning three straight slaloms, Dlouhy is one of the EISA first-ranked Dartmouth alpine skiing team’s most valuable assets.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams took a break from team competition to chase strong individual performances at the Boston University Terrier Classic at the BU Track and Tennis Center in Boston this past weekend. Both the men and the women took advantage of an atmosphere conducive to fast racing to notch some new personal and season bests. The women traveled down to Boston to compete last Friday, Jan. 29, while the men competed separately on Saturday, Jan. 30.
The boys at Riding the Pine have already started their countdown to 2017. The parties are over. The confetti has been swept up off the street. A third Thai restaurant has opened in Hanover, giving the home of the College on the Hill the highest Thai restaurant to person ratio outside of Bangkok. You can lie on your back, fall asleep and snore so loudly you shake the walls in “Meditation and Relaxation” once a year and get a free pass. Now that Henry’s fallen asleep a second time in as many classes, he’ll have to start searching for more creative ways to get his P.E. credit.
The “Hack-a-Shaq” has become a widely employed strategy in basketball. It involves identifying a member of the opposing team with a weak free throw percentage and purposefully fouling that player to send them to the free throw line. The ultimate hope is that the fouled player will miss the free throw and possession will go to the team that originally committed the foul.