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In its final tune up before the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, the track and field team received strong individual performances at the Boston University Valentine Invitational and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Gordon Kelly Invitational this past weekend. The Valentine Invitational took place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 to 13, at the BU Track and Tennis Center in Boston, while the Gordon Kelly Invitational took place on Saturday at the Johnson Athletic Center at MIT.
First off, John and I would like to extend our best wishes to Chris Bosh, who currently may be facing another life threatening blood clot injury. Bosh, who is a two-time champion and an 11-time All Star, has been a class act since entering the NBA, and we hope that he will be back to health soon.
Over the weekend, the No. 34 Dartmouth men’s tennis team played in the ECAC Indoor Championship in Philadelphia, which consisted of St. John’s University and all the Ivy League teams except Columbia University. The team played a total of three teams during the tournament, falling to the University of Pennsylvania in a tough 3-4 battle but rallying to defeat Brown University 4-0 and St. John’s 4-1 to secure fifth place.
Over Winter Carnival weekend, the then No. 5 men’s squash team fell 8-1 to then No. 4, now No. 2 Yale University in Hanover, followed by a 7-2 victory over No. 16 Brown University in Providence. The team finished the regular season 9-4 and ultimately ranked seventh in the country.
The Big Green used a strong, late showing at the Dartmouth Carnival to push past the University of New Hampshire and secure a second place finish behind the University of Vermont at last weekend’s 106th Dartmouth Winter Carnival. Dartmouth recorded team wins in the men’s slalom and in the women’s 15K Classic.
The women’s hockey team beat Union College 3-1 on Friday to keep the Dutchwomen winless in 31 games. The next day, the team fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2-1 in a tight contest. The Big Green improved to 6-17-3 overall and 6-11-3 in ECAC Hockey play.
The men’s hockey team split a pair of ECAC match-ups at Thompson Arena this weekend. After falling to Union College in a 4-1 contest that was closer than the score indicated, the team earned a 2-1 come-from-behind win against No. 18 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on the strength of a Troy Crema ’17 overtime goal. The split leaves the Big Green’s record at 13-11-1, 10-8-0 ECAC, good for a tie with RPI for fifth in the ECAC.
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.