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When most students arrive at the College, they take a while to adjust to their surroundings and to learn how to succeed in Hanover. It is only later in their Dartmouth careers that they begin to produce true greatness, to excel in their chosen fields. For the below nominees for The Dartmouth Sports Awards for best freshman athlete, the above description could not be more false. Whether in tennis, baseball, basketball or swimming, these talented ’18s showed the Dartmouth community just how great the Class of 2018 could be.
Softball captain Kristen Rumley ’15 has had one of the greatest careers in Big Green softball history. She now holds the all-time records for strikeouts with 669 and wins with 46, has pitched the most innings in program history and was the first player to be named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year for three consecutive years.
After an impressive spring season, the Dartmouth women’s frisbee team — also known as Princess Layout — advanced to the quarterfinals of Nationals this past weekend before falling to the top-seeded University of Oregon. The team, Princess Layout, went 4-2 overall at Nationals with its only two losses coming to Oregon and Stanford University. Oregon and Stanford met in the finals with Oregon taking home the national title.
This week I sat down with the softball team’s Kelsey Miller ’16. Miller plays third base and started 39 out of the 40 regular season games, batting .216 through the season. In the 2015 season, the softball team won its second consecutive Ivy League title, earning its second straight NCAA tournament berth.
After we published our nominees for The Dartmouth Sports Award for best male athlete on Friday, we asked our readers to cast their votes. With more than 500 votes collected over the weekend, Madison Hughes ’15 was chosen as Dartmouth’s best male athlete of the 2014-2015 year, taking a resounding 65 percent of the votes.
Over 260 readers voted to determine the winner of The Dartmouth Sports Awards’ prize for best female athlete. Big Green field hockey’s Ali Savage ’15 took this year’s prize with an impressive 42 percent of the votes.
In many ways, female athletes and women’s sports defined Dartmouth sports news during the 2014-2015 year. The women’s cross country team defended its Ivy League title, the softball team won its second consecutive Ivy League title under first-year head coach Shannon Doepking and athletic director Harry Sheehy announced the women’s rugby team’s impending elevation to varsity status for the 2015-2016 season. As those programs enjoyed exciting news, the nominees below enjoyed phenomenal success on an individual level.
The Big Green enjoyed a year of firsts this year with a national title in equestrian and a first-ever appearance for the women’s tennis team in the NCAA tournament. Nordic skiing also saw its first national title in four years. Dartmouth enjoyed success in the Ivy League as well, winning the Ivy League softball championship for the second consecutive year and tallying four second-place Ivy League finishes — baseball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and football.
It’s probably safe to say that professional rugby player Madison Hughes ’15 has one of the more distinct D-Plans on campus. He has been off-campus for the last two terms of his senior year, completing his assignments while captaining the United States Eagles sevens squad. This past weekend, the Eagles dominated Australia 45-22 to win the Marriott London Sevens Cup final and claim win their first World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series title.
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 month between the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship and the beginning of the NCAA Championships provides the track and field teams with one final chance to chase qualifying performances for the NCAA regional meet over the last week of May. The men’s and women’s teams took advantage of this opportunity this past weekend, sending athletes to both the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Princeton, New Jersey, and the New Balance Twilight Meet in Lowell, Massachusetts.
The No. 95 softball team lost both of its games in the NCAA Regionals, falling to No. 7 Florida State University (48-12, 20-3 ACC) and No. 30 University of South Carolina (38-22, 10-14 SEC), ending a season which saw the team win its second consecutive Ivy League title and qualify for the NCAA tournament. Over the weekend, the Big Green (25-18, 16-4 Ivy) struggled offensively and was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
After securing the Big Green its first Ivy League championship in three years this past fall, it was fitting for the 2014 men’s soccer team to produce one of the highest numbers of athletes to sign professional contracts in recent program history.
After nine months of riding a bike through rugged outdoor terrain, your average student would likely swear off cycling for good, content to pass through this life from the comfort of an automobile or as a simple pedestrian. David Berg ’16, though, is far from your average student.
Spring term and spring sports seasons are winding down here in Hanover. The only Big Green teams in action this weekend are softball, men’s and women’s track and field, sailing and the crew teams. Dovydas Sakinis ’16 and Taylor Ng ’17 are also still competing as singles in the NCAA tennis tournament. This weekend, the softball team will compete in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year, this time in Tallahassee, Florida, in a pool with No. 9 Florida State University, the University of South Carolina and the University of Central Florida. The crew teams will also head into their own championship weekend.
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.
To ensure that the College’s varsity athletic program remains competitive among Division I conferences, the Big Green has been relying on generous donations by alumni and supporters to reach its goal of increasing endowed head coaching positions over the past five years. Last Monday, the Office of Public Affairs announced the College’s athletic department received three gifts totaling $5 million for the endowment of the head coaching positions for men’s soccer, women’s tennis and men’s Nordic skiing.
The Dartmouth softball team will head to Tallahassee, Florida, this weekend to face the ninth-seeded Florida State University in the first round of the NCAA tournament in the Tallahassee Regional. After winning the Ivy League Championship against the University of Pennsylvania for the second consecutive year, the Big Green (25-16, 16-4 Ivy) is gearing up to compete against 63 of the best softball teams across the nation.
Taylor Ng ’17 began playing tennis with her older sister when she was around five years old, but did not commit fully to the sport until her junior year of high school. Now, as a sophomore at the Colleg, Ng is the number one singles player on the College’s women’s team, is ranked in the top-100 players nationally and has helped to lead the Big Green to one of their most successful years in program history.
Women’s hockey captain Karlee Odland ’15 had a unique childhood. She was born and raised on a farm in southern Alberta, Canada, where she said there is a strong agricultural community of around 7,000 people in the region. In the 2011 census, her hometown, Vauxhall, had a population of 1,288. Growing up, Karlee and her brothers had chores just like anyone else, although they were not the usual folding of laundry or taking out the trash.