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Skidmore Selects First Athletic Hall of Fame Class

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Skidmore College has announced its inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class. Seven individuals and one team were inducted at the first Skidmore Friends of Athletics Benefit and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The opening of the Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame is a milestone in the college's athletics program, according to Athletic Director Jeffrey Segrave: "This is a landmark event for Skidmore. It is an acknowledgment of Skidmore's commitment to athletics and an opportunity to celebrate the commitment, excellence, and contributions of some of our finest teams, athletes and administrators."

Field hockey midfielder and basketball guard Heather Mitchell '99, golfer David Hathaway '92, hockey forward Joe Doldo '96, and women's tennis national champion Jamie Levine Stoler '98 were inducted in the student/athlete category.

The 1998 national champion women's tennis team was selected in the team category. Former athletics director Timothy Brown represents the administrator/staff category, and crew founder Neil Kaye '80 and amateur golf standout Marjorie Wendel Keenoy '44 were chosen in the area of special recognition.

Mitchell was the Skidmore's first field hockey all-American, earning the award in 1997 and 1998. She finished her career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals and 30 assists for 130 points. The talented midfielder led the Thoroughbreds to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1998. She was the 1998 Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year and also earned UCAA honors in women's basketball.

Hathaway
became Skidmore's first four-time all-American with his second-place finish in the 1992 NCAA Division III golf championship. Of 52 intercollegiate tournaments in which he played, Hathaway won nine and finished in the top ten 27 times. He holds several course records, including a 66 at West Point: a round that still stands as the lowest played by a Skidmore golfer.

Doldo was a three-time Eastern College Athletic Conference-South Player of the Year, finishing his career as Skidmore's all-time leading scorer with 86 goals and 42 assists for 216 points. He tied for the 1996 NCAA Division III scoring lead with 21 goals and 42 assists for 63 points. He led the Thoroughbreds to three ECAC-South regular-season titles and a school-record 20 wins in the 1994-95 season.

Stoler led the women's tennis team to the 1998 NCAA Division III championship. She won the NCAA III singles title that year with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep in the championship match. Stoler earned six all-American awards (four singles, two doubles) and compiled a 129-19 career singles record. She was second in the 1996 and 1997 NCAA singles tournaments and played in the 1995 NCAA singles semifinals.

As Skidmore's athletics director from 1980 to 2002, Brown oversaw the growth of the college's athletics program from a collection of clubs to 19 varsity teams competing at the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, in the Liberty League, and in the Eastern College Athletic Association. During that same period, virtually all of Skidmore's athletic facilities were developed. Brown continues to coach Skidmore's nationally ranked golf program and has led that team to 18 straight NCAA Division III national tournaments.

Kaye is considered the founder of the Skidmore Crew program and a key to the resurgence of crew on Saratoga Lake and in the greater Capital District. He has been a dedicated supporter of Skidmore Crew since his graduation in 1980. A graduate of Albany Medical College, where he earned an M.D., Kaye is a nationally recognized forensic psychiatrist practicing in Wilmington, Del.

Keenoy became a championship golfer during her sophomore year at Skidmore. She won a city tournament in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio, and competed in the 1942 Ohio State Championship. She continues to be a formidable golfer and recently traveled to play in Scotland. Active as an alumna volunteer, she established the Marjorie Wendel Keenoy '44 Merit Scholarship in Science in 1998.





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