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Winter sports summaries
The men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the first Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, where it lost, 58-39, to Rensselaer. In the UCAA first round, the Thoroughbreds beat Clarkson on the road, 49-47. The team finished the season 12-14 overall and 4-8 in the UCAA. Among the wins was a sound victory over Stevens Tech , 63-41, to take the Skidmore Invitational Tournament and also an impressive 69-67 win over Amherst.
Brian Culkin ’01 earned UCAA First-Team All-Star honors, with a team-record 21.8 points per game. Culkin scored a career-high 39 points in an 84-77 loss at Hartwick and finished his junior season with 1,174 career points, putting him sixth on the program’s all-time scoring list. Mark Mortensen ’02 added 7.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and was name to the UCAA All-Academic Team.
As for the women, the young team finished 7-18 overall and 1-11 in the UCAA. The Thoroughbreds lost, 73-56, to St. Lawrence in the first round of the UCAA tournament. Early in the season, Skidmore beat Amherst, 60-56, to win its own tournament.
Sarah McEachron ’01 led the team in scoring and rebounding, with 13.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. She was selected to the UCAA All-Academic Team and is fifth on the Skidmore career scoring list, with 1,082 points.
The Thoroughbreds went 3-18-2 overall and 2-14-1 in the ECAC East. Seven of the team’s losses were by two goals or fewer. In its league wins, Skidmore bested Trinity and Connecticut College.
Peter Menan ’02 gets in front of a Middlebury opponent.
Conor McDavitt ’03 led a talented group of 11 freshmen on the team’s roster. McDavitt was selected ECAC East Rookie of the Year after scoring 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points. Defenseman Fred Orsaia ’03 was joined McDavitt on the East’s All-Rookie team, with six goals and five assists.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The men’s team finished with a 2-6 meet record and took 14th place in the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association championships.
Owen Clements ’03 set a pair of Skidmore records in the UNYSCSA meet, with a time of 4:52.36 in the 400-yard individual medley and 2:09.37 in the 200 backstroke, both for 25th-place finishes. Dave Kahler ’02 also set a school record with a 2:23.94 time, for 26th place, in the 200 breaststroke. Kahler made the UCAA All-Academic Team.
The women’s team was 2-6 and finished 14th in the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association championship meet.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Tessa Weiss ’01, Jessie Ehrlich ’01, Emmy Cotton ’00, and Lauren Delong ’03 finished eighth in 8:35.43 at the NYSWCAA meet. Weiss was also 15th in the 100 butterfly (1:06.24), Ehrlich 14th in the 400 IM (5:02.01), and Delong 15th in both the 400 IM (5:06.49) and the 200 butterfly (2:30.64). Ehrlich and Cotton were selected to the UCAA All-Academic Team.—WJ