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Great moments in sports
Athletics and physical fitness have always been part of the Skidmore story, from early interests in improving young ladies posture to todays varsity teams for men and women. A few highlights (including some surprising records):
1903. A great lover of walking and hiking, Lucy Skidmore Scribner set up her Young Womens Industrial Club so that half of the facilities were devoted to physical-culture classes and activities.
1909. On March 24 the YWIC basketball team trounced the Glens Falls Invisibles, 17-1,* in a game at the Glens Falls Armory before 800 spectators.
1916. On June 24, at the second annual Skidmore School of Arts Field Day, Maude Devereux 16 executed a running broad jump of 16 feet 9-1/2 inches, setting a new womens world record that would stand until 1925.
1922. During Skidmore College Field Day activities on November 4, Martha Murdock 24 broke the American womens discus-throw record with a hurl of 100 feet.
1923. During Health Week the junior class was honored for setting the best example in proper walking, and Helen Lambden 23, presidentof the Athletic Association, was voted Healthiest Girl at Skidmore College.
1927. The first Skidmore College Horse Show, held at the Oklahoma Track on May 14, featured form riding, polo, and mounted games like musical chairs and a potato race.
1936. Lecturing on posture to Skidmore freshmen, Lulu Sweigard of the physical education department advised sitting as if the chair is going to be taken away from underneath you.
1942. In the Intercollegiate Ski Union Championships, held at the Middlebury Winter Carnival, Cynthia Taft 42 captured the womens slalom event on a day marked by a blinding snowstorm and a temperature of –15 degrees.
1943. In March Skidmore won the National Intercollegiate Telegraphic Swimming Meet,** with four firsts; a new national record of 35.2 seconds in the 60-yard medley relay was set by Betty Beaton 46, Jean Perryman 45, and Barbara Mathews 43.
1948. Researchers for the Skidmore News calculated that since 1913–14 the major field most often pursued by student government presidents was physical education.
1951. Forty-five years after the first game of field hockey was played in the US, Skidmore was honored to host ten schools in the Northeast Field Hockey Tournament, held at Fifty Acres.
1956. For the big finale of a holiday water ballet at Cochran Pool, the entire group of synchronized swimmers performed a set of difficult maneuvers while carrying aloft candles: not a single flame went out.
1956. Barbara VanPopering 58, described in her yearbookas a curly-haired Robin Hood,won the National Womens Flight Championship for shooting an arrow farther than any other woman in the US.
1962. At the Eastern Collegiate Girls Tennis Championships in Forest Hills, N.Y., Sandy Wilbert 63 and Bev Young 63 bested a field of forty colleges to win the doubles crown.
1973. Students voted for the Wombats as Skidmores varsity mascot, rejecting the Suns, the Lions, the Secretariats, and the Thoroughbreds (which took over as mascot in 1981).
1977. In a bicentennial event billed as the second Battle of Saratoga, Skidmores fledgling polo teamformed just three years earlierdefeated the British team from Oxford University, 9-6.
1984. Rachel Finn 84 was named Senior Student-Athlete of the Year, having captained three teams, been named MVP in soccer and lacrosse, and earned All-Star honors for her 91 percent save percentage as a goalie in womens ice hockey.
1988. With a second-place finish that earned a headline in the New York Times, John Onderdonk 89 and Chris Grosso 89 become the first (and only) Skidmore rowers to compete and medal in the prestigious IRA Regatta.
1988. In his varsity hockey career Joe Tacopina 88 played in eighty-one games, during the course of which he spent 355 minutes in the penalty box, a Skidmore record that still stands.
1990. The riding team won its first IHSA National Hunt Seat Championship, a title it would win again in 1991, 1995, 1996, and 1999.
1992. David Hathaway 92 led the golf team to four consecutive top-ten finishes in NCAA Division III and became Skidmores first four-time All-American.
1996. After leading the hockey team to three ECAC South titles and four straight trips to the ECAC North/South/Central playoffs, Joe Doldo 96 finished his ninety-five-game career with 86 goals and 130 assists for 216 pointsan all-time Skidmore hockey record.
1998. Jamie Levine 98 led the womens tennis team to Skidmores first NCAA Division III national championship; she won the singles title by 6-0, 6-0.
1999. Basketball standouts David Burch 99 and Jaime Cumpelik 99 set scoring records, with 1,521 points and 1,590 points respectively.
1999. The womens tennis team brought home a new NCAA III trophy, as Inke Noel 99 and Lisa Powers 01 won the national doubles championship.
2001. All-time volleyball great Courtnay Lee 01 captured the national NCAA III record for service aces in a career, with 486.
2003. All-American and UCAA All-Star Chris Bivona 03 earned UCAA Co-Player of the Year and all-academic honors; he became Skidmores all-time leading lacrosse scorer, with 118 goals and 95 assists.
2003. All-American, Academic All-American, and UCAA Player of the Year Colleen Barber 04 capped her career with 37 goals and a Skidmore-record 51 assists as she led the field-hockey team to the national NCAA III quarterfinals.
compiled by Kathryn Gallien from Skidmores archives and sports information office, and from the New York Times, Saratogian, Skidmore News, and Eromdiks
* Low scores were common in early womens basketball, a passing game in which there was no dribbling and players were allowed only limited movement.
** To avoid the difficulties of travel, womens colleges held telegraphic swim meets: each team swam at its own pool and forwarded results to a designated center, which tabulated the teams standings and telegraphed them back to the participants.