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New heights in the new year. Two Skidmore teams this winter made first-time appearances in the semifinal rounds of postseason play.
Ice hockey. The Thoroughbreds enjoyed their most successful season since entering the ECAC East in 1998. Skidmore beat Salem State, 4-3 in overtime, to advance to its first-ever ECAC East semifinals, where it lost a tough 3-2 decision to eventual champion Babson College. A highlight of Skidmore’s 13-10-3 season was a solid 5-3 victory over top-ranked Plattsburgh—in fact, it was the only regular-season loss for the Plattsburgh powerhouse. Sasha Thomas ’12 and Colin Bessey ’12 made the ECAC East’s All-Rookie team.
Basketball. Players like Megan Gaugler ’12, at right, helped the women’s team qualify for its first Liberty League tournament and its first postseason berth since 2000–01. Skidmore gave top-seed Union College a run in the Liberty semifinals but came up short in the end, losing 61-51. The team finished the season at 11-15. The men’s squad trounced Hobart, 72-59, and upset Liberty League champion Rensselaer in a 63-62 squeaker, on the way to an 8-17 season record.
Swimming and diving. The men made a strong showing at the UNYSCSA championship. They finished 13th out of 16 teams, but they broke 10 school records, ending their season with a total of 15 new records. Doug Pilawa ’12 finished third in 3-meter diving with a score of 399.9 and met the NCAA Division III qualifying standard. The women’s squad finished 13th out of 17 teams at the UNYSCSA championships. The T’breds toppled several Skidmore records at the meet, including the 100-meter breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and 400 freestyle relay (at 3:46.01).
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