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Spring sports wrapups
The men’s and women’s crews enjoyed successful seasons.
The women’s varsity eight was ranked as high as 10th nationally among NCAA Division II and III schools. The varsity and novice eight each finished sixth in the “petite finals” of the Champion International regatta. The varsity eight took fifth in the New York State championships “grand final.”
he men’s varsity four finished sixth in the grand final at the Champion and won the grand final in the New York State championships. The men’s varsity eight was first in the petite final.
Ben Greenwood ’00 was the top rower on the men’s team, while Jessie Rabinowitz ’01 was the MVP of the women’s crew.
The softball team doubled its 1999 win total of five, ending with a 10-7 record this year.
Kirstin Mailman ’02 led the team in hitting with a .467 average. Mailman, Jodi Wheeler ’01, and Andrea Paulson ’03 were named UCAA first-team all-stars. Sarah McEachron ’01, Becky Marzalek-Kelly ’02, and Nicole Klein ’02 went all-academic.
The Thoroughbreds finished 17-19 overall, 7-5 in the UCAA. Among the Skidmore successes were wins over nationally ranked Rensselaer and Clarkson.
|All-Star Ned Watkins ’00 |
Ned Watkins ’00 finished second nationally in stolen bases, with 36 total and an average of 1.03 per game. He and Ross Aresco ’00 were UCAA first-team all-stars. Watkins also hit .369 to lead the team. Aresco finished his career with almost every Skidmore offensive record, including a career batting average of .366. Tom Kuchark ’03 was the UCAA rookie of the year. UCAA all-academic honors went to Bryan Marchinkowski ’01 and Pete Dutchick ’02.
The men’s lacrosse team set another varsity record for wins in a season, going 10-4. The Thoroughbreds posted first-ever wins over St. Lawrence (8-7) and Connecticut College (11-10).
|All-academic Bridget O’Connor ’02 |
Scott Toth ’00 scored 28 goals and had 18 assists to become the program’s all-time career scoring leader, with a total of 102 goals and 70 assists for 172 points. He was also selected to play in the North-South all-star game, where he scored two goals to lead the North to an 18-13 win. Chris Bivona ’03 was named UCAA rookie of the year, with 36 goals and 38 assists for 74 points; he and Brian McCawley ’02 were UCAA first-team all-stars. All-academics were McCawley, Hunter Marckwald ’01, Sean Casey ’00, and Matt Tiede ’02.
The women’s lacrosse team won its final three regular-season games to qualify for the NYSWCAA tournament. The Thoroughbreds beat Oswego State, 13-11, in the tournament’s first round to advance to the semifinals, where Nazareth broke open a close game to beat Skidmore 18-8. The Thoroughbreds finished the season 8-8.
Megan Lawler ’01 led the team in scoring, with 46 goals and eight assists for 54 points. Lawler and Jo Sorrell ’00 were UCAA first-team selections. UCAA all-academic honors went to Bridget O’Connor ’02.
The men’s tennis team was 12-7 on the season and finished second in the UCAA championships, losing a tough 4-3 match to the University of Rochester.
Jason Cogan ’00, James Davidson ’01 and Will Crawford ’01 had outstanding seasons for Skidmore. Cogan was a UCAA sll-star in singles, Davidson and Chris Watson ’02 were doubles all-stars, and Josh Elman ’02 went all-academic.
The women’s tennis team finished 10-10 for the season. In the first round of the NCAA Division III championships, the Thoroughbreds lost, 9-0, to Amherst College.
Amy Wachenheim ’01 was 21-10 at number-one singles and earned ITA all-America honors in singles and in doubles with Lisa Powers ’01; the pair had won ITA Rolex regionals in the fall. Along with Wachenheim and Powers, NYSWCAA and UCAA all-star honors went to Heather Wood ’00, Dawn Penniston ’03, and Sarah Sharpe ’02.
Skidmore finished third in the NCAA Division III national championships, played in May in Battle Creek, Mich. Greensboro College won the rain-shortened event with a 54-hole total of 881, barely edging out six-time defending champion Methodist College, at 882; Skidmore shot 887 to take third.
|Joey Pohle ’02 concentrates on a putt at the national championships.|
Skidmore’s Joey Pohle ’02 tied for second place with 71-69-72-212, just one stroke behind Greensboro’s Kevin O’Connell. Jared Tendler ’00 (74-74-72-220) and Brian Clark ’02 (74-75-71-220) tied for ninth. “Overall it was a good tournament for us,” said Skidmore coach Tim Brown. “We came in as the fifth seed and finished third, so we moved up. The team really stepped up their games at the right time.” Pohle was a GCAA first-team all-American, while Tendler and Clark earned second-team honors and Gehring earned honorable mention; all four were named UCAA all-stars; and the same four along with Ben Bates ’03 won GCAA all-district honors. Skidmore has now played in 14 straight NCAA championships, all but one time finishing with the top 12 teams and twice placing among the top three.
Late-breaking news: T’bred named top golfer nationally
Golf standout Joey Pohle ’02 has capped his first season at Skidmore by being named the Division III Player of the Year for 1999-2000.
Pohle transferred to Skidmore from the University of Rhode Island in the fall of 1999. In his first year as a Thoroughbred, playing in 15 tournaments, Pohle won five times, took second place seven times, and finished below third place only once At the national championships, he led the Thoroughbreds to a third-place finish and tied for second place individually. He averaged 72.9 strokes per round.
“This is a great and well-deserved honor for Joey,” said Coach Tim Brown in a Saratogian interview. Brown pointed especially to Pohle’s “mental toughness. He thinks well and manages his game well. He plays within himself and never tries to do things he can’t do.”
A business major, Pohle lives in Williamstown, Mass.
The equestrians finished fifth in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national show at the Georgia International Horse Park. Mount Holyoke College won the 14-team event with 29 points, Hollins University was second with 28, and Virginia Intermont College was third with 24. Skidmore had 16 points.
The Thoroughbreds had two third-place scores: Charlotte Harwood ’01 in the Miller’s Cup novice-over-fences class and Lindsey Phibbs ’02 in the Miller’s open-on-the-flat. Also, Bronwen Hill ’03 finished fourth in the Miller’s walk-trot class, Timnah Lee ’02 was fifth in the Miller’s walk-trot-canter, and Cathleen Elliot ’01 finished fifth in the Miller’s intermediate-on-the-flat.
Last year Skidmore won the IHSA championship, its fifth national title.