Spring sports wrapup
The golf team competed in its sixteenth straight national NCAA Division III championship tournament. The Thoroughbreds finished 19th in the event, but team MVP Joey Pohle 02 earned his third all-America honor with a 5th-place finish (75-74-73298). Pohle and Brian Clark 02 were named All-American Scholars and earned GCAA all-district honors.
The Thoroughbreds won five tournaments this season, including a seventh straight UCAA championship and the first-ever ECAC Division III championship.
The team set a program record for winning percentage with an 11-4 season under first-year coach Beth Hallenbeck. The Thoroughbreds were ranked 19th nationally, after beating Hamilton, 14-8, to finish 3rd in the NYSWCAA tournament.
|Taryn Howard 03 in action for the Thoroughbreds
Taryn Howard 03 led the team in scoring, with 44 goals and 7 assists. Howard was a UCAA first-team all-star, and she and Bridget OConnor 02 were regional all-America selections.
The men finished with an 8-5 record. Skidmore beat Williams College, 12-11, for the second straight year and posted a first-ever win over conference rival Rensselaer, 17-13.
|All-American Brian McCawley 02 gets past a Union opponent.
Midfielder Brian McCawley 02 earned his second all-America honor and was a UCAA first-team all-star. Andy Meehan 03, another first-team all-star, led the Thoroughbreds in scoring, with 35 goals and 10 assists for 45 points.
With eight of their eleven matches played against nationally ranked teams, the Thoroughbreds finished with a 9-10 record. Team MVP Dawn Penniston 03, Julie Megler 05, and Karlene Kunigiel 05 were UCAA all-conference selections.
The men completed another outstanding season, with a 14-7 record and a 2nd-place finish in the UCAA championships.
Team MVP Chris Watson 02 and Russell Cloder 05 earned UCAA singles and doubles first-team honors, as Watson went 9-0 in conference singles play, and he and Cloder were 8-0 in conference doubles play.
The team finished with a 15-25 record, which featured conference victories over Vassar, Union, and the University of Rochester. Tom Kuchark 03 led the team in hitting, with a .366 average, and in pitching, racking up a school-record 66 strikeouts on the mound. He was named a first-team UCAA all-star.
Skidmore shut out Middlebury, 7-0, to finish the season at 12-20 under first-year coach Jamie Brown. Hitting .348 and stealing a team-high 15 bases, Stephanie Walters 03 was named a UCAA first-team all-star. Lisa Mason 05 was the Thoroughbreds top hitter, batting .378.
|Pitcher Nicole Klein 02 delivers one to the plate.
The co-ed riding team won regional championships to earn a return trip to the IHSA national show. Skidmore finished 5th at nationals, but Jovanna Giannasio 02 won the Millers Intermediate Over Fences class, and Erina Malarkey 05 took 2nd in the Millers Novice on the Flat. In the Cacchione Cup, for regional high-point riders, Lindsey Phibbs 02 finished 5th.
Both the mens and womens varsity eight ended their seasons with respectable 6th-place finishes in the petite finals at the New York State championships.
The womens boat was nationally ranked for most of the year, while the mens improved throughout the campaign. The women posted a win in the South Eastern Sprints in Georgia and took 2nd in the Knect Cup in New Jersey. The mens team MVP was Nick Hall 02; the womens, Amy Foss 02. WJ