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Hall of Famers make history

The “challenge, heartache, and thrills” of competitive sport make it “one of the most educational endeavors we undertake,” according to Jeff Segrave, Skidmore’s athletics director. As emcee of the induction ceremony to inaugurate Skidmore’s Athletics Hall of Fame, he applauded the spirit and skills of many current and former athletes in the audience: “I doff my hat to each and every one of you.” Especially saluted at the ceremony—part of a benefit event for the Friends of Skidmore Athletics—were the first inductees, twelve alumni and an administrator.

Heather Mitchell ’99, Skidmore’s first all-American in field hockey, was named Player of the Year conferencewide in 1998 and led the Thoroughbreds to their first NCAA Division III national tournament appearance. Also a standout basketball player, Mitchell won all-conference honors in 1999.

As a senior, Jamie Levine Stoler ’98 not only led her tennis squad to its first national team championship but also became Skidmore’s only individual national champion—in singles, with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 final match. She earned six all-America honors: four in singles, two in doubles.

The entire 1998 women’s tennis team—Stoler, Samantha Brophy ’98, Inke Noel ’99, Ann Gruber ’00, Alexis Karetzky ’01, Lisa Powers ’01, and Heather Wood ’01—was also inducted. The players held thirty all-America awards among them, and with Stoler and Brophy as co-captains they claimed the NCAA championship.

Heather Mitchell '99

Jamie Levine Stoler '98

1998 Women's Tennis Team (Stoler, Samantha Brophy ’98, Inke Noel ’99, Ann Gruber ’00, Alexis Karetzky ’01, Lisa Powers ’01, and Heather Wood ’01)

Joe Doldo '96

David Hathaway '92

Marjorie Wendel Keenoy '44

Tim Brown, athletics director and golf coach

In ice hockey, Joe Doldo ’96 made conference history by being named Player of the Year three times. Still Skidmore’s all-time leading scorer, in 1996 he tied for the national scoring title. In his four years, the T’breds racked up a 68-23-4 record and took three conference championships.
David Hathaway ’92 was Skidmore’s first four-time all-American in any sport. He helped the golf team to top-ten finishes in four straight NCAA championship tournaments, taking second place himself in 1992. Often competing against Division I players, he scored top-ten finishes in more than half, and won nine, of the fifty-two intercollegiate tournaments he entered. His course-record 66 at the West Point links still stands as the T’breds’ lowest-scoring round ever.
Neil Kaye ’80 founded Skidmore rowing. In 1977 he borrowed an old rowing shell from a farmer’s barn and recruited four novices as Skidmore’s first-ever crew. After three weeks of practice, they entered the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, where they astonished everyone by defeating Ivy League crews to finish twenty-fifth out of forty entries.

Before Skidmore had formal varsity athletics, Marjorie Wendel Keenoy ’44 became a championship golfer, winning a city tournament in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio. She then competed in the Ohio State Championship and later took part in the first-ever women’s intercollegiate golf tourney. A veteran of other regional contests, she continues to golf regularly.
Tim Brown has been called the father of Skidmore athletics. During his twenty-two years as athletics director, he entered Skidmore in its first intercollegiate conference, helped found the UCAA/Liberty League, built the sports facilities, and developed today’s roster of nineteen well-respected teams. Meanwhile, he coached the golf team to eighteen straight appearances at national championships; in 2001 he was inducted into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame.

With hugs and applause, including a standing ovation for Tim Brown, the event wound to a close. Auction winners collected their prizes, trophies were hefted and admired by family members, and reluctant good-byes echoed slowly away. But the bonhomie lingered on—to rise again, no doubt, at next year’s Hall of Fame celebrations. —SR