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Interconnections Striking accord at music reunion
Periclean Alumni winner Andrew (Snyder) Ha-Levi '88
Kemball-Cook winner Trustee and music supporter Bob Ladd
Club connection San Francisco Bay cruise
T'bred Hall of Fame Five alumni and Coach Segrave inducted
Skidmore Interactive Skidmore brand goes online
Trustee transitions Howley '80 to be chair; Traylor '68 and Fulmer '76 join

 

Hall of Famers inducted


The “celebration” in Celebration Weekend included the nearly 300 revelers at the Friends of Skidmore Athletics banquet and the six top sports stars they welcomed into the Hall of Fame.

With Courtney Lee ’01 as team captain, Skidmore volleyball became one of the top 12 teams in New York State and earned a berth at the NCAA Division III nationals in 1999 and 2000. An expert setter, as a freshman Lee broke the Skidmore record for assists and won the league’s Rookie of the Year citation. As a sophomore she set another Skidmore record, and also led Division III nationally, for service aces per game. She became the first Skidmore volleyballer to be named a Verizon Academic All-American.

Baseball standout Ross Aresco ’00 holds Skidmore records for batting average (.455), slugging, hits, total bases, and runs batted in during any one season. And he’s the all-time record-holder in home runs, doubles, total bases, RBI, and walks, as well as put-outs and games played. Nationally ranked in batting average and slugging percentage, he led the Thoroughbreds to a first-ever UCAA championship in 1999.

When it comes to men’s basketball, three-time MVP David Burch ’99 holds the record for Skidmore records. His single-game marks include 41 points, 14 free throws, and 17 field goals (twice!); he scored 10 or more points in 38 consecutive games; he has 785 career rebounds. Burch also racked up more league honors than any Skidmore hoopster ever: from the ECAC, one Player of the Week and five Honor Roll citations; from the UCAA, four Player of the Week, five Honor Roll, and a first-team and two second-team honors. One of just three T’breds to play pro hoops, he was a scoring leader for teams in England and Norway.

Pam Thompson Saffran ’87 established many firsts for herself, Thoroughbred women’s tennis, and Skidmore athletics. She was the college’s first tennis All-American (1985, 1986), the first to qualify for NCAA individual national championships (1985, 1986, 1987), and the leader of the first team to earn a berth at NCAA nationals in women’s tennis (1987). She was also the first Skidmore player in any sport to be nationally ranked (she was #7 in 1985 and #3 in 1986). With five New York State titles—three in singles and two in doubles—she was the NYS Athlete of the Year in 1986.

International Olympics scholar Jeffrey Segrave has served Skidmore since 1978 as a championship coach, teaching professor, athletics director, and mentor. With a win-loss record of 362-137, he led the women’s tennis team to 17 NYSWCAA, four NCAC, and six UCAA championships; the team took the NCAA Division III national championship in 1998. Eight of his players were All-Americans, including Jamie Levine ’98, the national singles champ in 1998, and Inke Noel ’99 and Lisa Powers ’01, the national doubles champs in 1999. The team was nationally ranked from 1981 to 1991 and 1994 to 2001, seven times making the top ten. Segrave was Coach of the Year three times, in two different leagues. He has won several International Tennis Association honors.

Before joining Skidmore’s physical-education faculty, Ann Ross Fairbanks made the 1944 US Olympic diving team (though World War II cancelled the games). She captured nine Amateur Athletic Union national championships and became internationally recognized as the “queen of springboard diving.” Teaching at Skidmore from 1967 to 1985, she established and coached the swim teams, leading Skidmore to second place in the 1970 New England Intercollegiate Championships. Her book Teaching for Springboard Diving remains the definitive text for coaches nationwide. In 1984 Fairbanks was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and also cited by President George H. W. Bush for her Red Cross and other volunteer work. —MM, SR

Winners wanted. Do you know a former athlete, coach, or team who deserves a place in
Skidmore’s Hall of Fame? How about an administrator or someone else who’s been a fervid
T’bred booster? Click here and choose "Nomination form" to submit your suggestion.  Deadline is April 10.