As Dartmouth Life goes to press, 13 Dartmouth athletes have been chosen to participate in the XX Winter Olympiad, carrying on the College's tradition of Olympic excellence.
In women's hockey, Gillian Apps '06, Katie Weatherston '06, and Cherie Piper '06 will all represent Team Canada. Competing against them for Team USA will be Kristin King '02 and Sarah Parsons '09. In addition, Rachel Rochat '95 will compete for the Swiss team.
Sarah Konrad '89 and Carolyn Treacy '06 will compete for the United States in biathlon, an event that combines the physically demanding sport of cross country skiing with the intense precision of rifle marksmanship. Carl Swenson '92 will compete on the men's cross country ski team.
In alpine skiing, Scott Macartney '01 and Libby Ludlow '06 were selected for the U.S. team; Patrick Biggs '05 will compete for Canada and Bradley Wall '02 will represent Australia.
This will be Piper's second trip to the Olympics after winning gold with the Canadians in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Games. Weatherston is one of just two rookies on the team with no prior experience with the Canadian National Team, though she played on the Canadian U-22 team in recent years.
The Torino Games will also be the first Olympics for Apps, who participated on the national team in 2002, but was ultimately cut before the Olympics began.
Parsons and King will try to help the Americans best the Canadians once again. The United States is the current World Champion after winning the IIHF Women's World Championship in 2005, and both players were on that medal-winning team. This will be the first Olympics for both.
Treacy and Konrad were named to the U.S. biathlon team based on results at the TD Banknorth Festival at Ft. Kent, Me., the qualifying event for the U.S. Olympic team. Ten Olympic medal events in biathlon will be held February 11 through 25.
Treacy, of Duluth, Minn., posted three top-ten finishes, including a second place result in the 7.5-kilometer sprint race on December 30, to earn a berth on the U.S. team.
Konrad, from Laramie, Wyo., won the 10-kilometer pursuit race on January 2 and posted two other top-ten finishes to qualify for the trip to Torino. On January 17, she was also named one of the seven members of the U.S. Olympic women's cross country ski team, becoming the first American woman to compete in two different sports in the same Olympic Winter Games.
Swenson, of Park City, Utah, was named to the men's cross country team, his third Olympic team selection. A two-time captain of the Dartmouth ski team as an undergraduate, Swenson was a member of the U.S. team in 1994 and anchored the men's relay team that finished a U.S.-record fifth at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. A year later he was fifth in the 50K freestyle race at the World Championships.
Macartney, in his eighth year on the U.S. ski team, was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2002 at Salt Lake City. Ludlow, also an eight-year veteran of the U.S. ski team, won the women's national championship in giant slalom in 2004 and was in the top 25 in World Cup points in Super-G that year.
While Macartney and Ludlow never wore the Dartmouth Green in collegiate competition, Biggs and Wall were both members of the Dartmouth ski team in 2003, when Wall won the NCAA men's slalom championship. Wall skied for Australia at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, while this is Biggs' first trip to the Games.
And the Dartmouth presence isn't limited to athletes. Among the coaches and other officials in Torino will be Ed Merrens '88, DMS '94, who is a member of the U.S. medical team and team physician for biathlon; Liz McIntyre '87, an Olympic silver medalist and now a coach of the U.S. freestyle ski team; Max Cobb '88, marketing director for the U.S. Biathlon Association and a member of the International Biathlon Union; and Roger Hartley '61, the U.S. biathlon team masseur.
Dartmouth has been represented by athletes and coaches at every Olympic Winter Games since 1924.
It's still February, but spring sports are just around the corner.
Men's lacrosse opens its season on February 25, traveling to Providence to take on the Friars. Just two days later, the women will start their search for a second straight Final Four berth by traveling to Syracuse.
Softball and baseball open their seasons the following week, with softball traveling to Georgia for the Buzz Classic in Atlanta, while the baseball team heads to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on the Hofstra Pride for a three-game set.
"We're going to be young, but we've got a lot of talent, both coming back and coming in," says Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Bill Wilson. "The focus of our players right now is amazing. They've come back with a tremendous attitude, from their work ethic on the field to the way they treat each other in the locker room."
Despite the loss of Ivy League Player of the Year Katieanne Christian '05, the Big Green women should continue to reload rather than rebuild.
"We'll be in the thick of things," says Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Amy Patton. "We're always in the thick of things. There are a lot of returning kids, people who could have been on the field last year but were just behind some really strong players."
Christine Vogt continues her rebuilding project in her second year as head coach of Dartmouth's softball team. The squad will need to overcome the loss of Jodee Thompson '05, who left as the all-time leader in both home runs (13) and walks (62).
"This year's team is young with half our roster being freshmen and sophomores, but I expect some of them to contribute right away," Vogt says. "I've also adjusted the schedule to include a pre-spring break trip to challenge us early and help us prepare for the Ivy League.
The baseball team is coming off a 2005 campaign that saw injuries hamper the team for much of the season. Returning this year is first team All-Ivy selection Will Bashelor '07, who set the school record for steals in a season last year after swiping 30 bases.
Like softball, this year's baseball team will be fielding a young squad loaded with underclassmen.
"Our focus as a staff this season will be teaching fundamentals with the youngest team I've ever had at Dartmouth," Head Coach Bob Whalen says. "We have tremendous enthusiasm and energy right now and my goal is to channel that energy into wins."
In a precursor to the Indoor Heptagonals being held on February 25 and 26 at Leverone Field House, the men's and women's track and field teams hosted the 37th annual Dartmouth Relays to kick off the winter term.
Emanuel Parris of the University of Sherbrooke set a meet record in the men's 60-meter dash, highlighting the third and final day of action.
A pair of Dartmouth runners was third and fourth. Fatih Stanley '07 and Ikechi Ogbonna '06 posted times of 6.99 and 7.02, respectively.
Dartmouth women's track and field won its third straight team title, bettering 15 other schools. The Big Green earned 85 points with Williams second at 77 and Maine third with 63. The men also won for the first time in the four years that there has been college team scoring.
Senior Jeannie Cullen '06 had a career-high 35 points as the Dartmouth women's basketball team raced past Harvard, 91-76 in the January 7 Ivy opener for both teams. The win was the 300th at Dartmouth for Head Coach Chris Wielgus, who now has 337 career victories. Cullen nailed seven three-pointers and added six rebounds and four assists. Sydney Scott '08 had a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Angie Soriaga '06 added 18 points and five assists. With the win, the Big Green improves to 8-3 overall, 1-0 Ivy, while the Crimson falls to 4-10 overall and 0-1 in the Ancient Eight.
Dartmouth led by 15 points at the half, 48-33, and then opened the second period with a 22-7 run to take a 30-point lead at 70-40 with 12:54 to go after a Soriaga layup.
Harvard then went on a 30-8 spurt to make it 78-70 with 2:02 to go. Dartmouth converted its free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
By BENJAMIN FLICKINGER '04
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