Senior Sally Hatfield (Barrington, R.I.) and sophomore Virginia Shannon (Hanover, N.H.) represented the Middlebury women at the recent individual nationals hosted by Williams. Hatfield earned a 3-2 record over the weekend, while Shannon went 4-1. Hatfield ends the season with an 18-12 overall record, while Shannon ends '08-'09 with a 17-13 mark. Hatfield was also a first-team All-NESCAC selection, while head coach John Illig was named the NESCAC Coach of the year.
Sophomore Brian Cady (Rye, N.Y.) and rookie Valentin Quan (La Libertad, El Salvador) represented the Middlebury men's squash team at the recent individual nationals hosted by Williams. Cady and Quan both competed each earned 0-2 marks. Cady ended the season with an 18-7 overall record, while Quan sported a 14-8 mark.
The Middlebury College indoor track team sent a small group of athletes to compete in the Open New England Championships over the weekend at Boston University. The women's DMR team earned an impressive sixth place finish to earn All-N.E. honors at the event.
The Middlebury College ski team finished third in the final carnival of the season at Colby. Dartmouth (961.5) won the event, followed by UVM (793), Middlebury (732.5) and UNH (705). Action resumes for the Panthers at the NCAA Championships, which take place March 11-14 at Bates.
The Panther women's hockey team outshot Williams 47-11 on its way to a 3-1 victory over the Ephs in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game played in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers advance to the NESCAC semifinals next weekend, while the Ephs end their season at 8-16-1.
The Middlebury College men's swimming and diving team took part in the NESCAC Championships hosted by Wesleyan over the weekend. The Panthers finished the event in sixth place with 781 points, as Williams (1775), Tufts (1538) and Amherst (1364) comprised the top three. Senior Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) had an amazing day for the Panthers, setting three school records and earning five top-five finishes.
The Panther men's hockey team advanced to the NESCAC semifinals after a 6-2 win over Hamilton in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers will meet Williams in the semifinal round next weekend at Amherst, while Hamilton ends its season at 9-15-1.
The Middlebury College men's basketball team captured its first NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship as the Panthers earned a 77-68 victory over Amherst. The Panthers improve on their school record with their 24th win of the season against just three losses. Middlebury earns the NESCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will make their second straight appearance in the tourney when they host a game on Saturday. Amherst falls to 21-6 overall and is in good shape to receive an at-large bid. The win avenges a loss in the regular season finale at Amherst for Middlebury, also snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Jeffs. Middlebury has now won NESCAC Championships in 16 different sports.