Middlebury advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the first time since ’02 with a 75-64 win over fifth-seeded Bates (12-12). The fourth-seeded Panthers (14-11) advance to next weekend’s championship weekend at Amherst, after top-seeded Tufts was upset by #8 Bowdoin. Middlebury will take on Williams at 7:30, while the hosts entertain Bowdoin at 5:30 on Saturday.
The Middlebury women’s squash team finished up its season ranked 12th nationally, earning a 16-6 mark. The Panthers competed in the Kurtz Cup, for teams ranked 9-16 nationally at Yale.
The Panther swimming and diving team finished fourth overall among 11 teams competing at the 2013 NESCAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships hosted by Bowdoin. Amherst (1,972) won the title, followed by Williams (1,909), Tufts (1,017) and Middlebury (1,006).
The Middlebury ski team finished in third place overall at the 90th annual Middlebury College winter carnival. UVM won the event (933), followed by Dartmouth (859), Middlebury (766) and UNH (734). The men’s GS team earned the best finish of the day, placing second overall.
The Middlebury College men’s basketball team (22-2) advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the sixth straight season following a 61-49 win over Wesleyan (12-13) at Pepin Gym in a conference quarterfinal match-up. The third-seeded Panthers will play second-seeded Williams, an 88-79 winner over Bates, at 3:00 p.m. at Amherst on Saturday, February 23, as the hosts face Tufts at 1:00 p.m.
The Middlebury College men's hockey team lost for just the second time in its last eight games, falling at 10th-ranked Amherst, 5-3, in the regular season finale for both teams. Final NESCAC standings will not be available until Monday night, when Bowdoin and Trinity play a make-up game which will have a significant impact on the standings.
Middlebury wrapped up its regular season with a 3-1 win at third-ranked Elmira (20-4-1) in a non-conference game. The sixth-ranked Panthers (16-6-2) are the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will host a quarterfinal game on Saturday, February 23rd in Kenyon Arena.
The Panther indoor track teams competed at the New England Championships over the weekend. The women’s team placed fourth among 23 teams at Southern Maine, while the men were ninth with 21 teams competing at Bates.