Winter Winners

 

From the pool to the rink, court to the slopes, Colby athletes see dedication pay off

By Gerry Boyle '78
 

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Kelly Norsworthy '08
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Greg Osborne '07
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Karen Prisby '07
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Drew Cohen '07
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Fred Bailey '07
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Nick Farrell '07
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Arthur Fritch '08
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Jabez Dewey '07
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It was a gratifying season for many winter athletes at Colby: NESCAC playoffs, NCAA meets, individual honors that were the fruits of years of dedication.

Hockey's Greg Osborne '07 and Arthur Fritch '08, swimmers Kelly Norsworthy '08 and Jabez Dewey '07, basketball's Nick Farrell '07 and Drew Cohen '07, and distance runner Karen Prisby '07"these were some of the athletes whose individual achievements contributed to team success.

Swimming and diving sent a strong contingent to the NCAA meet. Men's hockey finished 14-9-2 and made the NESCAC semifinals. Men's basketball went 15-11 and also earned a berth in the NESCAC semifinals. Women's indoor track saw Colby records broken and strong finishes in the NCAA meet and New England D-III championships. And 36 winter-season athletes earned NESCAC All-Academic honors with a 3.35 or higher GPA.

All-America swimmer Norsworthy, came back from a semester in Italy to win three NESCAC titles in the breaststroke and then led the Mules to 13th place at nationals. Against the nation's best, Norsworthy was fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke and 10th in the 200 breaststroke. Dewey, also All-America, was first in the 50-meter backstroke at the NESCAC meet and fifth in the 100-backstroke at the NCAA D-III meet in Houston.
Swimming and Diving Coach Tom Burton said both swimmers could have been top competitors at high levels of Division I, but opted to come to Colby for athletics, academics, and the other opportunities the College offers.

Norsworthy is a gifted athlete with "great self-awareness," a key to making rapid progress, Burton said. But she also has many interests beyond swimming. "[Norsworthy] chose to go abroad because that's why she came to Colby," Burton said. While the coach lauded Dewey's dedication and fierce competitive spirit, he also pointed proudly to his selection as an Academic All-American.

Osborne and Fritch were both named All-America, marking the first time since 1962 that men's hockey had two All-America selections in one year. Osborne was NESCAC player of the year, leading the league in scoring and in goals. He was profiled in the Waterville Morning Sentinel (read story online) and received the Joe Concannon Award for the best American-born D-II or D-III hockey player in New England.

"He wants to be on the ice when the game's on the line," Hockey Coach Jim Tortorella told the Sentinel. "There aren't a lot of kids like that. They say they do, but they don't know how to be that way. Ozzie's one of those kids, there's no question he needs to be on the ice when the game is on the line."
Women's Lax Falls Short of Title

In spring sports, fourth-seeded women's lacrosse capped a 12-5 season by nearly knocking off Middlebury for the New England Small College Athletic Conference title.

The Mules, in their first NESCAC final, battled the Panthers throughout the game, staying even until Middlebury broke an 8-8 tie. The Panthers won 10-8 in the closest women's lacrosse NESCAC final since postseason play began.

Winning Woodswomen

The women of Colby's Woodsmen's Team sawed and chopped their way to first place overall at the 61st annual Woodsmen's Weekend at Dartmouth.

The Mules came through and then some, besting competitors from as far as Canada and New York at the Northeast's biggest contest. Go online for photos, and to read an Associated Press story featuring captain Kate Braemer '07, or to listen to a podcast about the team.

More spring sports news in the summer issue of Colby.

Fritch was the top-scoring defensemen in NCAA D-III, with 12 goals and 25 assists, and was named to the All-NESCAC first team.

Co-captains Farrell and Cohen were mainstays of men's basketball, with the sharpshooting Farrell leading NESCAC in scoring at 19 points per game and earning All-NESCAC first-team honors. Cohen, a national leader in blocked shots with 84, was also an offensive force, with 15 points per game despite an early-season injury. Michael Westbrooks '07 finished his Colby career with 740 points and 207 assists.

In women's indoor track, Prisby, already All-America in cross-country, achieved a preseason goal of adding All-America honors in the 5,000-meter run. Prisby set a Colby record in the 5,000-meter at the NCAA D-III national championship meet, finishing sixth. Teammate Anna King '08, another cross-country standout, was second in the 5,000 at the New England D-III championships.

Outdoors, Colby saw success as well, with coach Tracy Cote named the Eastern Collegiate Ski Association coach of the year. Two men's Nordic skiers, Fred Bailey '07 and Nick Kline '08, made the NCAA championships. Bailey was picked for the ECSA second team, while Kathleen Maynard '09 led the women's Nordic team and came up just short of the NCAA championships.

Alpine skier Jody Centauro '08 earned a trip to the NCAA championships for the second straight year, and Josh Kernan '10 went to nationals in his first year. Against the nation's best, Centauro placed a solid 22nd in the slalom and 24th in the giant slalom.

 
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