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New Heights
Ski teams reach new pinnacles of success

ECAC Champs
Women hoopsters seek respect, get title


A Stroke Ahead
Tom Burton (swimming) honored by NESCAC


Player of the Year
Basketball forward Sam Clark '01 named Second Team All-American and NESCAC Player of the Year


Bill McCloy '03 is tops in bumps and jumps


Sports Shorts
Roundup and highlights of the winter season

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MEN'S BASKETBALL closed out the 2001 season with an impressive 17-10 overall record and played host to Emerson in ECAC first-round action. The sixth-seeded Lions pulled off a stunning upset, 73-68, despite a tremendous second half comeback by the hosts.

The Mules tied for first place in the NESCAC regular season standings with a 6-3 record and beat Middlebury in the first round of the conference tournament, 54-49. The Mules fell to Amherst in second-round action, 61-46.

WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY finished its second consecutive winning season with a 10-9-4 overall record and an 8-7-4 record in conference play. All-American goaltender Josie Chapman '01 closed out her career with a .932 save percentage and a 1.67 goals against average. Captains Amy Bonnefond '01 and Reagan Carey '01 led the team in scoring with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.

MEN'S ICE HOCKEY team wrapped up the season with 15-9-1 overall record and finished in a tie for third in the NESCAC with a 12-4-1 mark. The Mules avenged an early-season loss to Bowdoin in Brunswick when the Polar Bears came to Mayflower Hill. Colby reeled off five unanswered goals to silence the Bowdoin fans en route to a 5-2 victory. Senior forward Fred Perowne earned first team All-NESCAC honors while sophomore defenseman Sean O'Grady earned second team accolades.

MEN'S SWIMMING and DIVING finished with a winning record (5-4) and captured the CBB title for the first time since 1996. Co-captain Steve Feldman '01 placed third at the NESCACs and qualified for the NCAAs. He was honored with a four-year diving award, given to the diver who has scored the most points at the NESCACs over his four years. Nick Walendziak '04 dominated at the NESCACs, establishing new Colby records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. He finished second in both races and ranked fifth in the nation in the 100 free.

MEN'S and WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK saw many strong individual performances. Seven members of the teams had personal bests at the State of Maine Meet. Matt Riportella-Crose '03 placed first in the long jump, and captain Jared Beers '01 placed second in the 200-meter race. The meet also saw strong results from captain Connie Beal '03, who provisionally qualified for nationals in both the shot put and the 20 lb. weight throw. Karima Ummah '04 won the triple jump at the State Meet with a leap of 35 2".

Ranked 11th, WOMEN'S SQUASH earned its highest ranking in the history of the program, posting impressive wins over Amherst, Middlebury, Bates, Mt. Holyoke and Vassar. Strong play from Liz Wainright '01, who played at number four after being gone for January, co-captain Anne Garinger '01 at five, and co-captain Whitney Dayton '01 at the one spot helped the Mules achieve this success. A strong crop of first-year students also boosted the squad. Maura Myers '04 at number nine, Morgan Pratt '04, who played the three, Jen Barrett '04 in the six spot, and Kate Young '04, who played at eight, also contributed to the team's high standing.

MEN'S SQUASH had a number of strong individual performers, including Todd Hunsdorfer '04, who lost only four matches all season in the five and six spots. Co-captains Preston Amos '01 and Mike Natenshon '01 also saw success this year.


Small Triumphs: Alex Quigley '99 finds reason for both hope and despair in the Mississippi Delta
A Ray of Hope: Brittany Ray '93 inspires where she found her inspiration
An Education CEO: Robert Furek '65 brings accountability to Hartford public schools
Charting Success: James Verrilli '83 directs charter school turn-around in Newark
Perspectives on Reform: Colby experts discuss reform and the purpose of education


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