Aubree Piepmeier ’14 and Heather Ingraham ’15 became the first two Vassar track stars to earn All-American status. Piepmeier finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run and Ingraham was fourth in the 400 at the NCAA Division III Track Championships on May 24 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Piepmeier’s time of 16:41.93 was her personal best and a Vassar record. Ingraham also posted her fastest time ever—55.31.
The 4x400 relay team smashed the school record with a time of 3:52.55 on May 15 at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Troy, N.Y. Members of the team were Ariel Bridges ’15, Ingraham, Lucy Balcezak ’17, and Molly Crowell ’17. Ingraham was third in the 400-meter run, and Piepmeier finished second in the 1,500.
Ingraham posted the fastest time of the year in the 400-meter run in NCAA Division III to highlight the Matthew Vassar Twilight Meet on May 2 at Prentiss Track. Ingraham’s time of 55.42 ensured her a spot in the NCAA Division III championships. Ingraham also was a part of the winning 4x100 relay team along with Bridges, Nina Andersen ’17, and Mollie Schear ’16. The team’s time of 49.38 qualified for the ECAC championships. Bridges also won the 200-meter dash in 25.73.
Taylor Vann ’16 earned a sixth-place finish in the decathlon at the ECAC championships with a personal-best 6,006 points.
On May 2, Vann won the decathlon and senior Abe Gatling won the 200-meter dash to pace the Brewers at the Matthew Vassar Twilight Meet at Prentiss Track. Dylan Manning ’16 won the 400, and Harry Feigen ’14 posted a personal best in the 5,000. Alfredo Mazzuca ’17 was fourth in the 1,500. His time of 4:05.19 was the team’s best of the season.
First baseman Brett Zaziski ’14 and pitcher Adam Erkis ’17 were named Liberty League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, leading the team to its best season in its history. The Brewers finished with a record of 19-14, 13-7 in league play, after losing two of three games on May 8 and 9 in the Liberty League tournament.
Vassar fell to top-seeded Union College, 8-1, on May 9 after temporarily staving off elimination with a 4-2 win over Clarkson University earlier in the day. Zaziski, Brooks English ’16, Nick Johnson ’16, and Jason Garfinkel ’15 ignited a three-run, first-inning rally in the victory over Clarkson. Trent Berg ’17 pitched 7 1/3 strong innings for the win.
Union defeated Vassar, 8-1, on May 8 in the first round of the double-elimination tournament on the campus of Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. Brad Kendall ’17 scored Vassar’s lone run in the eighth inning when he doubled and came home on a single by English.
Vassar clinched a spot in the playoffs with a four-game sweep of Bard College on May 3 and 4. The Brewers won 7-1 and 17-3 on May 3 and 12-2 and 11-6 on May 4 to finish the regular season with a record of 18-12. Erkis posted his seventh straight victory in the first game of the May 3 doubleheader, giving up just two hits and one unearned run. Zaziski paced the offense in the second game with a double, a home run, and four RBIs.
Joe Lovizio ’14 went the distance in the opener on May 4, giving up just two runs on nine hits. Zaziski doubled and homered, and Kendall had three RBIs. In the nightcap on May 4, Kyle Casey ’15 had three hits and knocked in two runs.
Dara Davis ’15 earned Liberty League Co-Player of the Year honors, and head coach Judy Finerghty and assistant coach Mark Feltch were named Coaching Staff of the Year. Davis was named to the Empire Region First Team, and Phoebe Tzannes ’14 was selected for the Second Team. Vassar finished the year with an 11-5 record, 6-3 in the Liberty League.
The Brewers lost to top-seeded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 11-7, in the semifinals of the Liberty League championships on May 2. Vassar held an early 2-0 lead on goals by Davis and Tzannes, but RPI scored four quick goals early in the second half to seal the victory.
Vassar was knocked out of the Liberty League championships in the semifinal round on May 3, losing to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 5-2, on the courts of Rochester Institute of Technology. Christian Phelps ’16 was the lone singles winner in the match. Nick Litsky ’17 and Matthew Urdine ’16 won their doubles match. Vassar advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 win over Union College on May 2. Litsky and Phelps won their singles matches. The team finished the season with an 11-9 record, 5-1 in the Liberty League.
Dallas Robinson ’14 joined the alumnae squad and scored two tries to help her adopted team defeat the varsity, 39-19, on May 3 at Vassar Farm. Nathalie Freeman ’17 tied the game at 19 with a try in the second half, but the alums pulled away as fly-half Hannah Bober ’13, who had traveled from Minnesota to attend the game, scored the clinching try.
Eli Vargas ’16 scored the winning try as Vassar defeated a gutsy alumni squad, 39-31, on May 3 at Vassar Farm. Minutes earlier, Bruce Mendelsohn ’90, the oldest player on the field, had tied the game with a try of his own. Garrett Montgomery ’11 had two tries for the alumni. Vargas had three for the varsity.
The Vassar men turned in some solid performances on May 9 and 10 at the Harry Emerson “Dad” Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. The novice 4+ boat finished third in its heat in 7:11.24—its best of the season by a minute and a half. Members of the team were Andrew Wang ’17, Jake Brekelbaum ’17, Mark Bramhill ’17, Nick Fancher ’17, and coxswain Matt Tytla ’17. Macrae Marran ’15 was fourth in his heat in men’s singles, missing qualifying for the finals by less than three seconds. The men’s varsity 4+ boat of Jay Mayur ’15, Jacob Damsky ’15, Kevin Newhall ’17, Nick Corrado ’16, and coxswain Ari Skoufos ’16 finished sixth in its heat, defeating Carnegie Mellon University, Ohio University, The College of William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Pennsylvania State University.
Vassar’s women’s varsity 4+ boat posted its best time of the season at the Harry Emerson “Dad” Vail Regatta on May 9 and 10 in Philadelphia. The team of Rachel Dom ’15, Elena Riecke ’16, Julia Simcoe ’16, Kate Cheatham ’16, and coxswain Maya Grunfeld ’16 finished in 7:38.33, good for 12th overall, and ahead of boats from Florida State University, New York University, Pennsylvania State University, and Bryn Mawr College. The novice 8+ boat finished sixth in its heat. Team members were Stephanie Jump ’17, Ruthie Dannehy ’17, Taylor Mosley ’15, Emma Osagle ’17, Grace Envall ’17, Lauren Fleming ’17, Lianne May ’17, Olivia Price ’17, and coxswain Korina Tolbert ’16.