Women’s Swimming and Diving
Julia Cunningham ’17 earned All-American status in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing seventh in the finals of the NCAA Division III Championships on Mar. 20 in Shenandoah, Texas. Cunningham recorded a time of 2:03.03, smashing the school record she had set earlier in the day in the preliminaries of the event. She finished 22nd in the 400-yard individual medley and 33rd in the 100-yard butterfly on Mar. 19.
Kelly Wilkinson ’15 finished 24th in both the three-meter and one-meter events at the NCAA Region III Diving Championships on Feb. 28 at Springfield (Mass.) College. Wilkinson finished her Vassar career with school records in both events.
Vassar qualified for the United Volleyball Conference playoffs with a four-set win over Penn State Erie, The Behrend College on Mar. 28 in Hoboken, N.J. The Brewers also lost to Stevens Institute of Technology in three sets. Trey Cimorelli ’17 had 11 digs in the victory over Penn State Behrend. Jose Rivera ’18 had nine kills and six digs.
Zechariah Lee ’18 set a Vassar single-season record for service aces during the Brewers’ straight-set victory over Brooklyn College on Mar. 26 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Lee eclipsed the record of 54 set by Jeff Barr ’03 in 2003.
Vassar knocked off Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in five sets but lost in four sets to Lasell College in matches on Mar. 14 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass. The Brewers posted a season-high 77 kills in the win over MIT. Lee had 71 assists, while Cimorelli added 17 digs. Vassar won the first set against Lasell, 36-34, but lost the next three. Colin White-Dzuro ’15 had 48 assists and eight digs.
Matthew Knigge ’18 had a career-best .883 attack percentage to lead Vassar to a straight-set victory over Endicott College on Mar. 13. Vassar won by scores of 25-15, 25-19, and 30-28.
The Brewers dropped a pair of matches to nationally ranked opponents on Mar. 7 at Kenyon Hall. Vassar lost in three tough sets to No. 8 Nazareth College, 25-21, 27-25, and 25-23, then fell to No. 5 SUNY New Paltz, 32-30, 25-19, and 25-21. Reno Kriz ’16, Quinn Rutledge ’17, and Lee each recorded eight kills in the loss to Nazareth. Lee had five service aces, 24 assists, and five blocks in the loss to New Paltz.
The Brewers recorded 71 kills, 25 of them by Kriz, in a five-set victory over Hunter College on Mar. 4 in New York City. Vassar dropped the first set, 20-25, but won the next two, 25-19 and 25-17, before losing the fourth, 23-25. In the final set, Kriz registered a kill and a block to erase a 12-11 deficit and put the Brewers ahead for good as Vassar posted a 15-12 victory to clinch the match. Rutledge had 14 kills and four digs, and Lee registered 54 assists.
Vassar lost three closely contested sets to Baruch College on Feb. 27 in New York City. Rutledge posted 10 kills, but the Brewers were defeated by scores of 28-26, 25-22, and 25-21.
Nick Litsky ’17 and Dan Cooper ’16 won their singles matches, then teamed up for a doubles win as Vassar defeated George Fox University, 6-3, on Mar. 21 in Glendale, Calif.
Vassar defeated Whittier College, 7-2, on Mar. 18 in Whittier, Calif. The Brewers’ top three singles players, Litsky, Cooper, and Christian Phelps ’16, each won their matches.
Cooper, Evan Udine ’16, and Juan Felipe Laso ’17 won their singles matches, but Vassar fell to California Lutheran University, 6-3, on Mar. 17 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Laso won his singles match, but Vassar fell to Chapman University, 8-1, on Mar. 16 in Orange, Calif.
Laso posted Vassar’s only victory in the Brewers’ 8-1 loss to Babson College on Mar. 7 in Needham, Mass. Cooper and Alexander Luckmann ’17 lost a close match in doubles, 8-6.
Phelps won his singles match and teamed with Udine to claim a victory in doubles, but Massachusetts Institute of Technology defeated the Brewers, 6-3, on Mar. 6 in Cambridge, Mass. Litsky posted the other victory for Vassar, winning his No. 1 singles match.
Udine dropped only one game and Litsky and William Zhu ’15 each lost only two as Vassar shut out the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 9-0, on Feb. 28 at Walker Field House.
Vassar registered five singles victories and two doubles wins to defeat Chapman University, 7-2, on Mar. 21 in Orange, Calif. Kate Christensen ’18 won her singles match in straight sets, then teamed with Morgan Fitzgerald ’18 for a doubles win.
Samantha Schapiro ’15 and Ava Sadeghi ’15 won their doubles match, but Vassar fell to fourth-ranked Amherst College, 8-1, on Mar. 20 in Irvine, Calif.
Vassar’s top four singles players won their matches to propel the Brewers to a 6-3 victory over Whitman College on Mar. 19 in Irvine, Calif. Christensen and Schapiro won their matches in straight sets.
Christensen registered Vassar’s lone win in an 8-1 loss to No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer on Mar. 17 in Claremont, Calif.
Emily Hallewell ’17 posted the clinching victory in a 5-4 win over 17th-ranked University of La Verne on Mar. 16 in Claremont, Calif. Schapiro, Winnie Yeates ’16, and Fitzgerald also posted singles victories. Schapiro and Sadeghi notched a doubles win.
Christensen and Hallewell earned singles victories, and Sadeghi and Schapiro won their doubles match, but Vassar fell to Skidmore College, 6-3, on Mar. 7 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Liam Moriarty ’17 scored three goals in Vassar’s 12-5 loss to Skidmore College on Mar. 28 on the Skidmore campus in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Sam Houston-Read ’17 scored four goals and assisted on four others as Vassar defeated Mount Saint Mary College, 17-12, on Mar. 25 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Noah Parson ’16 also scored four times and added an assist.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute scored the clinching goal with 21 seconds left, defeating Vassar, 9-8, on Mar. 21 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Parson and Moriarty each had two goals and an assist.
Parson and Chris Billups ’17 combined for seven goals and three assists as Vassar defeated Adams State University, 14-12, on Mar. 17 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Moriarty scored three goals and assisted on another, but Vassar fell to Colorado College, 15-9, on Mar. 15 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Parson and Scott Brekne ’15 each scored twice.
Vassar overcame a six-goal deficit, rallying to defeat Western Connecticut State University, 9-8, on Mar. 12 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Brekne ignited the rally, scoring twice early in the second half on feeds from Brandon DeStasio ’17. Parson scored the tying goal with 2:44 remaining, and Shane Flattery ’16 got the winning tally a minute later.
Vassar trailed by just one goal at halftime against No. 14 Montclair (N.J.) State University, but the Brewers were outscored, 9-1, in the second half and lost, 12-3, on Mar. 5 in a game played at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. DeStasio and co-captain Sean Brazier ’15 each had a goal and an assist.
Brittany Botticelli ’17 scored three goals and Storm Sideleau ’18 added two as Vassar posted a 9-8 victory over William Smith College on Mar. 28 on the Vassar campus.
Botticelli and Julia O’Mara ’18 each scored three goals, but Vassar lost to Union College in overtime, 11-9, on Mar. 27.
Isabelle Goldstein ’16 scored five goals to pace the Brewers to a 20-12 victory over Western Connecticut State University on Mar. 18 in Bradenton, Fla. Julia Trudell ’17 had a career-high four goals, while Kim Mulvehill ’16 notched three.
Dara Davis ’15 and Botticelli each scored twice, but Vassar was defeated by Stevenson University, 9-7, on Mar. 17 in Bradenton, Fla.
Eight different Brewers scored at least one goal as Vassar defeated Keene State College, 16-10, on Mar. 15 in Bradenton, Fla. Goldstein led all scorers with two goals and six assists.
Mulvehill scored three goals, but Vassar fell to Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham, 12-6, on Mar. 11 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Hannah Cho ’18, Sideleau, and Leigh Anne Baldwin ’15 also scored for the Brewers.
Liberty League rival Clarkson University swept a doubleheader from the Brewers, 6-5 and 10-4, on Mar. 19 in Winter Haven, Fla. Dakota Sagnelli ’16 had three hits and an RBI in the first game. Kyle Casey ’15 had an RBI double in the second game.
Vassar dropped a doubleheader to Clarkson University on Mar. 18 in Winter Haven, Fla., by scores of 5-1 and 5-2. Bobby Kinne ’18 had three hits and an RBI in the first game. Denis Shanagher ’17 had an RBI triple in the second game.
Cory Wuenschell ’16 smacked a two-run double to spark a four-run rally in the 10th inning as Vassar defeated Southern Vermont College, 13-9, on Mar. 15 in Winter Haven, Fla. Wuenschell had three hits and drove in three runs. Nick Johnson ’16 had four hits and two RBIs. Sagnelli had two singles, a double, and four RBIs.
The Brewers opened their 2015 season by committing five errors in an 18-4 loss to Hope College on Mar. 14 in Auburndale, Fla. Johnson had two doubles and an RBI to pace the offense.
Heather Ingraham ’15 finished first in a field of 65 runners, many of them from Division I colleges, in the 800-meter run on Mar. 28 at the Monmouth University Season Opener in West Long Branch, N.J. Ingraham teamed with Lucy Balcezak ’17, Ellana Tyler ’18, and Alex Gittens ’17 to finish fifth overall in the 4x400-meter relay. Harper Cleves ’15 had the best time among all Division III runners in the 1,500-meter run.
Ingraham set a school record in the 100-meter dash at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational on Mar. 20 at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Ingraham, who earned All-American honors in the 400-meter run last spring, ran the 100 in 12.55 seconds. Her time was the best among all Division III sprinters at the event.
Andrew Terenzi ’15 was Vassar’s top performer at the Monmouth Season Opener on Mar. 28 at Monmouth (N.J.) University. Terenzi posted a time of 4:06.29 in the 1,500-meter run, good for 11th place overall. Dylan Manning ’16 was 12th in the 400-meter.
Meg Slattery ’15 scored four times to lead Vassar to a 48-20 victory over Budapest Exiles Rugby Football Club on Mar. 21 in Budapest, Hungary. Nathalie Freeman ’17, Darlene Jones ’16, Mariah Ghant ’17, Sophia Rutkin ’15, Abigail Alexander ’18, and Lauren Workman ’17 each scored one try.
Andrew Jdaydani ’15 scored two tries, and Joe Simon ’18 added another, but Vassar lost to Budapest Exiles Rugby Football Club, 31-19, in Budapest, Hungary, on Mar. 21.
Caitlin Bell ’15 took medalist honors, leading Vassar to the team championships at the Wellesley Spring Break Invitational on Mar. 23 and 24 at Lexington Oaks Golf Club in Wesley Chapel, Fla. Bell carded an 86 and an 84 in the 36-hole event. Angela Mentel ’16 had the lowest 18-hole score of the tournament, a 78, after carding a 95 in her first round.
Vincent Mencotti ’17 dropped a pair of matches as Vassar’s lone representative in the College Squash Association Individual Championships on Feb. 27 at Princeton University.
Hannah Nice ’18 lost two matches on Feb. 27 at the College Squash Association Individual Championships at Princeton University. Nice posted a 12-2 record in dual meets this season.
Kirsten Denman ’18 was Vassar’s top performer at the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Mar. 8 in New York City. Competing in foil, Denman finished 18th overall. Olivia Weiss ’17 posted a 19th-place finish in épée.
Eli Polston ’18 reached the final round of the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Mar. 8 in New York City. Polston earned one win in the 12-fencer finals in the sabre division. Junior Elam Coalson finished 20th overall in sabre, while Jonathan Alperstein ’18 was 15th in épée.
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