Heather Ingraham ’15 became Vassar’s first-ever national champion on May 23, winning the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Championships at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Ingraham set a new Vassar record, finishing in 53.89 seconds. She earned All-American status for the second consecutive year.
Ingraham set a new Vassar record in the 400-meter run on May 15 at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Springfield, Mass. Her time of 54.15 eclipsed the 54.43 she ran on her home track on May 1 and was the nation’s fastest time to date. The 4x800-meter relay team of Eliana Tyler ’18, Savannah Wiman ’18, Nicole Woodworth ’15, and Alex Gittens ’17 also posted a new school record, 9:20.0.
Cassidy Carpenter ’15 posted her personal best time in the 5,000-meter run on May 14 at the ECAC Championships. Carpenter ran a 17:46:46 to finish in 11th place overall.
Vassar’s 4x800-meter relay team improved its qualifying time for the ECAC Championships, finishing in 9:31.88 at the UAlbany Purple & Gold Last Chance Meet on May 9 in Albany, N.Y.
Ingraham broke her own NCAA Division III 2015 national best time in the 400-meter dash at the Matthew Vassar Twilight Meet on May 1. Ingraham posted a personal-best time of 54.43 seconds. Nina Andersen ’15 finished second in the race with a time of 1:00.65, and Molly Crowell ’17 was third with a 1:00.98. Mollie Schear ’17 had a personal best in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 13.09 seconds. Maria Rose ’15 broke the Vassar record in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 2.75 meters.
Taylor Vann ’17 finished fourth in the decathlon on May 15 at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Springfield, Mass. The 4x800-meter relay team of Jared Freedman ’18, Michael Scarlett ’18, Andrew Terenzi ’15, and Gabe Fishman ’17 set a school record.
Noah Trueblood ’18 earned a spot in the steeplechase at the ECAC Championships with a personal-best time of 9:34.54 on May 9 at the UAlbany Purple & Gold Last Chance Meet in Albany, N.Y.
Morrie Lam ’16 won the 200-meter dash and was a member of the winning 4x100-meter relay team at the Matthew Vassar Twilight Meet on May 1. Freedman posted a personal best to win the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:06.20. Dylan Manning ’16 and Kyle Estrada ’18 were the top two finishers in the 400-meter run.
Vassar fell to Principia College, 29-7, and Providence College, 19-10, in the consolation round of the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships on May 24 in Denver, Colo. Erik Quinson ’15 and Nich Graham ’15 scored tries for the Brewers. On May 23, Vassar lost to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Saint Louis University, and East Carolina University in pool play. It was the men’s team’s first-ever appearance in a national championship tourney.
Vassar closed out its season with a pair of victories on May 3 in the consolation bracket of the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships at West Point, N.Y. The Brewers, who finished the season with a 16-3 record, defeated Stony Brook University, 24-0, and Saint Anselm College, 19-7. Taylor Nunley ’16, Tamasha Persaud ’15, Cierra Thomas ’16, and Abby Alexander ’18 each scored a try in the win over Stony Brook. Thomas, Nathalie Freeman ’17, and Mary Margaret McElduff ’16 scored in the win over Saint Anselm. The wins gave Vassar a fifth-place finish.
Isabelle Goldstein ’16 had three goals and two assists, and Storm Sideleau ’18 scored three times, but Vassar fell to Skidmore College, 10-8, on May 1 in the semifinals of the Liberty League tournament in Schenectady, N.Y. The Brewers finished the season with a 10-6 record.
Dan Cooper ’15 picked up Vassar’s lone win in a 5-1 loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the semifinals of the Liberty League tournament on May 3 in Ithaca, N.Y. Cooper registered a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Vassar posted a 9-10 record for the season.
Samantha Schapiro ’15 capped her Vassar career with victories in her singles and doubles matches, but Vassar was defeated by Skidmore College, 5-3, on May 3 in the finals of the Liberty League championships in Ithaca, N.Y. Schapiro was Vassar’s lone singles winner, and she teamed up with Ava Sadeghi ’15 for a doubles win. Shayna Becker ’17 and Hanna McGuire ’17 posted Vassar’s other victory. The Brewers reached the finals with a 5-1 win over St. Lawrence University on May 2. Vassar posted a record of 14-6 and was ranked 21st in the country in NCAA Division III competition.
Vassar (11-17) closed out its season with a pair of victories over City College of New York on May 3 at Prentiss Field. The Brewers won the first game 4-2 and the second game 9-8. Brad Kendall ’17 scored the winning run in the second game when he bluffed a dash for home following a fly ball to right field. The City College catcher mishandled the throw, allowing Kendall to score and cap the season with a victory. Kyle Casey ’15 had four hits and three RBIs in the game. Denis Shanagher ’17 pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the win. Shanagher and Jason Garfinkel ’15 each had two hits to pace the offense in the first game.
Nick Johnson ’16 had two singles, a double, and an RBI to lead Vassar to a 13-5 win over John Jay College on May 2 at Prentiss Field. Casey, Garfinkel, and Matt Hernandez ’18 also had two hits apiece.
Vassar’s Varsity 4 finished fourth on May 2 at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Members of the squad were Elena Riecke ’16, Cristina Headrick ’16, Caitlin Foster ’17, Lianne May ’17, and coxswain Deanna Havey ’18. The Novice 4 finished 12th overall. Members of the team were Mercy Arndt ’18, Rebecca Pober ’18, Claire Baker ’18, and Millie Cunningham ’18. Janet Ortiz ’18 was coxswain.
The Varsity 4 finished fifth on May 2 at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Members of the team were Macrae Marran ’15, Jake Brekelbaum ’17, Andrew Wang ’17, and Cole Fisher ’18. Matt Tytla ’17 was coxswain. The Novice 4 was 14th. Members of the team were coxswain Jonathan Snyder ’18, Lucas Kautz ’17, Sam Chiou ’18, Alex Lange ’17, and Clay Walsh ’16.
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