Women’s Swimming and Diving
Julia Cunningham ’17 became the second swimmer in Vassar history to earn All-American honors twice. Cunningham finished fifth in the finals of the 200-yard butterfly at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on Mar. 18 in Greensboro, N.C. She broke her own school record with a time of 2:01.92. Cunningham was seventh in the same event in the NCAA finals in 2015.
Vassar (22-6, 5-4 United Volleyball Conference), currently ranked eighth in the country, knocked off No. 13 New York University in straight sets on Mar. 31 at Kenyon Hall. Christian Lizana ’17 and Matthew Knigge ’18 recorded a series of kills in the final set to close out the victory. Lizana and Reno Kriz ’16 each finished with 10 kills. Zechariah Lee ’18 had 29 assists, three service aces, two digs, and three blocks.
Vassar clinched a berth in the United Volleyball Conference Tournament with a four-set victory over No. 9 Elmira College on Mar. 26 at Kenyon Hall. Lee and Knigge keyed a 9-3 run midway through the third set to propel the Brewers to victory.
SUNY New Paltz, the top-ranked team in the country, edged Vassar in five sets on Mar. 26 at Kenyon Hall. Trey Cimorelli ’17 had 12 digs, and Knigge registered 13 kills.
Lizana registered nine kills in 11 attempts, leading Vassar to a straight-set victory over York College on Mar. 23 in Queens, N.Y. Erik Halberg ’16 had five kills, three service aces, and four blocks.
George Diehl ’19 got Vassar off to a good start with nine blocks in the opening set and the Brewers went on to defeat Medaille College in four sets on Mar. 19 on the Medaille campus in Buffalo, N.Y. Brian Manley ’18 had eight kills and two service aces.
Vassar chalked up a pair of straight-set victories against D’Youville College and Hilbert College on Mar. 18 in Hamburg, N.Y. Kriz had a team-high eight kills in the match against D’Youville. Knigge had seven kills against D’Youville and 11 against Hilbert. Lee had six digs against D’Youville, and Cimorelli had 14 in the victory over Hilbert.
Kriz had 20 kills and 10 digs to lead Vassar to a four-set victory over Hunter College on Mar. 11 at Kenyon Hall. Cimorelli added 17 digs. Lee finished with 46 assists and eight digs.
Kriz registered a team-high 17 kills as Vassar edged Baruch College in five sets on Mar. 9 at Kenyon Hall. Diehl finished off the fifth set with a kill and finished with seven kills and nine blocks. Knigge had 11 kills and 10 blocks.
Vassar defeated Nazareth College, the sixth-ranked team in the country, then dropped a match to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Mar. 5 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass. Kriz had 21 kills and Lee had 43 assists and 11 digs in the win against Nazareth. Knigge registered 16 kills in the loss to MIT.
Quinn Rutledge ’17 had four digs and 10 kills in Vassar’s four-set victory over The Sage Colleges on Mar. 2 on the Sage campus in Albany, N.Y. The Brewers dropped the first set, 26-24, but won the next three. Diehl posted 30 assists, six digs, and six blocks.
Noah Parson ’16 and James Thomas ’19 each posted hat tricks as Vassar (4-3, 1-0 Liberty League) opened Liberty League play with a 12-10 win over Skidmore College at the Weinberg Turf Field.
Vassar defeated previously unbeaten Mount Saint Mary College, 13-6, on Mar. 23 on the Mount Saint Mary campus in Newburgh, N.Y. Parson scored four goals and added an assist. Thomas had a goal and four assists.
Thomas scored three goals, but Vassar fell to Wesleyan University, 13-8, on Mar. 15.
Vassar dropped a non-league match to Connecticut College, 13-3, on Mar. 9 on the winners’ campus in New London, Conn. Parson, Liam Moriarty ’17, and Brandon DeStasio ’17 scored for the Brewers.
Parson became Vassar’s all-time leading scorer, netting the 92nd goal of his career, as the Brewers rallied from a 6-3 deficit to defeat Swarthmore College, 11-7, on Mar. 5 on the Swarthmore campus. Parson and Sam Houston-Read ’17 scored 35 seconds apart early in the second half to spark the comeback. Goalie Brandon Grecco ’17 made 10 saves.
DeStasio scored three goals, but Vassar fell to Montclair State University, 11-7, on Mar. 2 on the winners’ field in Montclair, N.J. Chris Billups ’17 netted two goals, and Houston-Read added two assists.
Vassar (4-2) raced to an 11-1 lead and went on to defeat Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), 16-11, on Mar. 30 on the WCSU campus in Danbury, Conn. Storm Sideleau ’18 scored five goals, and Isabelle Goldstein ’16 added three goals and three assists.
Goldstein scored late in the second half to force the game into overtime, but Vassar fell to Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, 12-11, on Mar. 23 in Madison, N.J. Goldstein scored three goals, and Kim Mulvehill ’16 added two goals and three assists.
Goldstein scored a goal and added five assists, but Vassar lost to Bowdoin College, the 17th-ranked team in the country, by a score of 20-10 on Mar. 17 in Bradenton, Fla. Julia Trudell ’17 scored three goals.
Sideleau scored four goals to lead Vassar to a 16-11 win over Keene (N.H.) State College on Mar. 15 in Bradenton, Fla. Goldstein added three goals and assisted on two others.
Trudell scored four goals and assisted on another to lead Vassar to a 15-5 victory over SUNY New Paltz on Mar. 5 at the Weinberg Turf Field. Mulvehill and Amelia Rivoir ’18 each scored three goals, and Goldstein added a goal and four assists.
Kirsten Denman ’17 finished 22nd in foil competition at the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Mar. 13 at Walker Field House. Olivia Weiss ’17 was 15th in épée, and Annie Innes-Gold ’18 was 35th in sabre. Sophie Blumenstock ’19 and Mirit Rutishauser ’19 were 34th and 37th, respectively, in foil. Vassar finished the season with a 24-23 record.
Elam Coalson ’16 capped his Vassar career with a 14th-place finish in sabre competition at the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Mar. 13 at Walker Field House. Eli Polston ’18 finished 18th. In épée, George Whiteside ’18 finished 17th, and Ry Farley ’17 was 28th. Jonathan Alperstein ’18 was 31st. Tom Racek ’18 was 24th in foil. The Brewers finished the season with a record of 25-14.
Vassar (6-8, 2-2 Liberty League) rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Bard College, 8-7, on Mar. 30 on the Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Nick Johnson ’16 tied the game with a bases-loaded single, and Eric Strickland ’17 put the Brewers ahead with an RBI groundout.
Vassar split four games with Liberty League rival St. Lawrence University on Mar. 25 and 26 in Fort Myers, Fla. The Brewers split a doubleheader on Mar. 25, winning the first game, 5-1, and losing the second, 11-3. The two teams split a doubleheader the next day as Vassar won the opener, 9-6, and St. Lawrence took the nightcap, 5-4. Johnny Mrlik ’16 pitched a complete game in the 5-1 win on Mar. 25. Denis Shanagher ’17 had a double and two RBIs. Cory Wuenschell ’16 knocked in four runs in the 9-6 victory on Mar. 26.
Millikin University erased a five-run deficit and defeated Vassar, 6-5, to complete a sweep of a doubleheader on Mar. 20 in Fort Myers, Fla. The Brewers lost the first game, 5-0. Matt Schwartz ’19 homered for the Brewers in the second game.
Strickland knocked in five runs in Vassar’s 13-3 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Stout on Mar. 19 in Fort Myers, Fla. Vassar lost the first game of the doubleheader, 7-3.
Keene (N.H.) State College defeated Vassar, 12-2, on Mar. 16 in Winter Haven, Fla. Schwartz and Mike Koscielniak ’17 each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
Vassar split a doubleheader against SUNY Plattsburgh on Mar. 13 in Auburndale, Fla. The Brewers won the first game, 13-3, but dropped the second, 9-6. Brooks English ’16 hit the first homer of his college career in the opener. He added three hits in the nightcap.
The Brewers opened the season by splitting a doubleheader against Fitchburg (Mass.) State University on Mar. 12 in Auburndale, Fla. Vassar dropped the first game, 5-3, and won the nightcap, 2-0. Strickland had two hits and two RBIs in the opener. Trent Berg ’17 and Mrlik combined on a two-hit shutout in the second game.
Vassar (6-6, 1-1 Liberty League) won two of three doubles matches but could only manage two wins in singles, losing to Whitman College, 5-4, on Mar. 18 in Claremont, Calif. Connie Yoo ’17 and Kate Christensen ’18 won their singles matches. Christensen teamed with Morgane Flournoy ’19 for a doubles victory, and Kelsey Van Noy ’16 and Lauren Stauffer ’16 also posted a doubles win.
Christensen came close in her doubles and singles matches in Vassar’s 9-0 loss to Amherst College on Mar. 17 in Irvine, Calif. Christensen and Flournoy dropped their doubles match, 8-6, and Christensen lost in singles, 6-3, 6-4.
Christensen won her No. 1 singles match and teamed with Morgan Fitzgerald ’18 for an 8-0 doubles victory, leading Vassar to a 6-3 win over Chapman University on Mar. 15 in Orange, Calif.
Dasha Ivenitsky ’18 and Van Noy won their singles matches, but Vassar lost to Washington (Md.) College, 6-3, on Mar. 14 in Irvine, Calif. Yoo and Flournoy won their doubles match.
Flournoy notched Vassar’s only singles victory in the Brewers’ 6-3 loss to California Lutheran University on Mar. 13 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Van Noy and Stauffer eked out a 9-7 win in No. 2 doubles, while Christensen and Fitzgerald won their doubles contest, 8-5.
Vassar defeated SUNY New Paltz, 8-1, on Mar. 5 at Walker Field House. Shayna Becker ’17 and Hanna McGuire ’17 registered a shutout in their No. 1 doubles match, and Yoo and Ivenitsky did the same at No. 3 doubles.
The Brewers (5-9, 1-1 Liberty League) posted a pair of doubles wins but fell to Tufts University, 7-2, on Mar. 19 in Claremont, Calif. Nick Litsky ’17 and Evan Udine ’16 teamed up for one doubles win, and Juan Felipe Laso ’17 and Alexander Luckmann ’17 won the other.
Litsky secured wins in both singles and doubles, but Vassar was defeated by Trinity College, 6-3, on Mar. 17 in Claremont, Calif. Dan Cooper ’16 notched the Brewers’ other win.
All three doubles teams posted victories in Vassar’s 7-2 win over Chapman University on Mar. 16 in Orange, Calif. Cooper and Nick Zuczek ’19 won the No. 1 doubles match, 8-4. Litsky and Udine posted an 8-2 victory, and Laso and Luckmann won their match, 8-5.
Litsky, Laso, and Nick Lee ’19 won their singles matches, but Vassar fell to Whittier College, 6-3, on Mar. 13 on the Whittier, Calif., campus. The Brewers also were shut out by Amherst College, 9-0, on the Whittier courts.
Litsky, Laso, and Cooper posted singles victories, but Vassar lost to New York University, 6-3, on Mar. 6 in the Bronx, N.Y.
Kristin Diep ’18 took medalist honors with a 79, but Vassar (0-1) lost to Whittier College, 326-340, on Mar. 17 at Industry Hills Golf Club in Industry, Calif.
Michael Scarlett ’18 posted his personal best time in the 1,500-meter run in a meet on Mar. 26 at Monmouth College in West Long Branch, N.J. Scarlett finished in 4:05.14. Philip Brown ’18 posted a 4:09.32. Kyle Estrada ’18 eclipsed his personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.14.
Annelise Depman ’19 opened her Vassar career by smashing the school record in the triple jump at a meet at Monmouth College in West Long Branch, N.J. Depman placed second overall in the event with a distance of 10.57 meters. The previous Vassar mark was 10.49. Ava Farrell ’16 was second in the 3,000-meter run, and Christina Prater-Lee ’19 was second in the 5,000. Lucy Balcezak ’17 paced all Vassar runners in the 1,500-meter run with a 4:57.39. Alex Gittens ’17 clocked a 5:04.17.
Vassar (1-0) opened its spring season with a 36-0 victory over the University of Massachusetts on Mar. 26 at Vassar Farm. Cierra Thomas ’16 scored two tries, and Mary Margaret McElduff ’17 kicked three conversions.