The men’s team won its second consecutive Centennial Conference (CC) crown and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing with a 23-6 record. It was a year of milestones. James McNally ’11 became the all-time scoring leader with 1,796 points, surpassing the record held by Donnie Marsh ’79. Coach Glenn Robinson passed the 800-win plateau. Georgio Milligan ‘12 and Mike Baker ’11 both passed the 1,000-point mark in their careers. Milligan received numerous honors, including First Team All-American by NABC, ECAC South Player of the Year and CC Player of the Year.
Under first-year coach Kirsten Richter ’03, the women’s team finished 11-9 in the CC and 14-13 overall. The Diplomats became the first team in school history to win a CC playoff game with a 61-49 win over Ursinus College. Megan Pauley ’12 and Alexa Barbush ’13 were named to CC Honorable Mention.
Indoor Track & Field
Nils Michaelis ’13 won two gold medals to lead F&M to a seventh-place finish at the CC Indoor Championship. He earned a gold in the 55-meter hurdles and teamed with Tim Tillman ‘12, Brian Rivera ’13 and Mike Dohrman ’12 to take first in the 4x200 relay.
Sheena Crawley ’13 took ninth place in the mile at the National Indoor Track & Field Championship meet. At the CC Indoor Championship, she earned three gold medals to lead F&M to a fourth-place finish. Crawley won a gold in the mile (breaking her own school record with a 5:07.42), earned first place in the 800 meters and was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team with Caitlin Regan ‘12, Henley Siegrist ‘12 and Sylvia Zohrabian ‘13.
The men’s squash team finished eighth in the nation after posting an 11-9 record. Gabriel de Melo ’12 and Gui de Melo ’13 played in the top draw of the CSA Championships. Gabriel teamed with Ryan Mullaney ’14 to capture the Ketchum Cup, awarded to the U.S. Squash Intercollegiate Doubles Champions. Finishing with an 11-5 record, Gabriel was named a First Team All-American.
The women’s squad went 3-0 on the season’s final weekend to earn the Walker Cup and the 17th spot in the final national rankings. The Diplomats (11-10 overall) played a brutal schedule that included six of the top 10 teams in the nation. Chelsea Ross ’13 represented the Diplomats in the Holleran Division draw at the CSA Championships.
The women’s team went a perfect 7-0 in the CC and 8-4 overall, finishing second at the CC Championship. Olivia Hill ‘12 won a gold medal in the 1,650 freestyle and a pair of bronze medals, while Garland Bartlett ’12 won a silver in the 1,650 freestyle.
The men’s team finished 3-3 in the CC and 3-8 overall, placing second at the CC Championship. Jake Reingold ’13 won a gold medal in the 500 freestyle and three silvers, David Fell ’12 won a gold in the 200 IM and two silvers, Tim Landon ’14 won a gold medal in the 400 IM. Tommy Bergstrom ’13 and Conor Finnegan ‘11 teamed with Reingold and Fell to earn a silver medal in the 800 freestyle relay.
Under its new coach, Mike Rogers, F&M ended a 23-match losing skid and closed out the dual-meet season with four consecutive wins, including a 22-13 win over Millersville University to capture the Rupp Cup for the first time. The Diplomats collected 14 medals at five tournaments, including two first-place finishes by Jake Bucha ’11. Bucha and Matt Fullowan ’12 both placed fifth at the EIWA Championships. Bucha (31-6) became the third Diplomat wrestler to win 30 matches in a season, while Fullowan advanced to the NCAA Division I Championships with a 27-15 record.