Go Diplomats: Winter Sports Highlights

This magazine article is part of Spring 2015 / Issue 81


The men’s team finished with a 20-6 record and made its 19th appearance in the Centennial Conference (CC) tournament, reaching the 20-win mark for the 26th time in head coach Glenn Robinson’s fabled career. First-year standout Brandon Federici ’18 (pictured), who led the nation’s freshmen (all divisions) in scoring at 19.3 points per game, was the CC Rookie of the Year. He also earned D3hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year, Eastern College Athletic Conference South Rookie of the Year, first-team All-CC honors and second-team All-Region accolades from D3hoops.com. Cedric Moune ’16 and Morgan Lee ’15 earned spots on the All-CC second team. Robinson now has 890 career victories, passing legendary coaches Adolph Rupp and Dean Smith during the season for sixth on the all-time NCAA victory list.

The women’s team showed glimpses of a bright future, as sophomore Sarah Haddon ’17 averaged 10.8 points per game and first-year player Erica Brown ’18 averaged 10 points and 7.4 rebounds during her rookie campaign. Brown’s classmate Anajha Burnett ’18 was also solid in her first season, contributing 8.3 points per game. The Diplomats (5-20 overall) enjoyed back-to-back wins in December, downing Cedar Crest, 59-43, and Alvernia, 82-67. The most memorable win of the season came on Jan. 10, when the Diplomats edged Washington 69-63 in overtime.

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The women’s swimming team enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in recent memory with six dual-meet victories, five conference wins and 12 medals en route to a second-place finish at the CC Championships. Bridget Dromerick ’18 (pictured) won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:55.65, breaking the pool, conference, and CC Championship records. Melissa Mullin ’18 won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:32.59 to break the CC Championship record, while Katherine Grant ’15 won the 1650-yard freestyle to become the first four-time winner of the event at the CC Championships. The CC’s Most Outstanding Performer and Most Outstanding Rookie, Dromerick competed at the NCAA Championships in Shenandoah, Texas, where she raced in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, and 200-yard freestyle.

On the men’s side, the Diplomats won five dual meets and finished third at the CC Championships, where F&M took home four medals. Ryan Caffrey ’18 won gold in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Eric Lang ’18 won silver in the 200-yard individual medley. The Diplomats went undefeated in January, posting wins against Susquehanna, McDaniel, Ursinus and Dickinson.

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The men’s squash team (13-9) registered a double-digit win total for the seventh straight year, wrapping up its campaign ranked No. 8 in the nation. The Diplomats sent three competitors to take part in the Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships, as Cole Osborne ’17 (pictured) earned a place in the Pool Division (Men’s A Draw), while Dylan Cunningham ’16 and Pedro Veiga de Almeida ’15 represented F&M in the Molloy Division (Men’s B draw). Off the court, the Diplomats earned honors from their peers by receiving the 2015 Sloane Award for stellar sportsmanship.

The women posted a 9-9 record and finished the year ranked No. 15 in the nation. Sherilyn Yang ’18 highlighted a trio of F&M competitors at the CSA Individual Championships after becoming the first Diplomat in head coach Gavin Jones’ tenure to earn a spot in the Ramsay Division (Women's A Draw). The team earned five victories over squads ranked in the top 20.

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Indoor Track & Field

Rebecca Swisher ’16 (pictured) tied for fourth place in the pole vault with a height of 12'-1.5" at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning All-America honors. At the CC Championships, her height of 12'-3.5" earned gold in the event for the third year in a row. The men’s team finished fourth at the CC Championships, as Even Friend ’16 won gold in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. The distance medley relay team of Leo Generali ’15, Derek Pawlush ’15, Greg Olenginski ’15, and Luk Olenginski ’15 also won gold, as did Vincent Acosta in the shot put. At the ECAC Division III Championships in New York City, the 4x800 relay of Greg Olenginski, Luk Olenginski, Pawlush and Phil Johnson ’15 claimed gold and reset the school record with a time of 7.48.24. 

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F&M’s wrestling team closed out the season with a 3-8 dual-meet record and 1-5 mark in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA). In the newly minted David H. Lehman F&M Open in January, Robert Ruiz '15 (pictured) captured third at 141, while Patrick Quinlan ’18 (133) and Rob King ’16 (157) registered fourth-place showings. At the EIWA Championships, F&M received solid performances from Quinlan, King and Charles Kerkesner ’16, who each earned wins at the tournament. All-American Richard Durso ’16 had a successful redshirt season competing in various open tournaments, finishing fifth at the 52nd annual Midlands Championship, winning the title at 149 at the Nittany Lion Open, and finishing second in the Binghamton Open.

The Fall Sports Highlights in our previous edition omitted Sam Lane ’15, a four-year starter for the men's soccer team who earned first-team All-CC honors along with four of his teammates. We regret the omission.

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