5/03/2014 Magazine Staff

Winter Sports Highlights

This magazine article is part of Spring 2014 / Issue 77

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The men’s team (15-5) finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation—its highest ranking since 1993-94. The Diplomats went 1-2 at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships, advancing to the semifinals with a thrilling 5-4 victory over No. 4 St. Lawrence. A 7-2 upset win over No. 3 Princeton in December gave the Diplomats their first win over the Tigers since the 1986-87 season. Abhishek Pradhan ’17 (above, ranked No. 15) and Mauricio Sedano ’14 (No. 21) landed on the All-America Second Team. The women finished ranked No. 18 after defeating No. 23 Mount Holyoke and No. 19 St. Lawrence at the CSA championships. Emily Caldwell ’16 was a fixture at the No. 1 position in F&M’s lineup, tallying an 8-12 mark.

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Indoor Track & Field

Rebecca Swisher ’16 (below) tied her own school record in the pole vault with a height of 11'-5.75" and claimed gold at the CC Championships. Numerous Diplomats claimed top spots as the women’s team won the Coach I Invite at F&M in January. The men’s team finished fourth at the CC Championships, as Vincent Acosta ’15 earned gold in the shot put and the 4 x 200 relay team of Evan Friend ’16, Brad Krell ’16, Alex Osei ’16, and Derek Pawlush ’15 also claimed gold.

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The men’s team (17-6) advanced to the Centennial Conference (CC) tournament for a conference-best 17th time since the CC’s inception in 1994. The Diplomats placed multiple players on the All-CC team for the sixth year in a row as Jon Salandra ’14 (pictured) and Matt Porter ’14 garnered first-team honors, while Cedric Moune ’16 received honorable mention. The women’s team prided itself on defense, ranking first in the CC in defensive rebounds and blocks per game as Kristina McCarthy ’14 landed on the All-CC second team.


The women’s team (5-5) finished third for the second straight year at the CC Championships, where Katherine Grant ’15 (right), Jillian Albus ’17, Taylor Mateja ’16 and Rebecca Daen ’14 took gold in the 200 freestyle relay. Grant also earned the top spot on the podium in the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle. She later placed 17th in the 1650 at the NCAA meet in Indianapolis. The men finished fifth at the CC meet, with John Zipp ’14, Richard Denton ’15, Patrick Greaney ’16, and Dennis Chen ’15 earning silver in the 800 freestyle relay.

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Photos: F&M Athletic Communications
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