Year in Smith Sports
they’re not studying or in the classroom, many Smith students
are competing on the field, in the gym or on the water as
part of athletic teams. Several hundred students compete
either as members of the school’s intercollegiate athletic
teams or on club sport teams.
Smith’s field hockey and other
teams will benefit from the installation this summer of a
applied to the athletic field.
The new surface, which will be ready for the fall season,
will comply with NCAA size regulations for lacrosse and field
hockey while increasing the amount of time athletes can use
Here’s a snapshot of Smith athletic
accomplishments this year.
• Crew team won
the NEWMAC championship for second year in row and
the fifth time in eight years. The team is competing
this week at the ECAC National Invitational Championships
in Worcester, Mass.
• Basketball had their best season in the last 15 years,
finishing 14-10, good for fifth place in the NEWMAC, including
a key win over Springfield College (64-51), the first in
11 years, on February 17. Berit Schelde ’10, of Holstebro,
Denmark, became the ninth basketball player in Smith history
to score 1,000 points in her career, scoring a total of 1,065
points, placing her sixth on the list. Schelde was selected
to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team.
• Pioneers Lacrosse was awarded the NEWMAC Sportsmanship
Award this week, given to the team that embodies consideration
for fairness, ethics and respect. It’s the team’s second
straight time winning the award. Kaitlyn Murdough ’10, of
Hinsdale, N.H., was selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference
second team. Carolyn Whiting ’10 and Alexandra Page ’12 were
named to the NEWMAC All-Conference academic team.
• In Track and Field, Etta Grover-Silva ’10 qualified for
NCAA championship competition in the pole vault event for
the seventh straight time. Etta’s personal best vault is
12 feet 6 inches.
• Skier Emma Coffin ’12 finished sixth in the combined slalom
events held in March, earning second-team All American and
first-team Academic All American honors.
• Fencing coach
Scott Tundermann was named Women’s Team Coach of the
Year by the Northeast Fencing Conference, which includes
24 teams. Tundermann has coached the Smith team for
15 years. Smith fencers placed fourth out of 28 squads
in the national sabre competition this year.
View a video below.
• Rugby has improved its competitiveness, moving up to
Division II. The team received the college’s Outstanding
Community Service Award this spring for student leadership,
with team members volunteering more than 40 hours at the
Red Gate Farm Education Center in Buckland, Mass., as well
as the Prison Book Project.
• The Synchronized Swim Club, also known as the “Lifeguards,” is
one of the oldest club sports programs at Smith. The club
recently attended national competition, beating large university
clubs such as Pennsylvania State University and Miami University
of Ohio. The Lifeguards will present their annual Commencement
week show on Friday, May 14, at 8 p.m. in the Dalton Pool,
Ainsworth, followed by a reception.
• In its second year,
the Smith Spirit Squad grew from 10 to 24 participants. View a video below.
• Smith’s Ultimate Frisbee club had turned in its best year
ever with a 30-16 record.
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