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Sports Roundup

Athlete and Scholar Crosses the Finish Line with Many Awards

May was quite a month for Shayla Livingston ’07 of Sharon, Vermont. Only a few weeks after graduating magna cum laude from Smith College, she was among an elite group of eight college women who went to the 2007 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In the post-season competition, she finished fourth in the country in the 400-meter hurdles and earned All American honors for her performance. Named a Smith College Scholar Athlete in each of the four years she attended Smith, Livingston was also Smith’s Senior Athlete of the Year. And based on her academic performance, she was elected to the highly selective collegiate honor society Zeta Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa.

“I loved being a student-athlete,” says Livingston. “When asked what I was majoring in, I always replied, ‘Government, Spanish and track.’”

Smith Welcomes New Basketball, Field Hockey Coaches

On July 1, Lynn M. Hersey took over as Smith’s basketball coach. The women’s basketball co-head coach at Amherst College for the past two seasons, Hersey earned a bachelor of science degree, with a major in physical education and minor in health, at Plymouth State University in 2000 and a master of science in sports management from the University of Massachusetts in 2003

Jaime L. Ginsberg is the new field hockey coach at Smith College. A 1999 graduate of Slippery Rock University, Ginsberg received her master of education in sports and recreation administration from Temple University this spring.

Crew Rows to a Championship Fourth Place

The Pioneers rowed to fourth place out of 17 crews in the women’s division of the New England Rowing Championships in early May. The team was all set to race at the Eastern College Athletic Conference National Invitational Rowing Championships five days later when high winds and whitecaps on the Dorchester Park waters in Whitney, New York, caused the cancellation of final and semi-final races.

Equestrian Team Takes Fourth

In May, Smith equestrians claimed fourth place out of 10 teams competing in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s National Championship show in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Along with other members of Zone 1, Smith hosted the national competition.

Smith’s First Director of Physical Education Honored

Senda Berenson, the first director of physical education at Smith, from 1892 to 1911, was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Commack, New York, in late April. After becoming friends with Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game of basketball at Springfield College, Berenson adapted his rules for a women’s game in 1892 and directed the first women’s collegiate basketball game on March 22, 1893, in Smith’s Alumnae Gymnasium.

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