Over the weekend: Winter and spring championship tournaments

Photo by J. Cronin Outrageous Photography From left to right: Simone Jacob ’21, Emsie Cronin ’19, Head Coach Christopher Kibler, Corrin Moss ’19 and Sydney Nash ’22 celebrate after the Div-III New England Championships at Bowdoin College.

Photo by J. Cronin Outrageous Photography
From left to right: Simone Jacob ’21, Emsie Cronin ’19, Head Coach Christopher Kibler, Corrin Moss ’19 and Sydney Nash ’22 celebrate after the Div-III New England Championships at Bowdoin College.

TRACK & FIELD SHINES AT NEW ENGLAND DIV-III CHAMPIONSHIP

BY EMMA COOPER ’20

Mount Holyoke Track & Field traveled to Brunswick, Maine to compete in the 2019 New England Divi- sion-III Championship hosted by Bowdoin College on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23.

On Saturday, Sydney Nash ’22, Corrin Moss ’19, Emsie Cronin ’19 and Simone Jacob ’21 broke the Mount Holyoke school record for the 4x800 meter relay. With a combined time of 9:44.48, they broke the previous record by 16 seconds and achieved 10th place overall in the race. In the distance medley, Isabelle Wohlin ’21, Nash, Cronin and Jacob also recorded 10th place overall with a time of 12:52.89. Hannah Rieders ’21 and Madeline Rieders ’21 finished 13th and 14th in the 3000-meter race, respectively. In the field events, Julia Hecking ’19 competed in the weight throw, placing 17th overall. Wohlin also posted a time of 9.87 in the 60-meter hurdles.

The track & field team will return to action on Saturday, March 1, when they compete at the Last Chance Qualifier at Tufts University.

SQUASH COMPETES AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Mount Holyoke Squash competed in the Walker Cup (C Division) at the College Squash Association (CSA) Women’s Team National Championships at Wesleyan University over the weekend. The Lyons opened tournament play on Friday, Feb. 23 with a match against Franklin & Marshall College.

The Lyons saw match wins from Emma Robson ’21 from nine, Nadindhi Udangawa ’20 from five and Mihiliya Kalahe Arachchige ’22 from the top of the ladder. Despite these victories, Mount Holyoke fell to the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats by a margin of 6-3.

On Saturday, the Lyons sealed a 5-4 victory over St. Lawrence University in the consolation semifinals of the Walker Cup. Arachchige, Captain Ragini Ghose ’19, Jennifer Mbah ’21, Maeve Watts-Roy ’22 and Udangawa all recorded match wins.

On Sunday, the Lyons returned to compete against Wesleyan. Despite wins from both Udangawa and Arachchige, the Lyons fell to the Cardinals. They ended their championship action with a 16-9 season record, a sixth-place finish in the Walker Cup and a 21st nationally ranked title. Additionally, Ghose was honored at the competition as a CSA Scholar-Athlete.

With their 2018-19 season officially over, the Lyons now wait for competition selections to be announced for the 2019 CSA Individual National Championships, held from March 1-3 in Providence, Rhode Island, at Brown University.

TENNIS OPENS SEASON WITH SEVEN SISTERS TOURNAMENT

BY MERYL PHAIR ’21

Mount Holyoke Tennis opened their spring season with the 2019 Seven Sisters tournament, held at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The tournament was a two-day event with matches against Bryn Mawr College and Wellesley College on Saturday, Feb. 23 and against Vassar College and Smith College on Sunday, Feb. 24.

On Saturday, after falling in the first two singles matches to the Bryn Mawr Owls, Anya Gerasimova ’21 secured a victory for the Lyons in third singles. Keeping up the momentum, Madison Rosen ’19 won fourth singles by a 6-1, 6-2 margin. The victory was followed by doubles partners Catherine Peabody ’20 and Annissa Aamoum ’22, who dominated the court with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. The Lyons finished their first tournament match with a 3-2 win against Bryn Mawr. In the second match of the day, the Lyons faced Wellesley and fell to the Blue by a margin of 5-0.

On Sunday, the Lyons competed against Vassar and fell 5-0. Then for their last tournament game, Mount Holyoke took on Smith. Ayame Yazawa ’19 opened the match with a win in first singles. In second singles, Peabody delivered a 6-0, 6-2 victory and in third, Gerasimova also defeated her Pioneer opponent. In doubles, Ching-Ching Huang ’20 and Hannah Middleton ’22 concluded the match with a 6-1, 6-1 lead, sealing the Lyons’ 4-1 win over Smith College.

At the end of the Seven Sisters Championship, both Huang and Peabody were named to the All-Tournament Team. Mount Holyoke Tennis will be back on the courts next Saturday, March 1 at Bates College.

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