Honor Recognizes Positive Contributions to Sport Within Conference
HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 85 student-athletes have been named to the 2013 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team. The team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport that the conference sponsors. Honorees are selected by the players and coaches from their respective teams.
The NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents and spectators. They display sportsmanship, not only as a participant in their sport, but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.
Of the 85 individuals honored this winter, 16 were also recognized as All-Conference in their respective sports. Men's and women's squash accounted for nine All-Sportsmanship and All-Conference selections. Wesleyan junior John Steele earned his second straight All-Sportsmanship recognition while being named to the All-NESCAC First Team, along with Middlebury senior Jay Dolan. Trinity senior Johan Detter, Bowdoin sophomore Andrew Ward, and Colby first year CJ Smith were Second Team selections.
Four members of the All-NESCAC First Team in women's squash picked up All-Sportsmanship honors, including seniors Kate Pistel of Colby and Alli Rubin of Williams and juniors Mary Foster of Wesleyan and Catalina Pelaez of Trinity. Pistel and Foster were among five individuals named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the third time in their careers. Also honored for the third consecutive year were Hamilton senior women's ice hockey forward Abby Runyon and a pair of basketball guards in Wesleyan senior Derick Beresford and Connecticut College senior Kacie Quick.
Williams senior swimmer Katherine O'Leary earned All-NESCAC recognition with three individual third place finishes at the 2013 NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, as well as helping the 800-yard Freestyle Relay to a first place finish. Senior Kaley Kokomoor of Bowdoin and first year Emma Rotner of Connecticut College were also All-NESCAC honorees, with Kokomoor helping the 400-yard Freestyle Relay to a third place finish, and Rotner, a member of the third place 800-yard Freestyle Relay.
Two swimmers on the men's side were also All-NESCAC performers this year, with senior Chris Corbett of Williams earning All-NESCAC recognition with his third place showing in the 200-yard Breaststroke. Middlebury junior Ian MacKay claimed the second All-Sportsmanship recognition of his career, to go along with first place finishes in the 50-yard Butterfly, 50-yard Freestyle and a third place showing in the 100-yard Butterfly at the 2013 NESCAC Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Amherst senior guard Marcia Voigt was a member of the NESCAC Women's Basketball All-Conference First Team, and led the Jeffs to their fourth straight NESCAC Women's Basketball Championship.
Bowdoin senior forward Dan Weiniger and senior defenseman Brandon Hew of Amherst were both First Team selections in men's hockey, with Weiniger leading the Polar Bears to the 2013 NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship and Hew taking the Jeffs to the NESCAC quarterfinal round.
A pair of basketball seniors in Taryn O'Connell of the Bates women's team and James Klemm of the Williams' men's team and a trio of squash players were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the second time in their career. Men's squash seniors Alec Greaves-Tunnell of Williams and Harry Keeshan of Hamilton and sophomore Leah Pulkin of the Connecticut College women's squash team were two-time recipients.
The All-Sportsmanship Team was created by the NESCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The NESCAC SAAC serves as the liaison between the student-athletes of NESCAC member institutions and conference administrators. The committee provides a voice to represent the concerns of all student-athletes and to discuss issues impacting student-athlete welfare. The NESCAC SAAC represents all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and promotes and celebrates student-athletes achievements.
2013 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team