Blue field hockey defeated the Smith Pioneers 2-1 on Saturday at Babson’s MacDowell Field. The game opened with a goal at 14:31 from Smith, who posed a difficult defense to Wellesley. 66 minutes into the game, the Blue tied the game due to the efforts of Nikki Sharkin ‘17. Anissa Sridhar ‘16 scored the winning goal seven minutes into overtime and allowed the Blue to advance to the NEWMAC title game against Mount Holyoke on Sunday. The victory marks the seventh consecutive win for the second-seeded Blue. Unfortunately Mount Holyoke defeated Wellesley Blue with a result of 2-1.
Wellesley’s cross country team traveled to Mt. Greylock High School in Williamstown, MA on Saturday to compete in the 2015 ECAC Championship, a 6k run. Carolyn Chelius ‘16 led the team with a time of 23.39.96, making her the Blue’s only top-14 finisher in the championship. Other notable performances came from Heather Smith ‘16,who placed 28th, and Taylor Fortnam ‘18,who placed 31st. Wellesley placed 7th overall with 169 points. Tufts University claimed the ECAC title with 45 points, while University of New England placed second with 63 points. The Blue’s next championship competition will be the 2015 NCAA New England Regionals in New London, Connecticut.
Swimming & Diving
Opening the 2015-2016 season, Wellesley Swimming & Diving had top performances at the New England Invitational at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. While the event is non-scoring, the Blue had multiple noteworthy performances. Charlotte Harris ‘16, Patricia Chen ‘18, Ieva Galinyte ‘16 and Cathy Chen ‘19 won the 200 Free Relay team event with a time of 1:40.71. The Blue placed second out of 31 entries in the anchor leg of the 400 Medley Relay due to the efforts of Sunny Chiang ‘19, Karen Wang ‘19 and Ieva Galinyte ‘16; their overall time was 4:06.97. Maura Sticco-Ivins, who won the Women’s 3-Meter Diving at the 2015 NCAA Championships, placed first in both the 1-Meter and 3-Meter diving events.
Fencing started their 2015-2016 season with top-rated performances at the NEIFC Fall Invitational at Smith College on Saturday. The invitational, also known as “The Big One,” was home to several top finishes for the Blue. Cassandra Cronin ‘19 placed 8th in the Epee competition and earned a place in the quarterfinal round of the Pool competition; her final score was 15-14. In Saber, Jasmine Davis ‘17 took 10th, while Madeleine Barowksy ‘18 placed 25th and Meg Harney placed 54th. The team will compete next Sunday at Vassar.