The Colgate Scene
July 2001
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by Bob Cornell

Pulling through
Gosia Wawrzak '01 won the John T. Mitchell Memorial Award and Harvey Picker Award for international relations. No less an honor was being elected captain of the women's crew.

Making a contribution
Though she dismisses her running as "mediocre," Sara Kaufman '01 was nonetheless one of the cross-country team's tri-captains and hopes she set a good example with her work ethic.
Several Red Raider student-athletes were recognized for their academic achievements during the Awards Convocation held in the chapel at semester's end.

     Senior Keith Brooks, a four-year football letterman, was the winner of the prestigious Alumni Corporation 1819 Award, given annually to the senior whose character, scholarship, sportsmanship, and service to others best exemplify the spirit that is Colgate.

     Additionally, Brooks was the recipient of an Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Award, which provides public recognition to seniors who make outstanding contributions to Colgate and, in the process, enrich the life of the student community of color. He also received the Thomas M. Wilson '67 Memorial Endowed Leadership Award, given to a superior senior scholar-athlete, in high academic standing, who has demonstrated excellence in responsible leadership both with his or her teams and in the Colgate campus and community.

     Among the other student-athletes honored were senior Lauren Esposito, a member of the women's soccer and lacrosse teams, who received the Wall Street Journal Economics Prize, given to a graduating senior who has achieved distinction in economics.

     Women's cross country and track and field teams were well-represented. Senior Meline MacCurdy was awarded the William E. and Nellie K. Edmonston Neuroscience Award for the senior neuroscience concentrator who demonstrates academic excellence, a noteworthy dedication to the field of neuroscience and an outstanding quality of intellectual curiosity. Also, senior Sara Kaufman ("Making a contribution") received the Roy Burnett Smith Prize in Chemistry, given in memory of Professor Smith to a student concentrating in chemistry. Heidi Hayes won the Robert G. Ingraham Memorial Music Prize, given to a graduating senior who did the most to promote and stimulate good music as an undergraduate by voluntary activity, leadership performance and participation in the band, orchestra, choir, glee club, or any other musical endeavor, individual or group.

     Gosia Wawrzak '01 ("Pulling through"), a member of the women's crew team, received two honors -- the Harvey Picker Award as the outstanding graduating senior majoring in international relations and the John T. (Jack) Mitchell Memorial Award as the graduating student-athlete with the highest grade point average.

     First-year basketball guard Emily Damuth was the recipient of the Haskell-Schiff Memorial Prize, given to that first-year student who seems to show the most promise for a career in physical chemistry, while Courtney Hostetler, a member of the women's soccer team, was presented the Edward M. Stimets Memorial Award that recognizes the student who, in the judgment of the dean of the faculty, the dean of the college, the dean of first-year students and the president of the Student Association, contributed the most to Colgate in his or her first year.

     Waldemar Auguscinski from the men's track and field team received the Joseph and Carol Trimmer Award for Excellence in Applied Composition and Jennifer Kozlak of the women's crew program was given the Douglas K. Reading History Prize.

     Finally, Esposito, Brendan Skonieczki (men's soccer), Wawrzak, Joshua Kleyman (men's lacrosse), and Chris Sweetland (men's cross country and track) were named Charles A. Dana Scholars in recognition of superior academic achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in the college community. Jennifer Buntman (women's tennis) and LaMarr Datcher (men's basketball) were named George W. Cobb Fellows for demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and influence among their fellow students.

Athletics Director Mark Murphy announced that softball coach Vickie Sax won the 2001 Howard Hartman Award as the Colgate coach of the year. In just four short seasons, Sax has become the winningest softball coach in school history, with 99 victories. She also has put together an unprecedented four straight seasons with 20 or more wins, including a school-record 30 wins this spring.


     Two head coaches have resigned their positions. Dan Whelan, men's lacrosse coach, leaves after six seasons, while volleyball coach Dorinda von Tersch moves to the University of Chicago after two seasons.


     The National Fastpitch Coaches Association picked two Red Raiders -- junior third baseman Amanda Paolucci and sophomore infielder Amanda Brickell -- for the 2001 Mid Atlantic All-Region softball team. Paolucci is Colgate's all-time leader in RBI, home runs, doubles, total bases and stolen bases. She tied with Brickell as Colgate's leading hitter this spring with a .364 average, while leading the team with a school-record 44 RBI. She was the team's most valuable player.

     Brickell, who was Colgate's Offensive Player of the Year, has a career batting average of .363. She batted .364 this season while leading the Red Raiders in doubles, with 15.

Marc Hubbard '03, a member of the men's soccer team, has been selected to represent Colgate at the 2001 Leadership Conference at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Hubbard, a sophomore defender, is one of 300 student-athletes who were chosen to participate in the conference.

Equestrian riding high

by Shaun Clark '01

Colgate's colors flew at the nationals where coach Ania Krasinski, rider Cathy Relyea '03 and assistant coach and former captain Shaun Clark '01 took a regional third place.
For the time in its history, the Colgate equestrian team earned a third-place regional finish and also qualified a member for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Finals, held in Conyers, Georgia in May. Sophomore Cathy Relyea competed in both the individual novice flat and individual novice fences classes. From a field of the top 16 novice riders across the country, Relyea managed to secure a sixth-place finish in her flat class and a seventh-place finish in her fences class.

     The equestrian team is a relatively new addition to the recreational sports program. It was started seven years ago by a tiny group of riders who gathered for fun and an occasional competition. Since then, the team has been one of the fastest growing club sports on campus. The interest level was so great that over the last year, the team refocused its goals to become a more competitive program. The team now has approximately 30 dedicated riders of various skill levels and backgrounds.

     Since its earliest days, the equestrian team has been based at Triple Creek Farm, a private facility owned by Mary Lou and Robert Thall. Triple Creek generously provides the team with roughly 15 horses to practice within a facility that is open year-round. In addition, a comprehensive lesson program for team members has been established under the expertise of coach Ania Krasinski. Lessons are tailored to fine-tune the skills of each rider to the demands of IHSA competition.

     Colgate's equestrian team competes as a club sport against several varsity-level programs each year. This past season ended with Colgate beating the odds, and seven other varsity and club teams, for a third-place regional finish. Skidmore College was the high point team from the region, with Cornell University only narrowly holding on to second place. Both teams have been varsity programs for several years.

     Seven years into its existence, the equestrian team has made a name for itself at the national level and the team has become a recognized threat to several varsity programs in the region. As its development continues over the next few years, the team should be a prime contender for national titles of its own.

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