Midge Bennet chats with men's basketball coach Gerry McDowell during the Winter Athlete
Reception April 13 in the Freeman Athletic Center.
At right, President Doug
Bennet speaks to winter athletes during the reception.
Below, wrestling coach Drew Black, pictured on left, shakes hands with John
Biddiscomb, director of Athletics.
President Doug Bennet, Midge Bennet and John Biddiscombe,
director of Athletics and chair of Physical Education, honored winter athletes at a reception in the Freeman Athletic
Center's Bridge Lobby April 13.
“The positive spirit and enthusiasm of the teams
seemed very strong this winter,” President Bennet said. "Midge and I have
enjoyed coming to some of the games and sharing in the excitement."
President Bennet acknowledged all winter teams including men's and women's
basketball, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's indoor track,
men's and women's squash, men's and women's swimming and diving and
wrestling. The teams’ members and coaches attended the reception.
and Biddiscombe gave special recognition to stand-out student athletes.
Bennet acknowledged this year's recipients of
Wesleyan's Roger Maynard Memorial Award, presented annually to the
outstanding male and female scholar-athletes. The winners were Hannah Stubbs
’06 and Owen Kiely ’06.
Stubbs is captain of the women's basketball team and has a 3.52 GPA. She
will stay on at Wesleyan after graduation to get her masters. She is a
three-time, first-team NESCAC basketball player. She is ranked number two on
the all time scoring list. Last year, she was was an Academic All-American.
Kiely, a cross country, indoor and outdoor track team member, has a 3.57
GPA. He won the 2006 New England Division III Championship and finished 14th
at the Division III NCAA Championship earning All American status.
The winter teams were lead by the women's basketball team that had an 18-8
record and this team was among the top four teams in NESCAC and also
participated in the NCAA tournament. The women's basketball team was coached
by Kate Mullen and assisted by Chris Lanser and Molly Dullea.
The men's and women's swim teams also distinguished themselves. Bennet
honored the men's team for it's 12-4 record and for finishing fourth in the
NESCAC Championship. The women's team had 12 wins and six losses. The swim
teams are coached by Mary Bolich and assisted by Molly Parrish and Jeff
Individual swimmers that qualified for the NCAA Championship were Ben Byers
'07 and Amanda Shapiro '08. Shapiro earned All-American honors by finishing
fifth in the 200-yard breast stroke and sixth in the 100-yard breast stroke.
Two other Wesleyan athletes also distinguished themselves by becoming NCAA
All Americans in indoor track. Bennet honored Ellen Davis '07, who qualified
for the NCAA Division III Championships in the 5,000 meter, where she
performed superbly in finishing fourth in the nation. Wes Fuhrman '05 also
represented Wesleyan at the national meet, competing in the 5,000-meter and
placed seventh in his last race of his college career.
addition, Ben Byers '07 went to NCAAs for swimming and Dan de Lalla '07 went
to the NCAAs for wrestling but didn't place.