Swarthmore 57, Ursinus 53 (Jan. 19)
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Led by a strong second half performance from sophomore Elle Larsen, the first-place Swarthmore College (14-2, 10-1) women's basketball team collected its fifth straight victory by defeating Ursinus College (8-8, 5-6) 57-53 on Saturday afternoon. Shooting 6-for-7 at the line, Larsen hit two free throws to put the Garnet ahead by four in the final seconds to clinch the victory. Larsen finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds – including 13 points and nine boards in the second half – to collect her second double-double on the season. Junior Katie Lytle added 12 points and 13 boards for her fifth straight double-double, while also collecting a game-high four assists. Senior Madeline Ross added the Garnet's first-half offense with nine points and six rebounds – she finished with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.
Swarthmore 67, Ursinus 52 (Jan. 17)
SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Led by a trio of players in double-figures and superior free-throw shooting, the first-place Swarthmore College women's basketball team (13-2, 9-1) won its fourth-consecutive Centennial Conference game, defeating Ursinus 67-52 on Thursday evening from Tarble Pavilion. Senior Madeline Ross was the Garnet's top scorer for the third consecutive game, finishing with 21 points - 13 of which came from the foul line. Junior Katie Lytle recorded a double-double for the second-consecutive game, recording 12 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore Elle Larsen added 13 points and nine rebounds. Senior Eliza Polli hit three triples while freshman Jessica Jowdy scored eight points to go along with four assists.
Swarthmore 73, Bryn Mawr 31 (Jan. 15)
BRYN MAWR, Pa. – Thanks to contributions from all nine players in the line-up, the Swarthmore College women's basketball team (12-2, 8-1) earned a convincing 73-31 win over Tri-Co rival Bryn Mawr on Tuesday evening in Centennial Conference action. Senior Madeline Ross finished with 15 points and senior Eliza Polli netted 14 points to lead the Garnet, which won its third consecutive Centennial Conference game. Junior Katie Lytle recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while freshman Abbey Deckard finished with a career-high 10 points and nine rebounds.
Ursinus 95, Swarthmore 90 (Jan. 19)
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Senior Will Gates hammered Ursinus for a career high 36 points and junior Jay Kober added 18 of his 22 in a monster second half as the Swarthmore men's basketball team dropped a 95-90 overtime thriller on Saturday. Ursinus had no answer for Gates in the paint or on the perimeter as he reached the 30 point plateau for the fifth time in his career and third time against the Bears. His fade-away baseline jumper for the win at the end of regulation did not fall and no foul was given despite heavy contact. Gates finished with nine rebounds to lead Swarthmore. Junior Jordan Federer added 10 points and five assists, and the Garnet shot 27-35 from the stripe including 13-14 in the second half.
Swarthmore 75, McDaniel 71 (Jan. 16)
WESTMINSTER, Md. - Senior Will Gates - eclipsing the 1,500-point milestone in the first half – led the Swarthmore College (4-12, 3-6) men's basketball team to a 75-71 overtime victory over McDaniel College to snap a six-game losing streak. Gates reached the 1,500-point plateau late in the first half - totaling 20 points against McDaniel (10-6, 4-5) - to become just the fifth player in program history and the 21st player in Centennial Conference records to reach the milestone. Also in double-figures for the Garnet were junior Jay Kober with 20 points and Joe Keedy with 14 points. Jordan Federer showcased a good stat line with 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Women’s Track & Field
NYU Team Challenge (Jan. 20)
NEW YORK – The Swarthmore College women's track and field team were back in action Saturday night at the Armory for the NYU Team Challenge, totaling 12 team points to finish 13th overall in the team standings. Nine total points were collected in the mile run as senior Rebecca Hammond took second (eight points) place after pacing 5:02.46. Her mark stands as second-best in program history and hits the ECAC qualifying time. Katie McMenamin – also in the mile run – finished eighth overall at 5:15.17 for one point and the fourth-best program time. Freshman Jenna Cody ran the program's sixth-best time in the 3,000-meter at 10:28.13 – an ECAC qualifying time. She placed sixth overall and gathered three points for the Garnet.
Men’s Track & Field
NYU Team Challenge (Jan. 20)
NEW YORK - The Swarthmore College men's track and field team was back in action Saturday night at the Armory for the NYU Team Challenge, totaling six team points to finish 16th overall in the team standings. Sophomore Erick White paced the 800-meter at 1:59.68 to finish sixth overall and collect three points for the Garnet. White – running the second leg – finished eighth overall (3:37.81) in the 4x400-relay with teammates, Paul Green, Richard Scott and Jonas Oppenheimer. The finish managed one point for the men's squad. Oppenheimer – also picking up points for Swat – finished the 1000-meter in 2:35.91 for seventh place. Green and Scott paced top-20 finishes in the 1000 as well at 2:39.26 and 2:44.41, respectively. Sophomore Alec Toro also finished in the event, crossing the line at 2:49.58. In the 60-meter dash, Jason Heo set another top-10 mark for the program, clocking 7.53 to match Swarthmore's second-best time.
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Garnet Feature Friday: (Jan. 18)
In the second installment of Garnet Feature Friday, a series that will highlight past Garnet teams, notable Garnet alumni, and current student-athletes, we took a look at the numerous contributions of Victor Brady ’13, the student most dedicated to Swarthmore athletics.
It’s safe to assume that since his arrival on campus in fall 2009, no student has attended more Swarthmore athletic events than Victor Brady ’13. Actually, forget Swarthmore athletics. It’s possible that no student in all of Division III athletics has seen more live college sporting events than Brady. “I’d say I’ve been to more than 500 games so far,” Brady says with a wry smile, almost as if he suddenly realizes how absurd that number sounds out loud. Just seconds later, he adds, “Oh wait, I completely forgot about volleyball matches. Make that 550.” That number does not even factor in the roughly 600 practices he estimates attending in the ast four years. Welcome to the life of Victor Brady, the Swarthmore student most dedicated to athletics.
Garnet Athletics Player of the Week
Will Gates (Willseyville, NY / Candor Centra), Men’s Basketball
Gates eclipsed the 1,500-point milestone in his 20 point performance in Swarthmore’s win over McDaniel. Gates is just the fifth player in program history and the 21st player in Centennial Conference records to reach the milestone. The senior forward added a career-best 36 points to go along with his 9 rebounds in the Garnet’s overtime loss to Ursinus. Gates averaged 28 points per game, shooting 49 percent from the field (17-35), 42 percent from behind the arc (5-12), and 74 percent at the line (17-23) in a 1-1 week for Swarthmore. Additionally, he collected 14 rebounds – a team-high for the week – 3 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
Garnet Athletics Did You Know?
This Wednesday’s Centennial Conference men’s and women’s basketball match-up between Swarthmore and Haverford has been declared a “White Out” - wear your favorite WHITE Swarthmore College apparel to Tarble Pavilion in support of Garnet basketball.