Winter Sports Primer: Catch up with Men's and Women's Swimming and Men's Basketball

With the arrival of autumn comes a new sports season, and with that brings the commencement of three sport seasons: men’s swimming, women’s swimming and men’s basketball.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Men's Basket Team poses for a group photo at the start of their season.  Photo courtesy Paul Blascovich.

The Men's Basket Team poses for a group photo at the start of their season.  Photo courtesy Paul Blascovich.

The men’s basketball team’s season began on October 14th with the traditional event called Midnight Madness. The event was put together by the Student Athletic Advisory Council and featured all of the sports teams at Sarah Lawrence.

Their first home match is scheduled for November 21 against Pratt Insitute. SAAC has been working on putting together Homecoming, a traditional college event that takes place during the first home game of the basketball season.

The team’s first competition will take place on November 16th, during the Herb-Kenny Tip Off Tournament, at Wesleyan College in Middletown, Connecticut.

“I am excited to watch my young team grow and develop over the course of the year. Our biggest challenge is a lack of experience since we do not have any Juniors and only one Senior,” said head coach Chris Ehmer. “This ‘challenge’ could also turn out to be a great learning environment.”

“We have a lot of new faces on this team which is exciting. We have more options, but at the same time it will take a few games for us to generate some positive court chemistry,” Ehmer said.

Sophomore Wyatt Rocheleau (‘17) is most excited for homecoming.

“I’m looking forward to homecoming I would say the most because my family is coming out from California,” he said.

Later in the season, the team will face a Division 1 school, New Jersey Institute of Technology, which Rocheleau cites as an exciting opportunity.

“I’m excited for our last game of the season against NJIT, which is a D1 school,” which will provide some opportunity for tough competition.

As for the 2014-2015 season, Ehmer hopes to be competitive in every game throughout the season. “We have a bright future ahead and I am looking forward to an exciting ride.”     

Watch the Gryphons face off against Pratt during the Homecoming game, November 21, 2014.

Back:   Cameron Martinez, Amit Sankaran, Brendan McAlevy, Jack Chu, Hannah Lawson, Albert Riley, Rachel Barkowitz, Elizabeth Kroll.   Middle:   Assistant Coach Allison Curley, Andrew Kaufman, Gabby Risica, Colette Harley, Zoe Berg, Lydia Mullan,   Sarah Schnapp, Sam Amberchan, Jacqueline Quirk, Nick Ransom, Sky Mihaylo, Head Coach Eric Mitchell.   Seated:   Brenna Rice, Jay Pulitano, Alexis Bates, Michael Turadek, Owen Marks, Sonia Abraham Photo by Paul Blascovich via GoGryphons.com 

Back: Cameron Martinez, Amit Sankaran, Brendan McAlevy, Jack Chu, Hannah Lawson, Albert Riley, Rachel Barkowitz, Elizabeth Kroll.
Middle: Assistant Coach Allison Curley, Andrew Kaufman, Gabby Risica, Colette Harley, Zoe Berg, Lydia Mullan,
Sarah Schnapp, Sam Amberchan, Jacqueline Quirk, Nick Ransom, Sky Mihaylo, Head Coach Eric Mitchell.
Seated: Brenna Rice, Jay Pulitano, Alexis Bates, Michael Turadek, Owen Marks, Sonia Abraham
Photo by Paul Blascovich via GoGryphons.com 

Women’s Swimming

The women’s swim team kicked off their 2014-2015 season on Saturday, November 1 at the Sarah Lawrence sprint carnival. The Gryphons then traveled to compete in a dual meet against SUNY Cobleskill, in Cobleskill, NY. The Gryphons will return to Bronxville with a home meet against SUNY Maritime on November 21, 2014 at 7.P.M.

The Gryphons have recently made the transition to the skyline conference, which Head Coach Eric Mitchell hopes with provide more competition.

“My goal is to finish as one of the top 3 teams in the Skyline conference,” said Mitchell. He also hopes to win the Ranger Invitational, December 3-5 at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey,  and “break all the team relay records.”

Sophomore Jaqueline Quirk reports that the team this year looks stronger than ever.

“We have a lot of great new swimmers and our meet line up is really promising. I think the team can expect to do even better this year than we did last year,” she said. “I really enjoy the camaraderie within the team. I think we all get along really well and we are all really supportive of each others goals, in and out of the pool. I know when I'm swimming I have a whole team cheering me on and wishing me a good swim”

Men’s Swimming    

The men’s swim team began their season on Saturday, November 1, at the Sarah Lawrence sprint carnival. The Gryphons went on to compete against SUNY Cobleskill in Cobleskill NY. They will host SUNY Maritime on November 21, 2014, at 7 P.M., prior to Homecoming.

I'm looking forward to the men achieving their goals. I’m really looking forward to the team relays. I think we can break a lot of the team records this year.” said head coach Eric Mitchell.    

Mitchell also hopes to defeat several Skyline competitors.

“The team looks stronger than ever, the bond is tighter too,” said Mitchell. “The biggest challenge will be keeping people engaged and healthy through the 19 week season.”

The gryphons welcome the several returning members, but also welcome some fresh faces.

Senior captain Jay Pulitano (‘15), who is returning from a semester abroad,  is excited for the enthusiasm on the pool deck.    

“I’m really looking forward to the excitement of racing and cheering for everyone again,” he said. “We have a relatively small team, but what we lack in quantity we make up for in awesomeness.”

Come watch the Gryphons compete at the Campbell Sports Center!

by Colette Harley '17
Sports Editor
charley@gm.slc.edu

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.

Fall Mid-season wrap up

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team rounded out their regular competition last Monday with a home game against SUNY Purchase. The Gryphons X against Purchase, X to X.

The Gryphons lost their first Skyline conference match to Yeshiva on Sept. 17, but they came back to win their third conference match against Mount Saint Mary 6-3 on Sept. 26. Their overall record was better than the 2013 record, with TK wins and TK loses, opposed to 7 wins and 7 losses. They won X out of 6 Skyline Conferences.

Women’s Crew

The women’s crew team opened their competitive season on Oct. 5 at the West Point Head Race, where the team of Faith Cody (‘17),  Hannah Richardson (‘17), Lea Cohen-Solal (‘18), Rachel Hochberger (‘18) and Christina Tang (‘17) finished eighth in the varsity 4+ division. The team then competed in the Navy Day Regatta on Oct. 11, finishing X. They wrap up their fall season with back to back races on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Head of the Schuylkill and Sunday Oct. 26 at the Fall Metro Championships.

Men’s Crew

The men’s crew team opened their season at the Navy Day Regatta on Oct. 11, 2014. The team, consisting of Konrad Grenther (‘18) and Steven Gui (‘18) placed X. They will go on to compete at the Head of the Schuylkill on Oct. 25 and the Fall Metro Championships on Oct. 26.

Women’s Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team competed in a number of tri-matches this year. This past weekend, the women hosted the Sarah Lawrence tri-match, playing against Farmingdale State and Mount Saint Mary. The Gryphons placed x out of x. They round out their season with a match against St. Joseph’s on Oct. 24, a game against Maritime on Oct. 25, an away game against New Jersey City University on Oct. 30th, a tri-match against  St. Joseph’s Long Island and Purchase on Nov. 1, and have a final game against Yeshiva on November 2.

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team wrapped up their regular season with an overall record of TKT. They have won 0 out of 4 of their conference matches. They won against rivals Cooper Union 1-0 on Oct. 5. They wrap up their season with two conference matches, once against Yeshiva on Oct. 23, and one against Maritime on Oct. 28.

Men’s Cross Country

The men’s cross country team opened their season with a 10 place finish at the Baruch Invitational on Sept. 7. They finished 11th out of 21 teams at the College of Staten Island Invitational. They round out their season with Skyline Championships on Oct. 26 and will compete at the Nick Russo Halloween Classic on Nov. 2.  

Women’s Cross Country

The women’s cross country team opened their season with a 10th place finish at the Baruch Invitational.  They placed 3rd out of 8 teams at the Mule/Falcon Invitational. They wrap up their season with Skyline Championships on Oct. 26 and will compete in the Mark Russo Halloween Classic on Nov. 2.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer team opened their season with a 4-0 win over Yeshiva on Sept. 8. They scored another win against Medgar Evers on Sept. 14, with a final score of 9 to 1. The Gryphons round out their season with two games, one against Old Westbury on Oct. 25 and an away game against Mount St. Vincent on Oct. 27.

by Colette Harley '17

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.

Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) opens year with positive meeting

Every other Tuesday, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee meets in the Campbell Sports Center conference room to discuss issues regarding athletics and to plan upcoming events. Required by the NCAA, SAAC’s purpose is to create an open dialogue among student athletes and athletic directors. 

Each team is required to have two SAAC representatives who attend the biweekly meetings and act as liaisons between the athletes of their respective sport and SAAC. In addition, SAAC is responsible for planning events such as Midnight Madness and has a hand in planning Homecoming. 

This year, SAAC is headed by Owen Marks ‘14, with Yolanda Cando ‘17 and Patrick Newsom ‘17 serving as vice president and treasurer, respectively. All three athletic directors, Kristin Maile, Chris Ehmer and Erin Pomykala, were in attendance, as well as the newest addition to the athletics department, men’s soccer coach Scott Miller.

SAAC members discussed several topics at this meeting. First, the group was broken down into four committees: Advertising and Public Relations, Community Connections, Events Committee and the “Morale Committee,” which is dedicated to inter-athlete relations. 

The group then discussed Midnight Madness, a yearly event where the Sports Center remains open late and each team hosts a small game with a theme related to their respective sport. It serves as a celebration of athletics as well as the beginning of basketball season. This event will take place on Oct. 14, 2014. 

SAAC meets during B Weeks on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in the Campbell Sports Center.

by Colette Harley
Sports Editor
charley@gm.slc.edu

 

Letter from the Sport's Editor: Colette Harley welcomes you to the Phoenix's newest section

Joy Powers (‘17), Colette Harley (‘17) and Hannah Rothpearl (‘17) and Professor Lyde Sizer (American History.) play soccer during halftime at a Sarah Lawrence women’s soccer game.      Photo by Sarah McEachern '17    

Joy Powers (‘17), Colette Harley (‘17) and Hannah Rothpearl (‘17) and Professor Lyde Sizer (American History.) play soccer during halftime at a Sarah Lawrence women’s soccer game.

Photo by Sarah McEachern '17
 

On a chilly morning, late in 1972, a group of SLC students gathered to watch what would ultimately be Sarah Lawrence’s final football game. Happening three times in history, the “Green Machine” entered the field to face Vassar’s opposing team, the “Big Pink.” Although Vassar would eventually go on to win, 33-24, the members of this short lived team would go down in infamy.

Now, almost forty years later, there is little knowledge about this event. There has always been a culture of competition among SLC’s students. Sports teams have been formed and disbanded as they have come in and out vogue. In the vein of permanence, I am pleased to introduce you to the Phoenix’s newest section: sports. It is here you will find athlete profiles, game stats and schedules and articles about happenings at the Campbell Sports center. We want this section to share student athlete’s voice and accomplishments, as well as dispel any misnomers about athletics as a whole. I have been working with the Athletic department to bring the readers of this section the most accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date coverage possible.

Last year, there seemed to be a concern about a lack of community that existed on the Sarah Lawrence campus, a concern that was voiced in this very publication. Athletics are an important part of building community on campus. There is something called Gryphon pride, and it is a feeling that I get every time I step out on to the pool deck. It is a feeling I get when I read a peer’s conference paper. It is tingling in my fingers that I feel when looking at a friend’s photography portfolio, or when I see a roommate’s dance piece. Community is what you make of it, and by supporting your fellow students, whether it be by attending a sporting event, a play or an art show, you are helping to create a tight-knit populace of well-rounded individuals.

But of course, it is okay to not be interested in athletics. As with all things the Phoenix covers, we are open to both sides of the subject. We are looking to create an open forum, filled with respectful, unbiased pieces of work, coming from both student athletes and the greater SLC community. I am looking forward to the coming year, academically as well as athletically.

As always, if you are interested in writing for the Phoenix, whether it be sports or one of our other sections, feel free to email any of our editors. If you have any questions regarding sports, writing sports or athletics in general, feel free to contact me.

Thanks for reading, and go Gryphons!!

by Colette Harley
Sports Editor
charley@gm.slc.edu

 

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.

National Collegiate Athletic Association Grants Gryphons Accelerated Membership

photo © NCAA

photo © NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that beginning September 1st, 2014, Sarah Lawrence College will enter their final trial year of membership for the 2014-2015 collegiate year. Instead of entering the NCAA two years from now, the college is expected to become a full member by the 2015-2016 season. What is traditionally a four-year process will now become a three-year process.  

The process of joining the NCAA began four years ago after completing an “exploratory year,” as an effort by the college and Athletics Department to attract student-athletes who were interested in Sarah Lawrence. Since then, Sarah Lawrence has added several sports, such as women’s soccer, and has increased the lengths of seasons and number of competitions. In the 2013-2014 school year, over 150 student athletes competed in 15 varsity programs.

In order to be granted this waiver, the college was required to produce compelling evidence of satisfactory progress. The athletics department was required to meet minimums on the number of student athletes who competed, as well as the number of competitions that were held each season. 12 varsity teams have recently transitioned from the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to the larger Skyline Conference for the 2014-2015 school year.

“[The NCAA] was really impressed with our application for this waiver,” said Director of Athletics and Physical Education Kristin Maile. “They said it was one of the most thorough they had seen.” Maile is confident Sarah Lawrence will remain on track for full membership by 2015.

By joining the NCAA, Sarah Lawrence would gain voting rights in NCAA legislature in addition to access to different grants, postgraduate scholarships funds, and guest speakers. Sarah Lawrence would also be eligible to compete in NCAA championships, allowing the Gryphons to compete past conference championships.

“It’s name brand recognition,” said Maile “It provides standards for us as a staff and facility, but it also guarantees that other schools are living up to the same standards. It’s sometimes helpful to think of joining NCAA as seeking ‘accreditation’ for our athletics program, similarly to the way many schools seek accreditation for academic programs or majors.”

The Sarah Lawrence Gryphons kick off the competition season on Sept 6, 2014

Photo taken from Gogrpyhons.com
 

by Colette Harley '17
Sports Editor
charley@gm.slc.edu

 

 

SLC Phoenix

The Phoenix is a non-profit, student-run publication representing the voices and opinions of Sarah Lawrence College community members. Our print edition publishes bi-weekly on Tuesdays, and our online edition is updated multiple times per week. Anyone may attend our open meetings at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights in the North Room of the Pub.

Cameron Martinez: The man, the myth, the mermaid

Photo by   Geneva Baldauf ‘15

Photo by Geneva Baldauf ‘15

The Campbell sports center is frequented by a single figure swimming back and forth in lane six, all the way to the right, with methodical strokes. Rarely seen without  black cap and black prescription goggles, this figure is Cameron Martinez (‘16)     

A native of Aledo, Texas, Martinez stands at six-foot-one, wears thin glasses, and has naturally blonde hair and blue eyes. In his time at Sarah Lawrence has broken 13 of the college’s men’s swimming records and was named Athlete of the Year by the Sarah Lawrence Athletics Department for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014. He has served as the men’s team captain during the 2013-2014 season and  holds eight individual records and five relay records.

In February, when the Gryphons travelled to Ithaca, New York for the Upper New York State Coaches Association (UNYSCSA) Championships, Martinez placed first in the 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard butterfly, and third  in 200 yard Individual Medley. He was named UNYSCSA Mark Randall Swimmer of the Meet and his times earned him NCAA Division 3 “B-cuts.”*

Photo by Geneva Baldauf '15

Photo by Geneva Baldauf '15

Martinez is relatively new to swimming, having gotten his start freshman year of high school. Initially a baseball player (and still a fan of the Texas Rangers), Martinez switched to swimming after an injury prevented him from making his high school baseball team.

“I decided to make swimming a priority,” Martinez said. “I swam freshman year, and the summer after freshman year I didn’t train.” It was the beginning of his junior year that Martinez began to get serious about swimming. “My senior year was when I started swimming well. But by that point, it was February and it was too late to get recruited anywhere.”

Martinez did not look at swimming at any other schools, undeterred by the fact he would be a big fish in a small pond.

“It’s nice, chill. I can do my thing,” he said, although he admits it gets frustrating when it is just him. “Back home, when we’re doing a set and a 15-year-old is beating me, it pushes me to try harder, where as here it’s harder to tell so I just go.”

Martinez is an integral part of the men’s swim team, often leading the team in group stretches and offering advice before races. After placing first in the 200 butterfly at UNYSCSA, he turned to his teammates cheering at the other end and made a heart symbol with his hands.

The highlight of last season for Martinez came during UNYSCSA. “Winning the 100 butterfly, and Dzana [co-captain Alexandra Ashworth, ‘14] crying after I won. I really didn’t expect to win the 100 butterfly, so that was really great.”

During the height of swim season, Martinez estimated he spent 15 hours a week in the pool and seven hours a week doing dryland, such as CrossFit. More specifically, he practiced twice a day four days a week and once a day two days a week, taking a break on Sundays.

When not in the pool, Martinez is a theater third and an aspiring filmmaker. He hopes to pursue filmmaking in various mediums such as television and feature films. “Even theater has sparked my interest, so plays and musicals are possibilities,” he said of future creative endeavors.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching and creating movies. His favorite food to order at the Pub is either the Ranch Hand Special or the soft tacos. In addition to swimming, Martinez also competes on the Sarah Lawrence Men’s Volleyball team.

Martinez attributes several people to his success, most notably his two coaches, Sarah Lawrence Swimming’s head coach, Eric Mitchell, and his coach from Texas, Andrew Ha.

“Without a coach, I wouldn’t go anywhere. Eric recruited me.” said Martinez. After a bad high school experience, he was wary to switch coaches, “but Eric knows what he’s doing,” he said.

“[Andrew] Ha is my club swim coach [Sigma Performance Swimming]. It’s nice to have him because [Andrew] and Eric have different styles and different perspectives. Andrew got me into swimming and taught me a lot about technique.”    

Although Cameron has swam most of the events in collegiate swimming, his favorite is the 200 butterfly.  “[The 200 fly] gives me time to get myself going. 100 Fly is too quick, whereas the 200 fly, I feel like I get something out of it.”

This summer, Cameron has been working at the Sports Center at Sarah Lawrence, as well as training with a local swim club, the Marlins. He recently competed in the 2014 Speedo Championship Series Long Course “Super Sectional,”where he placed 13th in the 100-meter butterfly and 21st in the 200-meter  butterfly.  

“Sectionals went fairly well. I dropped time in all my events; however, I did not go the ties I would have liked to go. Overall, I’d say my summer season was successful in preparing me for the school season,” said Martinez of the meet.

“I’m looking forward to having a faster team all around, and having this team be able to compete on an entirely new level that we’ve never done before,”

The men and women’s swim teams begin practice on Sept. 22, 2014 and have their first meet on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

 *“B-cuts” refers to times specified by the NCAA that do not guarantee athlete's entry into NCAA Division # championships. Instead, these athletes may be extended an “invitation” to participate. Opposed to an A Cut, which guarantees a swimmer entry into NCAA Championships, B-Cuts tend to be slightly slower. Not everyone that obtains a B-Cut is invited.

by Colette Harley '17
Sports Editor
charley@gm.slc.edu