Honor Recognizes Positive Contributions to Sport Within Conference
HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 85 student-athletes have been named to the 2015 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team. The team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport that the conference sponsors. Honorees are selected by the players and coaches from their respective teams.
The NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents and spectators. They display sportsmanship, not only as a participant in their sport, but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.
Of the 85 individuals honored this winter, 14 were also recognized as All-Conference in their respective sports. Men’s ice hockey, men’s squash and women’s squash accounted for nine All-Sportsmanship and All-Conference selections with three dual honorees each. In men’s squash, Trinity senior Karan Malik (Bangalore, India) earned his second consecutive All-Sportsmanship recognition, while being named to the All-NESCAC Second Team, along with Colby first-year Will McBrian (Dedham, Mass.), who was also chosen as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Middlebury junior Andrew Jung (Mercer Island, Wash.) made his first appearance on the All-Sportsmanship Team, and was also a first-time All-NESCAC First Team selection.
Two members of the All-NESCAC First Team in women’s squash picked up All-Sportsmanship honors, including Bates senior Nessrine Ariffin (Penang, Malaysia) and Colby first-year Devin Mullaney (Boston, Mass.). Sophomore Sarah Nelson (Concord, Mass.) of Bowdoin landed on the All-NESCAC Second Team.
In men’s ice hockey, Trinity senior Michael Flynn (Cheshire, Conn.) received All-NESCAC First Team recognition in addition to being named to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Seniors John McGinnis (Cocoa, Fla.) of Bowdoin and Mike Rowbotham (Stittsville, Ontario) of Amherst were selected for the All-NESCAC Second Team.
Williams junior swimmer Faye Sultan (Abu Hasaniya, Kuwait) earned All-NESCAC recognition with a runner-up showing in the 100-yard freestyle and a third-place result in the 50-yard Freestyle at the 2015 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, as well as helping the 200-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Medley and 400-yard Freestyle Relays to first-place finishes. Two senior swimmers on the men’s side were All-NESCAC performers this year. Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) of Bates, who is a repeat All-Sportsmanship selection, took first place in the 50-yard Butterfly, second place in the 100-yard Butterfly and was a member of the third-place 200-yard Freestyle and 200-yard Medley Relays. Amherst’s Ben Grimes (Louisville, Ky.) placed second in the 1,650-yard Freestyle and helped the 800-yard Freestyle Relay finish second.
Other all-conference picks named to the All-Sportsmanship Team included Amherst senior Tori Salmon (Batavia, N.Y.) and Hamilton senior Joseph Lin (Palo Alto, Calif.). Salmon was a member of the NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey All-Conference First Team at forward, and helped lead the Jeffs to the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. Lin, a guard, landed on the Men’s Basketball All-NESCAC Second Team.
Connecticut College women’s squash senior Leah Puklin (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) closed out her career as four-time All-Sportsmanship honoree, while Bowdoin men’s squash senior Andrew Ward (Southborough, Mass.) graduates as a three-time selection. A pair of women’s squash players in junior Khushy Aggarwal (Mumbai, India) of Amherst and senior Charlotte Dewey (Greenwich, Conn.) of Middlebury were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the second time in their careers. Men’s basketball junior Luke Westman (Newton, Mass.) of Colby, women’s basketball senior Kellie Macdonald (Danvers, Mass.) of Williams and Mac Pivirotto (New Canaan, Conn.) of the Hamilton men’s squash team were also two-time recipients.
The All-Sportsmanship Team was created by the NESCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The NESCAC SAAC serves as the liaison between the student-athletes of NESCAC member institutions and conference administrators. The committee provides a voice to represent the concerns of all student-athletes and to discuss issues impacting student-athlete welfare. The NESCAC SAAC represents all students who participate in intercollegiate athletics and promotes and celebrates student-athletes achievements.
2015 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team