Honor Recognizes Positive Contributions to Sport Within Conference
HADLEY, Mass. – A total of 85 student-athletes have been named to the 2016 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, 12 were also recognized as All-Conference in their respective sports. Three sports accounted for 10 All-Sportsmanship and All-Conference selections, as women’s swimming and diving had four dual honorees and men’s squash and women’s squash had a trio of dual honorees each. NESCAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year and Four Year High Point Swimmer Emily Hyde (Clinton, N.Y.) of Amherst was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the first time her career. The senior was crowned the individual champion in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. She was also a member of the runner-up 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays and the third-place 800-yard freestyle relay. Connecticut College senior Emma Rotner (Durham, N.H.), who landed on the All-Sportsmanship Team in 2013, was a member of the second-place 800-yard freestyle relay team. Senior Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio) of Bates was part of the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished third, while junior Amanda Gottschalk (Lake Forest, Ill.) of Tufts took second place in the 200-yard breaststroke. Both swimmers were first-time All-Sportsmanship selections.
In men’s squash, Wesleyan senior Guy Davidson (New York, N.Y.) earned All-Sportsmanship recognition after being a four-time All-NESCAC honoree. Trinity sophomore James Evans (Maidstone, England) and Williams senior Galen Squiers (Dayton, Ohio) made their first appearance on the All-Sportsmanship Team, and were also first-time All-NESCAC Second Team selections.
Three members of the All-NESCAC Second Team in women’s squash picked up All-Sportsmanship honors, including Bowdoin senior Torey Lee (Beverly, Mass.), Trinity junior Anna Kimberley (Colchester, England) and Williams senior Nicole Feshbach (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Kimberley was a three-time All-NESCAC selection and the 2014 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, while Feshbach was named to the Second Team in 2014 and Lee received all-conference recognition for the first time in her career.
Additional all-conference picks named to the All-Sportsmanship Team included Hamilton junior Conor Lamberti (Kings Park, N.Y.) and Trinity senior Nick Celestin (Woodbridge, Conn.). Lamberti was a member of the NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey All-Conference Second Team at defense, and helped lead the Continentals to the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship and the team’s first home playoff game since 2011. Celestin, who placed third in the 50-yard backstroke at the NESCAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team in 2013 and 2015.
Colby men’s basketball senior Luke Westman (Newton, Mass.) closed out his career as three-time All-Sportsmanship honoree, while two other senior men’s basketball players in Bo McKinley (Westport, N.Y.) of Connecticut College and Jaquann Starks (Hartford, Conn.) of Trinity were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the second time in their careers. Senior Taryn Cleary (Rye, N.Y.) of the Amherst women’s squash team, Bates men’s squash junior Spencer Burt (Portland, Ore.), Connecticut College women’s basketball senior Jenna Lovett (Tolland, Conn.) and Colby women’s ice hockey junior Katie McLaughlin (Wellesley, Mass.) 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.
2016 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team