University of Rochester

Rochester Review
May-June 2009
Vol. 71, No. 5

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In Review

Highlights Winter Season Wrap-Up

Here’s a look at the 2008–09 seasons.

Men’s Basketball: Averaging 21.3 points a game in his senior year, forward Mike Chmielowiec ’09 concluded his collegiate career as a first-team all-UAA selection and a second team All-American by Guard Max Kaplan ’09 and center Nathan Novosel ’12 also garnered all-UAA recognition, with Novosel picking up the association’s Rookie of the Year award. Rochester finished the season at 16–9 overall, including a signature road win over second-ranked Washington University.

Women’s Indoor Track and Field: Pentathlete Jamie Landry ’09 and weight thrower Jonelle Redhead ’09 each qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships. The Yellowjackets took second as a team at the state championships, with Jackie Cinella ’11 winning the 500 meters and Prashanthi Chodagiri ’10 claiming the crown in the 400 meters. Cinella, Landry, and Chodagiri also combined with Sarah Hutchinson ’12 to win the 4 x 200 meter title at the state meet, and the team of Cinella, Chodagiri, Hutchinson, and Nikita Bourque ’12 took the 4 x 400 meter title at the state event. Rochester also came in 12th as a team at ECACs, guided by Landry’s second place in the pentathlon and Cinella’s triumph in the 500.

Men’s Indoor Track and Field: Dan Wolfanger ’12 won the 800 meters to lead the Yellowjackets to a fifth-place team finish at the New York state championships. The men also ended up 14th at the ECAC championships, with A. J. Lee ’11 taking second in the 500 meters. Jake Gardner ’10 placed fifth in the weight throw at ECACs.

Squash: The Yellowjackets secured their highest season-ending ranking ever when they beat Harvard 7–2 in a third-place match at the Potter Cup tournament, avenging a loss to the Crimson earlier in the season. Sixth-seeded Rochester also defeated third-seeded Yale in the Potter quarterfinals. Rochester finished the season with a 12–6 overall record. Jim Bristow ’10 was named a first team All-American and Hameed Ahmed ’10 and Benni Fischer ’12 were named second team All-Americans.

Men’s Swimming and Diving: The team took third at the Liberty League championships after two swimmers—Vincent Ness ’12 in the 200-yard freestyle and Wesley Hood ’12 in the 100-yard freestyle—claimed titles in individual events. Ness also earned two seconds and a third to earn Rookie of the Meet honors. At the UAA meet, Rochester finished seventh as a team, with Kevin Howard ’11 leading with a third-place effort in the 100-yard backstroke.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The women placed second at the Liberty League championships and fifth at the UAA meet. Jennifer Chung ’12 earned second place in the 200-yard breaststroke at UAAs, while Emily Scott ’12 took fifth in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relay team of Olivia Ehmann ’12, Val Atwood ’11, Dayna Jacob ’11, and Scott won the UAA title. Rochester divers Cheryl Blechman ’09 finished fourth and Rachel Delahunta ’12 finished fifth at the UAA meet. Delahunta won the three-meter board competition at the Liberty League championships to guide the team to a second-place finish. Scott won the 50-yard freestyle and took second in the 200-yard freestyle at the league championship to nab Rookie of the Meet honors. Between the men’s and women’s swim teams, Rochester swimmers broke 18 school records, had 12 national provisional qualifying performances, and 229 lifetime bests.

—Ryan Whirty