Winning 11 of 12 games down the stretch, the Yellowjacket women’s basketball team went into the final game of the regular season tied for the UAA title at 11–2. The 11 wins tied the school record for UAA victories and set up a season-ending winner-take-all game for the UAA championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Including a first-ever sweep of Washington University, by mid-February Rochester was ranked No. 2 in the East Region.
With one game left, Ally Zywicki ’15 topped the team in scoring (11.1 points per game), assists (90), and steals (34). In one six-day stretch, she matched her career high in assists (10) and points (24). Breanna Madrazo ’15 was second in scoring (8.4 ppg). Jackie Walker ’13 and Amy Woods ’13 provided an inside presence (Walker: 8.0 ppg and 5.3 rebounds per game; Woods: 7.7 ppg; 6.6 rpg) along with Loren Wagner ’14 (7.3 ppg; 8.0 rpg) and Danielle McNabb ’14 (6.8 ppg; 6.3 rpg).
Swimming and diving: At the UAA championships, Rochester broke 10 school records and produced 12 NCAA provisional qualifying times.
For the men, Adam Bossert ’13 qualified in the 100 breaststroke, the 200-medley relay, and the 400-medley relay. He also broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke. James Frauen ’15 broke the school mark in the 200 backstroke and provisionally qualified for nationals. Frauen and Bossert were joined by Brian Wong ’15 and Chris Doser ’15 in the 400-medley relay, breaking a Rochester record and qualifying under the NCAA’s “B” standard.
For the women, Vicky Luan ’16 was part of three record-breaking efforts, one of them twice. She finished third in the 50 freestyle, breaking her own school record time (23.84) and provisionally qualified for NCAAs. With Farrell Cooke ’15, Meg Waring ’15, and Lauren Bailey ’15, Luan broke the school record in the 400-medley relay, which also met the NCAA “B” cut. The 200-medley relay team of Karen Meess ’14, Waring, Bailey, and Luan broke their own school record with a 1:47.75 time. After the meet, the four swam a time trial, breaking the record again (1:46.39), qualifying provisionally for NCAAs. Diver Elliott Lasher ’13 finished eighth on both the one- and three-meter boards—scoring more than 400 points on each—while Sara Spielman ’13 finished fourth on the three-meter board and fifth on one-meter.
Squash: Rochester was ranked sixth in the mid-February rankings by the College Squash Association, going into the team championships at Yale University. That ranking would set up a match between the Yellowjackets and third-ranked Harvard University in the first round.
With a 9–5 dual match record, the team repeated as Liberty League champions. Andres Duany ’13 was 9–5 at the No. 1 position in dual matches, 10–6 overall. Ten of his matches came against nationally ranked opponents. Neil Cordell ’16 was 10–4 at No. 2 with Adam Perkiomaki ’13 at 11–5.
Indoor track & field: Several Yellowjackets qualified for the ECAC championships in New York City in early March.
For the men, the qualifiers include distance runners Adam Pacheck ’14, Dan Hamilton ’13, and Yuji Wakimoto ’14. Boubacar Diallo ’16 qualified in both the long jump and triple jump, joining Jonathan Kuberka ’16 as a qualifier in the long jump. The 4-by-800-meter relay qualified twice, and the 4-by-200-meter relay qualified three times.
Rochester’s women had five ECAC qualifiers in a meet at NYU. Middle-distance qualifiers include Becky Galasso ’14, Claire Crowther ’13, Catherine Knox ’16, Caitlyn Garbarino ’16, and Cameron Edwards ’16. Yvette Igbokwe ’15 qualified in the 60 meters and in the 200 meters. Emily VanDenbergh ’16 and Carina Luck ’13 qualified in the long jump and triple jump. The 4-by-200-meter relay and 4-by-400-meter relays have both booked spots for ECACs.