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Women's Squash Team Finishes Season Ranked 15th in Nation

Vassar capped off another spectacular season by defeating Mount Holyoke College 8-1 at the Howe Cup Championship to finish the season ranked 15th in the nation. The Brewers began the season with a second-place finish at the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association Championships. After going 4-1 at the Vassar Invitational, the Brewers successfully defended its Seven Sisters Championship, defeating Smith (8-1), Mount Holyoke (6-3), Haverford (9-0), and Wellesley (9-0) for the crown. Six days later, the Brewers pulled a stunning 5-4 upset of 14th-ranked St. Lawrence University.

a woman is primed to hit a squash ball
a woman is primed to hit a squash ball

Sara Wood '05, from Washington State, was named the all-UCAA co-player of the year.

The Brewers were led by juniors Sara Wood and Emily Morris, as well as sophomore Katie Siegel, who were all solid in the top positions for Vassar (edited July 2011). Freshmen Judy Jarvis (12 wins at the fifth position) and Blair Komar (14-4 in the eighth spot) provided a spark in their first season with the team.

Vassar squash was also busy in the community, bringing KidzSquash to campus. KidzSquash combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and one-on-one mentoring. The program focuses on offering squash development opportunities to children from the Catharine Street Community Center.

Bernstein Qualifies for NCAA Men's Fencing Championships

Sophomore Justin Bernstein became just the third Vassar fencer to earn an NCAA Championship berth after placing eighth in men's saber competition at the NCAA Northeast Fencing Regional Championships. Bernstein joins Peter Epstein '96, who advanced in 1994 for foil, and Claudia Lockett Allbritton '98, who qualified in 1996 for women's epee. "We are delighted that Justin has fulfilled his dream of qualifying for the NCAA National Championships," head fencing coach Heather Whitefield said. "After recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon last year, he has made a wonderful, determined comeback. He fences a game that is smart, elegant, and tactically sophisticated."

For the second time in three years, Vassar hosted the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championships, where Bernstein was awarded the George Cointe Award for Sportsmanship.

McGair, Evans, Harper Join Basketball Record Books

Despite several injuries and a 5-20 finish (1-13 in the UCAA), three athletes finished the season on VC's record charts in several categories.

A woman is mid-dribble with a basketball
A woman is mid-dribble with a basketball

Meredith McGair '06 drives toward the basket.

Sophomore Meredith McGair, who was named to the UCAA All-Conference Team, finished the season second in the conference in scoring at 14.4 points per contest. Her 361 points rank seventh on Vassar's single-season list, while her 35 blocks are second. Sophomore Erin Harper broke Vassar's single-season record for assists (135), and her average of 5.4 per contest was good for 21st in the nation. Freshman Lizzie Evans led the conference in three-point baskets made, just two off of Kathleen Landry's '01 school record of 62.

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Season Stats

Men's Basketball

5-20, 1-13 UCAA

Vassar posted victories over Bard, Delaware Valley, City Tech, and UCAA Championship runner-up Rensselaer. Junior Guard Jud Winton led the team in scoring for the second straight season. After three seasons, he ranks 10th all-time in scoring with 811 points.

Men's Fencing

3-14, 7th at New England Champ.

Sophomore Justin Bernstein finished eighth in saber competition at the NCAA Northeast Regionals. Junior Ben Bedore was 23rd in epee.

Women's Fencing

4-16, 7th at New England Champ.

Vassar had strong performances by freshmen Karolyn Upham (19th in epee) and Melissa Sepe (23rd in foil) at the NCAA Regionals.

Men's Squash


After a 1-13 start, Vassar picked up wins over Middlebury, Fordham, Northwestern, and California to finish the season ranked 30th in the nation. Senior Rahul Lulla won 7 of his 13 matches.

Men's Swimming and Diving

2-7, 6th UCAA Champ.

The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Rob Greil '06, Erich Eilenberger '04, Jim Dodington '05, and Drew Duncan '04 broke the school record with a time of 7:22.20 as Vassar finished 10th overall at the New York State Championships.

Women's Swimming

3-4-1, 7th UCAA Champ.

Juniors Megan DeLong and Ashley Colgate broke several school records this season. Colgate owns the top times in the 50- (32.56), 100- (1:09.58), and 200-yard breaststroke (2:31.85) events. DeLong set records in the 400 individual medley (4:54.86) as well as in the 200 backstroke (2:15.71).