Highlights from Spring Sports
Offer Lots to Celebrate
by Kyle Leach
Rachel Wallwork '10, from Washington, D.C., was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row at the end of the 2008-09 season. Also for the second straight year, Wallwork has been selected to compete in the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Individual Championships on May 22-24. The No. 1 singles player for the Garnet, Wallwork went 8-0 in Centennial play while extending her Conference win-streak to 19 in a row. Her overall 2008-09 record stands at 12-4, including two wins over regionally-ranked opponents. In the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)/Campbell's poll, Wallwork is ranked eighth in the Atlantic South region.
Caitlin Mullarkey '09, an honors biology major from Wilmington, Del., recently earned All-America honors, finishing fifth in the mile at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. She posted a time of 5:00.16 in the finals, becoming the second Swarthmore female to be All-America for indoor track, joining Imo Akpan '02, who received the honor for 400 meters in 2002. Mullarkey also recently set her third school record in the women's 1,500-meter run (4:38.11), posting a NCAA B-cut time in the process.
Anne Miller '10, a psychology major from Buffalo, N.Y., earned All-America honors for the third consecutive year, making the championship final in the 200 butterfly at the 2009 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Miller, an All-American in the 100 and 200 butterfly in 2007 and 2008, earned her fifth overall selection with a fifth-place finish in the 200 finals.
Alex Nichamin '12, from Brookville, Pa., carded the best round of Day Three at the 2009 Centennial Conference Golf Championships, firing a two-over par 74 to tie for third place overall at the three-day event held at the Bridges Golf Club. He earned All-Conference honors with his total score of 234 (83-77-74), becoming the first Garnet player to receive Centennial accolades in his first Championships.
Max Wilson '10 (left) and Kevin Friedenberg '10 were named to the 2009 All-Centennial Conference team for men's lacrosse, as voted by the conference coaches. Defenseman Wilson, a biology major from Great Falls, Va., received a second-team selection while Friedenberg, a goalie and history and English double major from Needham, Mass., was honorable mention.
Wilson started all 14 games on a Swarthmore defensive unit that led the Centennial Conference in goals-against average (7.05). In his first year as the starting goalie, Friedenberg (left) started in all 14 games and ranked second in the Conference in goals against average (7.12) and save percentage (.625).
Swarthmore men's tennis made a strong run at the 2009 Centennial Conference Men's Tennis Championships, topping Haverford in the semifinals, 6-3, before falling at 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins University, 5-0, in the championships. All-Conference duo Kevin Shaughnessy '09 (left), a psychology major from South Kingston, R.I., and Zak Kelm '12 from Shaker Heights, Ohio, won 9-7 at the top spot.