Strong Wins for Smith

Photo Courtesy of Smith Athletics | (Left to Right) The Pioneers basketball, track and field and swimming and diving teams each competed this week.

Photo Courtesy of Smith Athletics | (Left to Right) The Pioneers basketball, track and field and swimming and diving teams each competed this week.

Raegan Stokes ’19
Assistant Sports Editor 

Track and Field

The track and field team competed at the Gordon Kelly Invitational on Feb. 13. Amina Kahn ’19 had a standout performance, setting a personal best in shot put (7.19). Raegan Thomas ’19 finished ninth out of 36 in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.25 seconds, and Celine Ganiere ’18 placed third overall in the 1000-meter dash with a time of 3:40.43. Meadeshia Mitchell ’16 got a new season best in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:44.94. Other great performances came from first years Amelia Stapleton ’19 and Molly Day ’19, who came in fourth (1:02.79) and fifth (1:03.6) place in the 400-meter dash.

Swimming and Diving

The swimming and diving team celebrated their Senior Day on Feb. 6 with a home meet against Mount Holyoke. Smith lost the meet 157-142 and dropped to a 4-4 season record. Cece Arrison ’16 broke an 11-year-old school record on the one-meter board with a score of 300.1 – the previous record was 292.20, set in 2005. She also took first place on the three-meter with a score of 296.45. The Smith team did well with two other first place triumphs from Claire Dudek ’16 in the 1000-meter freestyle and Desi Stoyanova ’19 in the 200-yard freestyle. Other strong finishes came from Hannah Francis ’16, who placed second in the 100-yard breast and 200-yard breast. The 400-yard relay team of Madeline Meadows-McDonnell ’18, Claire Dudek ’16 and Abby Onos ’17 also finished second. Even though the Pioneers suffered a close loss, the team came out with some impressive scores and times.

Basketball

The Smith basketball team earned a pivotal win against Emerson 56-49 on Feb. 13. The Pioneers now advance to 5-9 in the NEWMAC conference, while Emerson drops to 5-9. The game started out with a neck-and-neck first quarter, and ended with Emerson in the lead 12-10. The Pioneers fought back and ended the second quarter with a 28-23 lead thanks to two free throws made by Tia Karapoulios ’16. The tug-of-war continued throughout the third quarter, with the Pioneers and Lions fighting for an edge ahead. Kennedy Guest-Pritchett ’19 led the team in stats with 11 points and eight rebounds, followed by Karapoulios with 10 points and five rebounds. The game ended with a much-needed win for Smith. The Pioneers will continue their season in the NEWMAC tournament.

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