In other Colby sports news, several individual athletes have qualified to participate in various national championship competitions.
From the men’s and women’s squash lineups, Harry Smith ’12 and Molly Parsons ’13 earned their spots in the National Individual Squash Championships and traveled to Hanover, N.H. on March 4. Smith finished with a 1-1 tournament record as he defeated Middlebury College’s Jay Dolan (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6) before taking a tough loss to Zeke Scherl of Harvard University (11-6, 5-11, 13-15, 11-7, 11-6).
Parsons fell to Abby Jenkins of Middlebury in straight sets (11-7, 11-1, 11-5) before taking a hard loss to Virginia Shannon of Middlebury (11-7, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7).
Smith’s performance earned him a spot in the consolation bracket in Cambridge, Mass. on March 6. Winning his first match over William Morris of Williams College (14-12, 11-5, 5-11, 4-11, 11-5), Smith was unable to hold on to his momentum, and he fell in his last match to Clay Blackiston of Princeton (9-11, 11-5, 11-4, 14-12).
The alpine and nordic ski teams will compete in the national championships at the Trapp Family Lodge and the Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. Wyatt Fereday ’11 and Jake Barton ’13 of the nordic ski team and Brian Morgan ’12, Marc Massie’ 13 and Jim Ryan ’14 of the alpine team will put their training to the test in this final competition of the season.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will broadcast the races on the skiing page of NCAA.com from March 9-12. The nordic races will occur on March 9 and 11 and the alpine contests will take place on March 10 and 12.