This Week in Tufts Athletics: February 19 - 25





Women's Basketball 

When: Saturday vs. Bowdoin at Amherst at 3 p.m.
What you need to know: With a win over Connecticut College this past weekend, the Jumbos have moved on to the NESCAC semifinal round against second-seeded Bowdoin. Both semifinals and the final are being hosted by Amherst as they are the number one seed and the highest remaining seed in the tournament. Bowdoin currently sits at 24-1 and 9-1 in NESCAC play. They defeated Williams 77-35 in the quarterfinals last weekend. Abby Kelly averages a team-high 12.2 points per game for the Polar Bears and Kate Kerrigan checks in at 10.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Tufts played Bowdoin earlier this season and lost, 66-53. The Jumbos got into foul trouble early in the contest and were never able to work out of the hole that created. Erica DeCandido managed a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough. The winner of this Saturday’s game will move on to the final against the winner of Amherst and Wesleyan that will be played Sunday at noon at Amherst.



When: Saturday at Trinity at 1 p.m.
What you need to know: The men’s ice hockey team has qualified for the NESCAC tournament for the fourth year in a row and will face top-seeded Trinity on Saturday. The Jumbos claimed the eighth and final spot in the tournament after beating Bowdoin last Saturday. The Bantams finished the regular season at 17-5-2 and 14-3-1 in NESCAC play. Their leading scorers are Anthony Sabitsky and Liam Feeney at 21 and 20 points on the year respectively. The Jumbos faced Trinity twice this season, dropping both contests by a score of 5-1 and 4-1. If Tufts was to win this weekend, they would move on to the semifinal round where they would play the highest remaining seed in the tournament the following weekend.


Men's Track and Field 

When: Sunday at Boston University Last Chance Meet
What you need to know: The Jumbos will compete at a Last Chance Meet at Boston University this Sunday. They have competed at BU twice already this season, first at the John Thomas Terrier Classic and then at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Anthony Kardonsky tied a program record in the 200 meters at the Terrier Classic and at the Valentine Invitational and team of Christian Swenson, Drew DiMaiti, Hiroto Watanabe, and Colin Raposo broke the school record and ran the second-fastest time in the country in the distance medley relay. There was no team scoring at either event. This past weekend the Jumbos won the New England Division III Championships to claim back-to-back indoor regional titles.  The Jumbos won four events, earned three runner-up performances, had a pair of thirds and set three facility records.  The Jumbos will look to hit any last qualifying marks this Sunday and then again at home on March 3 before the NCAA meet on March 9-10.

Women's Track and Field 

When: Sunday at Boston University Last Chance Meet
What you need to know: The women’s track and field team will also be traveling to BU for the third time this season for the Last Chance Meet. At the Terrier Classic, Brittany Bowman ran a personal-best in the 3,000 meters and was the only Jumbo to compete on the day. Bowman than ran a school record and the second-fastest time in the nation in the mile at the Valentine Invitational. Rhemi Toth also set a team season and personal best mark in the 1,000 meters.  This past weekend Bowman and classmate Annalisa DeBari led the Jumbos at the Division III New England Championships.  DeBari ran a school-record in the 60-meter hurdles and Bowman notched a national top-five time int he 3,000 meters.  The Jumbos have this week’s meet at BU and then a Last Chance Meet at home on March 3 before the NCAA meet on March 9-10.  

Men's Swimming and Diving 

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at NESCAC Championships at Bowdoin
What you need to know: The Jumbos had some time off to rest and prepare for conference championships and will now be headed to Bowdoin for the three-day event. Last year, they finished in third place out of the 11 NESCAC teams in attendance. The squad has had a strong season so far with a third place finish at the MIT Invitational and dual-meet wins over Coast Guard, Middlebury, Wesleyan, Williams, WPI, and Wheaton. They will look to continue that success this weekend. 

Women's Swimming and Diving 

When: Sunday at Bowdoin at 1 pm
What you need to know: The women’s swimming and diving team will be traveling to Bowdoin this weekend after grabbing fourth place at the NESCAC Championship this past weekend. It should be a competitive meet after seeing both teams at the conference championship. Bowdoin was right behind Tufts in fifth place.  The Jumbos set four program records this past weekend at the conference meet.  The first two came on Friday when Jackie Crater, Anna Kimora, Sasha Fong and Colleen Doolan set a new mark in the 400 medley relay and then Fong set one of her own in the 50 breaststroke.  The third Jumbo record came in the 400 freestyle relay as Fong, Crater, Abby Claus and Doolan finished seventh.  Crater set the fourth program record in the 200 backstroke.  Anna Kimora finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a NCAA B qualifying time. 

Men's Squash 

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at CSA Nationals at Hartford
What you need to know: The men’s squash team will be competing at the College Squash Association Team Nationals this weekend. The Jumbos are currently ranked 28th in the nation and will likely play for the Conroy Cup, for which teams ranked 25th through 32nd compete. They played for the Conroy Cup last year as well and won their quarterfinal matchup against Hamilton, 5-4, but then fell to Hobart in the semifinal, 5-4.  Rankings and brackets have not been announced, but if the rankings stay the same as they are now the Jumbos would face off with No. 29 Connecticut College in the first round of play on Friday at 12 pm at Wesleyan. The Jumbos beat the Camels earlier this season, 7-2, but then were edged by them, 5-4, in the conference championship a couple of weeks ago. 

Women's Fencing

When: Saturday at the NEIFC Championships and Sunday at Fairleigh Dickinson at 8 am
What you need to know: The squad has two meets in two days this weekend and will begin at the NEIFC Championships on Saturday. Last season, the Jumbos placed fourth out of the 14 teams in attendance falling only behind Brandeis, MIT, and Boston College. They’ll look to have a successful weekend before turning their attention to the NCAA Regional in March.




Hiroto Watanabe, Junior, Men's Track and Field  

Tufts repeated as New England Division III Indoor Champions at Middlebury College over the weekend. Watanabe was one of four Jumbos who won events, as he captured the 800 meters title for the second straight year with a facility record 1:54.81 winning time. He also anchored the 4x800-meter relay team which scored second-place points for the Jumbos. Along with sophomore Roman Lovell, senior co-captain Tom DePalma, and sophomore Matt D'Anieri, Watanabe brought the foursome home in a 7:54.08 mark that is the team's season-best in the event.



Anna Kimura, Senior, Women's Swimming and Diving  

The Jumbos jumped to a fourth-place team finish at the NESCAC Championships this past weekend after placing eighth last season and Kimura was a top performer. She had the team's highest finish with a second-place in the 200 breaststroke for All-NESCAC honors. Her 2:19 44 time was an NCAA B cut. She also swam with the record-setting 400 medley relay, who were fifth at the meet with a school-record 3:52 time. Additionally, Kimura was sixth in the 200 IM (2:07.45) and ninth with the 200 medley relay (1:49.16), as well as 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.76). 




   Women’s basketball defeated Connecticut College at home in NESCAC quarterfinals to move on the the semifinal round for the fifth straight year. Senior Melissa Baptista led all scorer with 21 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists.  She also passed 1989 grad Teresa Allen for third-most points scored in her career all-time in program’s record books. 


  Men’s ice hockey defeated Bowdoin, 4-2, on Friday to earn a spot in the NESCAC playoffs. Brian Brown had a goal and an assist in the game and freshman Charley Borek scored the game winning goal with 4:56 left in the third period.  The Jumbos earned the eighth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will head to top seeded Trinity on Saturday for a NESCAC Quarterfinal game at 1 pm. 

  Men’s track and field won their second straight New England Division III Indoor title on Saturday with a team score of 110, beating the third ranked team in the nation, MIT.  Senior co-captain Drew DiMaiti and junior Hiroto Watanabe both repeated as New England Champions, DiMaiti in the 600 and Watanabe in the 800. 


  Annalisa DeBari ran a school-record time in the 60-meter hurdles at the Indoor New England’s as the women's track and field team took fourth place overall.  Senior Brittany Bowman also had a stellar day, running a personal best in the 3,000 meters and running a time that is in the top five nationally. 


  Women’s swimming and diving claimed fourth place at the NESCAC Championship, which was the team’s best finish since 2013, and set four program records in the process.

  Women’s squash came in third in the Walker Cup at the CSA Team Nationals. They beat St. Lawrence in the quarterfinal and then Wesleyan in the third place game, finishing the season with a national ranking of No. 19.