February 27, 2014
In their first NESCAC playoff appearance, the Continentals lost in the first round to formidable Amherst, which is ranked eighth best in the nation, 78-33. As the seventh seed in the playoffs, the Conts traveled to face the second-seeded Jeffs in the first round of the playoffs.
Despite contributions from many members of the team, Hamilton was unable to keep up with Amherst as the lead grew and grew.
In their final game as Continentals, senior Dani Feigin notched nine points and three steals, while Olivia Pimm ’14 led the team in rebounding with eight points accompanied by three steals. Their contributions will be sorely missed, as the team will have to replace a pair of starters.
Hamilton’s leading scorer this season, Samantha Graber ’16, was limited to six points by Amherst’s imposing defense.
Despite their quick exit in the playoffs, this season was a bright one. The Continentals can expect great things from Graber who was the second leading scorer in the NESCAC with 15.9 points.
Pimm ended the season averaging eight rebounds a game, making her fifth-best in the NESCAC.
Overall, the Continentals were 11-13 and 4-6 in the NESCAC. They improved their record in the league by defeating the teams they were expected to. In Feigin and Pimm, they lose two key contributors to graduation, but they expect a longer run in the playoffs next year.
Track and Field
In their final regular-season meet at Rochester Institute of Technology, Hamilton’s track and field teams demonstrated that they are primed to thrive in the postseason.
Concluding her season-long quest to become the best miler in Hamilton history, senior Sarah Ohanesian ran the mile in 5:09, setting a program record. She surpassed by two seconds the previous record set 15 years ago by Maggie Hanson ’02. Ohanesian will seek to extend her own record with peak performances in the postseason.
Joe Jensen ’15 maintained his season-long streak of victories in the 400-meters with a time of 49.40. He also brought home a victory in the 200-meters, finishing in 22.28. He currently holds the school record in both events. In addition, Jensen led the 800-meter relay team, which qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship meet in Boston, by completing the race in 1:32.75. This team composed of Max Newman ’16, Nate Somes ‘16, captain Jake London ’14 as well as Jensen, is less than a second off from setting the school record.
Elsewhere, David Freeman ’16 raced to third in the 3,000 meters and sophomore Adam Pfander finished in fourth in the 1,000 meters. Tina Choinski ’15 ran in 2:23.66, good for fourth place in the 800-meter run.
The Continentals’ postseason begins with the New York State Collegiate Track Conference meet hosted by St. Lawrence University on Feb. 28. Subsequently, those who have qualified will travel to the ECAC meet from March 7-8 in order to face the top athletes from colleges all over the eastern United States.