Smith Athletics 2016 FALL SEASON RECAP

The 2016 Smith Athletics fall season officially came to a close in a November. Here is a look at how each program fared following another successful fall season from the Pioneers!

Smith crew opened the 2016-17 season with three races this fall.

The varsity eight started out the season with a fourth place finish at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta on October 15th. The Pioneers recorded a time of 14:57.233 as the top-four boats were separated by only 13 seconds. Crew then went on to post a 19th place finish at 52nd Head Of The Charles Regatta. Smith's varsity eight finished the famed Charles River course in 20:01.023. The fall ended with the Pioneers hosting the 31st Seven Sisters Regatta on the Connecticut River. The Pioneers placed second, just two points behind Wellesley. Cali Nathanson, Olivia Shaw, and Jessica Keast were named to the All-Regatta Team. Crew will return to action this spring when they race Simmons, Bates and MIT in Cambridge on April 1st.

Cross Country capped another great season with their 21st place finish at the NCAA Regional on November 12th. The future is bright for the Pioneers as first year Haley Markos won the Smith Invitational in her first collegiate race on September 10th.

Senior Katie Stephens captured the individual title at the 2016 Seven Sisters Cross Country championship, finishing with a time of 22:31.2 at the 6k Nehoiden Golf Course. Stephens is the first individual winner for the Pioneers since Nora Youngs won the event in 2008. She finished 14 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Wellesley.

Led by an 18th-place finish from sophomore Casey Hecox, the Smith College cross country team came in 4th at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on October 29th hosted by the Pioneers.

Smith College Equestrian

The equestrian team opened the 2016-17 schedule with six shows this fall.

At the first show of the season, Deirdre Sullivan brought home one of the coveted Championship awards as the High Point Novice Rider of the Day. She won her section of Novice Equitation on the Flat and was fifth in her debut in Novice Over Fences.

The Pioneers held their home show on October 15th, finishing as Reserve Champion High Point College for the day. Katie Knowles received the coveted championship ribbon for Overall High Point Rider of the Day, which is awarded to the rider with the highest combined point total in both jumping and flat classes across all divisions. In addition, Knowles received the Novice High Point Rider of the Day, finishing first in Novice Equitation on the Flat and second in Novice Equitation Over Fences.

Smith was awarded the coveted Champion High Point College title November 12th at the Amherst College Horse Show. Alessia Woods won the Intermediate High Point Rider of the Day award in Intermediate Equitation Over Fences class.

Field Hockey finished the season with a 10-9 (6-2 NEWMAC) record, making the program’s second consecutive trip to the NEWMAC semifinals.

Juniors Cameo Tietje and Sophie Chase and first-year Sammie Pavlov were named to the All-Tournament Team for Smith at the Betty Richey Tournament.

The Pioneers' 4-1 win over Connecticut College on September 13th was Smith's first victory against a NESCAC school since 1998 when they last beat the Camels.

Smith delivered their statement win of the season on October 1st when the Pioneers upset No. 16 Wellesley, 1-0, as Emily Biggs scored the only goal of the game. It was the the team's first victory over the Blue since the 2006 season and marked the first time in program history Smith had beaten a top-20 ranked team.

Smith claimed the No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament, earning a bye to the semifinals where they would meet MIT. The team's season came to an end with a 3-0 setback to the Engineers.

Field Hockey earned three NEWMAC All-Conference selections, as senior forward Elsie Odhiambo (First Team), junior goalkeeper Cameo Tietje (Second Team) and sophomore back Beatrice Chaudoin (First Team) were selected to the squad. In addition, Odhiambo and Chaudoin were named to the NFHCA All-Region First Team.

2016 Smith College Soccer

Soccer opened the fall without a loss for seven-straight games before finishing the year with an 8-6-5 overall record and a 2-5-3 record in NEWMAC games.

Senior forward Emily Smith (pictured right) finished tied as the league leader in goals (10) and points (24) while junior forward Jordan Isaacs (pictured left) was third in the NEWMAC with eight goals.

Despite a tie against Wellesley and overtime win against Mount Holyoke late in the season, the squad missed out on the NEWMAC postseason for the first time since 2013.
2016 Smith College Tennis

The Pioneers opened the 2016-17 season with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Nichols on September 1st.

Four members of the Smith College tennis team competed at the 2016 ITA New England Regional Tennis Championships, hosted at MIT on September 24th. The Pioneers played with courage and conviction and demonstrated to everyone that they can compete at this highest competitive level of Division III.

The Pioneers earned conference wins against Clark and Emerson late in the season but it was not enough to qualify for the NEWMAC Tournament.

Members of the tennis team competed at the New England Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) on October 14th-16th. Senior Margaret Anne Smith received the Lynn Miller Warrior award, while head coach Chris Davis had the Sportsmanship Award named in her honor.

Tennis continues the 2016-17 season on March 18th, 2017 with a home match against Simmons.

2016 Smith College Volleyball

The Pioneers added seven first year players to the roster in 2016, finishing 4-23 overall and 1-9 in NEWMAC play.

Smith opened the season at the Brandeis Invitational where sophomore setter Maca Rojas was named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Pioneers had great success at their home tournament, earning wins over Bryn Mawr and Albertus Magnus at the Smith College Invitational.

Junior Xela Miller was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Volleyball Hall of Fame Tournament.

Smith ended the season on a high note as the Pioneers bested conference rival Mount Holyoke late in the season.

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