Posted by Katie Peverada
Not to be overshadowed by the success of their fall counterparts, the winter women's sports teams entered the winter break with solid efforts. The riding team continued its dominance, the basketball team's 3-4 record looked promising and the women's swimming and diving team finished in sixth place out of 10 teams at the Liberty League championships on Dec. 7 and 8. But how are they doing now?
The reigning national champions started off the fall semester with four first place finishes in four shows, with the final victory coming on Nov. 23 at the Van Lennep Riding Center. The Nov. 23 show proved to be a tough test, but Skidmore College was able to beat Morrisville State College with a narrow two-point victory. The Thoroughbreds will open the second part of their season with two home shows in a row on Feb. 15 and 22. The Zone 2 Region 3 Finals loom in the future on March 29.
The Thoroughbreds headed into winter break with a respectable 3-4 record, including a convincing 75-42 win over the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Skidmore College went on to capture the Salem Holiday Tournament, beating Salem State University and Albertus Magnus College on their way to the title. Angela Botiba '15, who was named the tournament MVP, currently leads the 6-11 Thoroughbreds in rebounds and blocks per game with 10.4 and 1.2, respectively. Jordyn Wartts '14, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, currently leads the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game. Despite a 1-7 conference record, Skidmore's players are not giving up and are still strong in every game. Botiba is among the top in the Liberty League, sitting at third in both rebounds and blocks per game. Molly McLaughlin '15 is fourth in the league with 4.4 assists per game. The team has eight games remaining, games in which they can play spoiler for other teams in the league..
Women's Swimming and Diving
With their sixth place finish at the Liberty League championships, the women's swimming and diving team set themselves up for a strong finish to the season. Although they lost their dual meet against RPI on Jan 25., they received strong individual performances that bode well for the remaining two meets. Erin Donovan '17 won the 200 Free and Backstroke in addition to a second-place finish in the 50 Free. Yookee Roh '17 continued the freshmen push with two wins of her own in the 100 Backstroke and the 200 IM. The team also grabbed a first place finish in the 200 Free Relay. The Skidmore College Women's Invitational awaits them at 1 p.m. this Saturday, and the New York State Championships take place Feb. 19 to 22