Maggie Rosenbaum earns a top NESCAC honor


HADLEY -- Maggie Rosenbaum of Hamilton College wrapped up her NESCAC swim career on Sunday in Williamstown, and on Tuesday was named the conference's four-year high point swimmer.

Rosenbaum, a former Monument Mountain star from Alford, and three Williams College swimmers earned the top NESCAC honors. Sarah Thompson was named the swimmer of the meet, McKenzie Murdoch was named diver of the meet and Megan Pierce is NESCAC's rookie of the year.

Rosenbaum, who was the swimmer of the meet in 2011 and 2012, capped off her NESCAC career by becoming a four-time champion in the 50- and 100-yard backstroke events. She had her three-year run as the 200 back champion ended.

Thompson was named swimmer of the meet after winning the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyle and she swam the anchor leg of the winning 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and the 400 medley relay.

Murdoch won the 3-meter diving and finished second in the 1-meter competition.

Pierce set a Samuelson-Muir pool record in the 400 indvidual medley and she also won the 200 butterfly.

Other Williams swimmers making All-NESCAC were Katie Bennett, Olivia Clark, Anna Epstein, Paige Haller, Michelle Higgins, Olivia Jackson, Lauren Jones, Alyssa Levine, Breanna Nguyen, Megan Pierce and Faye Sultan.

Williams' Kit Callahan Koch is the NESCAC diving coach of the year.

Basketball: Westfield 80, MCLA men 63

NORTH ADAMS -- In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Trailblazers took a two-point lead into the locker room at halftime against Westfield (13-10, 6-4 in MASCAC). Things fell apart for MCLA (8-14, 5-5) in the final 20 minutes.

Jeremic Bennett, who had 14 points off the bench to lead MCLA, hit a 3-point shot with 11:47 left, tying the game at 39. From there, the Owls went on a 14-0 run and never trailed again.

Grant Cooper had a game-high 19 points for Westfield, while Dan Tessier had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Westfield 67, MCLA women 56

NORTH ADAMS -- Forgashaw Nkamebo had 17 points and 17 rebounds as visiting Westfield State beat MCLA in the opening game of a MASCAC doubleheader.

The Owls (14-10, 7-4) used a late 7-0 run to break a 54-54 tie and go on to beat the Trailblazers (4-19, 0-11).

Kayla Hotaling, who hit the basket that tied the game at 54, led the Trailblazers with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Michaela Siver and Kaitlyn Chenevert each finished with 10 points.


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