NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending December 3rd)

NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending December 3rd)

NEWMAC Men's Basketball Offensive Athlete of the Week

Jake Ross, Springfield (So, Northampton, Mass.)

Ross continued to shine as he led Springfield to a pair of victories to push Springfield's record to 4-0 on the season and remain the only team in the conference without a setback. The sophomore averaged 31.5 points and 14 rebounds per game to go along with 3.5 steals and 2.0 assists while shooting 58% from the floor in 34 minutes of action. Ross opened the week with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals in a 71-59 win over Becker before erupting for a career-high 37 points, shooting 14-for-20 from the floor, to go along with 16 boards as the Pride bested local-foe Westfield State. Ross has had a double-double in all four games this season and is averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per outing.

NEWMAC Men's Basketball Defensive Athlete of the Week

Justin Kane, Coast Guard (So, Arnold, Md.)

Justin averaged a double-double with 16.5 points and 10 rebounds per game as Coast Guard won both games including an 84-69 win over rival Conn. College to snap a 10-game losing streak against the Camels. Justin had 15 defensive rebounds, three blocks and four steals in the two wins. 

NEWMAC Women's Basketball Offensive Athlete of the Week

Payton Ouimette, Babson (Jr, Medfield, Mass.)

Ouimette opened conference play with back-to-back double-doubles and averaged 15.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor in a 2-0 week for Babson. The junior forward scored 16 points and matched her career high with 16 rebounds in Wednesday's 77-56 win over Wheaton, and followed it up with 14 points and 12 boards in just 21 minutes on Saturday as the Beavers routed Clark 98-60. 

NEWMAC Women's Basketball Co-Defensive Athlete of the Week

Payton Ouimette, Babson (Jr, Medfield, Mass.)

Ouimette opened conference play with back-to-back double-doubles and averaged 15.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor in a 2-0 week for Babson. The junior forward scored 16 points and matched her career high with 16 rebounds in Wednesday's 77-56 win over Wheaton, and followed it up with 14 points and 12 boards in just 21 minutes on Saturday as the Beavers routed Clark 98-60. 

NEWMAC Women's Basketball Co-Defensive Athlete of the Week

Gracie Restituyo, Springfield (Jr, Barrington, R.I.)

Gracie Restituyo, a junior forward for Springfield College, helped lead the Pride to a pair of wins to begin its NEWMAC slate, as she averaged 7.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in victories over Coast Guard and Wellesley. In a 64-53 win over Coast Guard, Restituyo collected 13 rebounds to go along with six points and three steals, before matching her career high with 15 rebounds to go along with eight points and four assists in a 51-29 win over Wellesley.

NEWMAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Brandon McKenzie, MIT (Brigantine, N.J.)

MIT junior Brandon McKenzie achieved eight NCAA "B" cut times and five marks that rank inside the top-eight in the country as he guided the Engineers to a first place finish at the Winter Invitational. His NCAA "B" cut time of 1:29.46 with the 200-medley relay team ranks fourth in the country, he finished first with the 400-medley relay team in an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:17.58, which ranks fifth in the country. Individually, his times of 55.61 in the 100-breast and 2:01.89 in the 200-breast ran seventh in the nation, while his time of 3:58.24 ranks eighth. During the finals sessions, McKenzie touched the wall first in the 400 medley relay and second in the 400 IM, 200 breast and 200 IM.

NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Week

Connor Pennington, Springfield (Monson, Mass.)

Connor Pennington continued to shine this past weekend at the Ithaca College Invitational, as he registered a pair of NCAA Regional Qualifying scores, he notched a fifth-place finish in a field of 25 on the three-meter board with a score of 449.30, before taking third out of 23 competitors on the one-meter board with a score of 460.85.

NEWMAC Men's Relay of the Week

Kogut, Sison, Edskes, Morejon, MIT (800 Free Relay)

The men's 800 free relay team of Dougie Kogut, Emilio Sison, Bouke Edskes and David Morejon kicked off the MIT Winter Invitational in style as they smashed the school, pool and NEWMAC records in the very first event of the meet. The quartet swam a time of 6:38.79 for first place and an NCAA "B" cut as the time they recorded was 0.45-seconds faster than the old record set last year at nationals and was the second fastest time in the nation only behind Denison's mark of 6:36.48.

NEWMAC Women's Co-Swimmer of the Week

Jessica Chen, MIT (Rockville, Md.)

In the six events in which she competed in this weekend at the MIT Winter Invite, senior Jessica Chen earned six first place finishes, six NCAA "B" cuts, and broke two program records. On Saturday, Chen broke the school record in the 100-breast swimming a time of 1:03.17 - the sixth fastest time in the country and then on Sunday, she broke the school record in the 200 breast swimming a time of 2:18.17 - also the sixth fastest in Division III. Chen also guided the four relays that she was on to swims with times that rank in the top-8 in the country. 

NEWMAC Women's Co-Swimmer of the Week

Lydia DaCorte, Wheaton (Mount Desert Island, Maine)

First-year Lydia DaCorte finished the weekend with three school records, setting them in the 1000, 1650 and the 500 free. DaCorte set the 1000 (10:40.90) and 1650 (17:45.15) records on Saturday, before taking down the 500 free record on Sunday with a time of 5:05.41. DaCorte also competed in the 100 fly where she finished in 59.72.

 

NEWMAC Women's Diver of the Week

Blake Zhou, MIT (Palo Alto, Calif.)

MIT sophomore Blake Zhou swept both boards, broke a pool record and set a personal best score en route to helping the Engineers to a second place finish at the Winter Invite this weekend. On Friday on the 1-meter board, Zhou finished first with a pool record and personal best mark of 310.05 points and followed it up on Saturday with a first place finish on the 3-meter board with a season-best mark of 318.15 points. Both of those scores were well above the NCAA Diving Regional qualifying marks as Zhou has secured a spot at that meet later in the season.

 
 

NEWMAC Women's Relay of the Week

Holman, Chen, Mahaffey, Staszel, MIT (400 Medley Relay)

The MIT women's 400-medley relay team comprised of Kayla Holman, Jessica Chen, Hannah Mahaffey and Lilia Staszel registered a first place finish, an NCAA "B" cut time and the fourth fastest time in Division III at this weekend's Winter Invitational with a mark of 3:48.47. The time was also nearly five seconds faster than the second place team from NYU as the Engineers as a team took second place in the standings with a total of 1195.5 points.