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New London Sports Roundup: Basketball Teams Finish Regular Season

Colleges compete in indoor track and swimming championships; Mitchell College teams clinch NECC Championships

High school

The basketball teams at New London High School closed out the regular season in the past week. The girls’ team defeated Westbrook 43-37 on Wednesday to even their season record at 10-10. They are ranked 26th of 42 teams in the Class M division, with the qualifying round for the CIAC tournament set to begin on Feb. 22. The boys’ team defeated Griswold 51-47 on Wednesday but fell to Norwich Free Academy 54-52 on Friday, ending the regular season at 13-7. This puts them at 18th out of 40 teams in the Class LL division, with the qualifying round for the CIAC tournament beginning on March 1.

The Whalers’ boys’ swimming and diving record fell to 0-11 for the season with Waterford taking Wednesday’s meet 100-60 and East Lyme defeating the Whalers 80-54 on Saturday. The team’s next competition will be the ECC Championships on March 2.

The indoor track team goes to the CIAC Open Championship at noon on Tuesday at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. The wrestling team will compete at State Open Championships at same venue 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday.

The squash team at the Williams School had a 5-2 loss to Choate Rosemary Hall on Wednesday, bringing their record to 7-6. The basketball teams were also unfortunate, with Chase Collegiate crushing the Blues boys 71-19 on Wednesday and bringing their record to 3-10. The girls’ team (5-11) lost to Falmouth 31-21 on Tuesday and to Wheeler 39-29 on Wednesday.

College

The regular basketball seasons also came to an end in the local colleges, with the men's and women's teams at Mitchell College earning spots in the NECC Championships with wins over Southern Vermont College on Tuesday; the men’s team (13-11) won with a 93-80 score while the women’s team (7-17) picked up a 61-58 win after the game went into overtime. Both teams also went on to defeat Wheelock on Saturday, with a 100-81 result in the men’s game and a 70-43 result in the women’s.

At Connecticut College, the women’s basketball team (10-13) earned a 61-58 overtime win against Colby in its final game of the season, marking the first time the team has bested Colby since 2006. The men’s team dropped their final game to Colby 76-65, closing with a 7-16 record. The women’s ice hockey team (13-10-1) lost to Williams 3-2 in overtime on Friday, but the Camels came back for a win against the same team 4-2 the next day. The men’s team (7-14-3) gave up five goals in the final period to fall to Hamilton 7-3 on Monday, then gave up 2-1 results to Colby on Friday and Bowdoin on Saturday. The women’s squash team (9-17) suffered three losses, falling 9-0 to Hamilton on Friday, 8-1 to Colby on Saturday, and 5-4 to Wellesley on Sunday. The Camels also took part in the Tufts University Invitational and the NESCAC Championship for swimming and diving.

The Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team finished with a 2-21 season after losing to Albertus Magnus 87-82 on Tuesday and to Babson 72-45 on Saturday. The women’s team (10-14) lost to the Merchant Marine Academy 62-53 on Monday, defeated Wellesley 64-56 on Wednesday, and fell to UPI 59-49 on Saturday. WPI swept the Bears’ wrestlers 42-0 on Wednesday; the team also lost to Trinity 34-9 and Rhode Island College 38-12 on Saturday but defeated Bridgewater State 26-24. At the Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, the men finished ninth of 22 teams while the women finished 20th of 24 teams. The Bears also placed third on the men's side of the NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Championships and fourth on the women's side.

Standout athletes

  • Kim Bolick and Sarah Matthews: set new Connecticut College records in the mile and 600 meters, respectively
  • Samantha Boyle: had 20 points for Mitchell in the win against Southern Vermont College, including the two free throws that tied the game and brought it to overtime
  • Christian Brindamour: Coast Guard swimmer who broke his own school records in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle during the NEWMAC Championships
  • Kaylee Cerruto: scored 17 points and had seven assists for Mitchell in the game against Wheelock
  • Courtney Dumont: became one of Connecticut College’s top women’s hockey scorers with two goals against Williams on Saturday
  • Chantel Ferguson: Coast Guard Academy swimmer who broke her own school records in the 200 IM, 200 butterfly, and 400 IM at the NEWMAC Championships
  • Joshua Ford: scored 33 points and had nine rebounds in the win against Southern Vermont College as well as 26 points and eight rebounds in the game against Wheelock
  • Tara Gabelman: had 14 points for Connecticut College in the win against Colby
  • Amanda Garcia: Mitchell College basketball player, named the NECC Rookie of the Week
  • Liam Greene and R.J. Woodstock: won the 400 free and 100 IM events in New London’s swim meet, according to The Bulletin
  • Jimmy Knudsen and Greg Marshall: named the Coast Guard Academy Athletes of the Week for their combined 50 points in a 64-58 win against Wheaton on Feb. 3
  • Mike LeDuc: Connecticut College athlete who won the 5k at the Tufts University Invitational with a time of 14:28.61, breaking his school indoor record by about 4.5 seconds; LeDuc also won the 3,000 meters at the Division III Championships
  • Deanna McCarvell and Tamia DeBarros: had 17 points and 13 points, respectively, in the Whalers’ win against Westbrook
  • Keith Porter: scored 30 points in New London’s victory over Griswold
  • Victoria Sutherland: had 25 points for the Coast Guard Academy in their win against Wellesley

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