Winter Sports in review
Issue Sports Back Next


Winter Sports in review

Men's Basketball

By winning their last conference game, a 67-52 victory, the Yeomen secured a spot in the conference championship tournament for the first time in five years.

Interim head coach Miguel Curl led the Yeomen to a 3-21 (2-15) record. Sophomore John Norris powered Oberlin with 15.7 ppg and 6.0 rebounds per game(rpg). Junior Josh Ellison also helped to lead the team with 6.4 rebounds per game.

Four-year starter, senior Anthony Calloway, scored his 1000th point for the Yeomen before leaving the team later in the season.


The men's team finished seventh in the conference championships, with many notable performances from the Yeomen. The second team All-NCAC 800-meter relay team of sophomores Dan Feldman, Dave Ellis, Steve Jackson and Sean Wesalowski helped boost the track team onto their final performances. Junior Harsha Thirumurthy broke the school record in the 1500-meter to place second.

Sophomore Amie Ely, senior Shannon Fox and junior Trista Thornberry earned All-NCAC honors to power the Yeowomen to a seventh place finish at the conference championships. Thornberry who broke records for three consecutive weeks in the 1500-meter, the 1000-meter and 800-meter, broke her record for the 1500-meter to take second in conference. Ely took third in the long jump. Fox won the 5000-meter and placed third in the 300-meter.

Men's Swimming

Without any divers, the men's swimming team still managed to place fourth at the NCAC conference championships.

Twelve swimmers propelled the Yeomen, the smallest squad in the NCAC. Half of the dozen were third team all-NCAC honorees including sophomores Matt Soellner and Jeremy Steinhauer, juniors Eric Grasha, Robert Pinson and Clayton Woodson and first-year Paul Pitcher.

Soellner made the B-cut for nationals in the 200-yard butterfly but his time was not quite enough to qualify for the meet. Soellner finished 6th in the conference in the 400-yard IM and 200-yard butterfly. Grasha placed 10th in the 100-yard butterfly and backstroke and seventh in the 200-yard backstroke.

Woodson finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly. Pitcher placed in the top six in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly.

Women's Basketball

A team of one returning player, senior Toah Nkromah, one transfer, sophomore Nicole James and six first-years led the Yeowomen to their first conference tournament playoff in six years.

The team acquired the final spot in the conference tournament by virtue of a coin toss after losing to Earlham in a game where victory would have assured the Yeowomen of an eighth place finish in conference.

Stars for the the 4-21 (1-16 in the NCAC) Yeowomen include first-year Monica Bush and first-year Ikeya Hillman, both of whom recieved NCAC honorable mentions. Bush led the conference in rebounding and field-goal percentage and was fifth in scoring (10.9 rpg, .569 FG, 13.5 ppg). Hillman was third in scoring with 16.0 ppg and led the team with 61 assists.

Women's Swimming

The Yeowomen lost their only All-NCAC swimmer, Jenny Kusner, OC '96 and didn't get any All-NCAC swimmers to replace her, which is why the women's swim team finished last at conference championships.

Sophomore standout Clara Stemwedel managed to set three new records in the 500-yard, the 1000-yard and the mile. Her mile time of 18:07 gave her eighth place at the NCAC championships.

First-year Julie Fritz placed 12th in the 400-yard IM and 13th in the 200-yard butterfly. Fellow first-year Andrea Lindborg place 11th in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:20.3.

Senior Kerri Sutton broke a minute in the 100-yard freestyle.


Copyright © 1997, The Oberlin Review.
Volume 125, Number 25, May 23, 1997

Contact Review webmaster with suggestions or comments at
Contact Review editorial staff at