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Winter Sports in Full Swing

Posted: 01/22/2008

Skidmoreís winter intercollegiate athletes are immersed in competition, having taken a shortened break between semesters in order to maintain competitiveness. At this point in the season, the menís and womenís basketball team and the men's hockey team are working toward their respective conference tournaments. While the men's and women's swimming and diving teams work toward February championship meets.

Under the guidance of first-year menís basketball Coach Luke Flockerzi, the Thoroughbreds opened league play with a win over Union. The team is 1-2 in the Liberty League and hopes to make the conference tournament for the first time since the 2005 season. Coach Darren Bennettís womenís team is 2-1 in Liberty play after road wins over Union and Clarkson. With 13.9 steals per game, the women's defense is ranked 23rd out of 425 teams nationally.

The hockey team is looking to make another run at the ECAC East playoffs after finishing fourth in 2007. The Thoroughbreds have played four overtime games this season, including a 2-1 league win at Tufts. Saratoga Springs is a hockey-savvy town, and fans from throughout the community have been supportive of the Thoroughbreds, with sizeable crowds in attendance at the home games.

In the pool, the women are enjoying one of their best seasons in recent years with a 6-1 record. Both teams are getting ready for their respective state meets. The women will compete in the NYSWCAA Championships Feb. 20-23 in Syracuse, while the menís state meet is also in Syracuse, Feb. 27 Ė March 1.

Liberty League basketball tournaments begin Feb. 29 on the campus of the regular-season champion. The ECAC East hockey quarterfinals are hosted by the top four teams on March 1.

Photos by Bob Ewell

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