This Month in SMCM Sports History

By: Ellie Pratt

10/20/1954: It was reported in Signal News that the Volleyball “Triple Round Robin Tournament” began with each class choosing a captain and team name for the season. Seniors chose “Sexy Senior Siren;” juniors were the “Volley Bells and their Beaux;” sophomores picked “Happy Wanderers”; and freshmen were the “Jumping Beans.” The sophomores defeated the freshman in the first game 40-21, while the seniors were defeated by the juniors 26-5.

10/18/1966: The Point News reported that an important Tennis Tournament was held in New York where St. Mary’s sent Kathy Heron to play in the contest sponsored by the United States Lawn Tennis Association. This contest had young collegiate women competing from all around the North East. Heron managed to defeat her opponent from Queens College in her first round and was victorious again in her second over a sophomore from Manhattanville Junior College, but unfortunately Heron was defeated in her third round by a sophomore from Vassar.

10/8/1971: Two canoe and kayak events the previous weekend occurred according to The Point News. The first event was simply a clinic for techniques in canoeing and kayaking at Washington Canoe Club where the four team members from SMCM went and “all did well.” The second event was a 16 mile downriver race in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. The first C-2 Women’s canoe and the third C-2 men’s canoe to cross the finish line were from SMCM and to round off the day, all of the St. Mary’s canoe entries placed in the top half.

10/28/1975: On Thursday Oct. 17, 1975 The Empath reported that women’s flag football players from Caroline were reported as champions against “Prop’s Hellers” (PG 2nd left) with a score of 8-6. Women’s varsity volleyball played against the Bowie State College, but lost the overall match 2-3. Donnie Hammet and Jim Smith competed at the Bellefonte White Water River Slalom where they placed 27th and 29th out of 41. According to the article, Olympian David Kurtz also competed in the slalom.

10/13/1987: The Point News reported that the women’s tennis defeated Wesley in a five games to one upset, while the women’s soccer team lost to Franklin and Marshall 5-3. Men’s rugby was also defeated 8-9 by Mary Washington. Additionally, it was reported that an alumni game of women’s volleyball was held on Saturday where the alumni came out on top with a three games to one victory over the varsity team. However, it was noted that the varsity team was down two players and this may have factored into their loss.

10/26/1999: Sailing World Magazine ranked the St. Mary’s women’s and co-ed sailing teams the number one college sailing teams in the country. According to The Point News, before 1999 the women’s team was ranked number six or seven, but through hard work and dedication they were able to rightly claim the number one spot. The women’s team also later competed at the Harry Anderson Regatta hosted at Yale, where SMC swept the regatta winning both the A-division and the B-division.

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