November/December Scoreboard

By Annilee Hampton

Vol. 82 Issue 6 December 14th 2021

Nov. 12 – Women’s swimming vs. Mary Washington; Loss 48-210

Nov. 12 – Men’s swimming vs. Mary Washington; Loss 56-189

Nov. 12 – Women’s basketball vs. Catholic; Loss 30-64

Nov. 13 – Women’s cross country at Mid-Atlantic Regionals; 23rd out of 31

Nov. 13 – Men’s cross country at Mid-Atlantic Regionals; 21st out of 31

Nov. 13 – Women’s basketball vs. Methodist; Win 67-54

Nov. 13 – Women’s swimming vs. Cedar Crest; Win 154-69

Nov. 13 – Women’s swimming vs. Gallaudet; Win 161-62

Nov. 13 – Men’s swimming vs. Gallaudet; Loss 109-122

Nov. 13 – Men’s basketball vs. Hood College; Postponed 

Nov. 14 – Men’s basketball vs. Catholic; Loss 76-79

Nov. 17 – Women’s basketball vs. Washington College; Loss 43-75

Nov. 20 – Women’s swimming vs. Washington College; Loss 93-159

Nov. 20 – Men’s swimming vs. Washington College; Loss 82-154

Nov. 20 – Men’s basketball vs. Johns Hopkins; Loss 53-75

Nov. 23 – Women’s basketball vs. Catholic; Loss 48-73

Nov. 23 – Men’s basketball vs. Hampden-Sydney; Loss 60-99

Nov. 28 – Men’s basketball vs. Delaware Valley; Loss 58-82

Dec. 3 – Women’s basketball vs. Penn State Berks; Win 69-26

Dec. 3 – Men’s basketball vs. Penn State Berks; Win 73-54

Dec. 4 – Women’s basketball vs. Penn College; Win 55-50

Dec. 4 – Men’s basketball vs. Penn College; Win 68-39

Basketball Season is Here!

By Catherine Wasilko

Vol. 82 Issue 6 December 14 2021

The SMCM basketball season is starting up again. The men’s basketball team recently had a home game on Nov. 20 against John Hopkins, and an away game on Nov. 23 at Hampden-Sydney. The women’s basketball team also had an away game that same day at Catholic. When asked for his thoughts on the season starting, senior Seth Jones said, “I’m just excited to be back with the team since I stayed home last year and learned remotely,” Jones explains. “I still reflect back on our first official practice we had this season and I remember how ecstatic I was for the season to start.”

The men’s basketball team began their season on Tuesday Nov. 9 at Morgan State losing 55 to 118. Their home game on Nov. 13 was against both Catholic and Gallaudet. They were to play Hood that same day, but the game was postponed. On Nov. 14, they had another home game against Catholic. They pushed the needle far enough to take the lead, winning their first game 79 to 76. The most recent game was home against John Hopkins, losing 53 to 75. The men’s basketball season will continue after finals week, ending their season on Dec. 20. Jones explained his past experiences with the team, stating, “In the past we’ve always had very talented teams composed of high character athletes that came to practice everyday with a mentality to work hard and get better.”

The women’s basketball team began their season on Nov. 6 at Hood, losing 37 to 73. They had a home game on Nov. 12 against Catholic, losing again 30 to 64. Another home game was played on Nov. 13, with the team’s first win 67 to 54. On Nov. 17, they had an away game at Washington College, losing 75 to 43. The women’s basketball season will continue through the break before the spring semester, with their final game on Jan. 11 at St. Mary’s. When asked what she was looking forward to most this season, senior Cassidy Kupchinskas answered, “I’m looking forward to playing in this new conference and seeing new teams we’ve never played before.” She adds, “I’m also looking forward to playing in front of fans because it seems like we haven’t played in front of a crowd in such a long time.” Kupchinskas explained how the team played in an empty gym as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Both Jones and Kupchinskas came from humble beginnings to their basketball careers. When asked about their start in basketball, Kupchinskas answered, “When I was younger I lived in a neighborhood with a lot of kids my age and we all really enjoyed playing sports.” She added, “We would play in each other’s backyards and driveways but our favorite sport to play was basketball because we had a few different basketball hoops we could play on.” Jones answered the same question, saying, “I started playing basketball when I was five years old at the John Eager Howard Recreation Center located in West Baltimore.” He added, “Both of my older brothers were playing at the Rec Center before me and that’s how I ended up playing there as well.”

When asked about what they most look forward to this season, Kupchinskas summarized her response, saying, “Overall, I’m very excited for this upcoming season because of the new conference, finally playing in front of fans again, and being able to compete with my teammates for a conference championship.” Jones answered, “I’m looking forward to competing with my teammates.” He explained, “We have a young team this season and I’m excited to see how our team grows as the season progresses.” Jones is also a featured Seahawk on the school’s athletic website.

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.

Student Athlete Spotlight: Logan Musumeci

By: Annilee Hampton

First year Logan Musumeci is already making his mark at SMCM. Musumeci was named United East Conference Men’s Runner of the Week not only for the week of Sept. 7, but also for the week of Sept. 28.

Musumeci received the honor for leading the Seahawks to a second place finish at the Towson University Invitational on Sept. 4, where the SMCM men’s cross country team competed alongside Coppin State University and Morgan State University. Musumeci placed third out of 24runners on the 5K course in his first collegiate race. In addition, Musumeci placed 16th out of 141 runners on the 8K course at the Dickinson College Long-Short Invitational at Big Spring High School on Sept. 25, where the Seahawks placed seventh out of 21 teams. The third meet that SMCM men’s cross country has participated in this season was the Shannon Henretty Invitational at Stevenson University on Sept. 11. SMCM placed first of three teams, with Musumeci taking second place out of 30 runners.

Musumeci’s hometown is Lusby, MD, and he is a graduate of Patuxent High School. He started out his athletic career in his freshman year of high school playing two very different sports. “I played football and basketball originally,” Musumeci shared. “Then I decided to do track to stay in shape and get conditioned, but I ended up becoming a distance runner and just enjoyed the sport a whole lot more than the other two. So I decided to start cross country the next year, my sophomore year, and since then I’ve just ran year-round.”

One of Musumeci’s favorite things about cross country is its laid back nature. He also enjoys that it has a greater variety than track. “It’s nice to run on different courses and different terrains rather than just running in circles,” he stated.

Outside of cross country, Musumeci is studying biology. His hobbies include drawing and listening to music. He retains his fondness for basketball, stating “I kind of want to give basketball another try because that was just really fun and it’s still fun to play today, even if it’s just in the driveway with my brother or something.”

In the future, Musumeci hopes to become a teacher. “Maybe I’ll come back here and be a professor,” he said. “And a coach, too.” Musumeci stated that he “instantly knew” that St. Mary’s was the place for him when he first visited. “It just seemed like a really good place to go. And it has been.”

In addition to Musumeci’s two wins, first year Michael Wade, who took first place in the Shannon Henretty Invitational, won the weekly honor for the week of Sept. 14, with SMCM athletes having won three times in the last month. Sophomore Madeleine Blaisdell was also named United East Conference Women’s Runner of the Week for the weeks of Sept. 7 and Sept. 28.

SMCM Alum Competes In Tokyo Olympics

By: Annilee Hampton

St. Mary’s College of Maryland alum Farrah Hall ‘03 competed in the RS:X event at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo over the summer.

Hall graduated from Broadneck High School in Annapolis, MD in 1999. From there, she went on to study biology at SMCM, from which she graduated in 2003. Hall taught herself how to windsurf at the age of sixteen. “I had a high school boyfriend who brought over an old set of windsurfing equipment, and we just messed around with the windsurfing equipment the whole afternoon and I was hooked,” she said in an interview with WTOP prior to the Tokyo Olympics. She began windsurfing competitively after her junior year at St. Mary’s. Prior to competing in windsurfing, she was an active participant in other sports including running, swimming and triathlon. Hall originally established the windsurfing club at St. Mary’s, which still exists as a club sport to this day.

Hall has stated the influence that the SMCM windsurfing club has had on her career, specifically as an Olympian. “Eventually, [the club] attracted the interest of an Olympian windsurfer whose name was Mike Gebhardt,” she explained in an interview with Pressbox. “He’s a double medalist and he’s competed in [five] Games. He was doing a clinic in Annapolis, so he decided to come down with a friend and see what the club was all about. That was kind of my first exposure to windsurfing as an Olympic sport. It was something … I hadn’t thought about at the time.”

Hall first competed in the Olympics in London in 2012, where she placed 20th overall. “In 2012, I worked really hard to create a really good level of professionalism and bringing resources to me … but psychologically, I wasn’t 100% where I needed to be. I still had some maturing to do as an athlete and a person,” Hall told WTOP regarding the London Olympics. She did not qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but became Team USA’s only women’s RS:X athlete after competing in the RS:X World Championships. Hall’s other competition appearances include the 2019 Pan American Games, where she placed fourth, and the Semaine Olympique Francaise in 2015, which she won. “It’s really cool,” an SMCM student who wishes to remain anonymous stated regarding Hall’s success. “I love that someone who got their start at St. Mary’s has become so successful.”

What is remarkable about the RS:X discipline at the 2020 Olympics Games is that it is the final games in which the event will be held. Starting with the 2024 Olympics in Paris, it will be replaced by a different windsurfing class, the iQFoil. Hall placed 15th in the discipline, the final RS:X event to be held at the Olympics. “I surpassed my expectations for the event, sailed powerfully and fast, and finished in front of a group of competitors that normally give me a hard time!” she said in a blog post following the event. “It was an incredible reward to finish the last RS:X event in a state of happiness and flow, and it’s an experience I will remember for all my life.”

September Scoreboard

September 1st – 15th

By Annilee Hampton

Sept. 1 – Women’s volleyball vs. Hood;: Win 3-2

Sept. 2 – Men’s soccer vs. Stevenson;: Win 1-0

Sept. 4 – Women’s cross country at Towson Invitational;: 3rd of 6

Sept. 4 – Men’s cross country at Towson Invitational;: 2nd of 3

Sept. 4 – Field hockey vs. Stevenson;: Win 3-2

Sept. 4 – Women’s volleyball vs. Widener;: Loss 2-3

Sept. 4 – Women’s soccer vs. Marymount (VA);: Win, 1-0

Sept. 4 – Men’s soccer vs. Eastern Mennonite;: Win 5-1

Sept. 4 – Women’s volleyball vs. Goucher;: Win 3-0

Sept. 5 – Women’s soccer vs. Shenandoah;: Loss 0-1

Sept. 5 – Field hockey vs. York (PA);: Loss 1-2

Sept. 5 – Men’s soccer vs. Roanoke;: Win 1-0

Sept. 8 – Field hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan;: Win 5-0

Sept. 8 – Women’s soccer vs. Eastern Mennonite;: Win 2-0

Sept. 8 – Women’s volleyball vs. Elizabethtown;: Loss 0-3

Sept. 11 – Women’s cross country at Shannon Henretty Invitational;: 1st of 3

Sept. 11 – Men’s cross country at Shannon Henretty Invitational;: 1st of 3

Sept. 11 – Field hockey vs. Shenandoah;: Loss 0-4

Sept. 11 – Women’s volleyball vs. McDaniel;: Loss 2-3

Sept. 11 – Women’s soccer vs. Washington and Lee;: Loss 0-2

Sept. 11 – Men’s soccer vs. Dickinson;: Win 2-1

Sept. 12 – Women’s soccer vs. Methodist;: Win 2-1

Sept. 12 – Men’s soccer vs. Swarthmore;: Win 1-0

Sept. 15 – Women’s volleyball vs. Virginia Wesleyan;: Loss 0-3

Sept. 15 – Men’s soccer vs. York (PA);: Win 3-0

Sept. 15 – Field hockey vs. Randolph-Macon;: Loss 0-2

Sept. 15 – Women’s soccer vs. Stevenson; Draw 1-1

September: This Month in SMCM Sports History

Maggie Warnick

9/28/1962– The St. Mary’s junior college Athletic Association began its 35th year as a club, according to The Point News. The club kicked off the academic year with its annual campus picnic on September 15, explaining the intramural sport schedule, tournaments–including a student-faculty volleyball tournament–and benefits to students. 

9/14/1969–The St. Mary’s College Cross Country team pleads for new members. A letter from the captain of the team printed in The Point News states: “No matter how slow or how unfit you think you are, we need you! We need your support!” The letter goes on to reference their poor season the previous year, in which they lost every one of their meets, and participation and school spirit for the team were “not commendable.” Despite this plea and promising new recruits, the team did not seem to make much progress in achieving higher standing that year, as in a later meet against University of Maryland, Baltimore County, UMBC had eight out of 10 of the fastest times, soundly defeating St. Mary’s. 

9/28/1982–Sidney Welles, a freshman at St. Mary’s College, was hired as the head athletic trainer, as reported by The Empath, SMCM’s newspaper at the time. Graduating from high school in 1971, Welles began active military duty in the Navy in 1973, and gained expertise in sports medicine. In the unique position as both a student and head athletic trainer, Welles stated that she had “a part time position with a full-time work load.”

9/25/1989–The crew club’s first fall season was discussed in an article entitled “A Taste of Oxford at St. Mary’s” in The Point News. Jennifer Garvey, a junior at the time the article was written, began the club the previous spring, and had gotten the sport off the ground at Woodrow Wilson High School in D.C.  Most members of the club had no rowing experience before joining, but the club showed promise, with 30 new members joining and an erg machine donated to the club that fall. Garvey predicted of the club “I think it’s really going to be successful…it’s a team sport, yet it’s also individualized…it’s good for the college, for the students par­ticipating,

for the students watching, for the community-it’s good for everyone.”

9/28/1999– The Point News reports that over the summer, sailing coach Adam Werblow received the title of Developmental Coach of the Year from the United States Olympic Committee. Sailing since he was eight years old, Werblow took on coaching responsibilities in college when his sailing team was left without strong leadership. This experience led to his desire to coach sailing, and he told The Point News: “I think that by the time I was a senior, I was so dissatisfied with my own college sailing career that I knew there was a better way to do it and I wanted to prove to myself that I’d been right. So, I knew I wanted to coach in college sailing.” He stated several times that he did not think the award would impact his coaching style, making it known that sailing is what matters most to him, not recognition. Today he has been coaching sailing at St. Mary’s for 33 years and is director of the waterfront.