Winter Highlights from 10, 25, and 50 Years Ago (Winter 2019-2020)

Do you remember when…? Take a look back at a few highlights from The Williams Record of past winter Eph teams from 10 (2009-2010), 25 (1994-1995), and 50 (1969-1970) years ago.

10 Years Ago

  • Women’s Alpine – Skiing Takes 4th in Home Carnival – February 24th, 2010 – “The women, meanwhile, had an outstanding giant slalom race, led by Emily Porter ’10, who fought her way into second overall for the best finish of her career. ‘It’s great to get this result here at Jiminy, at the Williams Carnival… after four years, you develop a relationship with the hill, a certain level of comfort, and that allows you to relax a bit and just go after it,’ Porter said. ‘I didn’t really know what to expect, but I went out there with the right mentality and it worked out.'” Continue reading here
    Captain Kelsey Levine ’10 placed 11th in Friday’s GS and skied a solid 26th in Saturday’s slalom.


  • Women’s Basketball – Women’s Basketball Improves to 2nd Place in the NESCAC – February 10th, 2010 – “After a devastating overtime loss to Colby the night before, women’s basketball (17-5, 6-1 in the NESCAC) soundly defeated Bowdoin 75-54 on Saturday afternoon’s Senior Day behind what Head Coach Pat Manning described as a “total team effort.” With the victory, which was the team’s first against the Polar Bears since 2000, the Ephs clinched a home game in the first round of the upcoming NESCAC tournament. Recent wins over Wesleyan, Conn. College and Middlebury also contributed to the women’s current standings.” Continue reading here
    Elizabeth Hansen ’10 was honored at Senior Day this weekend prior to a 75-54 win over Bowdoin.
  • Women’s Squash – Women’s Squash Upsets Dartmouth – January 20th, 2010 – “Women’s squash (10-3) had a roller coaster of a weekend, which ended on Sunday with arguably the biggest victory of the season over rival Dartmouth. On Saturday, the team lost to no. 2 Penn but defeated NESCAC rival Hamilton 7-2 in the afternoon. The weekend before, Williams traveled to Main and handily defeated Bates, Colby and Bowdoin.” Continue reading here
  • Women’s Nordic – At Smuggler’s Notch, Skiing Places 5th for 3rd Consecutive Carnival – February 12th, 2010 – “On Sunday, the nordic team rebounded nicely with six top-15 finishes in the 10km freestyle…Captain Alice Nelson ’10 was the top woman, finishing 10th, while Sarah Tory ’11 skied to a career-best 14th place. The women may have had three in the top-15 if Johnson had not been sidelined by illness. In any case, the performance was good enough for a fifth-place finish. Overall, the team finished fifth for the third time this season.” Continue reading here
  • Wrestling – Ephs Wrestle to First 20-Win Season – February 10th, 2010 – “Wrestling (20-3) continued its dominance over its opponents this past weekend with the team’s triple victory over Wesleyan, Oneota State and Lycoming. The wins marked the Ephs’ 18th, 19th, and 20th wins of the year, giving them the first 20-win season in College history.” Continue reading here
    Nathan Shippee ’10 grapples with his opponent during the course of the Ephs’ landmark weekend.
  • Men’s Swim and Dive – Men’s Swimming Claims Little Threes – January 20th, 2010 – Men’s swimming and diving took on rivals Wesleyan and Tufts this weekend in an important meet leading up to NESCACs. Despite a delayed start time, the team stayed focus once it arrived at Springfield. Williams walked away victorious, defeating Tufts 172.5 to 127.5 and trouncing Wesleyan 226 to 73. This win comes on the heels of a much closer triumph over Amherst on Jan. 9, when the Ephs defeated the Jeffs 125-118.” Continue reading here

25 Years Ago

  • Men’s Alpine – No Snow Obstacle as Skiiers Find Success at UVM Carnival – February 7th, 1995 – “Despite the lack of snow over the past two months, the Williams ski teams finished quite well in this past weekend’s UVM Carnival races at Stowe and Stratton Mountain, Vt. The carnival began Friday with the men’s alpine team skiing to a third place finish in the giant slalom at Stowe. Charlie MacNamara ’96 was the top Williams finisher in ninth place, with classmates Chuck Tamblyn and Grizzy Dwight not far behind, finishing 15th and 19th, respectively.” Continue reading here
  • Men’s Nordic – Men Glide in 20K Classic – February 7th, 1995 – “While the alpine teams were racing at Stowe, the Williams nordic teams were competing at Stratton Friday, where the first event was the men’s 20K Classic race. Mike Keim ’96, Ken Harris ’95, and Adam Patridge ’97 led the men’s team to a second-place finish by placing sixth, seventh, and eight, respectively. According to Bud Fisher, this was the best finish by the men’s team in his 20 years of coaching here at Williams.” Continue reading here
  • Men’s Track and Field – Ephmen Stay Perfect in Quad Cup at Coast Guard – February 7th, 1995 – “The men’s track tea traveled to Coast Guard on Jan. 28 and defeated five teams, including a tough Cadet squad, to remain unbeaten in the the Quad Cup. The Quad Cup meet schedule for Feb. 4 was cancelled due to inclement weather. At the Academy, the Ephs were led by a tremendous showing in the two weight events. In the 35-pound weight throw, senior Bobby Walker won with a 17.33-meter toss, followed by junior Ethan Brooks’ 16.77m toss. The two are among the top-ranked Division III throwers in the nation.” Continue reading here
    Bobby Walker ’95 loosens up in preparation for the shot put.
  • Women’s Ice Hockey – Ephwomen Take Third at Williams Invitational – February 28th, 1995 – “After a disappointing double-overtime loss to Amherst in the opening round of the Williams Invitational, the Ephwomen bounced back to claim third place with a 2-1 squealer over Wesleyan. With the weekend split, the squad finishes its season with an 11-6-5 record, a marked improvement from the 6-14-1 record it turned in during last year’s inaugural season at the varsity level.” Continue reading here
    Ali Poett ’96 adds to her team in goals as she flips the puck past Amherst goaltender Fran Ganz to open the game’s scoring. The Lady Jeffs ultimately prevailed 3-2 in double overtime.
  • Women’s Track and Field – Ephwomen Pace Div. III Field at Smith Quad Cup – February 7th, 1995 – “While most Williams students were either relaxing at home or visiting friends at various college campuses across New England, the women’s track team was competing in the Quad Cup Championships Saturday at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Despite losing to Division II University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Ephwomen stretched their running, throwing and jumping talents to edge out Smith, 133-128, and crush Mt. Holyoke by 87 points. As in previous meets, every woman of the sparse Williams track team rose to the occasion and scored crucial points with some impressive performances.” Continue reading here
    Nancy Byrne ’95 runs solo in a recent home meet.
  • Women’s Swim and Dive – Swimmers Make Big Splash at New England Meet – February 28th, 1995 – “The women’s swimming and diving amassed a whopping 1,469 points to successfully defend its New England Championship title two weekends ago at Bowdoin. The meet captured the essence of the regular season, as fast swims and high spirits lifted the Ephwomen above-and-beyond the call of duty. Maybe it was the fact that half the team members dyed their hair purple and shaved ‘W’s in the back of their heads, or maybe it was the much needed rest after a grueling season of training, but no one came close to touching the Williams swimmers in the pool.” Continue reading here

50 Years Ago

  • Men’s Basketball – Cagers Torpedo Coast Guard for First Victory – January 21st, 1970 – “The Williams basketball team picked up its first win in seven outings yesterday in a game which featured even scoring by the Eph starting quintet. The game was billed as a battle of non-winners as Williams and Coast Guard entered the game with identical 0-6 records. The Shawmen finally shed the frustration and jinx of number overtime defeats with a convincing 69-47 triumph.” Continue reading here
    Playmaker Vern Manley, an exciting ball-handler, serves as field-general of the Williams attack.
    As he has been in the past, John Untereker will be counted upon to produce high point totals.
  • Men’s Ice Hockey – Offense Excels as Icemen Bury UConn Squad – December 9th, 1969 – “The Eph skaters picked up their second victory in as many starts as they handily defeated the University of Connecticut hockey team 11-2 at the newly dedicated Lansing Chapman Rink. The first line of Gary Bensen, Whit Knapp, and Jim Stearns paced the Williams offense, scoring a total of seven goals.” Continue reading here
    Co-Capt. Gary Bensen scored three more goals, raising his total to seven in two games, as the pucksters responded to their new rink by walloping UConn 11-2.
  • Men’s Squash – Chaffeemen Grab Cup – January 9th, 1970 – “The Williams College five man squash team emerged victorious Dec. 21 in their effort to capture the coveted Molson trophy. At the awards ceremony Capt. David C. Johnson III, accepted this cup which is annually awarded to the winner of the Canadian Invitation Squash Tournament.” Continue reading here
    Senior Jack McBroom looks forward to the 1970 squash season.