Weekend Recap: Winter Sports season kicks off

Swim and Dive

In the season-opening meet for both men and women, Colby’s Swim and Dive teams proved ready as they took on the Brandeis Judges in Waltham, MA on Saturday. Both the men and women were able to return to Mayflower Hill with a win, paving the way for what looks to be a successful season for the Mules. The men were able to top Brandeis 176-108 after winning 11 out of 16 events, thanks to incredible performances by John Connors `22, Jake Gray `22, Shaun Kronenwetter `23, and Xander Geiersbach `20, as they combined in posting a 1:26:04 200 Free Relay. Connors’ contributions did not stop there, as he proceeded to win both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle.

The women dominated Brandeis in a commanding 191-100 victory, successful in all but four out of the 16 events. The Mules filled the podium in the 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, and 200-yard IM. Freshman diver Monet Meyer asserted herself in the division after 11 Colby-record-setting dives on the one-meter, scoring a tremendous 383.45 in her first-ever collegiate meet.

Both the men and women have a promising season ahead of them, relying heavily on the leadership of the upperclassmen as well as the talent of the underclassmen. They look to further their success against Amherst College next Saturday Nov. 23 at home.

Women’s Basketball

After a narrow loss on Friday, the Colby women’s basketball team faced the Fitchburg St. Falcons at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH on Saturday. In a tight first quarter, the Mules were able to take a 13-7 lead thanks to guard Alisha Aube, who got things started for the Mules after a slow start. Although the Falcons narrowed the spread to just two points, the resilient Mules completed the half strongly, extending their lead to 12 with a 31-19 halftime score. Brooke Guiffre `23 and Keagan Dunbar `22 led the Mules in a stellar third quarter with long-range three-pointers from each. The Mules poured on the attack in the fourth quarter due to an unselfish Colby offense, eventually closing the game out in dominant fashion with a 71-43 win.

The Mules look to extend their success into this week as they play Maine Maritime on the road on Tuesday.

Men’s Basketball

The Colby men’s basketball team opened their season by competing in two hard-fought battles this weekend. On Sat., the Mules faced off against the Roadrunners of Ramapo College at the neutral site of Connecticut College. The first half of action featured a back-and-forth style of play, as each side continued to score. The Roadrunners achieved their largest lead of the game with 15:33 left in the half at 14-8. However, the Mules responded and eventually tied things up at 21, greatly due to performances by Wallace Tucker `21 and Alex Dorion `20. Noah Tyson `22 eventually put the Mules ahead with a skillful three-pointer with 4:28 remaining in the half. The Mules furthered their lead and headed to the locker room with an assertive 43-35 halftime lead. The Mules entered the second half without skipping a beat, extending their lead to 10 points with 18:40 remaining in the half. Although, just as Colby was able to do in the first half, Ramapo bounced back and cut the Colby lead to just two points with 1:33 left in the half. With just 21 seconds remaining, Ramapo went ahead by two points, just to be greeted with a thrilling Sam Jefferson `20 layup to tie things up at 87 and send the game to overtime. Again, the Mules came out firing, and again, the Roadrunners responded. The tenacious Mules were able to take a six-point lead to close out overtime, bringing an end to this electrifying game and an end to the powerful Roadrunners squad. Colby connected on 34-70 field goals at 48.6% and outlasted Ramapo with a final score of 103-97.

Colby extended their success on the road on Sunday against the 0-3 Anna Maria Amcats. After going down by four in the opening minutes of the game, Colby rebounded and gained a three-point lead. The first half consisted of crucial layups by Tucker and Tyson, as well as long-range jumpers from Dorion and Jefferson. The Mules closed the half out with a dominant 57-34 lead. The Mules did not stop there and continued to build off their lead in the second half. The Mules scored 45 points in the second half, contrasted with the Amcats’ 37 points. Colby’s tough squad powered through Anna Maria, walking away with a 102-71 win and an undefeated weekend.