Ellie Thompson in the pool
MIDDLEBURY — In the first video in the weekly Middlebury College Athletic Department’s “Leaning into Discomfort” series, Chinese-American swimmer Ellie Thompson talks about the conflict between her racial identity and her mostly white team’s culture of conformity.
For Thompson, that tension heightened this winter when the president blamed China for COVID-19, leading to discrimination against Asian-Americans.
None of her teammates addressed the issue, she said in a 16-minute video conversation with fellow Panther student-athlete Jourdon Delerme-Brown, a Black football player, that can be...
CHELLSA FERDINAND, FRONT, takes a selfie with her volleyball team. She was the only person of color on the team during her four-year career and believes the fact she is a light-skinned Black woman helped her gain acceptance.
Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY — Chellsa Ferdinand, a resident of Queens, N.Y., and a spring graduate of Middlebury College, was a four-year member of the Panther volleyball team.
She graduated in May with a degree in political science and is now working as a corporate paralegal for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City.
As an undergraduate she helped breathe life back into the college’s Black Student Union and served as a Middlebury Campus newspaper opinion editor.
This is an edited version of an interview conducted with a Middlebury College student-athlete by the college’s Sports Information...
EXCEPT FOR HER time in college, when she was a successful sprinter on the track, Tracey Thompson Turner has always been a passionate horsewoman, and still competes at a high level in an equestrian event called “Combined Driving.”
In the new (2015) field house at Middlebury College, against the north wall (nearest the main entrance), down on the actual playing surface, large boards behind glass list the individual record holders in track and field — men and women, indoors and outdoors.
It’s hard not to take special note of the first name among the women’s outdoor records, right at the top: the record-holder in the 100 meter dash — “Tracey Thompson, 11.9, 1979.”
That’s a record that has stood for over 40 years, and withstood the challenge of hundreds and hundreds of runners in this exciting event that often culminates a...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently honored nine seniors at its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, which took place via Zoom this year.
The following members of the class of 2020 were recognized:
• A. Bayard Russ ’66 Memorial Athletic Awards went to hockey player and golfer Anna Zumwinkle and football and lacrosse player Frank Cosolito. The award honors, when merited, seniors who are most outstanding in two intercollegiate sports by best exemplifying the excellence of performance, aggressiveness, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit of A. Bayard Russ.
• The Deborah Parton ’76...
PANTHER NORDIC SKIER Sophia Laukli finished second in the women’s 5-kilometer race on March 12 to help the Panthers win the event at the NCAA championships in Montana. Middlebury stood in third place overall when the meet was called off.
Courtesy of NCAA Photos
BOZEMAN, Mont. — The Middlebury College ski team stood in third place after two days of racing at the NCAA skiing championships in Bozeman, Mont., last week before NCAA officials canceled the final two days of the event due to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus.
Utah led the competition with 293 points, followed by Denver (261) and the Panthers (216) in events hosted by Montana State University.
In March 12 Nordic action the Middlebury women won the 5-kilometer freestyle event as Sophia Laukli and Alexandra Lawson earned All-American honors.
Laukli finished in second with a time of...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College athletes set to compete this weekend in NCAA championship events — including the Panther women’s hockey team — instead headed home after NCAA officials called off all such competitions as a measure to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In addition the Vermont Brew Professional Arena Football Team, which had planned to host games in Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center, announced it has cancelled its inaugural 2020 season due to the COVID-19 threat. Team officials said in a press release they “will look to return in 2021.”
The college cancellations...
PANTHER SOPHOMORE MIDDIE Andrew McGurrin races upfield as Connecticut’s Jack Venturelli tries to defend during Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game at Middlebury, won by the Panthers, 20-8. Middlebury improved to 3-0 with a pair of recent wins.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Before the announcement that all school activities were being suspended and students were being sent home, early indications looked positive for the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team after three seasons in which the Panthers hovered around .500.
Home wins on Saturday over NESCAC foe Connecticut, 20-8, and on Tuesday over Plattsburgh, 30-8, moved the Panthers to 3-0, the program’s best start since 2015.
An explosive and balanced offense led the way. Ten Panthers scored vs. Connecticut, six in their opening 16-12 victory at Bowdoin the week before, and 13 in Tuesday’s rout of...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team picked up two lopsided road wins this past weekend to improve to 3-0, 2-0 in NESCAC play, and stretch the program’s winning streak to 25 games.
The defending NCAA Division III and NESCAC champion returns to action on Saturday at 2 p.m., when the Panthers host league foe Trinity.
On this past Sunday the Panthers rolled past non-league foe Springfield, 24-3, scoring 12 goals in each half.
Middlebury’s Jane Earley led the attack with three goals and two assists. Emily Barnard, Grace Getman, Kirsten Murphy, Niki Mormile and Susan...
OBERWISENTHAL, Germany — Middlebury College freshman Nordic skier Sophia Laukli helped the U.S. women’s junior women win a silver medal at the Nordic world championships last week in Germany.
Laukli, a Maine resident, joined Kendall Kramer, Novie McCabe and Sydney Palmer-Leger to help the U.S. finish second behind Sweden, 4.9 seconds back, in the junior women’s four-by-3.3-kilometer relay. It was the best-ever finish for U.S. women in the event.
Laukli has excelled this season for the Panther Nordic team, which has helped the Middlebury ski team win two carnivals this winter. The Panthers...
MIDDLEBURY — Despite Sunday’s upset loss to Amherst in the NESCAC playoff final, the 21-3-3 Middlebury College women’s hockey team will host an NCAA Division III quarterfinal game this Saturday.
The Panthers will entertain Endicott (25-2) at 3 p.m. in Kenyon Arena. The two teams met earlier this season at Endicott, with Middlebury coming away with a 3-0 victory. Since then the Gulls have won 13 straight.
Due to the college decision to send students home early because of the coronavirus, the status of this game is up in the air as of press time and fans may not be allowed to attend if it is...