Three Bates skiers will compete at the NCAA championships in Jackson, New Hampshire starting today. Nordic skier Sadie James ‘17 qualified after completing an historic victory in the women’s 5-kilometer race at the Bates Carnival on February 24. James, who won the event by over 20 seconds, will be competing at nationals for the second consecutive year. Alpine skiers Kelsey Chenoweth ‘17 and Michael Cooper ‘19 qualified from the East Region. Cooper is making his national championships debut, while Chenoweth is returning for the second time.
Ahmed Hatata ‘17 competed in the Collegiate Squash Association’s individual national championships this past weekend, losing in the quarterfinals to top-seeded Osama Khalifa from Columbia University. Hatata, who was named NESCAC men’s squash player of the year last week, was trying to win Bates’ third consecutive men’s individual squash national championship, after Ahmed Abdel Khalek ‘16 won the title each of the past two seasons.
The women’s basketball team qualified for the NESCAC postseason conference tournament for the second consecutive year, and for the second consecutive year the team fell to perennial power, Amherst. Men’s star Marcus Delpeche ‘17, with his second-half layup against Williams in Bates’ 65-62 loss on February 12, scored the 1,000th point of his career. He is the 33rd Bobcat men’s basketball player to accomplish the feat.
The men’s and women’s indoor track teams will join a small cohort of competitors to the NCAA Division III national championships at North Central College in Naperville, IL this weekend. This marks the final indoor event of the season, before both teams will brave the elements when the outdoor spring season gets underway.