Local college notes
• Connecticut College junior goalie Kelsie Fralick is in the running for the prestigious BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. She's one of 18 student-athletes nominated for the honor. Finalists will be announced next month.
Fralick has organized bone marrow testing drives on campus, working with the Be The Match program. She also volunteers as a coach with the Special Olympics Speed Skating Team in southeastern Connecticut and helped out with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.
"Most people, outside of the team, do not see how much she gives of herself to the local community and to national organizations like Be the Match," coach Kristin Steele said. "She does not talk a lot about these endeavors but she certainly puts a lot into them."
• Forward Zuri Pavlin is having an impressive freshman season, posting eight double-doubles for the men's basketball team. He's averaging 10.7 points and a team-best 10.7 rebounds for the Camels (7-8, 1-3).
• The women's basketball team takes a four-game winning streak into this week's action. The Camels (11-6, 3-1), who are in fourth place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, host league-leader Tufts (16-0, 4-0) Friday and Bates (7-10, 0-4) Saturday. Freshman guard Liz Malman has been a spark, averaging 9.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.2 steals. Senior Caitlin Ciminon has moved into a tie for third on the school's all-time block list with 110.
• In men's track and field, senior All-American Michael LeDuc took over the No. 1 spot on the NCAA Division III performance list in the 5,000 meters after posting a second-place time of 14:17.32 at the Boston University Terrier Classic Saturday. He also owns the top time in the 3,000 (8:23.56). LeDuc was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Men's Division III national athlete of the week.
• The NESCAC named senior Julie Pielock the women's swimming performer of the week. Pielock won the 50 freestyle (24.02) and placed second in the 100 freestyle (52.51) at the Dartmouth Invitational last weekend.
• Mitchell College junior Parris Hill received his second New England College Conference Player of the Week honor for men's basketball after averaging a team-best 25 points, 9.5 rebounds and three blocks last week. In eight starts since joining the team, Hill is averaging 23.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and two blocks for the Mariners. He leads the league in scoring and total blocks and ranks fourth in rebounds. Mitchell (12-4, 8-1) resides in first place and hosts Lesley University (2-12, 0-6) at 7:30 p.m. today.
• The Mariners are riding an eight-game winning streak in women's basketball. They have two more home games - today versus Wheelock (3-14, 2-9) and Saturday against Becker (5-12, 5-6) - before their showdown with league-leading Regis College (14-4, 11-0) on Feb. 6 in New London. Mitchell (10-1, 10-7) is in second place.
Tracking the Bears
• Two Coast Guard Academy divers earned weekly New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference honors. In Saturday's win over Clark, sophomore Andy Anderson broke his school record on the 3-meter board with a score of 327.80 and also qualified for the NCAA regional meet. He also won the 1-meter event. He earned men's diver of the week for his efforts.
Junior Sara Cantrell was honored as the women's diver of the week after winning the 1-meter and 3-meter boards against Clark. She scored 283.43 points in the 3-meter event and qualified for the NCAA regional meet.
Anderson and Cantrell will compete in the NCAA Division III Diving Regional on Feb. 28 and March 1 at RPI in Troy, N.Y.
Around the region
• For the third time this season, UConn senior Shabazz Napier was named the American Athletic Conference men's basketball player of the week. He averaged a league-high 26.5 points, five rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals in wins over Temple and Rutgers.
• Saint Joseph freshman Rachel Mauthe of East Lyme broke an 11-year-old school record in the 1,650 freestyle in Saturday's swim meet against Westfield State, finishing in 20 minutes and seven one-hundredths of a second. The previous mark, which had been the school's longest standing varsity swimming record, was held by USJ Hall of Famer Juliette Byrnes (20:13.55). Mauthe also took first in the 200 freestyle (2:11.01) and 500 freestyle (5:51.44) while sophomore Samantha Nichols of Norwich set a personal best in the 200 freestyle (2:35). For her outstanding performance, Mauthe was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference swimming and diving rookie of the week for the second time in her career.
• Graduate student Addison Koelle, a Fitch High School graduate, placed first in the 200 backstroke (2:06.58) and second in the 100 butterfly (58.71) to help Northeastern beat Vermont, 190-110, in a recent women's swimming and diving meet.
• Eastern Connecticut State University junior Lee Cattanach of New London earned his fourth individual indoor track record of his career, winning the 800 meters in 1:58.50 at the Springfield College Invitational Saturday. He's the first Eastern runner to break the two minute mark. Senior Frederick Hewett of New London took first in the 400 (51.79), second in the 60 meters and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team. Freshman Joe Rainville of Montville also was part of the relay team.
- Gavin Keefe
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