Often lost in all the talk of TIPS (which largely go to team sports) are the Ephs’ unbelievably strong individual sports which, year in and year out, carry the school to the Sears Cup.  Judging by last weekend, this year will be no exception.  Although the far-larger volume of individual sports athletes toil in relative obscurity compared to their football, basketball and soccer brethren, year in and year out, they overcome the odds and any obstacles (such as Williams’ very short outdoor training season and the criminally inadequate track and field facilities) to find success.  Consider:

— the women’s swimming team won its ninth straight NESCAC title in dominating fashion.  Frosh Logan Todhunter, who has already been a Sports Illustrated face in the crowd, set a NATIONAL D-III record in the process, becoming the first D-III swimmer to break the 2:00 mark in the 200 yard butterfly.  Presumably, a lot more records are likely to fall over the next three plus years.

— men’s wrestling, ranked third in the region, rose to the occasion to win New Englands, led by individual champions Ryan Malo ’11 and Corey Paulish ’11.  They also won the award for best team GPA in the region.

— men’s track and field had a big upset to win New Englands, edging out perennial rival MIT, who was formerly coached by current Eph coach Fletcher Brooks (who happens to be the big brother of Eph track and field and football legend Ethan Brooks ’96).  I imagine it was an emotional reunion for Coach Brooks.

— women’s track and field finished second in New Englands, this time barely losing out to nemesis MIT.

Congrats to all the Eph men and women!

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