A senior not ready to see a stellar career end, Andrew Olsen (Norwell, Mass.), and a promising freshman just starting hers, Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.), turned in outstanding efforts to earn Cross High Performance Athlete of the Week honors.
Olsen led the men's soccer team to two victories in the NCAA Tournament and a spot in the Sweet 16 for the second time in the last three years, tallying seven points on the week with wins at Monmouth and #9 Notre Dame. Kerr continued a hot start to her swimming career with two victories at Brown to help the Big Green to an impressive early season win.
Dartmouth Male Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Olsen (Norwell, Mass.), Men's Soccer, Senior, Forward, Co-Captain
Senior co-captain Andrew Olsen (Norwell, Mass.) put the men's soccer team on his back this week, leading the Big Green to road victories at Monmouth in the NCAA Tournament first round, 4-0, and at #9 seeded Notre Dame, 2-1 in overtime, in the second round. Olsen's effort led directly to Dartmouth's success, starting with an early goal against Monmouth on Nov. 18. The senior struck within the first 10 minutes for a 1-0 lead and later recorded an assist in the second half. At Notre Dame he was all of the Big Green's offense, scoring both goals in a 2-1 overtime win. Olsen scored his first goal midway through the second half, reacting to a loose ball after Lucky Mkosana (Bulwayo, Zimbabwe) collided with the ND keeper and firing a long shot in. His second — the overtime winner — was much more dramatic, as he came streaking down the left side and picked up a cross from Austin Bowers (Old Greenwich, Conn.). Olsen hammered a rocket past Notre Dame's Phil Tuttle with just 44 seconds remaining in the first overtime to book his team a trip to the Sweet 16, playing at #8 UCLA this Sunday night.
Dartmouth Female Athlete of the Week:
Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.), Women's Swimming & Diving, Freshman, Free/Fly
Freshman Christine Kerr (Gainesville, Fla.) is making a name for herself early in her collegiate career for the women's swimming and diving team. After setting a Karl Michael Pool record in the 200 meter freestyle against Cornell and Harvard on November 12, she helped the Big Green defeat Brown in a dual meet for the first time in school history. In the 156-144 victory, she won the 800 meter freestyle (9:07.08) by seven seconds and the 400 meter freestyle (4:27.53) by four seconds. She placed second in the 200 meter butterfly (2:20.76) behind teammate Kendall Farnham (Severna Park, Md.). The swimming team has an extended break before they compete at Yale with Penn on January 15.