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This week's athletes both compete on the water....sort of. Senior Lexi Pappas is setting records in the steeplechase, while junior Josh Konieczny rows for the lightweight crew team. Three weeks ago, Pappas set a Dartmouth record in the steeplechase only to break it this past week in California. Konieczny has been an integral part of the succes of the lightweight crew team this spring.

Each week, will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.

Josh Konieczny, (Milbury, Ohio) Jr., Stroke, Lightweight Crew

Josh Konieczny of the Dartmouth men's lightweight crew team has been integral in the team's success this spring. This past weekend, Josh stroked the first varsity eight to the wins over Ivy League and EARC rivals, Yale and Columbia on the Connecticut River in Hanover, N.H. In the win over Yale, the Big Green fought from behind to win the race and claim their third consecutive Durand Cup. Against the Lions, the Big Green cruised to a victory and claimed the top spot with a time of 5:33.4, six seconds ahead of the Columbia boat en route to its third Subin Cup victory. Dartmouth's first varsity eight's only loss of the season has been to the top-ranked Harvard crew, by just a length.    

Alexi Pappas (Alameda, Calif.), Sr, Women's Track

For the second time in three weeks, Pappas broke the Dartmouth record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase this past week when she ran a 9:58.41 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. That time ranks as the third-fastest in the nation this spring and is one of only three under the 10-minute mark among Division I runners. Her previous time of 10:07.58 set at Princeton on April 6 stood as the top time in the country for two weeks before falling this past weekend. Overall, Pappas has the three top times in Dartmouth history in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. 

Former Athletes of the Week