HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth College Department of Athletics and Recreation hosted its annual Celebration of Athletic Excellence Monday evening on Memorial Field, honoring the achievements of teams and individuals for the 2017-18 academic year.
The ceremony took place on Memorial Field for the second straight year, utilizing the Stephen Lewinstein Family ‘63 & ‘98 Video Scoreboard in the south end zone throughout.
KENNETH ARCHIBALD PRIZE
Dartmouth’s highest athletic honor is presented annually to “the member of the graduating class who has been four years in attendance, who has been the best all-around athlete, regard also being had to moral worth and high standing in scholarship.” The winner traditionally exemplifies all that we hope and expect of the men and women who put on the Dartmouth uniform and take to the field of play. This student-athlete is to be of exemplary athletic skill, of great academic prowess and of high moral character.
Winner: Wyatt Omsberg (Men’s Soccer)
• In his final season playing for the Big Green, Omsberg led a defense that held opponents to a mere 12 goals and the 13th-best goals against average in the country. A defender, he scored four goals himself, including game winners in shutout victories over UMass and Hofstra, and started in all 17 games. A First-Team All-Ivy selection, Omsberg was also the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Additionally, Omsberg was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, a First-Team All-East Region player and Second-Team All-American. As one of three captains for Dartmouth, he helped lead the team to its fourth consecutive Ivy League title and earn the No. 15 seed for the NCAA College Cup. Off the field, Omsberg has been active in the community as a Thetford mentor and the co-leader of the Big Green Readers, plus helped lead the team soccer clinics each summer. He also was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, given each year to the most outstanding senior student-athlete for achievement in the classroom, community, character and competition. In January, Omsberg became the fifth player in Dartmouth history selected in the MLS SuperDraft and first player in Ivy League history to be chosen in the first round when he was selected 15th overall by Minnesota United Football Club.
THE CLASS OF 1976 AWARD
Presented annually to the most outstanding female student-athlete of the year.
Winner: Katharine Ogden (Women’s Nordic Skiing)
• Ogden not only became the first female Big Green Nordic skier to win a national title, she would win both the freestyle and classical races at the NCAA Championships. In winning a pair of national championships, Ogden did so by extremely wide margins, dominating both races. First up was the 5K Classical, which she won by more than 45 seconds. Then on the fourth and final day of competition in the 15K Freestyle, Ogden pulled away on the second of three laps, and despite a fall and some equipment problems, still won the race by more than 35 seconds to become the first Dartmouth skier in 56 years to win two national titles in a single year. The titles did not come as a surprise after she overcame an illness early in the season and went on to win five of the 10 carnival races and place second in three others. In spring racing against the entire national team, Ogden raced in step with the elite women and Olympic athletes. With all of these achievements in just her first year with the Big Green, it was no surprise that she was named the EISA Female Nordic Rookie of the Year, as well as the Women’s Nordic Skier of the Year by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.
THE ALFRED E. WATSON TROPHY
Presented annually to Dartmouth’s top male student-athlete.
Winner: Tanguy Nef (Men’s Alpine Skiing)
• Nef not only dominated the eastern and national collegiate skiing circuits this year, but also the international NorAm series. First, he finished on the podium in eight of his 10 starts during the carnival season, winning five races in all to rank as the top scorer in the East. After being named to the All-East First Team, Nef shined at the NCAA Championships, placing second overall in the giant slalom before becoming Dartmouth’s first slalom national champion in a dozen years. His terrific finishes earned him All-America First-Team honors for both races as well as the Men’s Alpine Skier of the Year as chosen by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association. He was also named to the international powerhouse Swiss National Ski Team, with which he will train and compete next fall before returning to Dartmouth to compete in next winter’s carnival season.
THE CLASS OF 1948 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARDS
Given “to one male and one female of the junior class, who have combined outstanding performance in athletics and significant achievement in academics.”
Winners: Remy Borinsky (Women’s Soccer) and Jack Traynor (Football)
• Borinsky was selected to the All-Ivy League First Team for the second straight year in 2017. She was named All-New England as well after leading the team with five goals. A neuroscience major with a 3.6 GPA, she was selected to the United Soccer Coaches Women’s Scholar All-East Region and Academic All-Ivy teams.
• An engineering major with a 3.7 GPA, Traynor helped the football team to an 8-2 record overall and second-place finish in the Ivy League. He was second in the conference with 98 tackles, five of which went for a loss, which earned the junior a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League First Team at linebacker. Traynor earned other accolades as well, including the Division I All-New England Team, FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team, Fall Academic All-Ivy League and the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society. Following spring practice, he was also voted as one of the team’s captains for the 2018 season.
THE TIMOTHY WRIGHT ELLIS 1955 MEMORIAL AWARD
Given to a man showing extracurricular and scholastic drive, spirit, loyalty and amiability and is nominated and voted on by the captains of the men’s teams.
Winner: Jack Heneghan (Football)
• A tri-captain for the football team this past fall, Heneghan wasn’t known just for his excellence on the gridiron, where he led the Big Green to an 8-2 record and finished his career throwing for the fourth-most yards in program history. He is also selfless with his time, contributing to the Big Green Readers program at local elementary schools as well as volunteering at the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement back home in California, working with people of all ages. Always quick with a kind word, Heneghan has displayed his passion for Dartmouth College at every turn during his four years on campus and has been described by his coach as “a congenial man that expresses an undying love and loyalty to Dartmouth, plus is a lovable presence on his team and on campus.”
AGNES KURTZ AWARD
Presented to “the woman who best combines proficiency in athletics with dedication to the furthering of women’s sports” as nominated and voted on by the captains of the Big Green women’s teams.
Winner: Andi Norman (Women’s Basketball)
• Norman served as a team leader in her senior season and played in all 27 games, ending her final year in the Green and White on a high note as she entered the program record books for career three-point baskets both made and attempted. Her highest scoring game came at Ohio State when she poured in 23 points, on the strength of seven threes. Norman worked at the Ivy League office during last summer, enhancing her knowledge and commitment to the Ancient Eight. And as a film and media studies major, her final film project is about women in sports. In creating this film, Norman has dedicated countless hours to interviewing female athletes from a variety of sports on campus to shine a light on all female athletes and what they contribute to their teams.
CLASS OF 1950 AWARD
Presented to “the varsity student-athlete who has demonstrated the most extraordinary commitment to community service.”
Winner: Zoe Leonard (Volleyball)
• An exceptional student-athlete who has served the Dartmouth community since arriving on campus, some of Leonard’s current service activities include being an RA, a founding member of the Hawaii Club, an executive board member on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, a Jaeger Civic intern, a mentor at Thetford Elementary School and a Special Olympics volunteer, just to name a few. Throughout her time at Dartmouth, she has also been a volunteer coordinator at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), worked as a student ambassador in the admissions office and helped coordinate a dance for Dartmouth student-athletes and residents of the Kendal retirement community. A libero from Hilo, Hawaii, she served as one of the team’s three captains as a junior in 2017.