March 19, 2013

College Connections: Jenni Roberts reaches goal, now wants more

By Steve Craig
Staff Writer

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Jenni Roberts, a Sanford High grad, will compete in three events at the NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships at Indianapolis this week for the University of New Hampshire.

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Jenni Roberts

Roberts is scheduled to begin her championship competition on Thursday morning in the 200 IM. The top 16 will advance to the evening final (top 8) and consolation final (9 to 16). Swimmers who qualify for the final are considered All-Americans.

On Friday she'll swim the 100 fly with the 200 fly set for Saturday.

Willman admitted UNH was "a little lucky" to have Roberts return to New England. He also thinks she is now swimming her best events. At Maryland she was more focused on the shorter sprint distances.

"Genetically, that's not her best event, probably. She was really trained specifically for the 200 fly and the 200 IM this year," Willman said.


Williams College senior Claire Baecher of Brunswick continues to cull the postseason awards. Most recently she was named to the First Team All-Northeast Region by and to the website's All-America fourth team.

Baecher, a center for the Ephs (27-6), had been named one of 10 Division III All-Americans by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Baecher, the fourth All-American in women's basketball at Williams, owns the single-season blocks (95) and career blocks (260) record at Williams, finishing her career 11th in scoring (1,141 points) and 10th in rebounding (599). This season she averaged 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds with 95 blocks and 50 steals.

University of New England senior Beth Suggs of Bath (Morse) was a WBCA honorable mention pick.


Hobart College senior goalie Nick Broadwater of Portland (Deering) had an interesting week. After Hobart narrowly missed making the Division III tournament, Broadwater signed with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League, dressing for two games, then being released.

"I hoped to have been there longer but it was nice to get my feet wet to see what it was like at the next level," Broadwater said, according to a Hobart release.

Three days after his professional release, Broadwater was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association East All-America first team.

This season Broadwater's 1.66 goals-against average ranked third in the country with a second-best .939 save percentage. He posted 15 wins, including a Hobart-record four shutouts.


Hamilton College sophomore first baseman Ben Goffin of Falmouth had a single, double and two RBI in a St. Patrick's Day 8-3 win against Framingham State in Winter Haven, Fla.


Bentley University freshman Malcom Oliver of Damariscotta (Lincoln Academy) posted a team-low score of 78-81-157 to finish 11th in the 13-team Bayside Resort Invitational in Selbyville, Ohio. Bentley finished sixth as a team.


Wheaton College junior Leila Mills of Brunswick scored four goals in a 14-7 loss to Washington College.


Gettysburg senior Kelsey Boyce of Arrowsic (Morse) scored a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles in a 7-2 win over Lake Forest College in a recent match at Hilton Head, S.C. Boyce was also part of the winning No. 2 doubles team. Gettysburg is 4-1 this season, the same record Boyce holds in singles and doubles.


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