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LET THERE BE LIGHT The football team took the field for Memorial Field’s first-ever night game last September. This year’s home schedule features two home games under the lights – the season opener on September 15 against Butler (7 p.m.) and the homecoming game against Harvard on October 27 (5 p.m.).

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FOR STARTERS Ivy Player of the Year Kelly Hood (left) has graduated, but Maya Herm ’13 (right) and the Field Hockey team are ready to start the campaign for an Ivy title. Field Hockey will be the first Big Green team to see regular season action, opening at UMass on August 31 (hours before men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball get started).


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NO PLACE LIKE HOME Women’s Lacrosse celebrated a fantastic season in 2012, winning the Ivy League Championship tournament and reaching the NCAA’s for the second straight year. Dartmouth completed an unbeaten home season last year (7-0) and is 20-2 at ScullyFahey Field over the last three years.


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12 On the Fast Track

Abbey D’Agostino ’14 has gone from a relative unknown to the top collegiate distance runner in the country in less than two years. Her coach, Mark Coogan, saw it coming.

20 Friendly Advice Dartmouth consistently ranks among the top schools in the country for commitment to teaching. Some faculty members participate in a program that sees them go above and beyond in advising student athletes.


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24 Analyzing the Competitive Edge

The ever-changing world of technology presents opportunities to level the playing field. Thanks to a new partnership, Dartmouth coaches are now on the cutting-edge when it comes to video analysis.




PEAK Dartmouth Peak Performance 6083 Alumni Gym Hanover, NH 03755 EDITOR Drew Galbraith

DEPARTMENTS 18 ATHLETIC NOTES Sports Science, Integrative Health

26 STRENGTH The Perfect Back Squat 27 STAFF NEWS Newest Assets

19 PERSONAL NOTES Leadership Program, Jaeger Intern, 28 SPORTS MEDICINE Carr and Karlson Expand Roles Career Connections with Dartmouth Sports Medicine 22 ACADEMIC NOTES PEAK POINTS APR, AD Honor Roll, Class Day 10 Letter from the Editor 23 NUTRITION 29 Staff Directory Sports vs. Energy vs. Recovery Drinks 30 Leadership Lessons from Harry

SENIOR WRITER Bruce Wood ADVERTISING Sam Hopkins ASSISTANT EDITOR Katelyn Stravinsky CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jeff Butler, Donnie Brooks, Anne Hudak, Claudette Peck PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Washburn, Gil Talbot, John Risley, Mike Scott, Steph Bambury Problems or Accessibility Issues? © 2012 Trustees of Dartmouth College

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e like winning. Who doesn’t? Since arriving in 2010, Athletic Director Harry Sheehy has been unabashed in asking our department to get a little better every day. In the middle of his first Hanover winter, the idea of a high performance initiative was a regular discussion point for our senior leadership team. Many discussions broke down after looking at other models being rolled out in collegiate settings and realizing that they were not right for Dartmouth studentathletes. We finally looked at the problem from the opposite angle. What if we created a model that embodied what it meant to be a varsity athlete at Dartmouth? What if we designed performance indicators that measured the intellectual and personal well being of athletes and not just their physical being? This was the breakthrough we needed. It showed willingness to think bigger than the microcosm of collegiate athletics. It also put the education of Dartmouth students at the center of our equation. The risk of taking this approach was rooted in the lack of any other collegiate institution tackling student-athlete development with this strategy. Dartmouth Peak Performance (DP2) launched on July 13, 2011. I told the assembled coaches we would create a program that would ensure that we make good on the three promises that every program makes in recruiting: • A Dartmouth student-athlete will receive a uniquely challenging four-year academic experience. • A Dartmouth student-athlete will receive a Division I athletic experience that is championship driven. • A Dartmouth student-athlete will be exposed to opportunities on our campus to grow in immeasurable ways as a person over their four years in Hanover. After 14 months, we are making good on those promises. We are helping Dartmouth student-athletes unlock excellence in every aspect of their life on campus. What does this have to do with winning? Dartmouth student-athletes have better access to more resources than ever before. There is a concerted approach to helping students achieve excellence on the playing surface. Every student, coach, team and administrator understands that this raises expectations and wants to meet those expectations head


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Dartmouth student-athletes have better access to more resources than ever before. There is a concerted approach to helping students achieve excellence on the playing surface. on. All of our programs are taking steps forward. The foresight of Harry Sheehy and the generosity of donors allowed us to start this program one year ago. We have connected with additional alumni who believe in our mission and have allowed us to expand the reach of our program. In one short year “DP2” has become part of the vernacular in the halls of Alumni Gym. This brings me to the purpose of this magazine. We are thrilled to be able to tell our success stories. I know you will enjoy learning about the ways in which our program makes a difference in the lives of Big Green student-athletes and coaches. We felt this combination of hard numbers and anecdotal evidence was more compelling than just another website. Enjoy PEAK, watch for more Dartmouth W’s, and don’t hesitate to stop in when you are in Hanover.




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On the

Fast Track MARK COOGAN KNEW. As an Olympic marathoner the Dartmouth women’s distance and cross country coach has been around enough elite runners to believe in his eyes and trust in his instincts, and together they were telling him to expect big things from Abbey D’Agostino ‘14. BY BRUCE WOOD

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lthough a rolled ankle sabotaged her first college cross country season the winter workouts D’Agostino was turning in had Coogan almost giddy heading into the spring of her freshman year. In fact, what he was seeing in the runner from Topsfield, Mass., led to a standing joke with coach Museveni Akanno, who works with the Dartmouth jumpers. “I would go into his office and say, ‘This girl is going to win the Heps,’ “ Coogan recounted with a laugh. “Muse would say, ‘Mark, she is not going to win the Heps.’ And I would say, ‘I’m telling you, she’s going to win the Heps in the 5K.’ And then she won Heps. “Then I told him, ‘Muse, she is going to make nationals.’ He pointed out she hadn’t even broken 16:30 for a 5K and I said, ‘Muse, I’m telling you, she’s going to make nationals.’ “ Coogan was out on a limb but he wasn’t through making predictions. “I said, ‘Muse, I will bet you that she’s an All-American.’ He was like, ‘Mark, she hasn’t even made nationals yet. How is she going to be an All-American?’ “And then,” Coogan said with a grin, “it all came true.” That and more. Much, much more. In her first spring as a college runner D’Agostino opened eyes around the Ivy League by winning the 5,000 at Heps. Then she opened eyes around the country by racing to third place in the same event at the NCAA’s in Des Moines, Iowa. After missing most of her first season of cross country, she made up for lost time as a sophomore by winning the Heps cross country title during a freak snowstorm in Princeton. She followed that with a first-place finish at the NCAA Regionals and then proved her outdoor spring was hardly a fluke by finishing third at the NCAA Championships in Terra Haute, Ind. At the Indoor Heps last winter D’Agostino won the mile and just missed doubling in the 5,000. She then went on to anchor the Dartmouth distance medley relay team to a third-place finish at the NCAA’s in Nampa, Idaho. With a trio of third-place finishes at NCAA’s already on her resumé, D’Agostino topped herself last spring. First, she won the 1,500 and the 3,000 at the Outdoor Heps. Both in record time. One month later, on a sweltering Drake University track in Iowa, she became the first Dartmouth woman ever to win an NCAA title, claiming the 5,000 by three-hundredths of a second. And still she wasn’t done. At the Olympic Trials in Eugene Ore., three weeks after the NCAA’s, D’Agostino won her heat of the 5,000 and then ran a personal record 15:19.98 in the finals. In 13th place in the 16-runner field at the midway point of the race at famed Hayward Field, she steadily made her way up to fifth. A dramatic sprint down the final straightaway left her an agonizing two-tenths of a second out of the third spot that would have punched her ticket to the London Olympics. D’Agostino’s time was more than 30 seconds faster than any Ivy League woman has ever covered 5,000 meters. “Athletically, she is as good as any woman distance runner of her age that I have ever been around,” said Coogan. “And I have been


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Athletically, she is as good as any female distance runner of her age that I have ever been around,” said Mark Coogan.

lucky enough to have been around a lot of top level women from Lynn Jennings to Elana Meyer to my former wife Gwyn, to my own daughter (a sophomore at Georgetown), to all the women I trained with in Boulder, Colo., when we lived out there. “I am serious. When you miss the Olympic team by less than two-tenths of a second as a 20-year-old that’s unbelievable. Abbey didn’t lose to a collegiate woman in outdoor track all year.” D’Agostino received a lot of what she termed “condolences” after the Olympic Trials. While she appreciates those sentiments, she has chosen not to dwell on the near miss. At least not in a negative way. “I am incredibly happy with how things went this year, especially the Trials,” she said. “I really feel that each of my past races, especially the ones where I made a big mistake or meant the most to me, contributed in their own way to races down the road. You can really pinpoint that at the

moment where you need it. Hopefully, the Trials will set the bar for the future.” A psychology major with a 3.65 GPA, D’Agostino capped her sophomore year by being named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association Female Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year and as winner of the Class of 1976 Award as Dartmouth’s outstanding female athlete. Looking ahead to her junior year in a Big Green uniform, D’Agostino’s goal is quite simple. “I guess next year I would just love to keep loving the sport and keep wanting it as much as I did this past year,” she said. “In my opinion it is impossible to be successful otherwise. Hopefully if that happens everything else will fall into place.” A lot has obviously fallen into place already. As a high school sophomore,D’Agostino set the Masconomet Regional High School record for the mile in a brisk 5:00.1 only to battle mononucleosis as a junior and anemia that resulted in a low ferritin count the next year. Still, former coach Maribel Sanchez believed enough in her to recruit her to Hanover. When Sanchez stepped down before D’Agostino stepped foot on campus in late August, Coogan stepped in as coach. “I was definitely apprehensive at first, learning about Maribel so last-minute,” D’Agostino said. “But I heard only good things about Mark from women that had known him before. Now I cannot imagine the experience without Mark.” In addition to discovering that a former Olympic marathoner would be her coach, D’Agostino arrived on campus her freshman fall to find both a deep and talented group of fellow recruits as well as a supportive and welcoming cast of upperclassmen. She arrived on campus a year later to find the Dartmouth Peak Performance initiative hitting the ground. It was, Athletic Director Harry Sheehy said at the time, “an umbrella for the integration of existing services and increased resources targeted at helping our student-athletes achieve the highest levels of physical, intellectual and personal growth during their Dartmouth careers.” And like the arrival of Coogan and her talented teammates a year before, it ended up being perfect timing for D’Agostino, who battled health issues in high school. “I couldn’t be have been more excited

A WEEK IN THE LIFE Here is what goes into competing at the highest level. This is the training log from Abbey D’Agostino for the week prior to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Keep in mind that this was also the end of spring classes and start of exams for the term. SUNDAY, MAY 27 13 miles long run MONDAY, MAY 28 No practice but Abbey ran 9 miles on her own (with teammate and fellow NCAA qualifier Alexi Pappas ‘12) TUESDAY, MAY 29 Tempo Run: First mile on track at 5:45/ mile pace and then run to Storrs Pond and back (~3 miles). Finish with another mile on the track in 5:15 (~ 5 miles total). Dartmouth runners try not to get caught up in distance but go off of effort. WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Easy 9-10 miles THURSDAY, MAY 31 3 miles in the morning followed by ~7 miles at a decent pace in afternoon. FRIDAY, JUNE 1 - FIRST DAY OF EXAMS 3 miles in the morning followed by 4 one-mile runs in the afternoon. The miles are done at increasing speed with 3 minutes rest in between. Abbey’s splits for the four single miles were 4:50, 4:48, 4:42, and 4:39. SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Easy 5 miles Oh, and for good measure, the women run 8X100 meter sprints and do core exercises after all runs.


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hearing about it,” she said. “Through DP2 we have all kinds of advantages like the opportunity to get regular blood tests, which is so important because of anemia and things like that. It is going to render good health and good physical and mental well-being. “It is so important to be a student of the sport and I didn’t know anything about nutrition before coming here. I’ve learned so much and now with the new dining hall and new options, I honestly feel that I have everything I need here. The resources here have been fueling, no pun intended, our sport and our needs as runners.” Coogan agrees that Dartmouth Peak Performance is an idea whose time has come. “I like how they are trying to bring everything together, with strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology and the rest of DP2,” he said. “It makes so much sense tying it all together in one big circle where we are all interconnected. For example, I know nutrition but I don’t know it as well as the sports nutritionist. So if Abbey or one of the others has a question about something that I don’t know, we have other resources that we can get with a snap of our fingers. “And then there’s massage. It’s really important for a distance runner. If you can get it once a week, can get all the scar tissue broken up and get rid of any of these weird adhesions, you can keep your muscles nice and smooth and healthy. Then you can train a


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little bit harder. It all goes together. It’s something Drew Galbraith and DP2 to have allowed the women to take advantage of.” Time – and times – will tell what DP2 means for D’Agostino and the Dartmouth distance runners, but their coach can’t help but think the future is incredibly bright. “I came at the same time with DP2,” he said. “Before I came we only had one girl who could break 5 minutes in the mile. Now we have about 15 runners who can do it. I think we scored four points at Heps in distances races the year before I came and last year we scored over 50. We scored in every event. “Now we have a great freshman class and that’s a combination of the people on the team, DP2, me being new blood, new energy and the support of the athletic department.” As fall rolls around Coogan welcomes his promising freshman class, talented and improving upper classes and a certain junior who will have everyone but the coach who arrived on campus the same year she did wondering what she will do for an encore. The coach who was unafraid to tell a colleague a couple of years back that D’Agostino would be something special is keeping mum this time around. “I don’t want to put limits on her, but I also don’t want to put pressure on her,” said Coogan. “I just want it to continue to be fun for her.”


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Increase in individual sports massages provided to varsity athletes in 2012-13

The first such screening involved the rowing and cross country teams and lactate threshold training.


Lactate threshold training (LT) is a popular method of improving high intensity endurance performance. While maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) may indicate an athlete’s genetic potential and natural ability, their lactate threshold can be increased substantially with the right training program. Athletes often use their lactate threshold to determine how to train and what sort of a pace they can maintain during endurance sports. Because the lactate threshold can be increased greatly with training, many athletes and coaches have devised training plans to increase this value.

Hours of use per week for DP2’s Alter-G antigravity treadmill


Additional athletic trainers hired in summer ’12, bringing Dartmouth’s total of full-time athletic trainers to 11


SCIENCE AT WORK DP2 created a partnership this spring with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth to allow medical students to perform screening and work with coaches and athletes.

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Chris Beeler DMS ’15, a former collegiate runner at Williams, is working directly with the coaches and athletes. His work involves the drawing of blood during workouts (finger pricks) as the workouts get progressively more challenging, as well as analyzing the data.

The lactate threshold is a point during exhaustive, all-out exercise at which lactate builds up in the blood stream faster than the body can remove it. Anaerobic metabolism produces energy for short, high-intensity bursts of activity (lasting no more than a few minutes) before the lactate build-up reaches a threshold where it can no longer be absorbed and, therefore, accumulates. This point is known as the lactate threshold and is usually reached between 50 to 80% of an athlete’s VO2 max. This lactate threshold is marked by a slight drop in pH– from 7.4 to about 7.2 – that is thought to cause fatigue and reduce the power of muscle contractions. At this point the athlete is forced to back off or slow down. Presumably, having a higher lactate threshold means an athlete can

continue at a high-intensity effort with a longer time to exhaustion. Because of this, many consider LT to be a great way to predict athletic performance in highintensity endurance sports as well to determine training plans. Count Dartmouth athletes and coaches in that mix. Chris will continue to work with the coaches and athletes throughout the fall. INTEGRATIVE HEALTH PARTNERSHIP Last year, DP2 began providing individualized sports massage and team-based sports yoga to student-athletes under the heading of integrative health. The menu of options continues to grow as functional movement screens and myofascial release are also being used to both identify and treat issues for student-athletes. The services are being delivered through a partnership with bodyKinesis, a Hanover-based provider. In addition to bodyKinesis, strength coaches and athletic trainers are involved in working through therapeutic methods like myofascial release with student-athletes. Among the benefits of this integrative health work are improved blood flow and nutrient delivery to muscles, efficient clearing of harmful metabolic byproducts, tension reduction in fascia, reduction of scar tissue, improved tissue elasticity and improvements in tissue’s ability to absorb nutrients.



LEADERSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHED Thanks to a generous gift from Glenda and Fritz Corrigan ’64, this ambitious new program will employ a two-pronged approach to giving all Dartmouth student-athletes “an unfair competitive advantage” in leadership and teamwork by combining experiential learning with classroom education on leadership principles and values. The outcome will be better individuals, better teams, and greater success for Dartmouth and its alumni. The program is ambitious in scope, as it will reach our entire varsity student-athlete population, comprising nearly 25% of the undergraduate student body. The program will use the newly created position of Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership to provide every varsity team with multiple experiential learning activities per academic year. These will include ropes courses, “Navy SEAL” training, group dynamic exercises, and other exercises wholly separate from the normal practice/competition environment. These experiences will provide valuable lessons by challenging students with adversity. Classroom work will be based by class, rather than by team. First-year students will be exposed to the core values of Dartmouth Athletics and the College as a whole. They will also learn what it means to be a member of a varsity team at Dartmouth. Sophomores and juniors will participate in the LEAD program in Athletics as well as MLDP through the Rockefeller Center. These two programs allow for flexibility with the D-Plan but also provide a strong theoretical and practical background on leadership and management. Students with specialized interests will be able to pursue alternatives through programs in the Tucker Foundation, Dickey Center, and other offices on campus. Seniors will be in leadership roles and will take part in facilitated small-group discussions about specific leadership issues they are facing throughout the year.

BEST TAKES OVER AS JAEGER INTERN Grace Best ’13, a member of the women’s soccer team, was selected as the Jaeger Civic Intern for the 2012-13 academic year. Named in honor of Richard G. Jaeger ‘59, former Director of Athletics, the Jaeger Civic Internship promotes and facilitates local community service by Dartmouth student-athletes. The Jaeger Intern serves as a coordinator for matching community service by Dartmouth Athletic teams or groups to community needs and opportunities. “I am excited to be appointed this internship because I am very interested in getting all Dartmouth athletes involved in giving back to the people and families that have given us so much support throughout our years here,” said Best. “I have made great connections with the leaders in my class on each of the Dartmouth teams and I know the enthusiasm for service is high among Big Green athletes.” CAREER CONNECTIONS One of the most impactful ways alumni can support our efforts is to become part of DP2’s Career Connections program. Our student-athletes always need help and guidance as they prepare for the next phase of their lives.  Our Career Connections database will allow student-athletes to reach out and seek mentors in a particular industry or region of the country. DP2 has also created several platforms for alumni to educate and recruit our athletes and several have come to Hanover to do so this year.  Below is link to a short survey that will allows you to chose an optional level of involvement into the program. As you know, a choice to go to Dartmouth is not a four-year but rather a lifelong commitment. Career Connections is helping our student-athletes find their passion, explore different career paths and to understand what it means to be a part of the Dartmouth family.


GRACE BEST ‘13 Women’s Soccer 2012-13 Jaeger Civic Intern


Average hours per week that Dartmouth student-athletes devote to community service during the academic year


Student-athletes will be participating in BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screeing and Intervention for College Students) this year as part of DP2’s collaboration with the Dartmouth College Health Improvement Program (DCHIP)

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pplying to medical school can be intimidating but it’s probably no more nerve-racking for Dartmouth ice hockey player Jenna Hobeika ‘12 than what she faced when she first set foot on campus. “You come in as a freshman and you are so lost and so confused as to how to sign up for classes, what classes to take and all of that,” said Hobeika. “You don’t know what is going to interfere with athletics and how it is all going to fit together. I am an engineering major and trying to plan the BE schedule is hard because it requires so many intensive and heavy engineering classes.” Hobeika, a senior forward and Big Green captain, has successfully navigated the student-athlete gauntlet and she’s quick to give credit to engineering professor John Collier for helping steer her in the right direction. The Carnegie Foundation’s 2010 New Hampshire Professor of the Year, Collier is the Faculty Adviser to the women’s ice hockey team. “I have sat with him on multiple occasions trying to figure out my ‘D’ plan,” Hobeika said. “He has provided a lot of insight on what courses I should take, what teachers I should take them with, what would be the best term to take those classes, and things like that. He has spent hours helping me plan out my entire engineering program.” One of a growing number of faculty members who work with athletes from the college’s 34 varsity teams, Collier (pictured right) is officially the freshman advisor to the hockey players, but the “freshman” part is in name only. “Except for the ones who are engineers, they will all pick up another faculty advisor who advises them in psychology or economics or sociology or whatever,” Collier explained. “But I never stop meeting with them.” He’s not kidding. In addition to having the freshmen to his house for a dinner prior to the start of classes, he meets for breakfast with each class at least once every term over the course of their Dartmouth careers. “I know a lot of Dartmouth students don’t really know their advisors and some pick classes on their own kind of blindly,” said junior goalie Lindsay Holdcroft ‘14. “But John has been amazing. He knows how we are doing in hockey and he knows how we are doing in school. He is the kind of person who says, ‘If I don’t know enough about something I know someone who does.’ He always puts us in contact with the right people. “I talked to him about taking organic chemistry at Harvard next summer because it doesn’t work into my schedule here. Within a day of telling him that he sent me links and he sent me student reviews from people explaining what the class was like and what the experience was like. I have been looking into doing some on-campus research and he contacted heads of departments and helped me with that, too.” Like Collier, economics professor Patti Anderson is a Faculty Advisor, in her case for the Dartmouth football team. Her involvement began when she was invited to speak at breakfasts on football recruiting weekends. She’s enjoyed getting to know the players she watches on Saturday afternoons both as athletes and as students. “I always thought about the first-year advising program as less about advising and more about encouraging a first-year to see a faculty member as a real person and not just as someone up in front of the class you can never talk to,” Anderson explained. “You may not get a lot out of that first meeting where you talk about what class you’re going to sign up for, but you do get the impression there is someone you can talk to when things aren’t going well in your class. You can feel that it is perfectly reasonable to show up in office hours to talk with your professor and find out what you need to be doing.”

“It’s a huge, huge advantage having someone like John who is always willing to sit down and talk no matter how busy he is.” Dartmouth linebacker Garrett Wymore ‘13 found his mentor in John Scott, another economics professor who advises football players. As a freshman Wymore took a class with Scott and subsequently was invited by the professor to lead a study group for another section of the class. “Advising at some level can be fragmented and you can get lost in the shuffle,” Wymore said. “It’s important to find a professor you feel connected to. (Scott) has a good respect for athletes and had a nephew who was a Dartmouth football player so he understands juggling the time commitments is very difficult. “He’s been great getting all my major stuff worked out and writing me a recommendation for a scholarship. I feel very lucky with Professor Scott.” Although Charles Ganske ‘06 was an engineering major who valued the advising he received from Thayer School Professor Horst Richter, he found economics professor Scott a helpful sounding board as he pursued his bachelor’s and master’s degrees while playing linebacker and later fullback for the Big Green. “It wasn’t so much in an academic way that I got to know him,” Ganske explained, “but as someone who has a perspective on how hard you have to work in the classroom and in football. He was someone who was helpful to be able to talk with over the course of my 5½ years there.” Like Ganske, Hobeika will be in Hanover a little longer than the average undergrad as she finishes up her fifth year in engineering. She’ll be back on the ice, the result of an injury that curtailed her freshman season. And she’ll find herself meeting once again with her “freshman” advisor, the ardent hockey fan who wrote her composite letter of recommendation for medical school. “That’s not an easy task,” Hobeika said. “It took him two weeks to finish. It’s a huge, huge advantage having someone like John who is always willing to sit down and talk no matter how busy he is. He’s a very important part of our team.”

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Dartmouth led Division I with 23 teams honored for their NCAA APR last year.



Student-athletes achieving a 3.5 or better grade point average in Spring ’12.

Adam Rice ‘12

National news has picked up on the story of NCAA teams being banned for postseason in 2012-13 because of low historical NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. Fourteen different schools have teams ineligible for postseason next year, including UConn in men’s basketball as well as other schools in football, soccer and wrestling. Dartmouth, on the other hand, stands first nationally in number of teams honored by the NCAA. Six Ivy institutions were among the top ten schools nationally. The Ivy led all conferences with 131 commendations, followed by the Patriot (80), Big East (73), and ACC (55). The NCAA Academic Progress Rate is a measure of the eligibility and retention of student-athletes participating in NCAA sports at any Division I institution. Each NCAA varsity team is given a score on a scale from 1-1000 (1000 meaning that every individual on that team was academically eligible for the following term and either returned to school or graduated). Individual teams with a score below 925 over a multi-year period are subject to penalties. All of the 28 Dartmouth teams measured were well above the penalty line, with an average score of 996.5.


Marietta Smith ‘12

Michael OdokaraOkigbo ‘12


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On the third floor of Floren Varsity House, just inside the Peters Study Lounge are four large frames. Listed are the names and sports of the 300-plus varsity athletes who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher in the previous term. Started in the spring of 2008 after the opening of Floren, the AD’s Honor Roll is a small, but important way to recognize those Big Green athletes who are truly epitomizing the phrase “student-athlete.” In terms of raw numbers, the Fall term saw the highest population on the Honor Roll with 332 students earning the honor. The number dipped to 300 students in the Spring term, but nothing is amiss, (there are about 150 fewer studentathletes on campus in the spring versus the fall).


Class Day is a long-standing Dartmouth tradition. This past June, the celebration had a decidedly athletic feel as varsity athletes pulled down three of the major awards. Adam Rice, a player on four NCAA tournament teams and who won two Ivy titles as a member of the men’s soccer team, was awarded the Barrett Cup for all-around achievement. The Barrett Cup is awarded annually to that man in the senior class who shows the greatest promise of becoming a factor in the outside world through strength of character and qualities of leadership, record of scholarship and broad achievement, and influence among his fellows. Marietta Smith, a four-year letterwinner on the women’s golf team, won the Philip D. McInnis ‘36 Award. This award is given annually to that woman in the senior class who contributed most significantly to the College through her depth of integrity and character, capacity for leadership, academic achievement, and commitment to the life of the community. Heavyweight rower Michael Odokara-Okigbo was winner of the Ray Smith Prize as the senior in the graduating class who made a significant and distinctive contribution to the stature of the College.  The individual shall possess in high measure personal qualities that command respect. Michael was also a member of the award-winning a cappella group, The Dartmouth Aires. In addition, four of the thirteen Dean’s Plates were awarded to varsity athletes. These students, over the course of their time at Dartmouth, contributed substantially to the quality of life on campus. The four varsity athletes were Kelly Hood (Field Hockey), Sir Norman Melancon (Football), Alexi Pappas (Cross Country/Track & Field), and Brian Seitz (Track & Field).



By Claudette Peck, LCMHC, RD, CSSD, LD DP2 Sports Nutritionist



ports drinks were first created with the intent to provide fluid for rehydration; electrolytes for increasing thirst, palatability, and replacing electrolytes lost in sweat; and carbohydrates to provide some simple energy uptake during exercise in an effort to ward off fatigue a bit longer. These are the kind of drinks that were designed to be consumed during an athletic event or hard training segment and to some degree just prior to the event to get the most out of your performance. The general idea was that they were to be used for athletes who were exercising intensely for greater than 60 minutes, and especially those who tend to lose a lot of sweat during exercise. Water has been, and still is, an appropriate and adequate choice for rehydration for those of us who work out moderately for 60 minutes or less, or for those practices that may not be super intense. Examples of sports drinks/ aids: are Gatorade (Perform series), Powerade, GU gel, Sport Beans, and Clif Shot Bloks. The development of Recovery drinks followed the onset of Sports drinks with the intended use to be after endurance workouts. To date, science has determined that the most beneficial ratio of carbs to protein should be somewhere between

3:1 or 4:1 (carbs to protein) for endurance events, and 2:1 during strength training programs. This combination provides the optimum delivery of those nutrients to assist in replenishment of glycogen losses, and hydration, as well as the delivery of amino acids for repair of muscle tissue. There are two key factors in ensuring that a recovery drink will peak your performance as intended.

If someone is not meeting the calorie and hydration demands for their sport, then no recovery drink can fix that, and the benefits of the drink will be minimized. 1. If someone is not meeting the calorie and hydration demands for their sport, then no recovery drink can fix that, and the benefits of the drink will be minimized. 2. In general, research has pointed to 30 minutes post-exercise and again within 2 hours of exercise as the optimal times

that the body is receptive and able to utilize recovery products and food to replace, replenish, and rebuild in anticipation of the next day of training. Examples of recovery drinks may include: Muscle Milk, chocolate milk, Endurox R4, Accelerade, GU Brew, or Gatorade (Recover). Energy drinks are the newest class of beverages and have been sweeping the beverage sale market of late. However, the name “Energy drink” is a bit deceiving and leads one to believe that it will provide them with much needed nutrients that will provide energy. Examples of Energy drinks include: Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, Rock Star, Amp, and numerous others. These are marketed to many athletes, but they are not designed to improve athletic performance. Energy drinks are most often a blend of water, sugar, vitamins, herbals, and almost always caffeine. While caffeine has been studied by sports scientists for some time, and has found its place in some endurance sports as potentially warding off fatigue, it is a stimulant with dependency properties and does not provide the body with ‘energy’ as the body needs it. Therefore, if you are looking for a beverage to increase your athletic potential an energy drink may not be what you are looking for. The best way to ensure you are at your peak is to practice good eating principles, stay well-hydrated, and obtain adequate rest for your mind and body. With this foundation and a little help with sports drinks and recovery drinks, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your best.

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t was a Christmas afternoon in the 1980’s. With the presents opened and Dartmouth’s annual women’s basketball invitational just days away, Big Green coach Chris Wielgus loaded her two sons into the car and headed to her Alumni Gym office to prepare for the hardwood challenges ahead. With the boys downstairs shooting hoops, Wielgus plunked herself in front of a bank of interconnected VCRs and a small TV, fingers at the ready. Game tape in one machine. Blank tape for defense in another. Blank tape for offense in a third. Yellow legal pad with handwritten numbers copied from the VCR counter indicating the game flow on the master tape that she’d already watched. Ready, set, go. Push play. Push record. Push stop. Push play. Push record on the second VCR. Push stop. Uh oh, forgot to reset the counter on the tape machine. Phooey. While her sons were having fun on the basketball court, Wielgus was hardly enjoying herself as she tried to give her team an edge heading into its holiday tournament. Now, like Wielgus’ boys, video analysis is all grown up. Sitting at the desk in her spacious new corner office in the Berry Center, Wielgus can project the digital video from her computer onto a large flatscreen TV mounted on the wall to her right. With a tap of the keyboard she can show every Harvard offensive possession, every Princeton inbound play, every Brown defensive set. Every post move by Yale’s center. Video clip collections that once required multiple VCRs hooked together in a bird’s nest of wires can be now be compiled on a sleek Macintosh laptop. What used to take hours and hours of painstaking back-and-forth button pushing during nights and holidays stuck in a darkened office now can be wrapped up on the bus ride back from a game. And best of all, the value of the final clip collection is limited only by the imagination and dedication of the coach who created it. As part of Dartmouth Peak Performance, the athletic department has purchased a department-wide license for Sportstec’s top-of-the-line video analysis coaching software. The Elite system is used by 23 NBA teams, top soccer teams like Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, 19 of 20 countries at the last Rugby World Cup and virtually every top field hockey team on the planet, among others. “Dartmouth was the first school in the Northeast and might be the first in Division IAA or the FCS as they call it, to buy a license like this,” said Richard Akerboom ’80, who along with Alex Magleby ’00, is the regional distributor for Sportstec through their White River Junction business, Sylvan Advantage. It was Magleby, the Dartmouth rugby coach, who recognized the value of the Australianbased Sportstec program when he was a player on the USA Rugby Sevens team and turned Akerboom onto the system in 2004. Dartmouth men’s soccer coach Jeff Cook is glad that he did and thrilled with the college’s decision to buy a department-wide license. “This has made our lives easier from a teaching point of view,” he said. “I think it is logical to pool resources rather than having 34 programs all trying to scrap for their own little system.” Not only do all teams have licenses for the Sportstec system, but the individual coaches do as well. “We have four licenses for our program,” Cook said. “In the past if I was home and breaking down tape and Chase (Wileman, assistant coach) wanted to look at something from the midfield players he would send me a text at 10 at night, ‘Hey coach, can you log off? I need the license.’ That was a little cumbersome.” At its most basic, the Sportstec software allows coaches to create files for different actions – in basketball it might be out-of-bounds plays under the basket, out-of-bounds plays on the sideline, 3-point makes, transition tendencies – and then assign clips to those files by clicking on predefined labels while reviewing the video. Unlike most digital scouting programs, the coaches can define their own categories for “coding” the game according to what they want to study. “The beauty of it is it is totally adaptable,” said Wielgus, whose

“The old idea of sitting everyone down in a room for 45 minutes and taking them through video does not work,” said Cook. staff compiles the clips to create scouting reports both on the opposition and the Big Green itself. Thanks to a recent upgrade in the Dartmouth software coaches will now be able to create a matrix bringing up clips that fit a cross-section of actions. From a file of successful passes, for example, the technology might allow a coach to extract successful passes by a midfielder to the right side, and from that drill down to successful passes by a midfielder to the right side that resulted in a goal. Sportstec software also allows the creation of Quicktime movies for Podcasting, Twitter and social media applications that fit the lifestyles of today’s student-athletes. “For the last two years we’ve used online tools if we want defenders to look at something,” said Cook. “I have become aware that the old idea of sitting everyone down in a room for 45 minutes and taking them through the video doesn’t work.” Wielgus feels the same way. “It used to be I’d make the players sit and watch the tape,” she said. “I’d tell them, ‘OK, here is their inbounds play,’ and I’d fast-forward, then go back and forward until I got to the right spot. Now I can show them exactly what I want immediately. This generation learns by seeing and something like this is their medium. Being able to provide Sportstec for our coaches and athletes is making a huge difference.” Which is why the arrival of Sportstec was kind of like Christmas morning – without having to go to the office.

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rom academia to the layperson, careers are spent trying to determine the ideal magnitude, frequency, and duration to yield greatest improvements in performance (poundage lifted). And with all this time, effort and money spent, a majority of the leading minds have still overlooked a basic truth that the magic isn’t in the prescription; it’s in the execution. No exercise has been a bigger victim of mis-execution and misunderstanding than the back squat. If you enter any health club, gym or weight room, chances are you’ll see something that resembles a squat. A properly executed squat is such a thing of beauty. The mobility required to lower your center of gravity over your base of support paired with the strength to maintain appropriate joint alignment is awe inspiring. It has been established that the squat is an effective tool at strengthening the quadriceps, hamstring, gluteus maximus and gastrocnemius. Additionally, there is a profound activation of muscles controlling the trunk. The squat is the foundation of our ground based training philosophy and if done properly is essential to improving force production and joint integrity. For these reasons the squat is the most commonly implemented exercise for sport training. But recently the movement has been demonized due to it being performed by unqualified and/or misinformed individuals. As a way to improve technique and execution, our staff uses the instructions when teaching the back squat to our athletes. As a way to improve technique and execution, our staff uses the instructions at right when teaching the back squat to our athletes. Resistance training is analogous to the educational process. Just as a student graduates from grade to grade through satisfactory comprehension and demonstration of skills, so will an athlete flow in their training. Improving strength and flexibility of the lower extremities from the hip to the foot is important in our movement based training, but if your knees and back hurt after squatting, it is highly likely that there is a technique issue or you may not have the required mobility to execute the movement properly. In this case, it is important to examine the cause not the symptom. We recommend that if you aren’t prepared to squat, make use of lunges, step-ups or front squats as alternatives until appropriate mobility has been developed.


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The Keys to a Proper Squat: > Place your feet just outside of hip width. > Toes rotated out no more than 15 degrees Start with knees slightly flexed. Begin the descent with a shift of the hips down and back > Then allow the knees to drift forward to, but not beyond, the toes > Change directions quickly in the bottom but don’t bounce. > Begin the upward ascent by driving the shins back with the forefoot > Stabilize at the top and repeat.





artmouth Peak Performance (DP2) is pleased to announce the four newest staff members who will be helping Dartmouth college student athletes reach their full potential academically, athletically and personally. Brandon Harrington ’09, Jeff Butler, Christina Rasnake and Katelyn Stravinsky all come to Dartmouth with the goal of building Big Green Athletes into elite performers on and off the field. Brandon Harrington ‘09 returns to Hanover in a newly created position as the DP2 Health Initiatives Coordinator. This position was created through a unique partnership between DP2, DCHIP (Dartmouth College Health Improvement Project), and Residential Life. Harrington will be working with DP2 and Health Promotions to introduce BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) to all varsity athletes, as well as assisting in the coordination of wellness and leadership programming. “Brandon is a tremendous asset to our program, the BASICS program will be one of the most important personal development resources we will use to help our athletes live healthy lives off the field,” said Donnie Brooks, Assistant Athletic Director for Peak Performance. Harrington was most recently at Second Growth in Wilder, VT, where he worked with adolescents around the issues of substance abuse. He also helped develop a leadership program for local high school athletes. Harrington was a member of the Big Green hockey team as an undergraduate and majored in Psychology with a minor in Classical Studies.  Jeff Butler joins Dartmouth as Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach from the University of Arkansas where he served as a graduate assistant in the Arkansas Human Performance Laboratory. Butler will be responsible for program development and implementation for the Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball programs. He will also assist Dave Jenkerson with training the Football team. Butler ‘s prior experience will also aid DP2 in the development of new competitive measures for athletes and metrics to assess the quality of programs and athletic performance. “Jeff is a great addition to the staff because of his experience and research on mobility screening and its impact on power production. Jeff ’s strengths certainly compliment our

integrative health approach. In addition to his research based methods, it was apparent in the interview process that he is also a high energy coach who can communicate effectively with our athletes,” said Drew Galbraith, Sr. Associate Director for Peak Performance. Butler’s strength and conditioning experiences include stints at Arkansas, N.C. State and Mississippi College where he graduated and captained the football team in 2006. Christina Rasnake joins the DP2 Strength and conditioning staff as an assistant coach. Rasnake finished her Masters in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University in the spring of 2012. She assisted in the oversight of the strength and conditioning programs for eight of Bloomburg’s 17 varsity teams. “Christina fits the DP2 Strength mold of coaches who are academically engaged and credible with athletes on the floor.” Said Bob Miller, Holekamp Family Director of Strength and Conditioning. At Bloomsburg, Rasnake participated in research and lectured within the Exercise Science department. Rasnake, a 2007 graduate of Lock Haven University, spent two years working as a student strength assistant. She also spent time honing her coaching and research skills at Velocity Sport Performance, The University of Pennsylvania, and LaSalle University. Rasnake will oversee the program development and implementation for the Field Hockey, Sailing, Equestrian, Swimming & Diving, Rowing, and Golf teams, as well as assisting with Football. Katelyn Stravinsky joins the staff as DP2/Varsity Assistant. A 2011 ColbySawyer Graduate, Stravinsky previously served as an intern for Dartmouth Athletics, which helped her decide to pursue a master’s degree in higher education administration. “Katelyn was extremely ambitious and reliable during her time as an intern and we are extremely happy to have her back in a more important role within DP2 ” said Anne Hudak, Associate Director of Athletics for Peak Performance. Katelyn will now take on the responsibility of providing support in academic advising, event management, social media and other DP2 programs. Stravinsky was a four-year letter winner and senior captain on the women’s basketball team at Colby-Sawyer. In addition to Stravinsky’s undergraduate experience at Dartmouth she also served as an operations assistant with the Bay State Games of Massachusetts. She recently finished her coursework for her Master’s of Education from Northeastern University.

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Carr Takes Over as Director of Dartmouth Sports Medicine SOME FAMILIAR FACES WILL BE TAKING ON NEW ROLES IN THE MEDICAL CARE OF DARTMOUTH STUDENT-ATHLETES. Dr. Charlie Carr ’79 DMS ’81, a mainstay in orthopedics at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the surgeon to many Big Green athletes, is taking over as Director of Sports Medicine and Team Physician. Dr. Carr has been a regular on the sidelines for many Dartmouth teams and will now play a more integral role in sports medicine, including oversight of the athletic trainers. Dr. Carr takes over as team physician from Dr. Jack Turco,


Charlie Carr and Kristine Karlson

Director of the Dartmouth College Health Service. Dr. Turco had overseen sports medicine at the College since 1984. In addition to increased presence and oversight from Dr. Carr, another familiar face, Dr. Kristine Karlson, will be taking on an expanded role with Dartmouth Sports Medicine, providing additional physician coverage in the Davis Varsity House training room for all Big Green athletes. The expanded sports medicine coverage from physicians comes along with the addition of two new athletic trainers this year, bringing Dartmouth’s total to 11 full-time trainers. Yuri Fujioka will be working with Men’s & Women’s Cross-Country, the Distance Runners, and Women’s Basketball, while Pete Tryon will be working with Men’s Soccer, Men’s Skiing, and Baseball.



DREW GALBRAITH Senior Associate AD for Peak Performance

ANNE HUDAK Associate AD for Peak Performance Areas: Academics, Nutrition, Sports Psychology

DONNIE BROOKS Assistant AD for Peak Performance Areas: Strength, Integrative Health, Careers, Wellness

KATELYN STRAVINSKY DP2 and Varsity Assistant

BRANDON HARRINGTON ‘09 Health Initiatives Coordinator

CLAUDETTE PECK Sports Nutritionist

MARK HIATT Sports Psychologist

BOB MILLER Holekamp Family Director of Strength & Conditioning Sports: Basketball, Hockey, Baseball, Softball

JEFF BUTLER Assistant Strength Coach Sports: Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Tennis, Skiing

DAVE JENKERSON Assistant Strength Coach Sport: Football

CHRISTINA RASNAKE Assistant Strength Coach Sports: Field Hockey, Rowing, Track, Swimming, Golf, Sailing, Equestrian

ANNA TERRY Integrative Health

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TAKE JOY IN THE LITTLE THINGS We are fortunate that our body of work is sport. To that end, we have to create an environment in which our student-athletes and coaches appreciate the unique nature of teams and the learning that takes place in them.

HELP CREATE A “D� IDENTITY What does it mean when you put on the green Dartmouth jersey? We want to be defined by hard work, tenacity, discipline and enthusiasm.

LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM HARRY Earlier in this inaugural issue of PEAK, you saw news about our new leadership program and position. Our administrators and coaches play a significant role as educators for the studentathletes at Dartmouth. We have to both define a process for students achieving excellence as well as exhibit those qualities in our own work. When I think about creating a culture of excellence for our teams, here is the process I have shared with our coaches and student-athletes.


COMMIT TO EXCELLENCE NOT WINNING When we make winning the goal, we create a zero-sum proposition. We expect all of our teams and staff to commit to a process geared towards excellence. When we do this, we catch greatness along the way.

PAINT A PICTURE Part of that commitment to excellence is the ability of our coaches to create a vision for where we want to go and what we want to be.

SET THE BAR HIGH Once our vision is set, we need to clearly articulate the lofty goals that we are striving for. Everyone needs to be able to communicate the vision and goals of the team or program.




Whether it is in recruiting prospective student-athletes or in hiring, we need to make sure we have the right people on the bus. I am constantly telling our coaches and staff that hiring is some of the most important work we do.

Once they are here, we need to create clear expectations for everyone on the team or in the organization. It is a matter of defining roles and then communicating about how those roles are being played.

The last part is simple. All of our student-athletes, coaches and staff are fortunate to be where we are and we should approach our work with energy and enthusiasm. Our mindset every day, whether it is a practice or game or day in the office, is to get a little better. When we add a number of incremental steps, the gains are enormous.

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