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YEAR ONE First-year head coach Belle Koclanes (center kneeling) has the attention of her team as she game plans last winter in Leede Arena.




HURDLING THE COMPETITION Miranda Lawson ‘17 and Erica Hendershot ‘15 clear the hurdles at the New Balance Dartmouth Relays in January. The Relays are one of the largest annual track meets in New England. The Women’s Indoor Track team went on to finish 7th in the country at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March – the highest finish for an Ivy team ever.




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LEADING THE PACK Sophomore Joey Chapin leads the pack at an indoor track meet in Boston in February. The Big Green men finished tied for 45th at the NCAA Championships in New Mexico in March.






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FEATURES 10 A WEEK IN THE LIFE Balancing schoolwork, a Division I sport, and the complexities of life on the Dartmouth campus is not easy. Learn firsthand about the challenges from Phil Hession ‘15 (page 12) and Megan Averitt ‘15 (page 16) 20 CONNECTING THE DOTS Assistant AD Donnie Brooks has a myriad of responsibilities and plays a key role in pulling DP2 together

ON THE COVER: Junior Megan Averitt leads Dartmouth Softball in the NCAA tournament.





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

22 ATHLETES IN MEDICINE A number of student-athletes enter Dartmouth with aspirations of careers in health care. A particularly motivated group of athletes manages to navigate these highly demanding interests 26 DARTMOUTH TOPS NCAA APR AGAIN

ABOVE: The Dartmouth Softball team is introduced prior to its first-ever NCAA tournament game at Arizona State on May 16. Dartmouth had a record-setting season, going 31-19 overall and a sparkling 18-2 in the Ivy League season. The Big Green defeated Penn in the Ivy Championship series in Hanover to earn the NCAA bid. Sophomore Morgan McCalmon was named the 2014 Ivy League Softball Player of the Year, while junior Kristen Rumley was tabbed Ivy League Pitcher of the Year.

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ittle did junior lacrosse captain Philip Hession have an idea how unusual his week would end – or not end as the case may be – when he agreed to keep a diary for PEAK spanning seven days in the life of a Dartmouth athlete. Hession was a latecomer to the game of lacrosse, concentrating more on basketball and soccer while growing up in Canton, Mass., and as a day student at Noble and Greenough School. “In my sophomore year of high school my basketball coach, who I looked up to very much, convinced me to start playing lacrosse in the spring because I wasn’t doing anything,” he says. “I was just practicing soccer for the fall. I was like, ‘Sure, what the heck. I love being part of teams.’ ” Just like that, Hession was a lacrosse player, although he’s quick to admit not a good one from the get-go. “I showed up on the first day sophomore spring and was just sort of like on the team,” he says. “It was almost embarrassing. I couldn’t catch or throw or do anything.” As it turned out, Hession’s basketball-lacrosse coach had a good eye for raw talent. By the middle of his first season he was seeing time in the midfield and by the final game of the season he was popping in two goals and adding two assists. Determined that he would one day be an Ivy League athlete Hession was pretty sure it would be as a soccer player until he started drawing more interest as a lacrosse player. It wasn’t until the 12th hour that he was offered more than a chance to walk on for Dartmouth. “It was pretty much the last game of my last tournament of the summer in Maryland when the Dartmouth coaches got to see me one more time,” he recalls. “I got a call walking off the field asking me if I wanted to spend my next four years at Dartmouth. I was like, ‘Yes I do!’ I committed on the spot even though I had never actually been here.” The psychology major was chosen Dartmouth’s most outstanding first-year player as a freshman and last year set a school record with 94 ground balls while also handling faceoffs. He won the program’s Blue Collar Award for his work ethic, and the Dud Hendrick Award as the player “whose hard work competitive spirit and dedication to his teammates and to lacrosse, has led to the most improvement during his career at Dartmouth. Hession will be the first to admit there haven’t been as many wins since he arrived in Hanover as he would like, but apart from that there’s not much he would change. Except, perhaps, for how the week in question ended.

Monday, Feb. 24

Hession is not an early riser. Nor is he much of a breakfast person. On this day, the alarm is set for 10 a.m. in his off-campus apartment, several blocks behind the Nugget Theater in Hanover. “I usually wake up an hour before my first commitment of the day,” he explains. “And I will stay up later to work. It’s just the way I am wound.” On the stroll to his 11:15 Social Psychology class he drops into the Dirt Cowboy for a coffee and a bagel. “It’s right on the way,” he said. “I love my coffee. I’m getting double vanilla lattes now, either that or a regular coffee. That gets my day started.” It’s not the kind of breakfast a dietitian would draw up and Hession knows it. “It is a horrible nutritional way to start the day but it’s quick,” he

says. “I am actually very nutrition conscious. I was tightly wound about it in high school but I’ve loosened up and will allow myself some stuff now.” “I once asked a guy who knew a lot about nutrition when I was in high school if it would it be better to eat absolutely nothing or get something in your system, even if it’s a bagel, or at night a piece of pizza. He said if those are your options you should always eat something rather than nothing. So that’s sort of my wake-up method.” After Social Psych, Hession grabs a smoothie at Collis, gets in an hour of physical therapy and a lift before taking a late lunch. A quick peek at his books and he’s off to Scully-Fahey Field for practice from 5-8. Hession caps most practices with one of his own protein shakes, which on this day is a good thing because, with a meeting slated for 8:15, he puts off dinner and hustles off to Thayer School to work on a group project for his Integrated Design engineering class. “We didn’t have a final so our final group project was pretty much everything,” he says. “The project was to design some sort of system or structure for a park in Haiti that actually exists. A lot of people in engineering and my professors are interested in actually building something there at some point, so each group had to design something and present it. It was a lot of hours of work and made it a very, very hectic week.” It isn’t until 10 at night that Hession eats a quick dinner at the Noodle Station in downtown Hanover and then heads to the library until 1:30 a.m.


Seven hours after hitting the sack Hession is up and preparing for a game at Vermont, 90 minutes northwest of Hanover. On other Tuesdays he may have a captains meeting for 45 minutes before practice, but on this day he will be in Burlington. Hession has his schedule set up with just his Psych class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday are his heavy days with the Thayer class at 10 and Financial Accounting class at 2. “A lot of people don’t like 10A and 2A (class times) but I like loading up my schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” he says. “I think it works better for me and I miss less stuff on Fridays.” Despite the best laid plans, on this day he misses both classes for a game that he’d just as soon forget. Hession picks up nine ground balls and wins 14-of-25 faceoffs but Dartmouth drops to 0-2 with a 13-8 loss at UVM, a team the Big Green was 18-4 against all time coming in. “I am a psychology major because I think like that on my own anyway,” he says. “I think a lot. I think it helps me when I fail at something. It helps me all the time in lacrosse, both personally and as a captain.” The Vermont game is a case in point. “A crushing loss,” Hession says. “Here’s the way I think about it, and I told my coaches this too. At the end of the year the only thing that is going to make us feel like the season is a success or a failure is whether or not we make the Ivy League tournament. That’s it. How we do against Ivy League teams.” Back in Hanover by 7, Hession has dinner at 7:30 and is in the library working from 8:30 until after midnight, catching up on the two missed classes. P E A K | SPR I N G 201 4




After his usual morning coffee and his Social Psych class, Hession stops by the Collis Center for a cold treat. “I love smoothies,” he says. “That’s a really health-conscious thing. I’ll tell them, ‘All fruit, ice and both juices.’ It’s kind of like one huge shot of fruit and a little bit of hydration to get my intake for the day. It’s a much healthier option and I go out of my way to make sure I get one at least every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.” From Collis he heads to Floren Varsity House for a mix of physical therapy and lifting, the response to a herniated disc in his back that traces back to an injury waterskiing last Fourth of July weekend. When his back didn’t improve after a month and a half taking it easy, Hession canceled a planned trip to Australia and turned last November to a personal trainer he’s known for a long time. In tandem with a physical therapist and a chiropractor, the trainer developed a program that Hession followed every day until returning to school and continues to follow. “It doesn’t fix a herniation, but it got me strong in the right areas,” he explains. “That relieves a lot of pressure off the area, and allows me to play.” DP2 has gifted staffs in the training and weight rooms, people Hession respects and appreciates. He admits to some initial concern about approaching them with his own program. “I’m sure what they would have had me doing would have worked, but they were understanding and let me continue what I’ve been doing for 2½ months because it was working,” he says. “They’ve been great about that.” Hession has the personalized program on a Google Doc on his phone. In addition to various exercises to help with his back he does what he can with the weights to maintain his strength over the course of the season before heading to lunch at 3. After practice, dinner, and a three-plus hour stint in the library he heads back to his apartment at 1:30.


Hession is up at 8 preparing for a presentation at 9. He is in class from 10-11:50 before hustling to a meeting at noon with Steven Spaulding, Dartmouth’s Assistant Athletic Director for DP2 Leadership. Hession first really got to know the West Point graduate through his DP2 DRIVE program (Development, Resilience, Ingenuity, Valor and Excellence), which the entire class of lacrosse sophomores attended during their summer on campus. DRIVE consists of two hours of classroom work during the week and two hours of experiential learning in-the-field at the end of the week. Hession and his summer classmates were there for each weekly session. “It’s all about teaching leadership as we’ve defined it here in the athletic department,” says Hession. “I thought our team was missing out on something because only the sophomores were on campus and met with (Spaulding). So I had him come and speak to the team for one hour a week the whole fall. I’ve continued to touch base with him, although less frequently now because we are in the middle of the season. “We continue to talk about what issues the team is facing at the moment. With Vermont we had just lost two games and people 14


were down so we talked about understanding what was important about those games. He helps me understand what I should do in my position as a captain. I use him as a resource and as an objective sounding board because while he knows a ton about leadership he isn’t wrapped up in lacrosse at the moment.” After lunch, another class and practice, Hession sits down to eat at 8:15. Most days he tries to spend a full hour at lunch, and the same at dinner because free time is valuable and there isn’t much of it during the rest of the day. “I feel less burnt out if I take a full hour to eat,” he says, “so I’ll eat with someone and talk. I try not to be thinking about work. I’ll eat and relax at the same time, do a little hanging out. “I believe if I double up my eating time and my relaxing time it’s actually more efficient for me.” Then it’s back to the library from 9:30 until sometime after midnight.”


After a much too short night’s sleep, Hession has a 4:45 wakeup call. In anticipation of a Saturday afternoon matchup with Sacred Heart at SMU Stadium in this year’s Patriot Cup, the Big Green will fly out of Logan Airport at 9:50 a.m. Hession is on the bus at 5:30 and wishing some of his required readings were available in audio book form. “I get motion sickness so buses are hard for me,” he explains. “I struggle trying to work so I usually sleep on bus trips, or try to. That way I can keep going later at night and get work done. Going to Penn and Cornell is awful. I can get some stuff done when we fly.” Following lunch in Dallas, practice from 3-5 and a team dinner, the Big Green checks into its hotel. After an hour of scout review and film, Hession joins his teammates in simply chilling. “At one point we were just sitting on the floor in the hallway between the rooms hanging out,” he says. “It’s just been a crazy, crazy term with guys applying for jobs, with players in my grade taking on more important roles with the team, and with both of the students who passed away in our grade and most of us knowing them to some degree. “The other day one of my friends was saying it almost feels like we’re coworkers right now, instead of friends. We are seeing each other all the time but it is always in a work setting. Sometimes to do nothing really is key because we are always doing so much.”

Saturday, March 1

Hession grabs a game-high 10 ground balls and wins a terrific 17-of-27 faceoffs as Dartmouth breaks a fourth-quarter tie and beats Sacred Heart, 14-10. “The win was huge for us,” Hession says. “I think so from a mental perspective, because I don’t know where we would be mentally if we had lost the game and were 0-3. “It was a relief. Losing to UNC was not worrisome. Losing to Vermont was very worrisome and this combated those worries. But if I’m going to stick to what I said about Vermont and losses like that, then I also need to stick to that idea when we beat teams out of league. It’s nothing more to me than a really important learning experience. If you learn something from that, it helps us when we play Harvard.”

Sunday, March 2

Sunday is usually an off day for the lacrosse team. On most Sundays Hession will sleep in and if he’s not overwhelmed with work have a nice breakfast in town, perhaps treating himself at Lou’s. He’ll hang with friends, maybe watch a little tube and after dinner finally head to Baker and hit the books. On this Sunday the Big Green is scheduled to fly home from Texas and get back to Hanover by 5 at night. But one day after the mercury crossed into the 80s the temperature is at 32 degrees and “thundersleet” is being reported in the Dallas metroplex. By midafternoon there are 53 “injury wrecks,” reported in Dallas and 325 flights out of Dallas Forth Worth Airport have been cancelled. The Dartmouth flight is one of them. Hession has plans to meet with his Integrated Design group Sunday night, but that will not happen. He has another meeting scheduled for the next night, and that will not happen either.


With the overnight temperature plunging to 12 degrees, Dallas is still shut down on Monday. Not until Tuesday will Hession and the Big Green make it back to Hanover. In the meantime he does what he can with the help of the Internet and reschedules meetings for later in the week. “We finally got back at 7 and I went straight to meet with the group,” he says. “I wanted to do the PowerPoint for the project because that is what I am better at. I ended up getting stuck doing the physical model because I didn’t have the resources in Dallas to do the PowerPoint.” While the flight cancellations and delay were a hassle, Hession can’t say enough about how the situation was handled back in Hanover. “Everyone has been amazing,” he says. “The professors were great and Katelyn Stravinsky, Assistant Athletic Director for DP2, even got an email sent out from the deans to all of our professors explaining everything even before we contacted them. That was a real bright spot for me. “As much as the week was horrible in that I didn’t have a chance to do things the way I would normally want to, I was given as much assistance as possible. I was stressed out because it was hard to do the work, but I didn’t have stress from the people that the work was owed to, which was a huge deal. I felt very, very supported.” And not just on the academic side. “The coaches were great too,” he says. “They couldn’t have been more understanding, but they always are. That’s probably one of the best qualities of our whole coaching staff. They understand the lacrossework-life balance.” Add it up and while that first trip to the Ivy League playoffs still awaits, Hession is thrilled with the way things have turned out at the college he committed to before ever setting foot on campus. “I got so lucky in this process,” he says. “I could tell I was happy here when, by the end of my fall term, I was already referring to this place as home. “You don’t feel lost here. I got here and all the things I was worried about, like not having a city nearby and not having these other things around me, weren’t a problem. Being at Dartmouth has had the opposite effect of making me feel like I have my own very special little place, very, very quickly. I realize that’s way more important than anything else for a college experience. I couldn’t be happier.”

Philip Hession SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE MONDAY 10 AM: Wake up, breakfast at Dirt Cowboy 11:15 – 12:20 AM: Social Psychology Class 12:30: Smoothie from Collis 1: Physical Therapy/Injury Work 2–3: Lift 3: Lunch/Go to library for quick work 4:15: Head to practice 5-8: Practice 8:15: Group Project 10: Quick dinner 10:15–1:30 AM: Library for homework 2: Bed

12:30: Smoothie from Collis 1: Physical Therapy/Injury Work 2–3: Lift 3: Lunch/Go to library for quick work 4:15: Head to practice 5-8: Practice 8:15–9: Dinner 9:15–1:30 a.m: Library for homework 2: Bed

TUESDAY 9 a.m: Wake up, pack, eat 10:30: Get on bus to travel for Vermont game 3: Play Vermont 5:30: Bus Home 7: Arrive at school 7:30: Dinner 8:30: Library for work (catch up on missed two classes) 1 a.m: Bed

THURSDAY 8: Wake up, grab sandwich at Collis 9–10: Prepare for presentation in 10a 10–11:50 am: Integrated Design Class 12–1: Meeting with Steven Spaulding about Lacrosse Leadership 1– 2: Lunch 2–3:50: Financial Accounting Class 4: Grab snack and head to locker room 5–8: Practice 8:15–9: Dinner 9:30–12 a.m: Library 12:30: Bed

TUESDAY (ALTERNATE): 9 a.m: Wake up, grab sandwich at Collis 10–11:50: Integrated Design Class 12–1: Lunch 1– 2: Prepare for 2A class 2– 3:50: Financial Accounting Class 4– 4:45: Captains Meeting 5 –8: Practice 8:15–9: Dinner 9:30–12 a.m: Library 12:30: Bed

FRIDAY (EITHER LIKE MW OR...) 4:45 a.m: Wake up, grab food, head to locker room 5:30; Bus to Boston 9:50: Flight to Dallas 1:30: Lunch in Dallas 3-5: Practice 5:30: Team Dinner 6:30: Arrive at hotel and check in 7:15 – 8:15: Scout Review and film 8:15 – 10:30: Hang out 11: Lights out

WEDNESDAY 10 a.m: Wake up, breakfast at Dirt Cowboy 11:15–12:20: Social Psychology

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unior softball player Megan Averitt calls it the “February Grind,” and make no mistake about it. With snow on the ground and no games, the shortest month of the year can seem to stretch on and on for athletes who play spring sports at Dartmouth. As the calendar turned from February to March, Averitt kept a diary for PEAK detailing a week in the life of a spring athlete in the longest month. Grind or not, the quick-footed Big Green outfielder would have it no other way, something she made clear while discussing her week. An all-conference performer for each of her four years at Alameda High School across the bay from San Francisco, Averitt was a member of coach Rachel Hanson’s first Dartmouth recruiting class. Converted to a left-handed slap hitter in high school, she appeared in 38 games as a freshman but struggled at the plate, hitting .132. With a year behind her, she blossomed as a sophomore, playing in 45 games and batting a robust .355 in Ivy League play (and .262 overall). For her performance last spring, Averitt was honored with a spot on the All-Ivy League second team and was presented the Dartmouth program’s “Tough As Nails,” award as the player who, by vote of the softball coaching staff, “best exemplified a competitive spirit and maintained a high level of focus, effort and intensity in all aspects of their conduct throughout the course of the season.” Averitt is majoring in economics with a minor in geography. She will do an internship in capital management back home in San Francisco this summer and has an interest in urban planning. Here is a look at a week that concluded with the James Madison Tournament in Harrisonburg, Va., featuring the Big Green, host JMU, Penn State and Fairfield.


It is the one day “off ” for the Dartmouth softball team, fresh from a season-opening trip to Florida. But it’s hardly an off day for Averitt and her teammates, who arrived back in Hanover only Sunday night. After a short night’s sleep, the Big Green centerfielder awakens at 8:30 and grabs a quick breakfast before hitting the books from 9:30-11. At 11:15 she sits down for her Earth Science 2 class, Evolution of Earth and Life, which considers, “the origin of the earth, moon, oceans, continents, atmosphere, biosphere and the importance of catastrophic events in the destruction and evolution of the species.” Then it’s off to ECON 29 which, “examines the behavior of international financial markets, the balance of payments and exchange rates, interactions between the balance of payments, the exchange rate and domestic economic activity and ways of organizing the international monetary system.” A quick lunch at 1:45 is followed by a rehab session in the training room at 2:15. About a year and a half ago Averitt began feeling pain in her foot. Although she seemed fine after a stint wearing a “boot,” the pain recurred while she was studying in Rome the fall of her sophomore year. She eventually was diagnosed with a subluxed cuboid, a relatively rare malady Averitt simplifies for the rest of us as, “sort of a bone slipping out of place.” While she experiences some discomfort with the foot, Averitt

is able to play through it. Heat and 45-or-so minutes of physical therapy exercises –working on internal and external rotation with stretchable bands and balancing on a ball – are aimed at getting her to 100 percent. After the training room session it’s back to the books from 3:15 until 5 and then a 90-minute meeting regarding a program the team has done in coordination with a company from the Midwest. “In the fall we filled out a survey and then did a phone interview with them to assess what type of team we have in terms of personality, talent and that kind of thing,” Averitt explains. “They sent us a packet and then came here to help explain how our team fits together, where we can improve and all that. It was really interesting.” Averitt steals another 45 minutes of reading from 6:30-7:15 and at 7:30 grabs a quick dinner. From 8-9 she attends a Title IX meeting to listen to and discuss the social climate on campus. She is one of five softball players asked to attend and finds it useful. “It’s not something I know a lot about,” she says, “so for me it was a learning experience.” Unable to take softball’s conditioning test because of her foot, Averitt then spends a half hour or so pedaling a stationery bicycle on mezzanine over the Floren Varsity House weight room. It’s a way for her to keep her fitness up despite the foot limiting her participation in the softball team’s regular conditioning exercises. At 9:45 Averitt is at long last back in her Topliff dorm room. She finally has a chance to unpack from the Florida trip, prep a bit for Tuesday, tie up loose academic ends and unwind before hitting the sack.


After a 7:15 wakeup call, Averitt is off to an elementary school in nearby Lebanon to participate in the Big Green Readers program with fellow Dartmouth athletes. The volunteer effort eats up 90 minutes of her day, but she’s more than glad to do it. “I actually wanted to do it for a couple of years but I always had either a class conflict or we had morning lift that day,” she says. “This term it worked out with my schedule. I love kids and working with kids, and it isn’t a huge time commitment. “Each week I’m with either kindergarten or first grade kids. In kindergarten you’re pretty much reading to them. In first grade they are reading to you. I was with first graders this time and they were all really good readers. They would have one or two books picked out and they would come to me and each one would read through one of their books before going back to what they had been doing.” After zipping back to campus, Averitt has breakfast, a class, lunch and a block of 2 hours, 15 minutes of homework and study. Then it’s a team lift between 3 and 4, another hour of rehab and the first practice of the week in Leverone Field House from 5:30-7:30. Coming from California where she could be outside all year, Averitt’s major concern about Dartmouth before committing had been with regard to preseason practice in a northern New England winter. “But I was shown Leverone pretty quickly and Coach said they were able to have full practices in there,” she says. “We can actually get a lot more done than I think people would imagine. We can set it up where we can have a full scrimmage and a full field. For outfield I think it is more difficult just because there are lights and ceilings that don’t allow us to get full height with the ball, but our coaches P E A K | S P R I N G 201 417


have gotten pretty adept at avoiding the nets and hitting through the lights and all of that. It works out better than you would imagine, but not as great as it could be.” After practice Averitt and her teammates hustle back to their rooms to change and zoom off to dinner at FOCO, Dartmouth shorthand for the food court at the Class of ’53 Commons. “It can present a bit of a problem because when practice runs over we get there at 8:15,” she said. “It closes at 8:30 and the food isn’t always great by then because it’s whatever is left. I think all the pasta stuff closes at 7, so that’s out. “Sometimes we’ll go to the Hop (Hopkins Center) because no one is eating there at night and there’s no line.” By 8:30 Averitt is hitting the books and by 10:30 she’s in bed in anticipation of a long and early day.


With the Heptagonal Indoor Track Championships starting at Leverone on Friday, setup for the meet has to begin Wednesday and that means one thing. An early wakeup call for Averitt and the softball team so they can get a practice in before the field comes up. The alarm goes off at 5:45 and from 6:15 until 8:30 the Big Green practices in the field house. Then it’s 20 minutes on the bike for Averitt and, finally, breakfast at 10. After classes from 11:15-1:35 it’s back to the books from 1:453:30. In late afternoon Averitt puts the books away and heads to the Hanover Co-Op grocery store to pick up a few supplies. She enjoys baking and with a trip on tap, this was the perfect time to whip something up. “I do it as a little bit of a stress relief so I made muffins to take on the bus the next day,” she says. “We were going to be up pretty early, so I thought they would be well-received.” At 4:30 Averitt picks up her uniforms for the second southern swing of the year and then it’s back to the dorm for schoolwork and much-needed laundry detail from 5-7:45. Dinner has to wait because from 8-9 the softball players do myofascial release with Anna Terry, who also offers massage, yoga, and mobility in her role with DP2. “It’s a lot of releasing of muscles,” Averitt explains. “She’ll ask the class what in particular is tight, and we will use lacrosse balls and roll out our feet, shoulders, hips, pecs. There is some stretching with yoga. It’s overall flexibility and loosening up of everything that gets tight.” Dinner on this night runs from 9-9:45 followed by packing for the trip. Averitt has a single room this winter and for the first time has a television in her dorm. It doesn’t get much work. “I don’t sit down and watch shows,” she says. “If I have a show that I really want to watch, I will probably watch it on my computer, because you can never watch anything on time. But in the mornings when I’m getting dressed, or at night, I like to turn on SportsCenter. Some mornings I will turn on the news sometimes just to try and catch something that is going on outside of Hanover. I think I had it on SportsCenter while I was packing. The 49ers drama. There always is.” It’s lights out at 11:45. “It was a long day,” she says. “Sometimes it 18


seems like when we have early mornings those are the days that end up being the longest. Sometimes I feel less efficient on those days. There was a lot going on.”


With the team bus for Bradley Airport in Connecticut leaving at 9, Averitt is up at 6:45 getting ready. By 8 she is at the batting cage, off to the side in Leverone and available despite preparation for the Heps. “We just had a hit-around,” she says. “It’s not intense, but we each get a round or two because we won’t play until the next day. We won’t have practice when we get there so it’s just to loosen up your bat and see some pitches.” At 8:45 the team assembles at the bus. Arriving at the airport at 11:30, the players grab a quick lunch and at 1:15 are in the air for the 2-hour flight Charlotte. With wheels up, out come the books. “I usually try to do some kind of work on flights, but it depends,” says Averitt. “Sometimes you get on and you are exhausted and you can’t keep your eyes open. You have to play it by ear. But I enjoy flying with the team. I find it fun.” After an hour layover, the team hops on a smaller plane for the hour-long flight to Charlottesville, about an hour’s drive from Harrisonburg, Va., where they will play the next day. No books this time. “It was one of those little planes with probably 15 rows total, and it was really loud,” Averitt says. “Not a lot is going to happen on that kind of flight.” After a 6:30 dinner, the team arrives at the hotel by 8 and out come the books and laptops again. At 10:15 it’s lights out.


Game Day! Or not. With the temperature expected to dip to 25 degrees overnight in Harrisonburg and flurries in the air, Dartmouth learned Thursday that its first game of the tournament against Kent State slated for 12:30 p.m. had been cancelled due to the weather. With their morning game off, the team has breakfast at 9 Friday and now the 3 p.m. game against the host school has been called off. The players head back to to their hotel rooms for a quick hour of homework before heading out to the field for practice. It may not be great weather for a game but when you’ve been inside since the start of practice it’s too good a chance to pass up. With the temperature around 40 and partly sunny skies, Dartmouth practices from 11:30-1:15. Hardened by three years in northern New England, Averitt, who would have thought 60 degrees was a sign of the Polar vortex back home in California, can’t believe the games were called when it was a balmy 40. “I get cold very easily because of my body type in general, so for practice I had a long underwear shirt on, Under Armour, my shirt and a fleece,” she says with a laugh. “The fleece came off in like two minutes. What we noticed in Virginia was, when the sun comes out you can feel it. In Hanover this time of year, you can’t.” Still, she can’t disagree with the decision to cancel the games. “The field had frozen and then thawed and the infield dirt was really

bad,” she says. “We had to practice a little bit slower but at least we got outside, so all wasn’t lost.” A team lunch, a shower at the hotel, an hour with the books and another in front of the TV later the squad heads out to dinner at 6:45. After a leisurely two-hour meal, it’s 45 minutes of homework and more TV before the lights go out at 11.


Averitt is up by 8:30 and grabs breakfast at 9:15. By 10 the team is on the way to the field for a lengthy warmup. There’s hardly a cloud in the sky and the temperature is 54 degrees – 10 above normal on this date in this part of Virginia – when the Big Green takes the field at noon for a matchup with Penn State. Batting ninth and playing centerfield, Averitt has two plate appearance against the Nittany Lions and grounds to the pitcher both times. Stepping in for her in the sixth, Brianna Lohmann drives in a run with a pinch-hit double but Averitt and her golden glove return to the field in the bottom half of the inning. Kristen Rumley strands two runners in the bottom of the inning and Dartmouth has its first win of the year, a 6-3 victory over the Nittany Lions of the Big Ten. “It wasn’t a great game for me at the plate,” Averitt says, “but winning is the most important thing. We were tired of losing. So it was nice to get one win under our belts.” After a quick postgame talk and cleanup, the team heads to McAlister’s Deli, a Panera-like establishment near campus for lunch from 2:30-4. Averitt and her teammates order off the menu but no one is gulping down double-cheeseburgers with fries and a slice of chocolate cake topped with whipped cream. “Coach would kill us,” the outfielder says with a laugh. “She doesn’t even have to lay out the options. People aren’t having a big bowl of mac & cheese in between games. It’s a conscious decision about what you would want to eat between games.” The team is back at the field by 4:15 and starts to warm up at 5 for a 6:30 first pitch against Fairfield. Averitt plays the field only, trying to stay warm as the temperature drops. It will hit 21 degrees overnight but it isn’t quite that brisk in the dugout. “I didn’t get really cold until the end, the sixth or seventh inning,” she says. “But it was not like Hanover cold. They had a space heater in the dugout and it got pretty hot. It was actually giving us anxiety because they told us it would melt your socks if you got too close.” Fairfield’s 6-3 win puts a bit of a damper on the take-out dinner Dartmouth eats at the hotel from 9:15-9:45.


At 8:30 Monday morning, Averitt is up and at ’em. Study and class prep, two classes, lunch and rehab follow as another week kicks off. It won’t be the same as the last one, of course, but it won’t be all that different. Playing a varsity sport is demanding but giving up the game and having the time that non-athletes enjoy wasn’t an option she would ever consider. “Not at all,” she says. “I really, really enjoy softball. Playing on this team is probably the most fun I’ve ever had playing softball. That was actually surprising to me at the collegiate level. My teammates are my best friends. With a great group of people that genuinely get along and like to be together.

megan averitt SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE MONDAY 8: 30 a.m: Wake up and breakfast 9:30-11: Study/homework 11:15-1:35: Two classes 1:45: Lunch 2:15: Rehab in training room 3:15-5: Homework/study 5-630: Team meeting with Humanex 6:30-715: Readings 7:30: Dinner 8-9: Title IX meeting 9-9:30: Bike workout 9:45-10:30: Unpack, prep for Tuesday, last-minute work TUESDAY 7:15 a.m: Wake up 8-930: Big Green Readers 9:30: Breakfast 10-11:50: Class 12: Lunch 12:30-2:45: Homework/Study 3-4: Lift 4-5: Rehab/treatment 5:30-7:30: Practice 8 p.m: Dinner 8:30: Study 10:30 Bed WEDNESDAY 5:45 a.m: Wake up 6:15-8:30: Practice 8:40-9: Bike 10: Breakfast 11:15-1:35: Two classes 1:45-3:30: Homework 3:30-4: Co-Op 4:30: Pick up uniforms 5-7:45: Work/laundry 8-9: Myofascial release 9-9:45: Dinner 10-11:30: Pack/Tv 11:45: Bed

8:45: Meet at bus 9: Leave for Bradley Airport 11:30: Arrive at airport 12:15: Lunch 1:15: Flight to Charlotte 3:15 Layover in Charlotte 4:15: Flight to Charlottesville 6:30: Dinner 8: Arrive at hotel 8-10: Homework 10:15: Bed FRIDAY 8:30 a.m: Wake up 9: Breakfast 10: Games cancelled 10-11: Homework 11:30-1:15: Practice 1:30: Team Lunch 3:30: Back to hotel/shower 4-5: Study 5-6: TV 6: Get ready for dinner 6:45: Leave for team dinner 7-9: Dinner 9:15-10: Homework 10-11: TV in hotel room SATURDAY 8:30 a.m: Wake up/get ready 9:15: Breakfast 10: Leave for field 10:30-12: Warmups 12-2: Game vs. Penn State 2-2:30: Post game talk/clean up 2:30-4: Lunch 4:15: Back to fields 5: Start warm ups 6:30-8:30: Game vs. Fairfield 8:30-8:45: Post game talk/clean up 9: Pick up dinner 9:15-9:45: Dinner at hotel 9:45-10:30: Shower/ice/pack 10:45: Bed

THURSDAY 6:45 a.m.: Wake up/get ready 8: Batting practice

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CONNECTING THE DOTS Assistant AD Donnie Brooks has a myriad of responsibilities and plays a key role in pulling DP2 together


ooming over the desk in Donnie Brooks’ tiny office on the top floor of Floren Varsity House is a double-hinged whiteboard whose three panels are overflowing with a little neat and a lot of not-so-neat writing. In quiet moments between all of the emails and the phone calls, the meetings, the appointments and the random passersby who sticks a head into his office to simply to say hi, Dartmouth’s Assistant Athletic Director for Peak Performance will steal an anxious glance at the printing on the whiteboard. Networking Fair. Jobs Report. Set Practice Meetings. Employer Recruiting Monday. Tuck Finance Panel. There’s a lot happening up on the board. And when something is wiped away it seems there’s always something else to take its place. Massage. Nutritionist. Sports Psychology. It may be helpful to think of Donnie Brooks as one of the air traffic controllers of DP2. He’s not flying the planes but his role is to make sure everything is where it should be, when it should be. “I write on there so I can double-check things,” he said with with a glance at the board during one of the rare, quiet moments. “Every time I think I am caught up with all my responsibilities, I go back to my list and there’s something else on it, which is good.” If his trusty whiteboard is, quite literally, the essence of Dartmouth Peak Performance writ large, then the living embodiment of the DP2 mission is the genial giant to whom it belongs.

DONNIE BROOKS GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL IN HOUSTON and played club lacrosse as a freshman at the University of Alabama before heading back to Texas when he realized he wasn’t getting what he hoped for out of his college experience. Helping out as an equipment manager in the athletic



department after enrolling at the University of Houston reaffirmed Brooks’ conviction that he would like to one day work in sports. “I knew I wanted to teach and coach,” he said. The path that ultimately led him to Dartmouth and DP2 began with a summer position at Camp Atwater in North Brookfield, Mass. Brooks coached football and lacrosse at the camp in his father’s native Massachusetts and served not only as waterfront director but also as the camp athletic director the next. Impressed by the serious young man who perhaps coincidentally looked as if he might make a pretty decent football lineman, an Atwater official encouraged the big guy to think about transferring to his alma mater, Springfield College. The alum’s exact words may be lost to time, but they were probably akin to what Brooks will tell you today about the school where James Naismith invented basketball: “If you think you want to teach and coach, there’s no better school to go to.” Brooks would spend his final three years of college at Springfield, adjusting to the New England weather, seeing time with the junior varsity football team his first year, and helping the school lead the nation in rushing with a Division III 427.5 yards per game the next. Rounding out his education, Brooks would go on to work two internships back home with the NFL’s Houston Texans, the second of which proved to be an eye-opener. “It seemed like all of the guys I was working with for the Texans, the personnel guys, the security guys, everybody, they all had a masters or professional degrees,” he recalled. “To make myself competitive I knew I had to go to graduate school.” With no doubt this time exactly where he wanted to study, Brooks returned to Springfield both to begin study for a masters degree in sports management and hopefully coach a little football.

But before the coaching piece was finalized another valuable opportunity presented itself. “The folks who ran the summer camp said, ‘Well, we have this charter school and we need an athletic director,’ ” said Brooks, who jumped at the chance. Founded by the Urban League, Springfield’s New Leadership Charter School went on to enjoy great athletic success under the young athletic director’s guidance, although it wasn’t easy. In 2004 his basketball team made it to the Division 3 state championship game at the FleetCenter in Boston despite the AD having to scramble during the playoffs to find a place for the school to play . . . because it didn’t have a home gym. “I was wearing a lot of hats,” Brooks said of his time at New Leadership. “Athletic director. Grad student. Football coach. It is funny but it kind of feels like that’s how I work best now.” The Springfield “connections” of which Brooks is justifiably proud led him to Williams College in 2006. Ephs football coach Mike Whalen – a grad assistant at Springfield while earning his masters – had landed an NCAA fellowship for a coaching intern who would also work in athletic administration. Longtime Springfield football coach Mike DeLong recommended Brooks, where Williams Athletic Director Harry Sheehy would soon become another of his mentors. “I knew Williams as being a great institution, and so when I was approached about the position it was a no-brainer for me,” Brooks said. “I had gotten married and just had a baby so it was going to be a challenge. But after meeting with Harry and talking to him I thought it could be a life-changing opportunity for me.” Not that it was without its challenges. Williams College -and tiny Williamstown, Mass. -- were a new world for Brooks. Springfield had been a lot colder than Houston, of course, but it was a diverse city whose rough neighborhoods echoed those near his home. Quaint and rural Williamstown was unlike anywhere he’d lived before. “I didn’t get this size by not liking food, so access to things like Caribbean or West Indian food was one of many challenges,” he said with his infectious laugh. “There were dramatic changes, but the way I replaced that was through the people; getting to know people and building relationships.” A people person by anyone’s definition, Brooks thoroughly enjoyed recruiting bright and accomplished high school seniors to play football at the Stanford of Division III. In addition to coaching football at Williams, he also worked with the men’s lacrosse team. Brooks valued the opportunity help both the players he coached and others he got to know wearing his administrative hat to be the best they could be. He got satisfaction running the Team Eph program, making sure athletes were as engaged in the school as other students, and that they were taking advantage of the myriad opportunities the “Little Ivy” offered. “After working with the toughest population of kids at the charter school, at Williams the kids had their eyes on the prize,” he said. “I had to really focus on helping them through the bumps in the road. It was a great experience. “Williams allowed me to get my hands in everything. They focused on my strengths, which were community building and building relationships across campus. There were a lot of offices that you would find me in where the athletic department hadn’t spent much time. A lot of my time was spent building bridges for the

ACADEMIC NOTES department and finding ways that we could partner with different offices around campus.” Which is why, when Sheehy accepted the challenge of running the athletic department at Dartmouth, he wanted Brooks on his team. “Within a week after I got the job here,” Sheehy said, “I called him into my office at Williams and I said, ‘You are not coming with me right now, but keep your car pointed north.’ “The thing about Donnie is, you could actually bring him here to do any number of things and he would be very good at them. He will show up on our campus in places that the normal person in an athletic department doesn’t. “Donnie is a connector. There’s value not just in him being involved with the little or not-so-little pieces of the athletic department pie, but there’s value in Donnie Brooks across a college campus.” And make no mistake about it, as the whiteboard in his office suggests, Brooks is a familiar presence not just throughout the athletic department but around the Hanover Plain. Asked what he does in DP2 and he took a deep breath and talked about integrative health, arranging massage therapy and yoga sessions, making sure the staff nutritionist and sports psychologists are available. A vestige of Texas drawl spilled into his voice as he mentioned career assistance, job fairs and internship programs. A glance at his whiteboard and he added working with Dartmouth’s Tucker Foundation on volunteer opportunities, meeting with recruits and their families to spread the gospel of DP2, and helping develop and implement diversity recruiting initiatives with the Dartmouth coaching staff and the office of admissions to his laundry list of responsibilities. He even oversees game management in football, men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse. While he doesn’t feel the need to ever sit and break down film again, Brooks will admit to missing some aspects of coaching, in particular the relational side. The sharing stories before practice. The chance to ask the athletes about their days. “I will go down to practice and get my fix for a little bit and then come back to my office and send out massage schedules,” he said with a laugh. Sheehy said he has no doubt Brooks will be an athletic director some day and be assured that not long after that happens he’ll be pulling together a cousin of DP2 because the man with his very large thumb in a lot of the pie is a huge believer in a program that he describes as giving the coaches what they need to win and their athletes what they need to be successful in a Dartmouth uniform and afterward. “When I talk to parents, when I talk to anybody about Peak Performance, this is an easy sell,” he said. “I have been to Duke, I have been to UNC, I have been to Wake Forest, I have been down to Rice, schools at the FBS level and seen the way they do for their athletes. Dartmouth is an equivalent if not better experience. Those schools treat football, basketball and baseball really well, but when you are talking about the overall experience for all athletes, I can go to any parent with confidence and say because of DP2 you are getting an extension of your family here. “It’s to the point where I would like to think if we really self promoted this thing, people would look at DP2 as best the model of student-athlete services in the country.” His recruiting pitch completed, the air traffic controller of DP2 looked up at his whiteboard and jumped into the next piece of his day. P E A K | SPR I N G 201 4


ATHLETES IN MEDICINE A number of student-athletes enter Dartmouth with aspirations of careers in health care. A particularly motivated group of athletes manages to navigate these highly demanding interests BY BRUCE WOOD



While Ari Vailas and Alex Schoenberger are on different paths to potential careers in medicine, they had similar welcome-to-college moments not that long after arriving in Hanover.


or Vailas it happened during her freshman year in a conversation with a teammate also interested in Dartmouth’s Pre-Health program. “She was struggling in one of her classes and saying how hard it was to be a premed athlete,” Vailas recalled. “For me it had always been, ‘OK, this is what I want to do, so I’m just going to do it.’ After listening to her I started to understand just how hard it was going to be. “Being premed, or taking premed courses on top of your major, on top of being an athlete, is a unique path, and it is very arduous. ” Schoenberger had a similar welcome-to-college moment. “I honestly came here without any concerns about it,” she recalled. “Not until someone looked at me and said, ‘Oh, you’re really going to do that?’ ” While the two are hardly the only athletes thinking about medical school, it has occasionally seemed that way according to Vailas. “I’ve sometimes felt that it has been an individual journey,” she said. “It would have been helpful to have had someone reach out to me and say, ‘Hey,

you are a premed athlete. That’s difficult. Here are some things that might be helpful to you, specific to your path. You can do this. And this is how you’re going to be able to do it.’ ” That was the impetus for Vailas to push forward Athletes In Medicine (AIM), an initiative to provide structured support to runners and outside hitters, quarterbacks and pitchers, goalies, guards and all the other athletes who are thinking about the health world after college. “I want them to have a chance to talk to each other about their experiences, so we can learn from each other,” Vailas said. “What has your path been like? How have you gotten there, and how have you overcome the challenges? “I’ve always felt a little intimidated by the fact that I wasn’t able to take part in research opportunities in a normal student’s timeframe, or I wasn’t able to fit in all the service activities. I want athletes to know it is possible and that others are doing it.” Hoping to create a sense of community among Dartmouth premed athletes, Vailas turned last year to

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DP2 and Katelyn Stravinsky, Dartmouth’s Assistant Athletic Director for Peak Performance. Stravinsky sent out an email survey to assess interest in AIM and solicit premed athletes who might want to help it get going. “Within the first half hour alone we had 20 or 30 student-athletes sign up,” Stravinsky said. High on AIM’s wish list are plans to grow an alumni network that would provide both advice and opportunities to premed athletes. “Athletic alumni who are now in the health field would likely be more receptive to shorter internships,” said Schoenberger, who quickly joined the AIM organizational effort. “We are cut out of a lot of internships because we don’t have 10 to 12 weeks over the summer. The alumni recognize that a lack of experience in research doesn’t mean a lack of desire.” At the heart of AIM, Vailas stressed, is the importance of growing the group of student-athletes interested in medicine into a community, a word she uses time and again when discussing the initiative. Schoenberger believes AIM can make life easier for the athletes, who occasionally



miss classes for away contests, and who can struggle arranging their schedules because of time conflicts that result from afternoon practices. “One of the first things we do in a big science class is look for the kids with the athlete planners because we know they are the ones we can ask for notes from when we miss classes,” she explained. “We’re basically trying to give them a better avenue than that.” To that end, “We want to create a listserv of student-athletes who are premed on campus so you have some way to connect athletes in a certain class,” said Vailas. “Who is in Chem 5, who is an athlete? Let’s study together. Or let’s approach our professor together if we’re going to be gone over the weekend.” Simply getting to knowing others interested in medicine and grabbing a meal together -- even if they don’t talk about schoolwork -- can relieve pressure, according to Schoenberger. Another of the AIM goals is to pair freshmen with upperclass student-athletes who, while being forthright about the hurdles that lie ahead, can provide assurance that those hurdles aren’t insurmountable.

“We’d like to identify athletes who may be interested in premed even before they get here,” Vailas said. “Once they are on campus there would be a presentation by current premed athletes introducing them to the program in general, and the resources available to them.” Added Vailas: “A lot of this is about adding structure and support specific to different classes. Freshmen may need a lot of guidance related to which class to take or how to structure their ‘D’ plan as athletes. Sophomores and juniors may need help finding internships and deciding whether they’re going to do a post bac or finish it all now. “Seniors may need help with applying to med school, taking the MCATs and that process. The idea is to bring athletes together so we can support one another.” Vailas thinks AIM is a natural outgrowth of the athlete mentality. “The premed track is incredibly competitive,” she said. “I have felt that competition, even in my classes. By creating a community among premed athletes you are alleviating some of that competition, which ironically is among some of the most competitive individuals in the school. It is

a chance to work together toward a common goal.” Which is only fitting because, after all, Athletics In Medicine is all about teamwork. Sarah Berger, Pre-Health Advisor in Dartmouth’s Health Professions Program, thinks AIM’s goal of creating a community of athletes who can support each other in the Pre-Health program is on target. “Pre-Health is hard,” she said without hesitation. “There’s no two ways around it. Athletes are going through a unique journey with unique challenges and criteria. It’s helpful when people support and encourage each other, and athletes know how to do that. “When you build a positive peer community you can look around you and say, ‘Oh, there are other people who have done this.’ They can look to each other and see they are not the only one who trying to juggle all these things and hear how they’ve done it.” Berger appreciates the concerns athletes have about being able to manage all the pieces of the Pre-Health program to maximize their opportunities after graduation and stressed that there is an appreciation for the challenges they face. “It is understood by a medical school that if a student is a four-year varsity athlete, that in and of itself, is a big extracurricular commitment,” she said. “They appreciate commitment and the responsibility, loyalty and hard work that goes with being on a team and recognize qualities that would potentially make for a great medical professional. “It is true that sometimes an athlete has to be a little more creative working out their schedule and figuring out how they are going to do some of the extracurricular stuff. How they are going to get medical exposure and find time to shadow.” While some athletes, like volleyball’s Alex Schoenberger, plow ahead and complete their Pre-Health program as juniors, others may take all four years at Dartmouth or more. Some even go the post bac route that Ari Vailas is considering. “One of the things we try to emphasize for athletes or anybody else with a high time commitment level is to rethink your timeline,” said Berger. “There is no reason why you need to apply at the end of your junior year. It is always best to apply to a

program at the point when you are most ready. Whether that is at the point of graduation, or a year later or two years later, it doesn’t actually matter. “The average age at a medical school like (Dartmouth’s) Geisel is 25. Nationally it is around 24.” Although afternoon walk-in hours to see her or Faculty Advisor Lee Witters, M.D., often conflict with athletic practices, Berger emphasized that Pre-Health Advisors are more than happy to schedule times with athletes. “It’s helpful if they make an appointment with one of the pre-health advisors as early as possible so they know what they are really looking at and can get started on their ‘D’ plan,” she said. “It’s also important they let the coaches know early on that this is something they are interested in and committed to. “If they can do that in their first few terms they can plan in flexible ways. That doesn’t mean they have to know for sure that they want to do Pre-Health. They may not know until sophomore year, or even until after they graduate. Even if they are not doing the course work we can help them with the other qualities that are important to cultivate to become a good, strong candidate.”


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BIG GREEN DOMINATES NCAA ACADEMIC PROGRESS RATE WHAT IS THE APR? 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 999.3. The current report measures enrollment from the academic years 2006-07 through 2012-13.


26 Big Green teams received recognition from the NCAA for APR scores among the Top 10% nationally: Baseball Field Hockey Football Men’s Basketball Men’s Cross Country Men’s Golf Men’s Ice Hockey Men’s Lacrosse Men’s Soccer Men’s Swimming Men’s Tennis Men’s Indoor Track Men’s Outdoor Track Softball Women’s Basketball Women’s Cross Country Women’s Golf Women’s Lacrosse Women’s Rowing Women’s Skiing Women’s Soccer Women’s Swimming Women’s Tennis Women’s Indoor Track Women’s Outdoor Track Women’s Volleyball


Dartmouth stands first nationally in number of teams honored publically by the NCAA for the third straight year. All eight Ivy institutions were among the top 25 schools nationally. The Ivy League led all conferences with 117 commendations, followed by the Patriot League (94), Atlantic Coast Conference (77), and Big Ten Conference (66). 1. Dartmouth College 26 2. Brown University 22 3. Bucknell University 21 4. Penn 17 5. Lafayette College 16 6. Notre Dame 15 T7. Holy Cross 14 T7. Davidson College 14 T7. Duke University 14 T7. Stanford 14 T7. Yale 14 12. Georgetown 13 T13. Boston College 12 T13. Colgate University 12 T13. Northwestern 12 T13. Minnesota 12 17. Gonzaga 11 T18. Columbia University 10 T18. Cornell University 10 T18. Princeton University 10 T18. Wofford College 10 T 23. Harvard 8

NINE YEARS OF COMMENDATIONS 2014’s APR release is the ninth year to feature public commendations. Dartmouth has been in the top three nationally each year, finishing first or second for seven of the past eight years. Big Green teams rank first all-time with 208 public commendations over the past nine years.

1. Dartmouth 208 2. Yale 202 3. Brown 193

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