Clare Egan, a 2010 graduate of Wellesley College, will be returning to campus to talk about her experience earlier this year at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
After making her Olympic debut earlier this year at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, U.S. Olympic Biathlete and 2010 Wellesley College alumna Clare Egan is coming home to Wellesley.
The Wellesley College Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics invites the community to meet Egan and hear about her Olympic experience on Monday night, April 23, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Tishman Commons (Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center).
The event, which is free and open to the public, will include an on-stage question and answer session followed by a brief autograph and picture session at Tishman Commons.
While the event is free, all attendees are asked to register for the event by visiting wellesleyblue.com.
Egan, who was Wellesley’s first ever outdoor track & field All-American when she finished sixth nationally in the 1,500 meter run at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships, was the first Wellesley alumna to ever qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team and the first Wellesley alumna to ever qualify for the Winter Olympic Games.
Egan is the only runner in Wellesley cross country history to claim New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Seven Sisters Championship individual champion honors in the same season, doing so in 2006.
Egan went on to found the Wellesley Nordic Skiing club team and was the first athlete to represent Wellesley in NCAA Nordic skiing, competing in the NCAA Championships during her senior year.
After graduating from Wellesley in 2010 with a degree in International Communication, she competed in Nordic Skiing for a year at the University of New Hampshire while working toward her graduate degree in Linguistics.
She was named to the U.S. Biathlon team’s World Championship team roster in 2015.
Awards and Honors
Babson senior John Floegel was named NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 15. Floegel tossed the first complete-game shutout of his career to help Babson defeat MIT, 6-0, in the opening game of a doubleheader. The hard-throwing righty allowed just two hits over the first eight innings and recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts to help the Beavers take two out of three from the Engineers.
The NEWMAC Rowing Boat of the Week belonged to the Wellesley Varsity Eight posted the second fastest time of the day on Saturday, April 14, in a series of double duals with nationally-ranked Bates, Wesleyan and Tufts. Despite a 6:53.96 to 7:00.46 setback against Bates in their opening race, the Blue V8+ cruised past Tufts, 7:02.77 to 7:06.75, in a third place match-up. Wellesley’s time of 7:02.77 was the second best of the day, as Wesleyan finished in 7:03.63 in their match-up with Bates.
The NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week was Babson senior Ali Reilly. Reilly was superb in five appearances going 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 30.0 innings pitched. She also limited opposing batters to just a .216 batting average.
In NEWMAC Men’s Tennis, the Singles Athlete of the Week was Babson freshman Andre Libnic. Libnic continued his strong play at number one singles with a pair of straight-set victories last week. He breezed past Austin DeLasse of UMass Boston 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday and then downed Jose Dalla-Valle of Clark, 6-3, 6-3, on Saturday. The Beavers defeated both the Beacons and Cougars 9-0. The NEWMAC Men’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week was the duo of junior Brandon Rosenbluth and first-year Chris Kolesnik, who ran their winning streak to three with a pair of easy wins. The duo topped Miguel Beltran and Onkgopotse Mokoka of UMass Boston, 8-3, and then defeated Dalla-Valle and Andrey Samodaev of Clark 8-2. The Beavers won both matches 9-0.
In MASCAC Baseball, Bridgewater State senior Connor Birch of Bellingham was named to the league honor roll after tossing six solid innings but did not factor in the decision in the Bears’ 6-5 setback to Fitchburg State. He allowed just one run on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Also making the honor roll was Framingham State junior outfielder Kyle Lippert. Lippert batted .500 (5-10) with a double, a home run, four runs scored and six RBIs in a 2-2 week for the Rams. Hudson native Ben Palatino, a Worcester State sophomore, returned to the honor roll after batting .462 (6-13) with two RBIs and six runs scored with a .632 on base percentage in a 4-0 week for the Lancers.
In MASCAC softball action, Framingham State junior Kelsi Gunarathne won Pitcher of the Week. She went 3-1 with two complete games and a 1.00 ERA in 21 innings of work over five appearances. Also faring well was teammate Dayna Marchant, a senior outfielder from East Bridgewater. She batted .316 (6-19) with two doubles, two triples, six runs scored and three RBIs in a 4-2 week for the Rams. For Westfield State, sophomore pitcher Emily Woodworth from Marlborough went 1-1 over 12 innings, allowing nine hits, four earned runs (2.33 ERA) with five strikeouts for the Owls.
In MASCAC women’s lacrosse, Grace Gamache of Framingham State and Mackenzie Little of Worcester State were named Co-Players of the Week. Gamache, a sophomore attack from Dartmouth, tallied four goals and seven assists for 11 points with eight draw controls in the Rams’ 18-9 win over Fitchburg State. She also broke the school single game record with the seven assists. Little, a senior midfielder from Marlborough, scored six goals and had an assist for seven points with five ground balls, 13 draw controls and caused five turnovers in a 1-1 week for the Lancers.
In MASCAC track, Bellingham native and Westfield State senior Dereck Stone took second place in the long jump at the Jerry Gravel Classic at Westfield State with a leap of 6.54m (21 feet, 5.5 inches) and also cleared 1.83m (6′) in the high jump to tie for fourth.
In the NESCAC, Colby men’s lacrosse senior Tucker Dietrick from Wellesley had eight goals and four assists in a 1-1 week. He had points on 60 percent of the Mules’ goals. Dietrick had four goals and one assist in an 8-7 win at Bowdoin.
In women’s lacrosse, Connecticut College junior captain Jamie Navoni from Natick was recognized by the NESCAC after totaling six goals, an assist, eight draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Camels.
In NESCAC baseball, Bowdoin sophomore Colby Lewis from Franklin tossed four innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs to pick up a win against Tufts on April 14. Also, Colby junior Will Cohen from Wellesley pitched seven innings of relief during the week, totaling six strikeouts with a 1.29 ERA.