Local Roundup: Dartmouth Women’s Swimmers on Probation; Hawks’ Wirchansky Honored

  • Danny Wirchansky, of the Nighthawks, pitches against the North Adams Steeplecats at the Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford, Vt., Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The Nighthawks won 3 - 1.(Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Published: 7/18/2017 12:18:18 AM

Hanover — The Dartmouth College women’s swimming and diving program has lost its fall competition schedule as punishment for a finding of hazing by school authorities. Dartmouth’s athletic department announced the sanction in a news release on Monday evening.

The punishment also included a one-year period of probation for the program, which will lose three meets that were part of the fall campaign. Big Green program members will be required to meet a series of educational and team development requirements, but will not be permitted to travel for training.

The decision comes as a result into allegations that team members told first-year teammates to “create and present a sexualized PowerPoint presentation during their December 2016 winter break training trip,” according to the news release. No athletes were physically harmed in the incident, nor were drugs or alcohol involved, the college said.

Interviews held by Dartmouth’s Department of Safety and Security and senior members of the athletic department led to the decision. Team members admitted the violation, the release stated; Hanover police were kept informed, but no action was taken under state hazing statutes.

 “We hold our teams to high standards, and our student-athletes understand their collective responsibility to the community,” Dartmouth athletic director Harry Sheehy said in a statement. “The members of the team have acknowledged that their behavior was unacceptable and that their actions have consequences.”

The team will resume its competition schedule on Dec. 1.

NECBL Baseball

Wirchansky Honored;Nighthawks Washed Out

White River Junction — Upper Valley right-hander Danny Wirchansky became the first Nighthawk in franchise history to draw the NECBL’s pitcher of the week award on Monday.

The Pace University right-hander maintained his spot atop the league’s pitching statistics with his one-hit effort over 8⅓ innings in a 3-1 win over North Adams on Wednesday. Wirchansky carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning before the SteepleCats finally broke through. Wirchansky is 4-0 in five starts, leads the NECBL with an 0.84 earned-run average and is among the league leaders in WHIP (0.74) and batting average against (.162).

The Hawks’ Joey Denison is the only other weekly award winning in the franchise’s short history, having been named player of the week for Week 3 of the 2016 season.

In the meantime, the Hawks face their fourth doubleheader of the summer — and their third since last Tuesday — when they play two at Vermont on Saturday. That came about when Monday night’s visit to the Mountaineers at Montpelier Recreation Park was postponed by storms. The two rivals will meet for a brace at Montpelier on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Upper Valley (22-10) is home to the Plymouth Pilgrims at Maxfield Sports Complex tonight at 6:30.

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