Smith College Hall of Fame to induct first class
Dr. Sharianne Walker receives her plaque at the Western New England Downes Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony. Looking on are (from left) athletic director Mike Theulen, former UMass baseball/basketball standout Ray Ellerbrook who presented Walker, and University president Anthony S. Caprio. --- Photo by Bill Sharon Purchase photo reprints »
In the mid-1980s, Maureen McMahon graduated from Smith College as one the top swimmers the school has ever produced.
McMahon is among 12 individuals and one team that make up the inaugural class of the Smith College Hall of Fame, that will be inducted on Oct. 20.
The class includes four different national champions, the founder of women’s basketball and the winningest volleyball team in school history.
McMahon, who starred at Northampton High School, was a 14-time All-American, specializing in the freestyle and butterfly events. She still holds the school record (58.36 seconds) in the 100 fly, which, at the time, set a national record. She also captured the NCAA championship in the 100 fly as a senior in 1984.
The class spans from 1896 to 1992 and has five categories.
Contributor: Senda Berenson, who has the head of physical eduction, introduced basketball to women. She wrote the official guide for women’s basketball and was the first women inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Coaches: Dorothy Ainsworth, who as physical education instructor and director from 1926-1960, expanded the number of sports and facilities at the school.
Athletes: national champion diver Barbara King Briggs (1983), national swimming champ Monique Fischer (1986), national track champion and Olympian Gwyn Hardesty-Coogan (1987), all-time field hockey scorer Paola Prins (1986) and three-sport star Victoria Murden McClure (1986) who became the first women to solo row across the Atlantic Ocean.
Also, field hockey and lacrosse star Cheryl Plummer (1992), three-sport standout Agnes “Aggie” Bixler Kurtz (1962), squash star Jane Slocum Deland (1969), three-sport standout Gloria Heath (1943), and the 1988 volleyball team, which went 41-4.
WNEU Hall of Fame — Dr. Sharianne Walker of Florence was among six individuals inducted into the Western New England Downes Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 28.
Walker joined the faculty in 1996 and served as the chairperson and principal author of the Study of Athletics that was published in 1997.
Walker also serves as the athletics department’s NCAA faculty representative and has been the faculty fellow for the men’s soccer program for the past eight seasons.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Smith College and both her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts.
Connecticut College 1, Mount Holyoke 1 (2OT) — Kiana Lussier of South Hadley scored from Mallory Phaneuf but the Lyons (2-8-2) tied at home.
Mackenzie Randall made 15 saves.
Mout Holyoke 3, Simmons 0 — Former Smith Academy standout Allison Slysz scored her first collegiate goal as the Lyons rolled over Simmons at home.
Kirsten Kilburn had the other two goals for MHC (6-5).
Amherst 3, Westfield State 1 — Lizzie Ahern had 18 kills as the Lord Jeffs (8-5) won 25-16, 24-26, 25-10, 25-19 in Westfield.