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Kent Barbir, Sports Editor

Kent Barbir ’24 is a prospective statistics major from Tokyo, Japan. He is a section editor for sports, and he previously served as a staff writer for the sports section.

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All content by Kent Barbir
Representing the U.S. in rugby sevens at the Olympics, Kristi Kirshe ’17 evades a tackle in a game against Australia. (Mike Lee/KLC fotos)

An Olympics like no other: Four alums reflect on their experiences in Tokyo

September 15, 2021
Div. III athletics are not commonly thought of as a breeding ground for Olympic athletes. But four Williams alums — Joey Lye ’09, Tala Abujbara ’14, Will Hardy ’10, and Kristi Kirshe ’17 — have broken the mold, appearing in this year’s Olympics in a variety of roles and for three different countries.
Eric Pappas ’22 pitches to Adhya Tandon ’23 in the JR Memorial Wiffleball Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Aidan Feurer ’22 and Rebecca Kuo ’22.)

SAAC holds wiffleball tournament in honor of Jackson Ronningen ʼ24

May 19, 2021
On May 7, SAAC hosted the JR Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament in honor of Jackson Ronningen ’24. Over 115 people attended the event, which raised money for the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Victoria Garrick, a former Div. I athlete and current mental health and body-image advocate, gave a talk for SAACs Fresh Check Day. (Photo courtesy of Victoria Garrick.)

Mental health in athletics: Victoria Garrick speaks to students on Fresh Check Day

May 5, 2021
Victoria Garrick, a former Div. I volleyball player at the University of Southern California (USC) and current mental health advocate, spoke at the College on April 20 about her athletic career and struggles with anxiety and body image.
(Kent Barbir/The Williams Record)

One in Two Thousand: Shenba Vairavan ’24

April 14, 2021
This week, the computer (using a script in R) chose Shenba Vairavan ’24, who talked about dancing, high school podcasts, and her first snowfall.
Walk-ons fill out team rosters — this spring especially

Walk-ons fill out team rosters — this spring especially

March 31, 2021

When Tucker van Eck ’21 came to the College as a first-year, he did not envision himself playing golf for the next four years.  “Walking on was never something I imagined or ever thought of at...

Varsity athletes prepare for first competitive season since campus closure

Varsity athletes prepare for first competitive season since campus closure

March 22, 2021
Spring varsity teams are gearing up in preparation for competitions after the College's decision to opt in to NESCAC's limited spring season. For many athletes, this would be their first time competing as an Eph; for some, this would be their last.
JAs Georgia McClain ʼ22 and Galen Cassidy ʼ22 pose in their Mission common room. Their entry, MD4, saw the addition of 10 new on-campus first-years this semester. (Sarah Lindeman/The Williams Record)

Advisor or enforcer? JAs grapple with ambiguous COVID-era responsibilities

March 17, 2021
While this year has been challenging for everybody, the stress and pressure of being a student have been especially amplified for JAs. Having accepted their position before the true magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic had sunk in, JAs have had to come to terms with the realities of this unorthodox year.
In the wake of the party at Wood, questions have been raised about the disconnect between athletes and non-athletes at the College. (Devika Goel/ The Williams Record)

Wood party rekindles debate on athletic culture

March 10, 2021
It has been nearly two weeks since a large gathering at Wood shook the College community. Many students — including both varsity athletes and non-athletes — voiced complaints about the party culture of certain teams. The Record spoke to athletes and non-athletes alike about the effects of the party on athletics; the ties among athletic culture, party culture, and privilege; and where the student body can go from here.
Dan Calichman ʼ90 reflects on playing professional soccer, coaching in MLS

Dan Calichman ʼ90 reflects on playing professional soccer, coaching in MLS

March 3, 2021
For most of his time at the College, Dan Calichman ʼ90 was not planning on a career in professional soccer. Today, Calichman can reflect upon a long and successful career in the sport spanning several decades and three countries.
Some members of the Nordic ski team took advantage of the extended break to train together in Bend, Ore.. (Photo courtesy of Jakin Miller ʼ24)

Eph athletes train over extended winter break

February 10, 2021
This January, without winter study or team practices, some Ephs have taken unusual steps to find places to train.
As an unusual season begins, winter athletes on and off campus start to train

As an unusual season begins, winter athletes on and off campus start to train

November 18, 2020

Women’s hockey has been using synthetic ice due to ventilation issues with their normal ice rink. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Lackmann ’24.) A year ago today, the Chandler Athletic Center was bustling...

Playing the mind game: Sabermetrics at the College

Playing the mind game: Sabermetrics at the College

November 11, 2020

Steven Miller, Professor of Mathematics, is widely known to be a baseball fanatic, but few are aware of his involvement in sabermetrics research. (Photo courtesy of Steven Miller.) Anyone who has ever...

Sports teams celebrate Mountain Day

Sports teams celebrate Mountain Day

October 28, 2020

Cider donuts, apple cider, casual hikes with friends — for most people, Mountain Day is a time for procrastinating on homework and enjoying the natural beauty of a Williamstown fall. However, for a...

Water polo dives into a season unlike any other

Water polo dives into a season unlike any other

October 21, 2020

In past years, club water polo trained and competed in the Samuelson-Muir pool; this fall, the team dove into the Hoosic in search of a place to bond. (Photo courtesy of Galen Cassidy ’22.) Anyone...

Checkmate, quarantine: Chess Club thrives in the Zoom era

Checkmate, quarantine: Chess Club thrives in the Zoom era

October 7, 2020

A Wednesday night of wistful longing--Blue-black in Autumnal bliss.Here you hear a voice of calling"come play chess!", and that is this:Chess club tonight from 9 -- 10:30 @ Eco cafe, everyone welcome,...

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