NEW LONDON, Conn.--The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced the 2015-16 Winter All-Sportsmanship Team for each sport sponsored by the conference and eight Connecticut College Camels were named to the squad.
Seniors Joe Birmingham (pictured by Paul Brandon, Medford, N.J.), Jenna Lovett (Tolland, Conn.), Bo McKinley (Westport, N.Y.) and Emma Rotner (Durham, N.H.) were joined by junior Lauren Bishop (Wellesley, Mass.), sophomore Tom Edwards (Lincoln, Mass.) and first year Camels Louie Feingold (Brookline, Mass.) and Aaliyah Davidson (New Haven, Conn.).
The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.
The All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, and spectators. They display sportsmanship not only as a participant in their sport but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.
A senior forward on the men's hockey team, Birmingham played on the Camels' top offensive line that generated a combined 134 points in the past two seasons of action. He was a key addition to a 2014-15 team that advanced into the conference semifinals for the first time in program history. A talented post player, Lovett and her teammates in the Class of 2016 set a program record with the most NESAC Women's Basketball wins (22) in program history. A two-year captain and leader in the backcourt for the men's basketball program, McKinley led the Camel men's basketball program to their highest win total (12) and best winning percentage since 2010. Both Lovett and McKinley are making their second straight appearance on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team for the Camels.
A senior swimmer for the Camels, Rotner is one of nine Camels headed to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship this week in Greensboro, N.C. Bishop is a junior forward for the Camel women's hockey team that set a program record with 15 victories. She potted a game-winner in a key conference contest against Trinity January 8. Edwards was a valuable contributor for a Camel men's swimming team that placed third at the NESCAC Championship for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year.
Feingold and Davidson were prominent contributors for the Camel squash programs. Feingold and the men took two out of three matches at CSA Nationals, while Davidson helped lead the women to a post-season victory against Mount Holyoke.