Blue Sports Legends Honored

Blue Sports Legends Honored

Blue athletes, past and present, know how to turn out to cheer their own. In mid-October, a large crowd, many on campus for Homecoming and Family & Friends Weekend, gathered in the Alumnae Hall ballroom as four Wellesley sports standouts were inducted into the College’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

Nadine Netter Levy ’66 was the Eastern Women’s College Tournament tennis champion in 1962 and also earned collegiate titles at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championship and New England Intercollegiate Women’s Tennis Championship in 1965. Levy advanced to the second round of Wimbledon in 1968 and also played at the U.S. Open and the French, German, and Italian championships. At the 1997 Maccabiah Games, she earned a gold medal in singles and a gold and silver medal in doubles in the ladies over 40 and 50 divisions. She continues to play today.

Barbara Morry Fraumeni ’72 rowed in the first women’s national championship in 1966, competing as a member of the Seattle Tennis Club before going on to compete in subsequent nationals as a member of the Lake Washington Rowing Club. She won five national lightweight rowing championships from 1967 to 1969 and was an alternate on the U.S. Women’s National Team. She has served as an umpire at Boston’s Head of the Charles Regatta since 1990.

Jessica Gosnell ’90 was a two-sport standout in field hockey and lacrosse at Wellesley. She served as a team captain for both field hockey and lacrosse, helping the squads to a combined 100 wins over four years. She was an All-Seven Sisters selection in field hockey in 1989 during a senior season that included 16 goals. Her prowess on the lacrosse field included multiple regional and national All-American honors and NEW8 (NEWMAC) All-Conference selections. After graduation, she was a member of the U.S. National Under-24 team.

Ann S. Batchelder was Wellesley’s first sport-specific faculty member, hired in 1970 to teach squash. At the time, she was one of the top five players in the nation and the top-ranked player in Massachusetts. Appointed permanent associate chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics in the 1980s, Batchelder taught until 2008, when she was granted emerita status. She was awarded the Wellesley Community Service Award in 1996 and the Friend of Athletics Linda K. Vaughan Exceptional Service Award in 2015.

Read more about the Athletics Hall of Fame here.

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