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Golden Spikes

This season, every eligible member of the Garnet volleyball team earned a spot on the Centennial Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes non-freshman student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or greater.

In 2015, Swarthmore led the conference with nine out of a possible 10 selections and saw Sarah Wallace ’18 named the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year. The Garnet also received their seventh consecutive Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association and 11th total under head coach Harleigh Chwastyk.

Not bad for a team finishing a year with a program-best 27 wins, its seventh playoff berth in eight years, and one of the best winning percentages in Division III. Swarthmore also won 23 contests in straight sets and captured its second consecutive Eastern College Athletics Conference title.

Chwastyk, who was a two-sport student-athlete at Connecticut’s Trinity College, made the student-athlete balance a core principle of the program and designates a Faculty & Staff Appreciation Game to give the academic community an opportunity to see the multitudes contained by our students.

“Our intelligence is a huge strength—we are able to think outside the box strategically and be unconventional,” she explains. “In the classroom and on the court, our student-athletes work in harmony as teammates and leaders.”

Other Athletics Honors


Ursula Monaghan ’17 and Zelda Bank ’19 were named All-Centennial Conference.


Indy Reid-Shaw ’17 collected All-Centennial Conference honors for the third consecutive season. John Gagnon ’17 was named Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year with the highest GPA of all conference runners.


Swarthmore qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year.


The Garnet completed its 100th season of varsity intercollegiate competition.

Farewell, Friends

Tom Lapinski (1944–2016)

Tom Lapinski coached football from 1975 to 1984, turning a 29-game-losing-streak team into a winner with three consecutive conference championships. His 1984 squad was inducted into the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. 

“He was a dynamic leader able to inspire great men to perform beyond what most believed to be possible,” says Jeff Selverian ’86, a member of the 1984 team.


Ray Scott (1957–2016)

Ray Scott served for 23 years as athletics equipment manager and is remembered for his generosity and kindness.

“Ray handed out more than bats and balls,” says men’s head tennis coach Mike Mullan. “He distributed goodwill, cheer, and genuine friendship to all.”