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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Jason Scotto and Jaimie Bickelhaupt

Julian Santiago and Katelyn Clooney
Staff Writers

 

 

Jason Scotto

Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu
Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu

Scotto, a senior captain from Southbury, Conn., has led a Springfield College men’s swimming and diving team that has struggled a bit in the early going. Scotto most recently placed fifth in the 200-yard and 50-yard freestyle. The recration management student finished the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 22.73 in a tri-meet with Keene State and Wheaton College. The Pride have started the season 2-3 heading into arguably the most difficult meet of the season against Ithaca College this weekend. “I know I speak for all the men when I say we are nothing short of stoked for this weekend, and we will do some great things up at Ithaca,” commented Scotto.

 Q. Now that you are both a senior and a captain on the team do you feel any additional pressure to be a leader in and out of the pool?A. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure I am leading the team in and out of the pool and not just focusing on myself. I think as a whole the team is much closer than in years past, which helps a lot.

Q.  With the team suffering a few loses in a row has there been any changes in morale?

A. To be honest, it’s not about what is on the score sheet for us. If we swim great, we swim great. If we don’t, we’ve got some things to work on.

Q. The team is facing perhaps the most important test of the season this upcoming weekend at the Ithaca Invitational meet. Do you think that the team is prepared to take a step forward and perform at a high level? 

A.  I think the men’s team is more than prepared. We have worked harder than ever these past couple of months and I think every guy is ready to swim and dive lights out this weekend. 

 

Jaimie Bickelhaupt

Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu
Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu

The Springfield College women’s basketball team look much improved from last season. They are led, in part, by junior forward Jaimie Bickelhaupt. Bickelhaupt, who was named a captain prior to this season, has posted a  a 71 percent free throw percentage and is shooting over 53 percent from the field. She also has nine steals on the season and leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 14.2 and 9.3, respectively, per game. Bickelhaupt is confident that the Pride will continue to improve and has high hopes for the season. She and the Pride look to go above .500 as Emerson visits Blake Arena on Sat., Dec. 9. “we didn’t play too well last season so we tried to make attainable goals for ourselves, playing cohesively, staying even during games which is something we struggled with last year,” commented Bickelhaupt.

 Q. You were recently named captain. How did that make you feel?A. It was a great feeling being named captain knowing that my team trusts me along with two others to lead them this year. It was a job I knew I could do but it doesn’t mean anything if my team doesn’t feel the same so it was very rewarding when I found out.

Q. What do you feel your role on the team is now?

A. I believe my role on this team is to score this year. Someone who coach and the team can count on to score if we need it. Also, to put up consistent numbers and be an even player. We don’t have a lot of pure shooters on the team so if our shots aren’t dropping, I’m there to rebound and score down low.

Q. Is there anything you focused on or tried to improve upon during the offseason?

A. I tried to improve on finishing in the paint. I get good looks and sometimes don’t finish, I really tried to improve on that this summer.

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