Darcy Storin Resch of the Class of 1996, one of the most accomplished female athletes in Bowdoin history, your achievements, enthusiasm, and professionalism made you a role model for the many Bowdoin runners who have come after you and hoped to emulate your spirit and success.
Captain of the women’s cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams, you were a national force during all three seasons. You were the Division III Outdoor Track National Champion twice, in the 3,000 meters in 1995 and in the 5,000 meters in 1996 and were recognized as an All-American a staggering ten times. Five times you finished in the top three at an NCAA Championship and, more than twenty years later, your 1,500-meter time, set in 1996, still stands as an all-time Bowdoin record. You were the 1994 New England Cross Country champion, the Most Outstanding Performer at the 1996 NESCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship, and led the Polar Bears to their first ECAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship as a senior with three first-place finishes. In 1996 you were named both the NESCAC Female Athlete of the Year and the NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of Maine.
To your teammates, you were more than simply the most outstanding athlete with whom they had ever run: according to one former teammate, your “personality, above all your strengths in running, personified what it was to be a Bowdoin Polar Bear.” Your “warmth, compassion, and love of your team and sport were certainly contagious.”
In 1996, you received the College’s Lucy L. Shulman Award as the outstanding senior female athlete. We share the pride of your teammates, friends, and family today as we add to your bursting trophy case with your induction into the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor.