With no diving well at Tufts, Johann Schmidt and his teammates traveled to MIT each day for practice. Schmidt worked his way to winning two NCAA diving titles off the one-meter board, first in 2012 and again in 2014. “In almost every single practice, we saw an incremental improvement,” Tufts coach Brad Snodgrass said. “That’s really, really hard to do at any age.”
When you search the NCAA Division III softball record book, Allyson Fournier’s name comes up thirty-six times. Fournier’s pitching dominance led the Jumbos to an unprecedented three consecutive NCAA championships, from 2013 to 2015, and in her senior year, Tufts posted a perfect 51-0 season. “What set Allyson apart from every other pitcher of her caliber was she did not let you beat her twice,” said Jo Clair, Fournier’s catcher at Tufts. “If you beat her once, you’re lucky.
Beat her twice? Not going to happen.”
Of the several Tufts football records that Brady set during his career, the most impressive may be his 210 points scored, breaking Fred “Fish” Ellis’ previous mark, which had stood for eighty-eight years. That’s the same “Fish” Ellis for whom Tufts’ football stadium is named. Brady’s efforts helped make the Jumbos one of the top NESCAC football teams. “I wanted to do everything I could to put the team forward,” Brady said. “I did not have my eyes on anything specific other than just winning.”
Cut from the soccer team as a freshman, Black went on to become a four-time NCAA track champion, and one of the most accomplished individual athletes in Tufts history. In 2016, he received the NCAA’s prestigious Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. “Mitchell’s accomplishments in the classroom, on the track, and in the community have set him up to reach for the stars as he pursues his goal of becoming an astronaut,” said Andrew Alia, chair of the scholarship committee.
After enrolling at Tufts Medical School in 2008, Stone became a two-time Olympian, competing in the single sculls at the 2012 Olympics, and winning the silver medal at the 2016 games. “When you’re moving the boat correctly, it’s as close as humans can get, in a way, to flying,’’ Stone said to the Boston Globe in 2015. “When you get it right it’s just, it’s a really amazing sensation.’’