Five Mount Holyoke alums inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

From left to right) Penny Calf '68, Mary Mazzio '83, Catherine Herrold '00, and Langhan Dee '04 were inducted along Elizabeth Kennan '60 (in absentia) into the Mount Holyoke College Athletics Hall of Fame on May 25, 2023. (Bob Blanchard/RJB Sports)
From left to right) Penny Calf '68, Mary Mazzio '83, Catherine Herrold '00, and Langhan Dee '04 were inducted along Elizabeth Kennan '60 (in absentia) into the Mount Holyoke College Athletics Hall of Fame on May 25, 2023. (Bob Blanchard/RJB Sports)


SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The Mount Holyoke College Athletics Department inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame on the evening of May 25, 2023, at a reception and dinner held at the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center.

The Hall of Fame's Class of 2020, being formally inducted after three years of logistics challenges centered around the COVID-19 pandemic, comprises Penny Schneider Calf '68 (advocate), Langhan Dee '04 (track and field), Catherine Herrold '00 (swimming), Elizabeth Kennan '60 (advocate), and Mary Mazzio '83 (rowing). Kennan was presented her commemorative vase last month by the Mount Holyoke equestrian team at her home in Kentucky, and was honored in absentia at the event. All five now have their plaques installed on the wall of the Hall of Fame in Kendall Sports and Dance Complex. 


Penny Calf became a high school field hockey coaching legend at Walpole (Mass.) High School, where she won an astounding 274 games and seven Division 1 state titles in 13 years. Between 1994 and 1997, the Porkers had a 94-game unbeaten streak, with three straight state titles. Many of her players went on to further heights in the sport and became coaches themselves, including Dina Rizzo, who played on the U.S. national team in the 2008 Olympics. Calf was inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2018.


One of the most decorated student-athletes in Mount Holyoke's history, Langhan Dee was a member of the indoor track, outdoor track and soccer teams during her time as a Lyon. Over the course of her collegiate career, Dee competed in the NCAA Division III Championships in nine events, earned All-America honors twice, garnered All-New England honors seven times, and set program records in 13 events, 10 of which still stand. An academic star as well as sports star, Dee was the recipient of the 2001 Mildred S. Sanderson Award for excellence in mathematics as a first-year student, and was also a 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team selection.


Catherine Herrold was a dominant swimmer during her four years at Mount Holyoke, setting eight individual program freestyle records and numerous relay records, most of which stood for 15 years. The highlight of her collegiate athletic achievement was an 11th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle race at the NCAA Division III Championships in 1997, which earned her Honorable Mention All-America honors. Herrold was the NEW 8 champion in the 500 and 1650 freestyle in 1998, and she earned All-Conference honors at the first NEWMAC Championships. Catherine won the Frances Mary Hazen Fellowship in 2012.


The 16th president of Mount Holyoke College, serving from 1978 to 1995, Liz Kennan profoundly influenced athletics at the college, overseeing the construction of the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex in 1985 and the Equestrian Center in 1987, among many other initiatives during her tenure. The Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center remains one of the premier collegiate athletic facilities in the country. Kenna also helped launch new academic programs including the Frances Perkins Program, new majors in environmental studies and computer science and innovative programs in areas such as women's studies.


Mary Mazzio competed on Team USA in double sculls at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, placing 11th. The year before, she rowed in quad sculls at the 1991 World Championships. Amid a career in law, her study of film production in graduate school at Boston University also led Mazzio into a career as an award-winning documentary filmmaker. For her filmmaking, Mazzio received numerous awards, including the Gracie Award, the Women's Sports Foundation Journalism Award, the Myra Sadker award, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship in Korea, and a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship in France. She also received first place for best documentary at the Rhode Island Film Festival.