Sports

With preseason underway, here is a glimpse of varsity success from last season

Men’s basketball made it to the NCAA second round but fell to John Carroll 76–74 in the final three-tenths of a second. The team finished the season with a 20–7 overall record and 9–5 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) to take third in conference. Recent graduate Ryan Einwag received numerous accolades including ECAC Men’s South Basketball All-Star second team, National Association of Basketball Coaches Great Lakes Region First Team, and the UAA First Team.

Women’s basketball concluded the season with a 5–20 overall record and 0–14 in the UAA to finish last in conference. Sophomore Jackie Cortese was named UAA Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year.

Cheerleading cheers at all home football and basketball games, but does not compete with other squads. Tryouts are held Saturday through Monday, Aug. 22–24. For requirements, dates, times, and locations check out http://www.cmu.edu/athletics/sports/cheerleading/tryout.html.

Men’s cross country took first at the NCAA Mideast regional, second at the UAA championship, and 13th at the 2008 NCAA championship. Recent graduate Brian Harvey concluded his career with a ninth place finish and his second All-American honor. Women’s cross country finished 11th at the Mideast Regional and sixth at the UAA championship. Recent graduate Carolyn Clayton and sophomore Liz Stern were named All-Academic by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA).

Football ended the season 5–5 overall, 1–2 in UAA, taking second in the conference, to continue the 34-year streak of non-losing seasons. Recent graduate Brian Freeman received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, as well as receiving Academic All-American along with fellow graduates Clay Crites and Jon Scholl. Overall the team named 19 to the All-UAA squad.

Golf won its first ever UAA championship and received its first ever NCAA bid to finish 22nd at nationals. Recent graduates Alex Timmons and Joshua Chen and senior Christopher Lee were named All-American scholars. In addition, Timmons and Lee were also named to the 2009 PING Mid-Atlantic Region team by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Men’s soccer concluded the season with a second round NCAA tournament appearance but fell to Ohio Wesleyan. The team record was 15–3–1 overall and 5–2–0 in UAA, placing third in the conference. Senior Jon Hall was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year; recent graduate Matt Bazin and seniors Ryan Browne and Ricky Griffith earned NSCAA All-Mid-Region and NSCAA/Adidas All-American honors.

Women’s soccer concluded the season with an 8–6–3 overall record, 2–4–1 in UAA, placing sixth in the conference. Six Tartans were named All-UAA, including first team honors from recent graduate Sarah DeWath; recent graduate Abby Coffin, junior Anya Rosen, and sophomore Elsa Wu were named to the second team; and juniors Valerie Corvino and Emily Overstreet received honorable mentions. The women’s soccer program welcomes Jennifer Myhre as the team’s new assistant coach.

Men’s swimming and diving finished second at UAA championships. The team sent six Tartans to nationals, with senior Gates Winkler earning an All-American Honorable Mention finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Recent graduate Tom McConnell received All-American honors.
Women’s swimming and diving took third at UAA championships and sent junior Molly Evans to nationals. She received an All-American honorable mention. Recent graduate Allison Retotar, along with Evans, was named Academic All-American.

Men’s tennis won the ITA Southeast Regional Championships, took sixth at ITA Nationals, and finished third at UAA Championships. Senior James Muliawan received an individual NCAA invitation, but fell in the NCAA Championship. Recent graduate Yiran Lui was honored by the South Atlantic Region and also received the Arthur Ashe Award.

Women’s tennis advanced to UAA championship but fell to rival Emory. The team won its first regional championship in the spring, and in
the fall, the team won the ITA National Indoor Championship. Sophomore Laura Chen earned ITA National Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Year and the South Atlantic Rookie of the Year, in addition to being honored by the South Atlantic Region. Chen and junior Ashley Herrick made an NCAA appearance but fell to the University of Chicago in the doubles semifinals.

Men’s track and field hosted the UAA championships and took second place in spring competition, as well as at the UAA Indoor championships. Recent graduate Brian Harvey and senior James Hulley qualified for finals at NCAA Championships last fall. In addition to Harvey and Hulley, recent graduate Ryan Anderson also qualified for the NCAA Championships held this spring. Harvey received an
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as well.

Women’s track and field took sixth at both the Indoor and Outdoor UAA Championships held in Gesling Stadium. The 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Luci Laffitte, junior Courtney Baker, recent graduate Emily Giacomarra, and sophomore Ivana Moses placed fifth at the NCAA Championships to set a school record. Another record was set by the team of Baker, Laffitte, and seniors Crystal Lee Pow and Diane Mattingly to earn a third place finish in the 4x400.

Volleyball finished last season with a record NCAA performance, unfortunately falling to Juniata College in the second round of play. The
team placed third in the UAA after recording 23–16 overall and 4–3 within conference records. The team went on to receive the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the second straight year.

The fall varsity sports prepare for the 2009 season ahead with fresh first-years coming in and revitalized veterans to hold down the fort.