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MAROON MADE Volume 1, Issue 21 Feb. 12-18, 2018 Recap and looking ahead

Senior Nate Downey stole the show at Saturday's Margaret Bradley Invitational, clearing two lifetime bests and setting a new school record in the men's indoor pole vault -- marking the fourth-best mark in NCAA Division III.

RECORD-SETTING WEEKEND

In the final tuneup before the 2018 UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, the UChicago men's team easily topped the field at the Margaret Bradley Invite Feb. 17, led by Nate Downey's record-setting pole vault.

Sophomore Joe Previdi holds the top time in the UAA in the men's 800 this season at 1:55.35.
Sophomore Alex Scott holds the top throw in weight throw (16.24 meters) and the men's shot put on the UAA performance list with a mark of 15.70 meters.

NEXT MEET:

2018 UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

  • When: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 24-25, 2018
  • Where: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Senior Ade Ayoola had a big week for the Maroons -- not only did she tie her best mark in the women's high jump in the Margaret Bradley Invite, she was one of just 49 applicants from around the world to be named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar by Stanford University, which fully funds her medical school aspirations at the school.

PRE-TITLE PREP

With its eyes set on its first UAA Indoor Championship since 2015, the Maroon women swept the field at the Margaret Bradley Invitational, winning 10 events.

NEXT MEET:

2018 UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

  • When: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 24-25
  • Where: Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University
Sophomore Robin Peter holds the third-best time in the UAA in the 60 meters and the top time in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.90 seconds.
Sophomore Alexandra Thompson is tied with teammates Ade Ayoola and Laura Darcey with the top mark in the high jump in the UAA at 1.63 meters.
Cassidy McPherson's time in the 800 stands fourth on the UAA performance list.

AYOOLA EARNS SCHOLARSHIP

Ade Ayoola named one of 49 Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University

Fourth-year College student Ade Ayoola. Photo by Jean Lachat

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Still undefeated in league play with a 13-0 record, the UChicago women's basketball team captured sole possession of the UAA title with two wins last week.

OUTRIGHT CHAMPS

Make it 20-straight wins for #10 UChicago, who defeated Carnegie Mellon and Brandeis last weekend to clinch sole possession of the UAA regular-season title. The Maroons (22-2) host rival Washington-St. Louis Saturday in the regular-season finale.

NEXT GAME:

  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Washington-St. Louis at #10 UChicago, 1 PM CT (Senior Day)
Taylor Lake battles for a steal against Carnegie Mellon Friday.

#11 UChicago 70, Carnegie Mellon 51

  • Sophomore Mia Farrell led the the way with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals, classmate Taylor Lake added 12 points and nine boards and junior forward Olariche Obi chipped in 10 points, six boards, six steals and three blocks in the effort.
First-year Marissa Igunbor posted career highs in both points (19) and rebounds (12) to help the Maroons cruise past Case Western, 73-35.

#11 UChicago 73, Case Western Reserve 35

  • First-year Marissa Igunbor posted her first career double-double with season highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Junior forward Olariche Obi's 11 points and 10 rebounds resulted in her 13th double-double of the season. First-year forward Meaghan O'Hara posted a well-rounded stat line of eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

SWIMMING & DIVING

The Maroons came away with two event champions and the Male Swimmer Rookie of the Year at the 2018 UAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Sophomore Lance Culjat was one of the Maroons' event winners, capturing the 200-yard breaststroke title in a time of 2:01.04

MAROON MEN 4TH at UAAs

UChicago men's swimming & diving teams had six student-athletes capture nine total all-UAA finishes to lead the Maroons to a fourth-place finish at a tough conference championship meet in Atlanta, Ga.

NEXT MEET:

  • Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24: Midwest Invitational at UChicago, 6PM & 11A / 5 PM

Men's All-UAA Finishes (Top 3)

  • 200 IM: 2, Lance Culjat, 1:50.61; 3, Keda Song, 1:51.10
  • 100 breaststroke: 1, Reona Yamaguchi, 55.02
  • 800 freestyle relay: 2, Lance Culjat, Keda Song, Keenan Novis, Taye Baldinazzo, 6:43.22
  • 200-yard Breaststroke – Lance Culjat (1st, 2:01.04)
  • 100-yard Freestyle – Alexander Farrell (3rd, 45.01)
First-year Keda Song, left, was named the UAA Male Swimming Rookie of the Year.
Sophomore Reona Yamaguchi earned a UAA event title with his win in the 100-yard breaststroke.
First-year Nadia Redza broke the school record in the women's 400-yard medley relay, placing fourth at the UAA Championships.

MAROON WOMEN SOLID AT UAA 'SHIPS

The UChicago women's swimming & diving team also took fourth place at the 2018 UAA Championships, led by six student-athletes who earned a total of eight all-UAA finishes.

NEXT MEET:

  • Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24: Midwest Invitational at UChicago
Senior Natalie DeMuro earned two all-UAA finishes, placing third in the 1-meter and second in the 3-meter dibing events.
First-year Margaret Wolfson, right, earned all-UAA honors by finishing third in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Women's All-UAA Finishes (Top 3)

  • 1-meter diving: 3, Natalie DeMuro, 439.45
  • 3-meter diving: 2, Natalie DeMuro, 483.45
  • 200 free relay: 3, Nicole Lin, Daria Wick, Gillian Gagnard, Yifan Mao, 1:35.92
  • 200-yard Breaststroke – Margaret Wolfson (3rd, 2:19.52)
  • 200-yard Backstroke – Gillian Gagnard (3rd, 2:02.12)

TENNIS

UChicago Tennis swept the UAA weekly honors for the second-straight week, led by great performances by Luke Tsai and Claire Handa.
Abhin Sharma and Marjorie Antohi

STILL PERFECT

The UChicago tennis teams continued their strong start to the spring season with a perfect 15-0 record combined with two more dual wins over DePauw and Coe last week.

MEN'S NEXT MATCHES:

ITA Division III Men's Tennis National Team Indoor Championship

  • Where: St. Peter, Minn.

Schedule:

  • Friday, Feb. 23: #9 UChicago vs. #10 Carnegie Mellon, 3:30PM CT
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: #9 UChicago vs. TBA
  • Sunday, Feb. 25: #9 UChicago vs. TBA

UChicago Men's Tennis 9, DePauw 0 / UChicago Women's Tennis 6, DePauw 3

Daryn Ellison and Luke Tsai

UChicago Men's Tennis 9, Coe 0 / UChicago Women's Tennis 9, Coe 0

NEXT MATCHES (WOMEN):

  • Friday-Sunday: UChicago Women's Tennis at ITA Indoor Championships (Chattanooga, Tenn.)

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Men's Basketball alumni in attendance last weekend.

LEGENDS WEEKEND SUCCESS

The Maroons men's basketball team invited its alumni back to campus for its annual Legends Weekend and UChicago did not disappoint, going a perfect 2-0 in wins over Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve.

NEXT GAME:

  • Saturday, Feb. 24: #2 Washington-St. Louis at UChicago, 3 PM CT (Senior Day)
Max Jacobs

UChicago 86, Carnegie Mellon 70

  • A balanced scoring effort saw six different players with at least eight points. Collin Barthel posted a team-best 13 points and eight rebounds.
  • Ryan Jacobsen factored in with 12 points and five rebounds.
  • Jake Fenlon and junior guard Noah Karras put up 11 points apiece.
  • Junior guard Max Jacobs added nine points while getting the nod in the starting lineup.
  • Sam Sustacek tallied eight points and seven rebounds, and Jordan Baum submitted a well-rounded six-point, seven-assist, six-rebound effort.
Senior Collin Barthel

UChicago 98, Case Western Reserve 78

  • Collin Barthel finished a crisp 6-of-12 from the field and added six boards and two assists.
  • Classmate Jake Fenlon added 19 points – draining four 3s – and Jordan Baum added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six rebounds and four assists.
  • Rounding out double-figure scoring for the Maroons was Noah Karras off the bench with 10 points.

WRESTLING

Louis DeMarco.

ONWARD TO REGIONALS

After an off week, the Maroon wrestling team heads to Minneapolis, Minn., for the two-day NCAA Upper Midwest Regional hosted by Augsburg. UChicago wrestlers will compete for their chance to go to the NCAA Division III Championships, held March 9-10 in Cleveland, Ohio.

2018 NCAA Upper Midwest Regional

  • When: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24.
  • Where: Augsburg Colllege, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • What's at Stake: The top three finishers at each weight class will advance to the NCAA nationals.
Sophomore Steve Bonsall was the lone Maroon to qualify for NCAA Championships in last year's regional, placing third at 157 pounds. He went on to take eighth at nationals to become the Maroons' first NCAA All-American since 2014.

BASEBALL

OPENING WEEKEND

The UChicago baseball team kicks off its 2018 campaign Sunday in Missouri with a twin bill, facing off with Dominican and Fontbonne.

NEXT GAMES:

  • Where: O'Fallon, Mo.
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 25
  • Schedule: UChicago vs. Dominican, 1 PM \ UChicago vs. Fontbonne, 4 PM

SEASON PREVIEW

Senior Max Larsen earned all-region honors last year after leading the team in batting average (.406), on-base percentage (.500), doubles (18) and walks (22).
"Our guys worked hard on their individual approaches at the plate and embraced the offensive philosophy that revolves around putting the ball in play and working at-bats. Our strikeouts were down significantly and we put the ball in play with more frequency, which moved runners and allowed us to score multiple runs in an inning. Coach Paul Stevens has done a fantastic job getting our players to understand and execute that offensive philosophy over the last few years, which has made quite an impact." - Head Coach John Fitzgerald
Connor Hickey was an all-region selection in 2017, setting a new school record for runs.
Ian Bohn also earned All-Region honors in 2017, second on the team in batting average while not committing an error behind the plate at catcher.

Credits:

Patrick Gorski, Nicole Watkins, Stephan Bates, John Bates, Norman Cohen.

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