Weekend recap: Men’s, women’s tennis, golf, track all see action
It was a busy spring weekend for Washington University sports teams. Both tennis teams, the women’s golf team and the track team all played and had some impressive showings.
The No. 10 ranked men’s tennis team rolled into the weekend on a hot streak, having won three straight match-ups. They continued to impress on Friday in Whitewater, WI, winning 9-0. Sophomore J. J. Kroot cruised to his 50th victory as a Bear. Athlete after athlete delivered great performances on a way to an overall dominant showing.
The Bears then played against the fourth ranked team in the nation, University of Chicago. There were some good showings in singles by the Bears, as freshmen Benjamin van der Sman and Daniel Li won their matches. However, the Bears struggled to overcome a sweep in doubles and fell 7-2. Sophomore Bernardo Neves had his streak of 16 matches undefeated snapped. The teams overall record on the season is now 11-7, with all seven of those losses against ranked teams.
The Bears round out their regular season next weekend, hosting University of Texas-Tyler and DePauw University. After that, the Bears will travel to Florida for the UAA championships where they will hope to get one more swing at the Maroons and secure a bid to the NCAA playoffs.
Against Wisconsin-Whitewater Friday, the No. 12-ranked women’s Tennis team had an excellent showing, winning five out of six singles matches and taking the whole match-up, 6-3. Senior No. 18 Grace Deering secured her 125th victory during the day. Freshman No. 17 Ashley Lessen won her second match against a ranked opponent by defeating Whitewater’s No. 42 Alexandra Talyansky.
The women faced No. 10 Chicago on Saturday. The match was close, but Chicago narrowly won it, 5-4. Chicago managed to win two of three doubles matches. This would be the difference, as the teams split the singles matches 3-3. Deering defeated Chicago’s freshman phenom, No. 4 Claire Handa, in singles, while Lessen lost to No. 14 Majorie Antohi. The result of the day left the Bears’ record at 9-5.
The No. 6 ranked Wash. U. women’s golf team finished in fourth place overall at the Kathy Niepagan Spring Fling, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan. The Bears ended with a collective score of 65 over par 641. No. 12 DePauw and No. 15 Huntington tied for second at 63 over par 639. Illinois Wesleyan won the tournament.
Senior Erin Drolet led the team on Sunday with a score of six over par 78. She had two birdies on Sunday. She finished at ninth overall with 158. Sophomore Samantha Haubenstock was the Bears’ best performer on the tournament, finishing with 157 and tying for sixth. Junior Hannah Jia had two birdies and the second-best score on the team during the second day of competition at 80. Jia finished with a total score of 168. Sophomore Emily Carnes and freshman Gigi Garcia rounded out the Bear’s team score with scores of 167 and 164, respectively.
Track and Field
The Wash. U. track and field team had a dominant showing this weekend at the Greenville Select on Saturday. The women scored 147.5 points, over 40 more than the second-place team. The men’s team finished at 110.5 points. The Red and Green totaled eight top finishes overall.
The men’s team had three of those first-place finishes. Sophomore Jack Sebok finished first in Steeplechase with a time of 9:25.76. Sebok’s time was good for 13th in the country. In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Andrew Whitaker placed first with a time of 55.09. Whitaker earned another first-place finish alongside junior Jason Singer, junior Eddie Wintergalen and freshman John Harry Wagner in the 4×400 relay. The group finished the race in 3:20.35.
Senior Annalise Wagner placed first in the 800-meter with a time of 2:09.87. That time was her season best and the third best in the country. She then combined her efforts with freshman Sophie Grigaux, sophomore Nicky Althoff and sophomore Sara Mesiano to place first in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:53.63. This time is the fourth best in the country. Junior Molly Shepherd stormed to first in the steeplechase with a time of 11:27.37. Sophomore Rachel Kershner finished first in the javelin with an impressive toss of 35.89 meters. Junior Heidi Nassos placed first in the pole vault. Her 3.80-meter clearance was good for fourth in the nation.