Sports

No. 7 women’s tennis ends “special season” with highest ranking in program history

For the Washington University women’s tennis team, the 2024 season was one to remember. The team finished with a 19-5 record, logging their highest win total in the last decade. After missing out on the NCAA tournament as a team the last two seasons, they not only punched their ticket, but hosted and won a regional to earn a berth in the Elite Eight for just the sixth time in program history. 

| Managing Sports Editor

Round of 16 loss concludes disappointing outdoor season for No. 12 men’s tennis

When the NCAA announced that the final rounds of the Division III tennis championships were going to be held in St. Louis for the first time since 2007, it gave the Washington University men’s tennis team a special opportunity: competing for a national championship in Forest Park, just a short walk away from WashU’s Danforth campus. Unfortunately for the Bears, the men’s tennis team didn’t get that chance.

| Managing Sports Editor

‘Now we build from here’: Softball’s regional run sparks hope for next season

Coming off a 20-18 2023 season, the Bears improved to 28-12 in head coach Casey Cromwell’s second season at WashU. The team clinched a berth in the NCAA regional tournament, which the Bears hosted for the first time in program history, before being eliminated in the regional finals.

| Staff Writer

National championship win completes No. 1 women’s track and field’s “slow climb” back to top of Division III

Entering the meet with high expectations as the nation’s top-ranked team, the squad delivered. From May 23-25, the team tallied 71 points, beating the runners-up University of Wisconsin – La Crosse by a remarkable 23.5 points to earn their second ever national championship. 

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WashU alum Ryan Loutos debuts for the St. Louis Cardinals

In 2021, WashU’s pitching ace turned down a software engineering job to play minor league baseball. Three years later, he’s beginning to reap the rewards of the decision to chase his dream.  

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“Training on the numbers”: How WashU track turned its women’s 400/800 program into a national powerhouse

During the 2024 indoor track season, times set by Kelley, Sarussi, and graduate student Danielle Schultz made the WashU trio three of the 15 fastest runners in the 800 in all of Division III. Their success is emblematic of over a decade of dominance by the WashU track & field team’s women’s 400/800 meter training group.

| Junior Sports Editor

Bear Breakdown: Women’s track and field wins seventh-straight conference title as six WashU teams compete for UAA championships

Women’s track and field took home their seventh straight conference crown, while the other teams all finished in the top four of the conference, with many setting themselves up well for the NCAA championships in the coming weeks.

| Managing Sports Editor

From senior athletes: Reflections on four years as a WashU Bear

After countless hours spent dedicating themselves to Washington University athletics, seven senior student-athletes – Jabari Chiphe (basketball), Caraline Oakley (golf), Emma Kelley (track), Jared Phillips (tennis), Emily Talkow (softball), and Johnathan Smith (football) – sat down with Student Life to reflect on their four years as a part of the WashU Bears athletic program.

Four moments over four years: the highlights of WashU sports

After spending hundreds of hours on the sidelines, in the bleachers, and glued to the live stream, I’ve compiled the top-four WashU sports moments of the past four years, in no particular order.

| Staff Writer

Former players reveal systemic flaws in women’s basketball program

“I just want the athletic department to listen,” said a former player. “It sends a really strong message to the rest of the people who are on the team that people are going through stuff, leaving, and nothing is going to change.” 

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