Maggie Smith, Staff Writer
Wingate University’s spring sports teams are finishing up their 2017 spring seasons.
The Track and Field team will compete in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference championship meet on Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15. The meet will take place at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Six of the Bulldogs have returned as defending SAC champions in seven events. Madison Hiatt won the 1500 meters and the 800 meters in the 2016 event. Vanisha Wilshire and Isaiah Kyle won the women’s and men’s high jump. Hannah Hinson won the hammer throw in 2016. Alyssa Johnson won in the 3000 meter steeplechase in 2016, and Austin Greeson won the men’s javelin throw at the 2016 SAC meet.
The Women’s outdoor track and field team is currently ranked third in the Southeast regional rankings, and the men’s team are ranked sixth.
The Wingate University Baseball team is currently 17-24 overall, and 8-10 in the conference. The Bulldogs will finish up their season with three home games. The Bulldogs face Erskine on Tuesday, April 18, and Tusculum on both Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. Wingate will then move on to the SAC Tournament on April 27.
Wingate Softball is currently 23-19 overall and 8-6 in the conference. The Softball team takes on Carson Newman for a double header on their Senior day, Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Bulldogs will then finish up their season with three more games against Catawba, Limestone, and Anderson before heading into the SAC tournament.
Wingate men’s Lacrosse is 9-3 overall, and 4-2 in the conference. Men’s Lacrosse has two final games to wrap up the season before heading into the SAC tournament. The Bulldogs will have their Senior day against Brevard on Saturday, April 15, at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs have 11 seniors on the 2017 Roster; Michael Connor (Stockport, England), Seth Grimwood (Huntingtown, Md.), Brennan Asplen (St. Augustine, Fla.), Jacob Ormerod (Lake Mary, Fla.), Drew Thompson (Charlotte, NC), Tanner Kotch (Butler Pa.), Anthony Crisera (Silver Springs, Fla.), Vinny Aiello (Centereach, NY), Tyler Antram (Whitby, Ontario), Austin Murphy (Orillia, Ontario), and redshirt Senior, Ryan Vogrig (Vancouver, B.C.)
Senior Austin Murphy recently won National Player of the Week.
Wingate University women’s Lacrosse is 10-3 overall, and 4-1 in the conference, heading into their final three games of the season.
Women’s Lacrosse will also have their Senior day against Brevard, Saturday, April 15 at 12 p.m. The Seniors for the Wingate women’s Lacrosse team are; Paulena Dempsey (Jarrettsville, Md.) Kendall Sienon (Woodstock, Ga.), Morgan Insel (Plantation Fla.), Laura Swanson (Plantation, Fla.), and Brittany Andrews (Bel-Air, Md.).
Wingate’s Sophomore Goalie, Arion Pierre, has had a great 2017 season receiving Astroturf SAC player of the week four consecutive weeks for the past four weeks.
Wingate men’s and women’s Tennis finished their season April 12. The Men finished at 16-4 over and 10-1 in conference. The Women finished 16-3 overall and 11-0 in conference. Wingate Men and Women’s Tennis were both defeated by Georgia College in their last match on April 12. Both teams will enter the 2017 SAC Tournament April 20, in Rock Hill.
Wingate men’s Golf finished fourth in their last tournament on April 4. Junior, Jarrett Stowe earned an all-tournament spot to end his season. Wingate Men’s Golf will compete in the 2017 SAC tournament April 23-April 25 in Salisbury, NC at the Country Club of Salisbury.
Wingate University women’s Golf finished fourth in the 2017 SAC championship tournament at the Link Hills Country Club Tuesday, April 11. Freshman Diana McDonald shot the second-best round of the day, posting an even-par 72. The Bulldogs as a whole shot a 309 for a 54-hole setting a school-record total of 924. The previous school-record was 944 in the 2015 SAC tournament.
The Wingate men’s and women’s swimming collected four silver medals at the 2017 NCAA Championship to wrap up their season. Junior Alexis Divelbiss earned two silver medals, finishing second at 49.32 in the 100 Freestyle Relay. Defending national champion Senior, Vika Arkhipova finished second in the 200 Backstroke at 1:54.48. Wingate women’s 400 Freestyle Relay team consisting of Hanna Van Horen, Maria Madsen, and Abby Kosic finished second in the relay at 3:21.24.
The Wingate women’s swimming team finished third with 346 points. The men finished sixth.
Wingate redshirt Sophomore Lennart Queiss won the 100 Freestyle consolation finals at 44.08. Wingate took silver in the last event of the day in the men’s 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 2:55.01. The Bulldogs 100 Freestyle Relay team included; Queiss, Sebastian Holmberg, Leif-Henning Klüver, and Mehdi Zeraidi.
Photo Source: The SAC website
Edited By: Brea Childs