On Feb. 16, the final day of the SSC Championships, both our men’s and women’s swim teams shined, with men’s swimming taking second and women’s swimming taking first as well as the SSC title for the year. Yet again, junior Emma Sundstedt had a standout performance, winning a gold medal in the 1650 freestyle and missing her championship record by just 0.11 seconds with a time of 16:37.64. Junior Alec Dawson captured the silver medal in the men’s 100 freestyle in 44.10 and junior Lliam Dolan earned a personal best time of 45.66 in the 100 freestyle.The Sharks will look to continue their winning ways in the NCAA DII National Championships held in Greensboro, NC, March 11-14.
On Feb. 12, the Sharks — who came into this game with multiple injured players — were able to knock off Lynn University and improve their record to 11-11. Junior Annie Santucci had a great first half, collecting 14 points while knocking down four three pointers. Redshirt senior Jordan Tully continued her strong stretch of games with 16 points on six made field goals. Tully and junior Hailey Conley had the final 12 points in the fourth quarter, helping them to win 59-65.
In a double header on Feb. 15, the Sharks took on No. 15 ranked Newberry Wolves and split the games 1-1. The victory in the first game was no easy feat, as Newberry came into this game with a perfect record of 8-0. However, the Sharks used the fuel from their loss against Newberry the day before to propel them to victory with a score of 3-1. The game was a close match with both teams earning a hit in the first inning, but neither side striked again until the sixth, when sophomore Jarrett Hall hit an RBI double to move junior Bryan Diaz to home plate for the second run of the game. In the second game, the Sharks narrowly lost, but put up a strong effort against the now 8-1 Wolves.
No. 1 ranked NSU were able to add some more hardware to their name as they took first place at the Lady Moc Classic on Feb. 18. Freshman Valentina Albertazzi had a stellar performance, earning a -11 in her 54 hole total — the second lowest in program history and the best since 2011. The Sharks’ team score of 866(+2) ranks fourth all time in program history as well, and this tournament represented a remarkable victory for the team. They will look to continue this form on March 9 when they return to action for the Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Invitational.