The University of Findlay women’s golf program makes its first appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championships when the Oilers tee off with 11 other teams on Wednesday. The four-day event will be held at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Canover, N.C.
Brooke Albers, the lone senior on the UF roster, was an individual qualifier for the national tournament in 2012. She led the team this season with a 78.93 stroke average over 15 rounds.
Sophomore Kasey Petty has been steady as well, scoring higher than an 83 only twice in 15 rounds this spring and averaging 79.3 strokes per 18 holes. Michele Schambs, a junior, has averaged 80.82, freshman Shelby Warner 82.4 and sophomore Hannah Schneider 91.1.
Findlay earned a spot in the national field by finishing third behind the University of Indianapolis and Grand Valley State in the East Regional. Rounding out the tournament will be Tarleton State, St. Edward’s and Dallas Baptist (West Region), Central Oklahoma, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Arkansas Tech (Central Region) and Lynn, Barry and Rollins College (South Region).
UF ‘s Welch named
University of Findlay thrower Justin Welch has been named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Welch placed first in the hammer throw at the Toledo Invitational with a school-record throw of 72.93 meters (239.3 feet). It was the second longest throw in the nation across all divisions this season, as well as the second furthest throw in the history of NCAA Division II track and field.
Welch, a junior out of Eastwood High School, was also named USTFCCCA national athlete of the week on March 31.
10 Oilers all-region
Ten University of Findlay outdoor track and field athletes earned all-region honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Justin Welch was named all-region in both the hammer throw and discus while Dillon Webster earned all-region status in the 800-meter run. Demorrio Leggett (triple jump) and Alexander Zolotoglavyy (long jump) also received all-region honors in their respective events.
For the UF women’s team, Kendra Averesch (Leipsic) was tabbed all-region in the shot put and Alex DeVincentis (Liberty-Benton) earned the accolade in the discus.
Samantha Grippe (800-meter), Lydia Guagenti (Bluffton, high jump), Maud Sanmiquel (400-meter hurdles) and Pam Showman (heptathlon) were also selected as all-region athletes.
Sikora, Miller all-Region
ADA — Ohio Northern’s Adriana Sikora and Christin Miller have been named to the All-Central Region softball team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Sikora, whose 16 home runs, 51 runs scored, 39 RBI, 18 doubles, 1.016 slugging percentage and .558 on-base percentage led the entire Ohio Athletic Conference, was a first-team all-Region pick.
Miller, a four-time all-OAC selection who batted .450 with 22 stolen bases, was a second-team pick in the all-region voting.
ONU players all-OAC
ADA — Five Ohio Northern University baseball players have earned all-Ohio Athletic Conference honors, with first-teamers Dan Belliveau and Nick Eltzroth leading the way.
Belliveau, a junior outfielder, led the team in batting average (.361), hits (56), RBI’s (42) home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.645). Eltzroth, a sophomore pitcher,went 5-0 in nine starts with a team best 1.69 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
Junior outfielder Jack LaMarca (.358, 13 doubles) and sophomore pitcher Ben Glischinski (3-1, 2.55 ERA) were second-team selections, and sophomore pitcher Zach Maier received honorable mention recognition.
Under third-year head coach Gene Stechschulte, Ohio Northern went 28-12 and finished tied for fourth in the OAC with a 11-7 mark. The 28 victories were the most since the 1995 season.