The University of Findlay women’s golf team has survived the first stage and is on to the match-play round at the Division II National Championship at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Oilers (318-310-316–944), who were ninth after two rounds on Thursday, finished one shot ahead of Lynn University (309-313-323–945) on Friday to nab the final spot in today’s eight-team match-play tournament.

Findlay will take on top-seeded Florida Tech, which fired a 923 (315, 303, 305).

UF senior Makenzie Torres led the way with a 10th-place finish at 227 (77-74-76). Her bogey on the 18th hole sealed the Oilers’ spot in the next round.

Sophomore Kristina Kniesly finished strong and came in tied for 22nd with a 234 (79, 81, 74).

Senior Samantha Hatter tied for 45th at 241 (81-78-82), junior Meredith Whipper tied for 62nd at 247 (85, 78, 84) and freshman Jill Schmitmeyer tied for 78th (81-80-93–254).

The other matches are: Cal-State San Marcos vs. Dallas Baptist, Indianapolis vs Limestone and Barry vs. Southwest Oklahoma State.

California State-San Marcos’ Jaime Jacob (72-72-75–219) won medalist honors.

Henry nets GMAC award

University of Findlay junior Eldred Henry was named the 2019 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track Field Athlete of the Year.

Henry, who was also named first team all-conference, also claimed the honor during the indoor season. Henry won two conference titles for the Oilers at the league championship, capturing gold in the shot put (66-81/2) and discus at (172-5). His throw in the shot put established a new GMAC record.

Senior Austin Combs (Liberty-Benton) and freshmen Justin Dreyling and Xavier Marable joined Henry on the first team from the men’s squad.

In addition, senior Daniel Agbola, freshman Lane Kolb and junior Gavin Stepansky all earned second team all-conference accolades for Findlay as they teamed with Marable in the 1,600 relay.

Juniors Hannah Hahler and Semoy Hemmings captured first team all-conference honors for UF women’s team.

Freshman Meadow Cromer, junior Aubreah Manns (Riverdale), freshman Hayley Robinett and junior Jenna Shipman earned second-team all-league awards.

UF’s Kelly is all-region

University of Findlay junior men’s golfer Luke Kelly was named all-Midwest Region for his performance during the 2018-19 season.

Kelly led the Oilers during the year and set a new school record with a 72.93 scoring average. He was named first-team all-Great Midwest Athletic Conference and placed fifth at the league tournament with a 222.

Marous selected

ADA — The College Sports Information Directors of America has named Ohio Northern University junior men’s lacrosse attacker Cameron Marous an academic all-District 7 at-large honoree for the 2018-19 academic year.

To be considered, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, serve as a starter or important reserve player for their respective team and have a 3.30 minimum cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale at their current institution. In addition, all nominees must have participated in 50 percent of the team’s competitions at their designated position.

This season, the Brecksville native guided the Polar Bear offense with 34 goals, 21 assists, 55 points and 92 total shots. The junior also chipped in 25 ground balls and six caused turnovers during the campaign.

In the 2019 campaign, Ohio Northern posted a 13-5 record and finished third in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 6-3 league record. With the No. 3 seed in the OAC Tournament, the Polar Bears reached the program’s first conference championship game under fourth-year head coach Nat St. Laurent.

ONU players honored

ADA — The Ohio Northern University women’s tennis program landed five student-athletes on the all-Ohio Athletic Conference squads for the 2018-19 season.

Senior Ashley Ochsenhirt led the Polar Bear honorees after being named first-team all-OAC for the third consecutive season. In addition, freshman Olivia Schrager was named second team all-OAC while juniors Mackenzie Wills (Ada), Katie Curry and Kaleigh Cummins made the all-OAC honorable mention list.

Ohio Northern concluded the 2018-19 season with a 20-7 record and a 6-2 mark in the OAC to finish third in the final league standings. In the OAC Tournament, the Polar Bears pushed past Capital 5-0 and Otterbein 5-2 to reach the title match before losing to John Carroll.

All-region softball

ADA — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named Ohio Northern University senior infielder Hailee Loughman and junior catcher Gabby Stewart to the 2019 NFCA all-Central Region squads for their on-field performance this season.

Loughman was named first team all-Central Region at third base, while Stewart garnered second team all-Central Region honors as a catcher.

The Polar Bears concluded the season with a 23-19 overall record and a 14-4 mark in the OAC, which finished second in the final regular season standings. ONU then made its 24th appearance in the OAC Tournament, ending the season against Otterbein in the championship series.

Elbin is all-OAC

BEREA — Findlay High School grad Jake Elbin was one of three Baldwin Wallace University men’s tennis players to net a spot on the all-Ohio Athletic Conference team.

Elbin earned his second consecutive all-conference honor being named all-OAC honorable mention list for the second straight year. At No. 3 singles he posted a mark of 14-5, which tied him for third on the squad, and at No. 2 doubles he has a 12-7 record. The junior was an ITA Scholar Athlete as a freshman and for his career he has compiled a 46-13 singles record and a 38-23 mark in doubles play.

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