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January 2018 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Thursday, February 01, 2018


Tal Hanani, Michigan State University    

Jan. 20, 2018
The Michigan State swimming and diving teams beat Oakland today in its final home meet of the season. The men defeated the Golden Grizzlies 160.5-133.5 and the women won 197-103, racking up a total of 21 first-place finishes.

The Spartans honored 14 seniors in their final home meet of the season. From the men’s team, Alex Duffy, Tal Hanani, Connor Lamb, Nick Leshok, Lachie McLeish, Mitch Strahlman, Joe Szczupakiewicz and Alex Trompke were honored. Racheal Bukowski, Rebecca Hannon, Haley Kornburger, Maison Moore, Anna Stephens and Rosalie Yockey are the seniors that were honored from the women’s team.
Leshok, McLeish, Hanani, Bukowski and Kornburger all went out on a high note in their final home meet at McCaffree Pool. Leshok finished first in the 100 breaststroke. McLeish finished first in the 200 back and second in the 100 back. Hanani won the 200 IM with a time of 1:52.28. Kornburger finished first in the 500 free, and second in the 1000 free.




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       Millan, Saar Sweep America East Weekly Awards 

Women's Basketball                       

Orono, Maine -- Following a 2-0 week, with wins over Vermont and Hartford, Blanca Millan has been named the America East Women's Basketball Player of the Week while Dor Saar (Ma'anit, ISRAEL) has earned the America East Rookie of the Week honor. 

  Saar averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 57.1-percent from three-point range to earn her first America East Rookie of the Week accolade. Saar, who has now tallied double-digits in each of her last three outings, posted 11 points and three rebounds on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night against Vermont. The freshman point guard followed up the performance with 10 points, matched a career-high with four rebounds and added a career-best three steals in Maine's road win at Hartford.         



                 Shir Hornung, Oklahoma State University

     STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA - January 22, 2018 – The Oklahoma State women's tennis team picked up its second consecutive sweep Monday night at the Greenwood Tennis Center, shutting out Wyoming, 4-0.
The Cowgirls (3-0) opened the night by taking doubles for the third-straight match with wins on courts two and three. Megan McCray and Shir Hornung (Yokneam, ISRAEL)picked up the first win of the evening with a 6-4 victory over Myiah Scott and Ana Tkachenko at No. 3 for their second win of the season. Katarina Stresnakova and Marina Guinart tallied their first dual win of 2018, taking down Magdalena Stecel and Milka Genkova, 6-4, to clinch the point.  Freshman Shir Hornung snagged the first win of her Cowgirl career to open up singles play. Hornung was dominant, shutting out Wyoming's Myiah Scott, 6-0, 6-0, on court six to put the Cowgirls up, 2-0.           


                       Talya Zandberg, University of Arizona

  Wildcats Win First Two Matches of the Season          


TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona women's tennis team completed two of three home matches this weekend on Friday, Jan. 26 and came away with two victories. Arizona (0-0) moved past Northern Arizona (0-1) by a score of 7-0 and beat Boise State (1-0) by a score of 4-0. "I felt that today, we did a good job clinching matches and pulling out of tough places. We need to work on not getting into those places in the first place though," said head coach Vicky Maes.  In doubles against Northern Arizona, Gitte Heynemans and Marie Van Aelst fell to Brandy Walker and Eirene Granville (NAU) 6-3, then Devin Chypyha and Camila Wesbrooks won over Hanneke Lodewijks and Chiara Tomasetti of NAU, 6-4. The deciding match came down to Mary Lewis and Talya Zandberg (Tiberias, ISRAEL) who defeated Cora-Lynn Von Dungern and Ellie Millard (NAU) 7-5 to clinch the doubles point for the Wildcats.                     

  Arizona dominated in singles against Northern Arizona. Wesbrooks cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Brandy Walker (NAU). Heynemans won over Eirene Granville of NAU 6-4, 6-4. Zandberg, Van Aelst, Lewis, and Chypyha were all forced into tiebreakers against Northern Arizona. Zandberg clinched the victory for Arizona when she defeated Ellie Millard (NAU) 6-1, 7-6. Once the match was clinched for Arizona, Marie Van Aelst won over Madi Moore (NAU) 6-3, 7-6. Lewis led Chiana Tomasetti (NAU) 5-6, 6-4, 6-3 and Chypyha defeated Lodewijks of NAU 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 to finish play against Northern Arizona with a final score of 7-0.

Against Boise State, doubles came down to another tiebreaker to determine who would clinch the point. Heynemans and Van Aelst fell to Wilhelmina Palmer and Lilian Poling (BSU) 6-2. Lewis and Zandberg won over Hanna Kantenwein and Vanessa Timm (BSU) 6-3 and Chypyha and Wesbrooks clinched the doubles point for Arizona.   Talya Zandberg clinched the match for Arizona with a 6-3, 6-3 singles win over Hanna Kantenwein (BSU) to give Arizona a 4-0 win. Chypyha, Lewis, and Heynemans ended the day with unfinished matches due to Zandberg clinching the match over Boise State.                         


                                        Adva Cohen, Iowa Central College

2018 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Rankings – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS –It’s certainly early in the season, but for the first time since 2015, we have a new leader on the men’s side of the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings.

While Iowa Central CC’s women are holding down the fort atop the women’s rankings to open the season, the men sit in second after coming in ranked first every week across the last two seasons, announced the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.

There’s no surprise that Iowa Central CC is the leader heading into the first week of rankings. The squad owns six top marks on the NJCAA Descending Order List. Agnes Mansaray (600 and 800) and Adva Cohen (mile, 3000 and 5000) own multiple marks, while Michelle Tomlin (weight throw) is also the best in her event. Adva Cohen hails from Jerusalem, ISRAEL and is the top ranked Junior College middle distance runner in the US.


           Neta Saar, Florida Tech University                 Adi Davidov, Florida Tech University                          

MELBOURNE, Fla. – In the final dual meet of the season for the Panthers, they welcomed Sunshine State Conference rivals, Saint Leo and Lynn, to the Panther Aquatic Center. Both the men, 120-139 to Saint Leo, and women, 136-116 to Saint Leo and 130-126 to Lynn, fell on tough times as they dropped the meets in heartbreaking fashion.

However, the day started off on a high note as the team looked to honor its nine senior members as they took their lanes for the final time at home. Edward Ilako, Paulina Bjorkbacka, Samantha Conger, Yagoh Kubagawa, Trista Phelps, Neta Saar (Haifa, ISRAEL), Thomas Steenberg, Mary Ida Spradlin and Evelyn Stein were recognized for both their athletic and academic achievements they have earned over their time at Florida Tech.  The third and fourth events of the day saw Birgitt O'Connor finish second; while Emanuele Rossi and Kubagawa, second and third, placed in the top three for the men. The 200-yard freestyle saw FIT snag its first win of the night as Saar came out at a blistering pace grabbing the lead by the first split and never conceding it. Steenberg swim, on the men's side, was good enough for a third-place finish.

Florida Tech managed to secure a couple more wins when Juskevich and Ollivierre both took first place in their respective 100-yard breaststroke events. Continuing with the theme of strong finishes Barger earned third in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:17.76. Adi Davidov (Herzeliya, ISRAEL) and Obregon managed to earn second and third in the men's 200 butterfly.
























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