This weekend the club tennis team is attending Club Nationals in Surprise, Arizona this weekend. The team qualified by placing second at the USTA Campus Championship – Northern event in March.The frisbee teams are also in action this weekend at the UPA Northwoods Sectional tournament, being held in Maple Plain.
Just like Minnesota's fluctuating early spring temperatures, the first month of Carleton's baseball season has been full of highs and lows. In the 22 games the Knights have played, from preseason Metrodome matchups to spring break games in Florida to their first two conference doubleheaders, the team has at times performed with the promise many see in it and at others slipped into the lackluster play that plagued it last year. Heading into Saturday's home contests with St. Mary's, Carleton holds a 9-13 overall record, but the Knights have won their last three games.
With yet another infamous spring break trip to South Carolina behind them, the women’s tennis team kicked off spring term with a trip across town to play rival St. Olaf. Wednesday, amidst blustery conditions, Carleton got off to a slow start in doubles competition. Frances Leung ’10 and Devin Daugherty ’11 were the first team to earn a point at third doubles, pulling ahead of their opponents with an 8-4 score.
Tom Ballinger ’09 won MIAC track athlete of the week honors after his dominating victory in the 400-meter hurdles in Saturday’s Hamline Invitational in St. Paul.
The two-time All-American ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 53.75 and finished nearly three seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. His time is the fastest in the conference and currently sits third on the national honor roll.
Macalester displaced its students’ community garden to make way for the new athletic center. Macalester President Brian Rosenberg helpfully noted,"Athletic and recreation facilities are one of the points on campus that define the sort of community a college wants to be," (athletics.macalester.edu). Luckily the Carleton women’s track and field team put this “green” facility to excellent use late into the night last Friday at the Pre-MIAC meet.
The men’s track team headed north yesterday and will compete in the MIAC Championships tonight and tomorrow at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.
The Carleton baseball team opened the 2009 season in encouraging fashion Monday, splitting a late-night doubleheader with academic rival Grinnell at the Metrodome.
With the end of their winter season nearing, the Carleton women’s tennis team remained at the top of the MIAC with two wins this past week.
For the first time since the team’s back-to-back MIAC titles in 2000-01, the Carleton women’s swimming and diving team won the MIAC Championship at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in convincing fashion. The Knights entered the third day of competition with a 60 point lead over reigning champion Gustavus, who was seeking their third title in a row, and ended the day with a 101.5 point victory.
The championship was Carleton’s third of the decade. Several Knights had impressive individual performances and earned berths to the NCAA Championships. The men’s swimming and diving team, meanwhile, came in fourth, holding off St. Johns in the final event. Only three schools have won women's team titles this decade: Gustavus (4), Carleton (3) and St. Olaf (3).
Trailing Augsburg 65-64 with three seconds remaining in their opening round game of the MIAC playoffs Monday night, the Carleton Knights put the ball in the right pair of hands. Senior co-captain Zach Johnson, the program's all-time leading scorer and the 16th best in Minnesota college basketball history, found a decent look at a long-range jumper, but three more points were not to be added to his illustrious total as the buzzer-beating attempt bounced off the rim, bringing to an untimely end a season full of excitement and milestones for the men's basketball program.
The Carleton Men’s tennis team concluded its winter season this past Wednesday evening with a convincing 8-1 win over the MIAC’s Bethel University. The Knights improved to 7-2 on the year and remained undefeated in conference play.
Unfortunately, Carleton’s four seniors, Annie Isler, Sarah Kunelius, Sarah Lincoln, and Hannah Oken-Berg, completed their careers with an 89-58 loss to the Bethel Royals last Saturday. With this loss, the Knights finished 11-14 (10-12 MIAC), good enough for eight place in the MIAC.