Monday, April 7, 2008

A Last Roundup of Winter Sports Results

Baseballs, softballs, and golf balls—among other things—are already in the hands of the athletes at AICUO member institutions, but there’s one last roundup of postseason tournament results before we close the books on the winter sports season.

Kenyon Men Are National Swim Champs—Again
Kenyon won its 29th consecutive NCAA men's swimming championship March 22 in Oxford, Ohio, and senior Josh Mitchell was named Swimmer of the Year.

Ohio Northern Hosts NCAA Division III Track & Field
On March 14 and 15, Ohio Northern hosted the NCAA Division III track and field championships, and finished 12th in the overall standings in the men's meet. Also with teams in the meet were Heidelberg and Defiance, which tied for 25th place; Mount Union, which tied for 46th; and Wilmington, which tied for 56th.

In the women's meet, Heidelberg's team finished tied for 15th position, followed among our members by Otterbein (tied for 25th), Case Western Reserve (tied for 38th), and Capital (tied for 51st).

Basketball: Xavier men bow out one step before Final Four; women lose first round squeaker.
Xavier’s men went all the way to the West Regional final in the Division I basketball tournament, where they lost 76-57 to UCLA, March 29 in Phoenix. Third seeded in the region, Xavier finished 30-7, the school’s best record ever.

A rally by Xavier’s women fell short and they lost 61-58 to Nebraska in the first round of the women’s tournament, March 23 in College Park, Md.

Other late season hoops news:

Dayton lost to Ohio State 74-63 in the quarterfinal round of the men’s National Invitation Tournament, March 26 at Columbus.

NAIA Track & Field
Malone's men's team finished 11th in a 48-team field at the NAIA indoor meet March 7-8 in Johnson City, Tenn. Malone's women finished 28th among 42 teams competing at the meet, while Notre Dame placed 37th.

Ohio Dominican requests transfer from NAIA to NCAA
Last week, Ohio Dominican formally applied to become a member of the NCAA’s Division II, where colleges and universities offer a limited number of athletic scholarships but not at the scale of Division I. If approved, ODU would leave the NAIA’s Division II and most likely join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a sprawling three-state league with members ranging from Erie, Pa., to Marquette and Houghton in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ohio members of GLIAC are Ashland, Findlay, and Tiffin.

--Bob Burke