Sports

Swimmers Corley, Tarkenton Go All-American

Anna Corley earned All-American honors with a 13th-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA Championships. (Photo by Susan Spencer)

A stellar season for men’s and women’s swimming culminated in March with All-American honors for seniors Anna Corley and Dallas Tarkenton at the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships in Shenandoah, Texas. Tarkenton turned in two All-American performances with a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly and a ninth-place result in the 200-yard fly. He also competed in the 200-yard individual medley. Tarkenton earned All-American honors at last year’s NCAAs as well. In the 200-yard individual medley, Corley finished in 13th place, earning All-American honors. She also competed in the 400-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle. Earlier, both the men’s and women’s swim teams captured 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Championship titles. It was the 27th straight title for Mary Washington women and the 17th consecutive title, 23rd overall, for the men. Freshmen Julia Geskey and Austin Farrar were named CAC Rookies of the Year. Head Coach Abby Brethauer and … [Read more...]

Riding Program to Stay at Hazelwild

Hazelwild Farm will continue to be home base for the UMW varsity equestrian program. (Photo by Karen Pearlman Photography)

The UMW varsity equestrian program will stay at Hazelwild Farm after all. Hazelwild, the riding program’s longtime home in Spotsylvania County, had earlier told UMW it could not accommodate the program after the spring 2017 semester. But that situation changed, to the delight of team members and UMW’s Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. “We appreciate our longstanding partnership with Hazelwild, as well as their cooperation in working together with us for a viable solution,” Tyler said. “We’re really happy for our student-athletes.” UMW is the only public institution in the commonwealth that offers riding at the varsity level, according to Tyler. The 25-member team participates in eight shows each year, in addition to regional, zone, and national competitions. In 14 of the past 17 years, UMW has sent at least one rider to the national championships. … [Read more...]

Athletics Gala in May

UMW President Troy D. Paino will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Athletics Gala, to be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Chandler Ballroom of the University Center. Billed as an “elegant evening for a meaningful mission,” the gala raises funds to support UMW’s student athletes. Besides Paino’s address, the program includes student athlete testimonials, silent and live auctions, wine and spirits raffles, dinner, and an open bar. Tickets are $130 each or $1,000 for a table of 10, a portion of which is tax-deductible. For tickets or more information, call 540/654-1143, send an email, or visit the athletics website. … [Read more...]

Women’s Basketball Caps Season With Solid Tournament Showing

Senior Brianne Comden leads the UMW to a victory in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament in March. (Photo by Susan Spencer)

The University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team made it to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament, ending the year with a 24-5 overall record. In the first round, UMW scored an exciting 62-57 win over Sage Colleges, led by 24 points from All-American Brianne Comden ’17. The Eagles had a 10-point lead at halftime, but Sage came back to lead by a point in the fourth quarter. Then Comden found Jordan Pamlanye ’19 for the go-ahead basket, and Megan Green ’17 sank three free throws to seal the win. It was the Eagle women’s first NCAA Tournament win since 2012, when they advanced to the regional finals. In the second round, the Eagles fell to No. 1 ranked, undefeated Amherst College. UMW’s nine-point defeat, 60-51, was just Amherst’s fourth win of less than 10 points all season.  … [Read more...]