Kenyon College swimmer Haley Townsend, a Center Grove High School graduate, has been named the winner of the NCAA’s Elite 89 award for Division III swimming.
The NCAA conducts championships in 89 sports, and the athlete with the highest grade-point average in each of these championships receives this honor. The Kenyon sophomore has a 4.00 GPA in international studies, the highest GPA among the hundreds of athletes who competed in Indianapolis this year.
Townsend helped Kenyon to a second-place finish as a member of the runner-up 200-yard freestyle and 400 medley relay teams. She was a member of last year’s winning 400 medley relay team, which set an NCAA Division III record.
Arizona’s Emma Schoettmer and Indiana’s Allie Day competed at the NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships. Schoettmer finished 12th of 55 in the 200 breaststroke (2:09.22) and 29th of 49 in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.75). Day was 34th of 52 in the 100 backstroke (53.48) and 32nd of 53 in the 200 backstroke (1:55.71).
Butler’s Shelbi Burnett finished seventh of 34 runners in the 3,000 meters (10:12.72) at the Butler Outdoor Track and Field Invitational.
Competing at the Rose-Hulman Earlybird Track and Field Invitational, the Engineers’ Nathan Catt was fourth of 20 in the 1,500 meters (4:05.39). Teammate Ryan Meyer was second of eight in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:02.67).
The IPFW men’s basketball team (25-11) defeated Akron 97-91 in the first round of the College Insider Tournament and lost 106-95 to Virginia Military in the second round. Joe Reed had two points (1 for 3), three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 21 minutes in the win and 11 points (5 for 10, 1 for 3), three rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot in 27 minutes in the loss.
Competing in the Women’s NIT, the Northern Kentucky basketball team defeated McNeese State 84-72 in Round 1 and lost 60-54 to Charleston in the second round. Melody Doss, a first-team All-Atlantic Sun Conference honoree, had 12 points (3 for 8, 2 for 3, 4 for 4), three rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes in the win and 13 points (5 for 13, 1 for 7, 2 for 3), one assist, one steal, two blocked shots and a team-high 13 rebounds in 32 minutes in the loss.
Sarah Richert and Diane Jones won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles in Indiana Wesleyan’s 9-0 tennis win against St. Francis, Ill.
Jamie Claeys won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 at No. 5 singles and lost 8-3 at No. 3 doubles in Bellarmine’s 6-3 tennis win against Southern Indiana.
Emily Claeys lost 8-3 at No. 3 doubles and 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles in St. Joseph’s 9-0 tennis loss to Lewis.
The Taylor softball team (15-7) won doubleheaders against Grace and Goshen and lost two to Indiana Wesleyan. Anna Gunderson had two hits, including a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored in 11 at-bats and is hitting .338 (24 for 71) in 22 games, 21 of them starts.
The Anderson softball team (7-2) defeated The State University of New York Otsego, Wisconsin-Stout, St. Thomas and Williams in Florida. Shelby Shaffer had eight hits, including a double, four RBIs and five runs scored in 19 at-bats and four stolen bases in five attempts. She is hitting .400 (12 for 30).
The Indiana softball team (8-21-1, 0-3) lost to Kentucky and three times to Michigan. Natalie Lalich had one hit and two RBIs in two at-bats in one game against Michigan and is hitting .310 (13 for 42).
Kent Kraus was 68th overall and fifth for Rose-Hulman with scores of 102-84-186 at the Mount St. Joseph Golf Invitational.
Brad Walker is batting .217 (10 for 46) in 25 games, 15 of them starts, for the IU-Southeast baseball team (16-14).
The Marian baseball team (2-9) lost four games to Taylor. Brice Laigle had one hit in six at-bats in the four games and is batting .267 (4 for 15) in nine games, six of them starts.
The Franklin women’s lacrosse team earned its first win, defeating Rose Hulman 23-4. Presleigh Hobbs had six goals and two assists, and Carly Campbell had five goals and two assists for the Grizzlies.
Franklin’s Ashley Myers was 10th of 12 in the javelin competition (65-8), fourth of 22 in the 800 meters (2:29.05), eighth of nine in the triple-jump (29-2) and was a member of the winning 1,600 relay team at the Rose-Hulman Earlybird Track and Field Invitational. In a dual meet win against Hanover, she anchored both the winning 3,200 and 4X1,600 relay teams.
The Southern softball team (1-24) lost its first six games last week, three by one run, before earning its first win of the season, a 9-0 defeat of Alabama A&M. Harley Roller had seven hits in 21 at-bats and is hitting .288 (17 for 59) in 25 games, all of them starts.
The Indiana State softball team (16-12, 1-4) defeated Southeast Missouri twice and lost three to Wichita. Shelby Wilson had two singles, one double and one RBI in nine at-bats in the five games.
The Southern Indiana softball team (11-8) split two games with St. Joseph’s and lost twice to Indianapolis. Brooke Harmening had four hits, including a double, in 11 at-bats and is hitting .344 (21 for 61). She started twice and relieved once as a pitcher, losing 1-0 to Indianapolis while giving up five hits, two walks and one earned run while striking out five in seven innings; relieving for 2-2/3 innings against the Greyhounds and giving up one walk and one hit; and winning 4-3 against St. Joseph’s while yielding two hits, four walks and one earned run in seven innings and striking out 13.
Jared Hunt won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles and lost 8-3 at No. 2 doubles in Franklin’s 6-3 tennis win against Mount St. Joseph.
The Franklin baseball team (12-4) defeated Wabash and won two of three against Mount St. Joseph. Tyler Ison had three doubles, two singles, two RBIs and three runs scored in 11 at-bats in the four games and is hitting .303 (10 for 33).
The Liberty baseball team (18-7) defeated Old Dominion and won three against High Point. Ashton Perritt was 2 for 14 at the plate in the four games and is hitting .242 (23 for 75). He earned his seventh save on the mound with a one-inning relief appearance in which he gave up one hit and struck out two and lowered his ERA to 1.53.
Ball State finished fifth of seven teams at the MAC Gymnastics Championships, and Eastern Michigan was sixth. The Cardinals’ Sarah Ebeyer was 17th of 42 in the vault (9.725), and Eastern Michigan’s Kim Ebeyer was 37th (9.625). Sarah was 25th of 42 in the floor exercises (9.700), and Kim was 34th (9.525). Kim was 28th of 42 on the beam (9.550).
Swimming at the NCAA Division III National Championships, DePauw’s Alex Grissom was 16th of 35 in the 500 freestyle (4:33.05 and 4:32.76 in the prelims), 38th of 56 in the 100 freestyle (45.87) and 27th of 44 in the 200 freestyle (1:40.48).
Luke Snyder lost 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 at No. 3 singles and 8-3 at No. 2 doubles in Franklin’s 6-3 tennis win against Mount St. Joseph.
Franklin’s Clay Warner won the triple jump (41-9¾) and was second of 11 in the long jump (21-4¾) at the Rose-Hulman Earlybird Track and Field Invitational.
The Marian baseball team (2-9) lost four games to Taylor. Pitcher Brent Schultheis relieved in one of the games and pitched 6-1/3 innings, giving up seven hits, two runs and one walk and striking out two. He has a 1-0 record with a 3.38 ERA in 10-2/3 innings.
The Rose-Hulman baseball team (8-4) swept a three-game series with Bluffton. Donnie Waters had three doubles, one home run, three RBIs and three runs scored in 13 at-bats and is hitting .262 (11 for 42).
Jeremy McKinney started and pitched 5-2/3 innings, giving up four hits, four walks and two runs while striking out seven in a 3-2 loss to Tallahassee Community College. The freshman did not get the decision and has a 2-0 record with a 1.48 ERA in 24-1/3 innings in nine games, three of them starts. He has given up 15 hits and 11 walks and has struck out 26.
The Marian men’s tennis team defeated Davenport 6-3 and lost 5-2 to Cornerstone. Taylor Kinney won 5-7, 7-6, 10-6 at No. 6 singles and lost 8-6 at No. 3 doubles against Davenport and lost 9-7 at No. 2 doubles to Cornerstone.
Franklin’s Anna Murdock won the 1,500 meters in 4:51.80 in a field of 22 runners at the Rose-Hulman Earlybird Track and Field Invitational. She also was a member of the winning 1,600 relay teams in that meet and in a dual meet with Hanover.
The Taylor softball team (18-7) defeated Grace and Goshen twice and lost two to Indiana Wesleyan. Alex Lovelace had 10 hits, including a triple and two doubles, 11 runs scored, three RBIs and one stolen base in 22 at-bats and is hitting .523 (46 for 88).
DeVyn Barker had three singles, two doubles, five runs scored and two RBIs in 18 at-bats and two stolen bases in four attempts for the Southeastern softball team (17-8) in two wins against Grand View and doubleheader splits against South Carolina-Beaufort and Thomas.
The Butler softball team (8-19) split two games with IUPUI and lost two to Creighton. Chelsea Norwood had two hits in seven at-bats in the four games and is batting .234 (15 for 64).
The Franklin softball team (10-6) split doubleheaders against Calumet and Oakland City. Katie Streuwing had six hits, including one double, two RBIs and two runs scored in 16 at-bats and is hitting .404 (23 for 57) in 16 games. Anna Schwomeyer was 1 for 8 with one RBI and is batting .267 (8 for 30) in 15 games.
Kelly Pevely has played in 11 games, starting six, for the IPFW softball team (22-7) and is batting .222 (4 for 18).
The Anderson baseball team (9-4) lost to Denison and won two of three against Transylvania. Conner Morris was 3 for 15 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the four games and is batting .279 (12 for 43) with eight RBIs and seven runs scored in 13 games.
The Hanover baseball team (6-7) won two of three games against Manchester. Zack Shultz was 4 for 12 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the three games and is batting .260 (13 for 50).
Alex Krupa has played in 19 games for the Iowa Western baseball team (21-5) and is hitting .238 (10 for 42) with one triple, one RBI and nine runs scored.
Conner Beidelman is batting .133 (2 for 15) for the Marian baseball team (2-9).
Brittany Toney won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 singles and 8-5 at No. 1 doubles in Ohio Northern’s 9-0 tennis win against Heidelberg.
Alyssa Hoover lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 singles in Southern Indiana’s 6-3 tennis loss to Bellarmine.
The Indianapolis women’s tennis team defeated McKendree 7-2 and Ashland 9-0. Taylor Eckert won 8-4 at No. 1 doubles and lost 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles against McKendree and won 8-3 in doubles and 6-3, 6-4 in singles against Ashland.
Kent Austin lost 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6 singles and 8-4 at No. 2 doubles in Norfolk State’s 5-2 tennis loss to Richmond.
Ryan Hammer won 8-2 at No. 1 doubles and lost 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles in Franklin’s 6-3 tennis win against Mount St. Joseph.
Franklin’s Erica Christy was second of seven in the shot put (36-10½), fourth of 10 in the discus (84-9) and seventh of seven in the hammer throw (71-3) at the Rose-Hulman Earlybird Track and Field Invitational.
Walt Vanderbush is a former principal of Franklin Community High School. Send ideas for the College Update column to email@example.com.