Huskymania

By Ken Best

Tracking Huskymania on and off the field.

Women’s Track Wins ECAC Outdoor Title, Baseball Team to Big East Tournament

The women’s track and field team continued its successful season over the weekend, winning the 2013 Outdoor ECAC Championship, its ninth ECAC title under head coach Bill Morgan.

All-American Victoria Flowers ’13 (ED) won her first outdoor gold medals in the ECAC, taking first place in both the hammer throw and shot put, in leading the Huskies to the title. Flowers previously swept the same events in the ECAC Indoor Championship. Junior All-American Natasha McLaren ’14 (CLAS) was the only other Husky who took a first, winning the high jump.

Other members of the team who earned points toward the overall team title included All-American Ilva Bikanova ’14 (CLAS), who finished fourth in the high jump; All-American Brigitte Mania ’13 (CANR), who earned a second in the 800m run; Celina Emerson ’14 (CLAS), who took third in the 400m dash; Shauna McNiff ’13 (CLAS), who was sixth in the 5,000m run, and Saija Bikanova ’15 (CANR), who captured third in the heptathlon. Husky relay teams also scored points as the 4x400m and 4x800m teams each took third place.

The Huskies will compete in the NCAA East Regionals, which begin on Thursday, May 23, in Greensboro, N.C.

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Sophomore Selwyn Maxwell ’15 (CLAS) was the only Husky to win an individual medal in the IC4A Outdoor Championships in Princeton, N.J., taking third place in the 110m hurdles, as the Huskies finished in seventh place overall. The 4x800m relay team also took a bronze.

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The baseball team could only manage one run over the weekend, as No. 10 Louisville (42-10, 17-4 Big East) swept the three-game series (6-0, 8-0, 3-1) at J.O. Christian Field. However the Huskies (28-24, 9-15 BE) qualified for the Big East Tournament, which will take place May 22-26 in Clearwater, Fla.

UConn continues the regular season with a non-conference game tomorrow against Rhode Island starting at 11:30 a.m. at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.

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The most successful season ever for the Huskies lacrosse team ended on Friday when the No. 19/18 Huskies fell to No. 15/8 UMass, 14-10, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

It was the first appearance in NCAA Tournament for the Huskies, who finished the season with a 13-5 record, the best season in program history under third-year head coach Katie Woods.

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Freshman Zach Zaback ’16 (CLAS), who won two tournaments in his first collegiate golf season, was named to the 2013 All-Big East Men’s Golf Team. His first place finish in the 2013 New England D-1 Championships led the Huskies to the team championship under head coach Dave Pezzino.

Freshman Zach Zaback ’16 (CLAS), who won two tournaments in his first collegiate golf season, was named to the 2013 All-Big East Men’s Golf Team. His first place finish in the 2013 New England D-1 Championships led the Huskies to the team championship under head coach Dave Pezzino.