The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week features a pair of swimmers at this past weekend’s Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships: Junior Carly Hubbard broke her personal record with a 2:08.44 and a second place finish in the 200 Butterfly. Senior Amanda Skinner finished first with 2:27.51 in the 200 Breaststroke. Both received All-Conference recognition for their top-three finishes, and the women’s team overall earned fourth place, with the men in fifth by weekend’s end.

Matchup of the Week: Beyond the pool, Transylvania is awash in a sea of sports for the next seven days. First, men’s basketball opens the HCAC tournament at 7:30 p.m. in the Beck Center on Tuesday, facing Mt. St. Joseph, while the women’s team (with a 1st place finish in the HCAC) will wait until Saturday at 3 p.m. to host the winner of Manchester v. Defiance. Second, Transy has season openers from both men and women’s tennis (vs. Piedmont College), as well as baseball and softball (who both play doubleheaders) on Saturday. Men’s lacrosse also plays its second game in the program’s history at Bridgewater College at 1 p.m. on the same day.

Player(s) to Watch: The men’s basketball Pioneers have seven seniors heading into their final HCAC tournament this Tuesday. With three of those players comprising the top three scorers, as well as seniors leading the team in every other major stat category, they make up the heart of the team facing Mt. St. Joseph.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Since the loss to Rose-Hulman at home, the men’s basketball Pioneers have had two double-digit wins, including a 91-47 win at Manchester College, with freshman Parker Stansberry scoring a career-high twenty-six points. The majority of Stansberry’s points came from beyond the arc, where he shot over fifty percent. The win came at a significant time for the Pioneers, as they maintained a tie for second place in HCAC standings.

Matchup of the Week: Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving enters its first Ohio Athletic Conference championship this Thursday. After joining the OAC in June of 2012, the Pioneers will travel to the University of Akron for their inaugural postseason competition.

Player(s) to Watch: The men’s basketball Pioneers are currently tied for second in HCAC standings with Hanover, the team they play the Wednesday at home at 7:30pm. Being the second to last game of the regular season, this is arguably the most important game of the year for the Pioneers and it will take a total team effort to come away with a win. The team has relied throughout the season on the leadership of a core group of seniors along with major contributions from freshman Parker Stansberry, and will need it all on Wednesday.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week’s honors belong to senior swimmer Amanda Skinner for her success Saturday against Bellarmine. At the Saturday meet, which was also Senior Day, Skinner took first place in all four of the events she competed in individually and contributed to the 200 Medley Relay win for the Pioneers. This was part of an overall women’s swimming victory over the visiting Bellarmine with a score of 114-72.

Matchup of the Week: After a home loss this past weekend to Rose-Hulman, the Transy women’s basketball Pioneers maintain a one game lead over Franklin in HCAC standings. With the last place Mt. St. Joseph coming to Transy this Wednesday at 7:30pm, a Pioneer win is essential to keeping the lead in Heartland standings. Look for continued contribution from the team’s scoring leader Nicole Coffman and from the leading freshmen, Katelyn Smith and Alex Botkin.

Player to Watch: The Transy men’s basketball team faces off against the Mount St. Joseph Lions away from home this Wednesday. After a tough loss against Rose-Hulman (the leader in HCAC standings) at home Saturday, the team will need a bounce-back win. Look for the leading scorer from Saturday, as well as for the season, Senior Ethan Spurlin to continue to lead the team on Wednesday and in the final remaining games.

Athlete of the Week: Brent Vorst

by Abby Ferguson
Staff

Team captains’ attitudes and actions set the pace for their team and have the opportunity to lead effectively. For Transylvania swimming and diving, junior captain Brent Vorst has learned valuable lessons in leadership through his role as team captain. Read more of this post

Athletes of the Week: Claire Dorris and Sammy Washburn

by Erica Clark
Staff

It’s been said that it takes a tenacious person to last four years as a college athlete. On Transylvania University’s swimming and diving team, this statement rings true for Claire Dorris and Samantha (Sammy) Washburn, the two remaining senior team members from a first-year recruiting class of seven. Read more of this post

Athlete of the Week: Laura Clark

by Abby Ferguson
Staff

For Transylvania’s women’s swim team, first-year Laura Clark has played an important role in the teams’ success this season. Clark is not only a swimmer but also is the only diver on the team. Read more of this post

Swimmers and Divers Head to DePauw

by Carlos Melgar
Staff

In the DePauw University Invitational, the swimming and diving teams of Transylvania will sure be making a big splash as they take on teams from around the country. The Pioneers and DePauw, Franklin and Rhodes Colleges, Wittenberg University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will be competing in the invitational this weekend. The Pioneers will leave on Thursday and head to Greencastle, Ind. Read more of this post

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