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The women’s track and field team earned a school-record third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships in Ada, Ohio, March 14-15.
The team was led by senior Morgen Leonard-Fleckman, who won the pole vault national championship with a WUSTL-record jump of 3.86 meters. Leonard-Fleckman is the third WUSTL student-athlete to win an individual national title and was named the NCAA Women’s Field Athlete of the Meet.
Junior Danielle Wadlington also had a strong performance, finishing second in the triple jump with a distance of 11.68 meters — just 0.02 meters behind the meet champion. The distance medley relay team of freshman Kelli Blake, junior Erika Wade, freshman Sangeeta Hardy and freshman Taryn Surtees also achieved All-American honors with a fourth-place finish.
Women’s swimming team sixth at NCAAs
The women’s swimming and diving team swam to the second-best NCAA finish in program history, placing sixth overall at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championships in Oxford, Ohio, March 13-15.
Senior Meredith Nordbrock garnered seven All-American citations, three in individual events and four in relays. She also broke three school records — the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.97), the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.97) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:22.19).
A total of eight student-athletes earned All-American honors, including junior Kelly Kono, sophomore Jessie Lodewyk, senior Priya Srikanth, sophomore Liz Caravati, senior Kristen Mann, senior Katie Hodges and freshman Claire Henderson.
The men’s team will be in competition at the NCAA championships Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22, in Oxford, Ohio.
Softball claims fifth straight UAA title
The softball team posted a 7-1 record last week in Altamonte Springs, Fla., en route to its fifth-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) championship. The Bears captured the tournament title with an 8-6 come-from-behind victory against No. 8 Emory University March 15.
Senior outfielder Karli Stander hit .467 with a UAA-best 10 runs scored in the eight-game championship. Freshman pitcher Claire Voris posted a 5-0 record on the mound with a 1.98 earned run average. Voris tied a school record with 17 strikeouts in an 8-2 win against the University of Rochester. The Bears (15-3, 7-1 UAA) return to action at home Friday, March 21, against No. 14 Wartburg College in a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m.
Conlon named WUSTL women’s soccer coach
Athletics Director John Schael named Jim Conlon head women’s soccer coach. Conlon arrives at WUSTL after serving eight seasons as the head women’s and men’s soccer coach at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
He is the third women’s soccer coach in WUSTL history and the second full-time coach. Conlon replaces Wendy Dillinger, who spent six years as head women’s coach on the Danforth Campus before resigning in January to take the same position at Iowa State University.
Baseball ties for third at UAA tournament
The baseball team tied for third place at the 2008 University Athletic Association championships in Sanford, Fla., March 11-15. With a shot to finish in a three-way tie for first heading into the tournament finale March 15, the WUSTL pitching staff ran out of gas and fell to Rochester, 20-4.