Hornets’ Swimming sets high goals right off the block

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ODAC men’s rookie of the meet, Parker Hayungs, swims in one of his butterfly events. Photo by Madison Ayres

By Madison Ayres

Varsity swimming returned to Lynchburg this year after a hiatus dating back to the 1970-71 academic year.

 

After exceeding their own expectations this season, the program’s 28 men and women have a lot to celebrate and much to look forward to, according to head coach Brad Dunn.

 

By next spring, the program hopes to double its size with the next recruiting class.

 

“My expectation was that we set the foundation culturally for a successful team,” Dunn said.

 

In addition to a strong showing by the program as a whole, several individual athletes had outstanding performances at the recent ODAC Championships in Greensboro, NC. The meet was held Feb. 6 through Feb. 9. 

In a season of firsts, Dunn said he told his swimmers to “make sure that you really relish these moments because you only get four ODAC Championships, you only get four years of getting to do this.”

 

Dunn described the team culture as being that of a “close-knit family,” a sentiment echoed by members of the team.

“We definitely have a family atmosphere on our team,” said freshman Claire Galloway, who qualified for the NCAA B-Cut for the 100-yard breaststroke while competing at the ODAC Championships.

Freshman Parker Hayungs was named ODAC men’s rookie of the meet.

“I felt like everyone on my team worked just as hard as I did to get to where we placed and where we were at,” Hayungs said.

Reflecting on the season, sophomore Chris Jennings said he wanted to be a “vocal leader” for his teammates.

 

“Some days, when they didn’t have it, I knew that I needed to pick them up,” Jennings said. “If there were days where I didn’t really have it, I knew that they would have my back.”

Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey in Action

 

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Women’s club soccer players ready to play in a tournament match. Photo retrieved from Lynchburg Women’s Club Soccer Instagram Page.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     March represents the height of the club sports season.  

     Many teams at the University of Lynchburg have competed in tournaments recently, including the club women’s soccer and field hockey teams.  

     Since the beginning of their spring campaign, the women’s club soccer team has won one match against the University of Mary Washington team by a score of 2 to 0 on Sunday, Feb. 9.  On Saturday, Feb. 22, the team tied 1 to 1 against a Virginia Beach City FC team of all age groups.  

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OLP:  A New Kind of Sport

 

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     Are you tired of the typical sports, like soccer, basketball, etc.?  Well, you are in-luck because the University of Lynchburg’s Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) is excited to take you on an adventure that you have never gone on before!  Some activities that OLP hosts are rock climbing, hiking, rappelling, whitewater rafting, and – even – caving.

     The OLP activities are centered around fun and adventure while in a positive environment.  “I am really excited for all the awesome trips this semester with the Outdoor Leadership Program.  It is a great program that allows students to gain leadership experience while having fun in the outdoors,” said OLP Experienced Guide and third-year student Nat Hanno.

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Women’s Basketball’s Big Win

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The team listens to Coach Abby Pyzik-Smith as she instructs them on their next decisions in the game at home on Tues., Feb. 11. This photo was retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and taken by photographer Taylor Herzog of the Lynchburg Hornet Sports Network (LHSN) staff.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On Saturday, Feb. 15, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball team travelled to Bridgewater College, Va., to engage in a battle against one another for Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament positioning.  The Bridgewater College team was tied for first in the conference ranking prior to the match, as a result the Lynchburg team was considered the underdog opponent. The Lynchburg team embraced this challenge and played a hard-fought, physical match.  The game ended in Lynchburg’s favor, winning by a close margin of just 8 points and a total score of 67 to 59.  

   Fourth-year criminology major and team manager, Christian Lohiser, said, “Our win against Bridgewater really showed us what we can do when we stay level headed, play together, and play smart. We used this game as an opportunity to demonstrate who we are as Lynchburg Women’s Basketball, and our growth these past couple of years.”

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Women’s Lax:  Excited to Start Their Regular Season

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Fourth-year midfielder Danielle Hook running with the ball, showing off her ability to control the ball during their ODAC first-round tournament game on May 1. Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Hornet Sports Network (LHSN) and taken by alumni Hannah Grasberger.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     The University of Lynchburg Women’s Lacrosse team is looking to make a statement this upcoming season.  The team has their sights set further than the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament where they ended their 2019 season with a loss against conference opponent Shenandoah University by a score of 11 to 12. 

     The Hornets have six fourth-year players on their squad returning for this season.  They are looking to use this maturity and strength to build upon the results of last season, ending their season with a 9-8 record overall.  

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Women’s Club Soccer – Excited to Start Their Spring Campaign

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The women’s club soccer team poses for a team picture for the 2019-2020 campaign on Shellenberger Field. Picture retrieved from the Lynchburg Club Sports Website.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On Sunday, Nov. 10, the University of Lynchburg’s Women’s Club Soccer team ended their final fall season game by defeating Mary Washington University’s team by a score of 2-0.  Overall, the team won six out of their ten games last year! The team has been constantly improving within the last few years as more students of the University have been wanting to join the squad.

     Second-year student and defender Maura Kloski noted, “This team is amazing, the girls are so fun and the coaches might be even funnier. The past two seasons we have grown so much as a team. We are ranked in the top 50 of all club sports, D3 to D1, on the East coast. I am so excited to see how this season progresses, and continue to bond with the girls!”

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Equestrian:  Team-Building at the Barn

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Second-year student Alexis Helms of the University of Lynchburg with her horse at the Hornets’ IHSA show on Oct. 20, 2019.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website, and the photographer was not mentioned.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     While many students are still sleeping or getting ready for their first class of the day, members of the equestrian team are with their horses, preparing them to compete in events.  Along with having the responsibility to take care of their horses, the team members must lift and engage in team-building activities with each other. Fourth-year student Missy Green insisted, “I am glad to be a part of a team that I can call my family.”  From spending hours with each other in the barn with their horses, doing homework, lifting, or eating, the team members support one another both in and out of the barn.

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