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.”

The UofL XC Team and Creating Success Together

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The UofL XC men’s team running with each other at the beginning of the meet on Friday, August 30 in the Liberty University Challenge at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

     Typically, cross country is thought of as an individual sport. However, at the University of Lynchburg, individuals on the men’s and women’s cross country team lift together, practice together, and compete together.  Through this togetherness, the members of the cross country team have created strong, nearly unbreakable bonds. 

     Fourth-year Michela Cholak insists, “As a senior, it has been an amazing experience to see how the program has grown!  The team is filled with dedicated and motivated runners, and it makes the whole experience ten times better because we all enjoy the suffering and grind together.”  She goes further to say that running is for the joy and love of the team as a whole, not the individual.

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Women’s B-Ball Wins Their First Home Match of the 2019-20 Season

 

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The University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball team celebrates following
a successful two-point shot during the game against Meredith College on Sunday, November
10. Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and was taken by a member of the
Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network (LHSN).

     On Sunday, Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m., the University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball program defeated Meredith College by a score of 81-60. This game was the first of the regular season, and they began their campaign with a big win.  

     Third-year guard for the Lady Hornets, Maggie Quarles, started off the game by scoring a three-pointer.  In total, she scored 15 points in the game. Second-year transfer student and guard, Alissa Smalls, was the highest scorer in the game with 18 points.

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Field Hockey Ends Regular Season First

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Team goal celebration versus nationally ranked Christopher Newport University on Sunday, Oct. 6.

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On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Lady Hornets ended their regular season with sixteen wins, three losses, a national ranking of nineteen, and an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) ranking of one. They ended their regular season with a game against the Fighting Scots of Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio.  Jackie Lerro, Maggie Chiappazzi, and Kessa Romero scored three goals that propelled the Hornets over the Fighting Scots by a score of 3 to 1.

     This win was even more impactful for the program, in general, as head coach Enza Steele earned her six-hundredth win.  According to NCAA records, Coach Steele is the first NCAA head coach to ever accomplish the 600-win milestone.

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Women’s Club Soccer and Their Big Win

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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.

     On Sunday, Oct. 28, the women’s club soccer team travelled to Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Va. to compete in a match against their club team.  With a slippery field and a gloomy day, the Lady Hornets came out on top in a tough match by a score of 2 to 0. Senior Caitlyn Harper scored both goals for the day.

     “We went down to CNU with 12 players and an 80% chance of rain in the forecast.  Even with this, however, we not only won but dominated the game. It was a hard fought fight, and our girls gave it their all.  We landed on top with a 2-0 victory as a result of the team bonding and sheer love for the game that we all share. The team never stopped working hard, going that extra inch for their teammates,” said Harper.

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Club Sports Are Family

 

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Club sports athletes sit around the LOVE sign in the middle of the Dell in Aug. 2019.  Picture retrieved from the Lynchburg Club Sports Website

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Students are given an outlet to play sports that they are interested in or love through the club sport opportunities at the University of Lynchburg.  For students who are seeking a way to relieve stress or to just have fun being active, club sports is a great path to try!   Continue reading “Club Sports Are Family”