UChicago Athletics Preview: Feb. 24-26

UChicago Athletics Preview: Feb. 24-26

Swimming & Diving

A contingent of UChicago divers are set to embark to Calvin College for the NCAA Diving Regional on Friday and Saturday. The top performers at the regional will advance to the NCAA Division III Championships in mid-March.

The women's one-meter and men's three-meter dives will occur on Friday, while the men's one-meter and the women's three-meter dives will be set for Saturday. The Maroons qualified three women – freshman Agnes Lo, sophomore Anna Girlich and junior Natalie DeMuro – and one man – junior Dean Boures – for the regional meet.

At last year's regional, DeMuro was 10th on the one-meter and three-meter boards. Girlich took 13th on the one-meter and 11th on the three-meter. Lo comes into this year's meet on a hot streak after capturing the University Athletic Association (UAA) titles on both boards, while setting a pair of school records in the process.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25 @ 2:00 PM (ET) and 12:00 PM (ET) – UChicago at NCAA Diving Regional (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • LINKS: Preview / Live Stats / Live Video


Wrestling

The Maroons head east to Fort Wayne, Ind. for the two-day NCAA Midwest Regional this weekend. The top three finishers in each weight class will earn automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III Championships. Manchester University is the host of the 16-team regional, which features four teams ranked in the national top 25 poll.

At last year's regional, UChicago placed 11th in the team standings. Junior Devan Richter finished fifth at 125 pounds and senior Paul Papoutsis took fourth at 174 pounds. Richter previously qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2015.

The Maroons placed second at the UAA Championship on Feb. 12. Freshman Grant Morrison (141 pounds) and junior Duncan Payne (285 pounds) earned All-UAA selection, and Morrison was voted as the UAA Rookie of the Year.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25 @ 11:00 AM (ET) and 10:00 AM (ET) – UChicago at NCAA Midwest Regional (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
  • LINKS: Preview / Live Stats / Live Audio


Men's Tennis

No. 5-ranked UChicago (7-0 record) takes on its toughest opponents of the season this weekend at the three-day ITA ITA Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championships. Case Western Reserve University is the host school at the Cleveland Racquet Club.

All eight teams in the field are currently ranked in the nation's top 15. The Maroons begin action versus No. 9-ranked Pomona-Pitzer on Friday afternoon. Four UAA schools will be represented – UChicago, Emory University, Washington University-St. Louis and Case Western Reserve.

At last year's ITA Indoors, the Maroons took second place with wins over Trinity University (Texas) and Case Western Reserve before falling in the final to Emory.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 24-26 – UChicago at ITA Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championships (Pepper Pike, Ohio)
  • LINKS: Preview / Live Stats / Live Video


Women's Tennis

The No. 10-ranked Maroons (5-0 record) continue their indoor schedule with a pair of home matches on Saturday versus Principia College (0-2) and John Carroll University (1-2).

In their five team wins this season, the Maroons have only surrendered three out of 45 total matches played, including only one singles match. Senior Tiffany Chen now boasts 111 combined singles and doubles victories in her four-year career. Junior Ariana Iranpour is second on the team in career victories with 99.

The last meeting between UChicago and Principia occurred in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship, which the Maroons swept 5-0.

  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Feb. 25 @ 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – Principia at UChicago / John Carroll at UChicago (at XS Tennis)


Indoor Track & Field

The Maroons will compete for conference titles at the 2017 UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at Brandeis University.

Last year, UChicago's women finished second as a team and the men took fourth at the indoor conference meet. The Maroons combined to win nine events. Returning champions include the junior trio of Patrick LeFevre (60-meter hurdles), Khia Kurtenbach (3,000 meters and 5,000 meters) and Cassidy McPherson (distance medley relay).

Currently, Kurtenbach ranks third in NCAA Division III in the 5,000 meters (17:08.30) and 18th in the 3,000 meters (9:58.46). Freshman Alisha Harris is 18th in both the 60 meters (7.84) and 200 meters (25.70). Freshman Laura Darcey is 17th in the indoor pentathlon (3,056 points). Junior Nathan Downey is ranked eighth in the pole vault (4.90 meters). Junior Will Ackerman is 18th in the heptathlon (4,504 points) and LeFevre is 19th in the 60-meter hurdles (8.31).

  • DATE/TIME: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 25-26 @ 12:00 PM (ET) and 10:00 AM (ET) – UChicago at UAA Indoor Track & Field Championships (Waltham, Mass.)
  • LINKS: Preview / Live Stats / Live Video


Women's Basketball

The UAA conference title will be on the line when the Maroons (18-6 overall, 11-2 UAA) face off with No. 7-ranked Washington University-St. Louis (22-2, 11-2 UAA) on Saturday. The two teams are tied for the top spot in the UAA, and the regular-season finale winner will earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III postseason.

UChicago has won its last two meetings with Washington-St. Louis, including 75-68 on Jan. 7. The two teams tied for the UAA title in 2014 with matching 12-2 records.  The Maroons are riding a seven-game winning streak while the Bears have won 10 in-a-row.

Senior forward Britta Nordstrom is averaging 15.2 points per game in conference play and has grabbed at least two steals in seven-straight games. Defensively, the Maroons limited their opponents to 21.1 percent from three-point range over the past six games. They have won those contests by an average of 21.2 points. WashU's Madeline Homoly has scored 19.1 points per game over the past 10 games.


Men's Basketball

UChicago (15-9 overall, 7-6 UAA) wraps up the regular season at No. 5-ranked Washington University-St. Louis (20-4, 12-1 UAA) on Saturday. The Bears clinched the UAA title last weekend.

Senior forward Blaine Crawford is averaging 17.4 points over the past five games. His .624 field-goal percentage ranks 19th in NCAA Division III. Sophomore guard Noah Karras is 27th nationally in three-pointers made (74) and 13th in three-point percentage (.451). Last weekend, Karras broke Jesse Meyer's school record for three-pointers in a season (71).

UChicago outrebounds opponents by 8.4 RPG while WashU holds a 7.8 RPG advantage over foes. Two of the last three games between the rivals were decided by two points or less.