UChicago Athletics Preview: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

UChicago Athletics Preview: Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

Women's Basketball

No. 16-ranked UChicago (16-2 record, 7-0 UAA) carries a 14-game winning streak into a University Athletic Association home stand this weekend. The Maroons will host Emory University (10-8, 4-3 UAA) on Friday night and No. 11-ranked University of Rochester (16-2, 6-1 UAA) on Sunday afternoon.

Emory and Rochester make the return visit to Chicago after the Maroons beat both teams on the road last weekend. UChicago followed a 79-61 win over Emory on Friday with a 74-59 defeat of Rochester on Sunday that snapped the Yellowjackets' 11-game win streak. Junior forward Olariche Obi dropped 22 points in both contests and recorded her tenth double-double of the season against Rochester. She was picked as UAA Athlete of the Week on Monday.

 

Men's Basketball

The Maroons (8-10 record, 4-3 UAA) return to the Ratner Athletics Center for UAA weekend matches versus No. 16-ranked Emory (15-3, 6-1 UAA) on Friday and Rochester (13-5, 4-3 UAA) on Sunday.

UChicago upset Rochester 72-65 in a wire-to-wire win last Sunday. Senior guard Jake Fenlon, a Rochester native, led the Maroons with 24 points. Over his past five games, senior forward Collin Barthel has pulled down 11 rebounds per game. UChicago's defense has limited four of its past six opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the field.

 

Wrestling

In its final tune-up before UAAs, No. 23-ranked UChicago (7-3 record) travels to Augustana College (1-10) on Friday night for a dual meet.

At last weekend's 38-team Wheaton College Pete Willson Invitational, sophomores Steve Bonsall and Kahlan Lee-Lermer reached the podium for the second-straight year. Bonsall finished third at 157 pounds and earned UAA Athlete of the Week honors, while Lee-Lermer came in fourth at 165 pounds. The duo is tied for the squad lead with 17 wins this season. In last year's matchup with Augustana, the Maroons earned a narrow 21-18 victory thanks to six-straight wins in the middle weights.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday, Feb. 2 @ 7:30 PM – UChicago at Augustana
  • LINKS: Live Video

 

Swimming & Diving

The Maroon divers will be in action this Saturday at the University of Illinois-Chicago Diving Invite.

UChicago send split squads to a pair of dual meets at Lake Forest College and DePauw University last weekend. The Maroons won 37 events across the two meets to win handily at each site. Sophomore women's diver Agnes Lo set a new school record on the three-meter board (six dives) with a mark of 298.95 in the event at Lake Forest.

  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 11:00 AM – UChicago at Illinois-Chicago Diving Invite

 

Indoor Track & Field

UChicago will serve as the host of the Windy City Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The heptathlon and pentathlon is scheduled to occur on Friday at 2:30 PM, with the rest of the main events on Saturday starting at 11:30 AM in the Henry Crown Field House.

Most recently, the Maroons competed in the Mike Lints Alumni Invitational at Grand Valley State University against NCAA Division I and Division II competition. Sophomore Laura Darcey won the high jump, matching her career-best indoor height of 1.62 meters. Her fellow sophomore Mary Martin took second in the long jump. The top finishes on the men's side came from sophomores Joe Previdi and Andrew Kates, who finished second and third in the 600 and 5,000 meters, respectively.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday, Feb. 2 @ 2:30 PM – Windy City Invitational at UChicago (multis)
  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 11:30 AM – Windy City Invitational at UChicago

 

Men's and Women's Tennis

The No. 9-ranked Maroons face off with Hope College indoors at XS Tennis Village on Saturday afternoon.

UChicago claimed victories in their spring season openers last Saturday against Lewis University, a NCAA Division II opponent. The men were dominant in a 7-2 win, taking five of the six singles matches in straight sets. The women, meanwhile, pulled out a narrow 5-4 win with the help of singles wins from sophomore Estefania Navarro (No. 5) as well as first-years Claire Handa (No. 2) and Catherine Xu (No. 3). Xu earned her victory with a third-set tiebreaker 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3). Sophomore Ninan Kumar and Xu swept the UAA Men's and Women's Tennis Athletes of the Week, respectively.

  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 1:00 PM – Hope at UChicago (XS Tennis Village)