UChicago Athletics Preview: Nov. 18-20

UChicago Athletics Preview: Nov. 18-20

CHICAGO – Seven University of Chicago sports compete this weekend, with postseason action in men's soccer, women's soccer and women's cross country.

Women's Basketball

The Maroons begin their season in St. Louis, Mo. with the 16th-annual McWilliams Classic. Washington University-St. Louis will serve as host for visiting UChicago, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Hanover College. UChicago will open up with No. 25-ranked C-M-S on Friday, followed by a Saturday game with Hanover. The Maroons are coming off a 16-9 record last season and return all four of its All-UAA selections – senior forward Britta Nordstrom, junior guard Elizabeth Nye, senior guard Stephanie Anderson and sophomore forward Olariche Obi.

  • DATE/TIME: Friday, Nov. 18 @ 5:00 PM – UChicago vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (at St. Louis, Mo.)
  • LINKS: Live Stats / Live Video
  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 5:00 PM – UChicago vs. Hanover (at St. Louis, Mo.)
  • LINKS: Live Stats / Live Video

Swimming & Diving

After a nearly two-week break, UChicago gets back into the pool with the annual Phoenix Fall Classic from Friday-Sunday. The three-day home meet will feature 13 teams. Through three meets this season, the Maroon women have already captured three University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week honors. The recognized student-athletes include freshman Audrey Mason, sophomore Anna Girlich and freshman Agnes Lo.

  • DATE: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20 – Phoenix Fall Classic at UChicago
  • TIMES: Friday @ 6:00 PM / Saturday @ 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM / Sunday @ 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM
  • LINKS: Live Stats

Women's Cross Country

UChicago make its return to the national stage at Saturday's NCAA Division III Championship meet in Louisville, Ky. The Maroon women have now qualified for NCAA nationals seven-straight years dating back to 2010. Last year, the Maroons placed 15th as a team. At last weekend's NCAA Midwest Regional, UChicago finished in third place. Junior Khia Kurtenbach was the individual champion – becoming the program's third-ever regional champion. Previous winners include Rhaina Echols (1998-99) and Liz Lawton (2010).

  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 11:00 AM (ET) – UChicago at NCAA Division III Championship (at Louisville, Ky.)
  • LINKS: Live Results / Live Video

Women's Soccer

The No. 11-ranked Maroons (17-3 record) are back in the NCAA Round of 16 for the 10th time. The games will be held at Whitewater, Wis. for a four-team sectional pod, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Final Four.

UChicago's opening opponent is No. 3-ranked Thomas More College, who is undefeated at 22-0-1 on the season. When the two teams last met, Thomas More defeated UChicago 1-0 in the 2015 NCAA second round. The other match will feature No. 7-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (22-1) versus No. 18-ranked Pomona-Pitzer (16-1-3).

Men's Soccer

No. 1-ranked UChicago (17-0-2 record) will host for the second-straight weekend of NCAA postseason action. This marks the second time in program history that the team has reached the NCAA Round of 16. The winner of the four-team sectional will move on to the Final Four. The previous Maroon men's soccer team to reach the national semifinals was the 1996 squad.

The Maroons lead off Saturday with an 11:00 AM match against No. 25-ranked University of Redlands (17-5-1). The other sectional match afterwards features Benedictine University (16-4-2) versus No. 8-ranked University of St. Thomas (18-1-3).

Men's Basketball

The Maroons (0-1) gear up for their first road contest of the season at nearby Lake Forest College (0-1). When the two teams met last season, UChicago secured a 67-61 victory at home with junior forward Collin Barthel contributing 11 points and six rebounds off the bench. In their season opener on Tuesday, the Maroons received a career-high 17 points from sophomore guard Noah Karras.


UChicago competes at its second invite of the year on Saturday at the 24th-annual Concordia (Wis.) University Invitational. At last year's Concordia Invite, senior Paul Papoutsis took third place at 174 pounds.

Freshman Kyle Peisker was picked as UAA Athlete of the Week on Monday after a dominant performance at last weekend's Trine University Invitational. Peisker ran through the 157-pound bracket with a 5-0 record, which included a pin and two technical falls. Senior Michael Sepke (165 pounds) and freshman Kahlan Lee-Lermer (149 pounds) were both runners-up in their weight classes.

  • DATE/TIME: Saturday, Nov. 19 @ 9:00 AM – UChicago at Concordia (Wis.) Invitational
  • LINKS: Live Stats / Live Video