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UChicago Athletics Preview: January 27-February 2

UChicago Athletics Preview: January 27-February 2


UChicago heads out to its biggest invitational of the year at Wheaton College's Pete Willson Invite on Friday and Saturday. The split squad will also compete at Saturday's Harper College Invite.

The Wheaton Invite is the nation's largest small college tournament, with 38 teams competing in last year's iteration. The Maroons placed 15th in the final team standings. Kyle Peisker took runner-up at 174 pounds, while Kahlan Lee-Lermer (165 pounds) and Patrick Mulkerin (285 pounds) both finished seventh in their respective weight classes. First-year heavyweight Cole Fibranz is currently riding a 12-match winning streak.

DATE/TIME: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 @ 11:00 AM / 10:00 AM – UChicago at Wheaton Invite

DATE/TIME: Saturday, Feb. 1 @ 9:00 AM – UChicago at Harper Invite


Indoor Track & Field

The Maroons travel to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on the weekend, with the men competing at the "Squig" Converse Invitational on Friday and the women at the Warhawk Classic Invitational on Saturday.

In the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll, the UChicago women rank fifth while the men rank 19th. Sophomores Kaitlyn Van Baalen and Isabel Maletich were each named University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week for women's track and women's field, respectively, on Monday. Their event wins helped fuel the Maroons to a win over rival and No. 2-ranked Washington University – St. Louis at last week's I-55 Triangular.

DATE/TIME: MEN: Friday, Jan. 31 @ 5:00 PM – UChicago at Wisconsin-Whitewater Invite

DATE/TIME: WOMEN: Saturday, Feb. 1 @ 12:00 PM – UChicago at Wisconsin-Whitewater Invite


Men's Tennis

No. 4-ranked UChicago (1-0 record) plays its second dual match of the season against Augustana College (2-0) on Friday evening. Match Point Tennis & Fitness Club will serve as the host site in Griffith, Ind.

The Maroons are coming off a dominating 8-1 debut victory over NCAA Division II opponent Lewis University. Junior Jeremy Yuan earned the eighth UAA Athlete of the Week award of his career on Monday after picking up wins at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles. The Maroons have not lost to an unranked Division III team since Head Coach Jay Tee was hired in 2012.

DATE/TIME: Friday, Jan. 31 @ 6:00 PM – UChicago vs. Augustana (at Griffith, Ind.)


Women's Basketball

A showdown for the top spot in the UAA will take place on Friday in the Ratner Athletics Center when No. 15-ranked UChicago (13-3 record, 4-1 UAA) hosts No. 25-ranked Emory University (14-2, 5-0 UAA). The Maroons will then conclude the home stand against University of Rochester (7-9, 1-4 UAA) on Sunday.

In last weekend's win over Brandeis University, senior guard Miranda Burt surpassed 1,000 career points. She became the third member of the senior class to reach that milestone, joining guard Mia Farrell and forward Taylor Lake. Farrell was picked as UAA Athlete of the Week on Monday in the wake of her career-high 31-point effort in a win over New York University.

DATE/TIME: Friday, Jan. 31 @ 6:00 PM – Emory at UChicago

DATE/TIME: Sunday, Feb. 2 @ 1:30 PM – Rochester at UChicago


Men's Basketball

The Maroons (7-9, 2-3 UAA) welcome No. 8-ranked Emory (14-2, 4-1 UAA) on Friday and Rochester (12-4, 3-2 UAA) on Sunday to the Ratner Athletics Center.

In last year's meetings, UChicago went a combined 3-1 against Emory and Rochester. The Maroons topped Emory 96-86 in overtime at home, then tallied a 114-107 win on the road in Atlanta. Guard Cole Schmitz averaged 21.5 points in those two wins, while point guard Jordan Baum put up average of 17 points and six assists per contest. The Maroons made a total of 28 three-pointers in those games.

DATE/TIME: Friday, Jan. 31 @ 8:00 PM – Emory at UChicago

DATE/TIME: Sunday, Feb. 2 @ 11:30 AM – Rochester at UChicago


Swimming & Diving

UChicago's divers return to the pool for a local meet at University of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.

The Maroons are coming off a weekend where the women went 2-0 and the men went 2-1. UChicago's women defeated NCAA Division I opponent Illinois-Chicago for the first time ever, which also marked their second win of the season against a Division I school (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Jan. 18). First-year Chanell Kann earned a trio of individual wins – 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 100-yard IM.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, Feb. 1 @ 11:00 AM – UChicago at Illinois-Chicago