Colleges: Lewis’ Rachel Sweeney qualifies for NCAA Duvision II Women’s Golf Super Regional
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media October 24, 2013 8:48PM
Lewis freshman Rachel Sweeney has qualified for the NCAA Division II national women's golf tournament. | Steve Woltmann/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:32AM
Lewis freshman Rachel Sweeney had a solid fall season for the women’s golf team, which earned her a No. 11 ranking in the Women’s Golf Region E, as collected by Golfstat.
The ranking qualifies Sweeney to compete as an individual at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Super Regional on May 3 and 4 at Joliet Country Club.
Through nine rounds in five fall tournaments, Sweeney averaged a score of 78.44. She collected her lowest round, 74, on Oct. 13 in the second round of the Triton Fall Invitational. She finished second at the event with a two-round total of 152.
“Her strength is her competitive grit, but tempered with a calmness. She never gets too high or too low over a score on a hole or a round,” Lewis coach Skip Steffey said. “She is a very steady performer. Those traits will lead to continued success as we pursue a berth in the NCAA Tournament.”
Lewis freshman Victor Tarin was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week.
Against Missouri S&T, Tarin broke the Lewis program and pool record, as well as registered a NCAA B cut time in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 40.87 seconds). He also won in the 100 butterfly (50.97). Tarin closed the meet with a time of 1:40.70 as the anchor leg of the 800 free relay that posted a pool record 6:53.04, topping the previous mark of 6:54.11.
Trinity Christian’s Kayla Diemer has a penchant for the dramatic this season.
Her five game-winning goals rank seventh in the nation. The freshman midfielder/forward is second on the team with 12 goals this season for the Trolls, who are 11-2-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the CCAC. Rachel Webb, a junior forward, leads the team with 13 goals.
St. Xavier freshman goalie Alex Perry is eighth in the NAIA with 126 saves this season. The Cougars are 4-10-1, 2-7 in the CCAC.
St. Xavier junior midfielder Brandon Simoes was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. Simoes becomes the second Cougars men’s soccer player to receive a player of the week (offensive and defensive) honor after sophomore forward Marco Gutierrez claimed the offensive award earlier this month.
Simoes accounted for four of his team’s five goals over two games last week, giving the Cougars five wins over their last six games. With the four goals on the week, Simoes doubled his goal production for the year. He also has four assists for a total of 20 points on the season for the Cougars (6-7-0, 6-2-0).
For the sixth time in its history, Moraine Valley is headed to the NJCAA National Tournament. The Cyclones advanced by taking second place at the Region IV Tournament earlier this month. The national tourney will take place in May in Tyler, Texas.
Moraine Valley and South Suburban are taking turns in the NJCAA Top 25 this season. The latest national poll has Moraine Valley (24-7) ranked No. 20. The Cyclones were 17th a week ago.
South Suburban (26-14) has slipped out of the Top 25 after three straight losses.