Colleges: St. Francis women’s bowling team qualifies for two postseason events
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media February 27, 2014 4:56PM
Kristin Itschner, of Lewis | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 27, 2014 5:19PM
The University of St. Francis women’s bowling team will finish its inaugural season at two of the nation’s most prestigious events.
The Saints will be one of 64 teams competing in the xBowling Intercollegiate Team sectional March 15 and 16 at Stardust Bowl in Addison. The top four teams will advance to the national Intercollegiate Team Championship event in April at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.
The third NAIA National Invitational Championship (Sanctioned by the U.S. Bowling Congress) features the top 24 bowling programs in the country and will be held March 29 and 30 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.
The Saints’ top performers this year have been Homer Glen’s Sarah Michalowicz (183.7 average), Andrew grad Nicole Zopf (179.8), Lockport product Lauren Troha (178.1) and 2012 Illinois state champion Morgan Karwoski-Flaherty (176.8), a Lincoln-Way West alum.
Under coach Tony Talley, the all-freshmen Saints participated in seven events during the regular season. Competing against fields ranging from 21 to 64 teams, St. Francis notched four top-15 finishes, including two ninth-place showings.
Lewis sends two to nationals
Lewis senior Sarah Kenis and sophomore Montana Clasby qualified for the NCAA Division II women’s swimming and diving championships March 12 through 15 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Both swimmers will compete in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
“Sarah and Montana have been great training partners, constantly pushing each other to be faster,” Lewis coach Roger Karns said. “Both girls really know how to close the race and accelerate into the finish.”
Lewis No. 2 in regional
The No. 13 Lewis women’s basketball team jumped three spots to move to second in the NCAA Midwest Regional Rankings. The top eight teams in eight regions will make the NCAA Tournament.
Lewis (21-4 overall) went 15-2 in claiming the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division title. The Flyers will try to defend their GLVC Tournament title starting Sunday.
Jones notches 250th win
Moraine Valley women’s basketball coach Delwyn Jones earned his 250th victory in the Cyclones’ 75-57 victory over Morton College in their regular-season finale.
Moraine Valley ran its record to 20-10 heading into the Region IV Tournament. Moraine Valley will host the tournament semifinals Sunday.
Marchildon captures award
Lewis senior Megan Marchildon was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference women’s track and field athlete of the week.
Marchildon won the 60-meter hurdles at the Hillsdale Tune-Up with a career-best and NCAA provisional time of 8.74. That time is the second-fastest in the GLVC and ranks 23rd nationally. Marchildon also ran a leg of the NCAA provisional setting 1,600 relay (3:56.00) that finished third overall.
This is the second time that Marchildon has earned the award this season.
“Megan has had a great second half of the indoor season,” Lewis coach Dana Schwarting said. “She is hitting personal-bests in a lot of her events and she should have a great GLVC meet this weekend.”
The GLVC indoor championships are Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis.