Swimming sets 6 pool records, basketball tied for first in conference

Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter

Jan. 28, 2014

Rifle

The Alaska Men’s and Women’s Rifle team, currently ranked second in the country, competed in its final home match of the season on Monday, Jan. 20 against the Citadel University Bulldogs.

The Nanooks won the match, 4693-4451. Senior Business Administration student Mike Liuzza finished with a match-high of 593 points in the air rifle event. Sophomore Mechanical Engineering student Tim Sherry finished the smallbore event with a score of 589.

The Nanooks will face the West Virginia University Mountaineers on Thursday, Feb. 6, in their final match of the regular season. The team’s current record is 9-0.

Hockey

Freshman left wing Brandon Morley prepares for a faceoff against Bemidji State on Jan. 25. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Freshman left wing Brandon Morley prepares for a faceoff against Bemidji State on Jan. 25. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

After two weeks on the road, the Alaska Nanook Men’s Hockey team returned home to take on the Bemidji State University Beavers last Friday and Saturday.

The Nanooks beat the Beavers in Friday’s game in a 3-0 shutout. A shutout happens when one team prevents the other from scoring any goals during a single game. Senior center Cody Kunyk, junior left wing Jared Larson and freshman right wing Marcus Basara each scored one goal. Junior goalie and Business Administration student Sean Cahill finished with 27 saves.

The Beavers repaid the Nanooks in Saturday’s game with a 4-0 shutout of their own. Cahill finished with 21 saves.

The Nanooks will play two more home games this Friday and Saturday against the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. The Nanooks are currently 10-12-4 currently sit in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Men’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Basketball team played in two away games against the Saint Martin’s University Saints last Thursday and Western Oregon University Wolves last Saturday.

Thursday’s game could be seen on the Root Sports network as the Nanooks went on to beat the Saints 64-47. Senior forward and Business Administration student Stefan Tica finished the game with 18 points to lead the Nanooks.

The Nanooks beat the Wolves as well, 60-56. The Nanooks closed the game out with a 21-3 scoring run after being down by as many as 14 points in the second half. Senior center and Business Administration student Sergej Pucar led the team with 15 points with senior forward and Justice student Andrew Kelly grabbing 12 rebounds.

The Nanooks have two more away games this Thursday and Saturday against the Western Washington Vikings and Simon Fraser Clan. UAF is now 7-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, 12-5 overall, and are in a three-way tie for first in the conference with the Vikings and Seattle Pacific.

Women’s Basketball

The UAF Women’s Basketball team played in two away games against the Simon Fraser University Clan on Thursday and Western Washington University Vikings on Saturday.

The Nanooks lost to the Clan, 75-73, and the Vikings 92-80. Freshman guard and Business Administration student Victoria Milton led the Nanooks with 17 points against the Clan, with junior guard and fellow Business Administration student Candice Prestwich finishing with 19 points against the Vikings.

The Nanooks are now on a four-game losing streak and will return home this Thursday and Saturday against the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders and Central Washington Wildcats at the Patty Center. Thursday’s game starts at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s game starts at 3 p.m. The Nanooks are now 2-7 in the GNAC and 8-9 overall.

Swimming

Sophomore Biological Sciences student McKinley Wallace competes in a freestyle event on Jan. 25 against Cal Baptist University. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Sophomore Biological Sciences student McKinley Wallace competes in a freestyle event on Jan. 25 against Cal Baptist University. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Swim team competed in its final home meet of the season at the Patty Pool against the California Baptist University Lancers. This was also the final meet in the career of senior Psychology major Bente Heller.

The Nanooks lost to the Lancers 123-86 on Friday, but not before six pool records were broken by both teams. Junior Political Science student Margot Adams won the 100-yard butterfly event with a time of 56.51 seconds, beating her old record by .04 seconds. The other five were broken by Cal Baptist swimmers.

The Nanooks lost to the Lancers on Saturday as well by a score of 123-82. Heller won the 50-yard freestyle, and the team of Adams, Eileen Audette, Gabi Summers and Danielle Lyons won the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Nanooks end the regular season with a record of 5-9.

On February 12-15, the Nanooks will compete in the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Championships in La Mirada, California.

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