Swimming starts season and Rifle sets record

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 15, 2013

Rifle

A Nanook rifleman tries to shoot his way to victory. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

A Nanook rifleman tries to shoot his way to victory. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

The UAF Men and Women’s rifle team, currently ranked third in the country going into Saturday’s matchup, beat the 16th-ranked North Carolina State University Wolf Pack with the final count of 4677 to 4594. Junior Biological Sciences student Ryan Anderson shot a 596 in the air rifle event to lead all competitors. Sophomore Mechanical Engineering student finished with a score of 591 in the same event, while junior Business Administration student Mats Eriksson, sophomore English student Lorelie Stanfield and senior Business Administration student Mike Liuzza all turned in scores of 586.

Sherry led the Nanooks in the smallbore event with a score of 582, Eriksson coming in second with 581. Liuzza finished with a score of 578 while Anderson got a 577.

The Nanooks turned in the best score in program history on Sunday as they beat the 14th-ranked Ole Miss University Rebels, 4694-4610. The previous record was set back in the 2006-07 season when the Nanooks turned in a 4692 against Army. As a team, the Nanooks turned in a 2362 in the air rifle event and a 2285 in the small-bore competition Anderson turned in a personal-best 596 in the air rifle event, as well as a 591 in the smallbore competition to lead all Nanook shooters.

The next matches for the Nanooks come during the first weekend of November when they travel to Jacksonville State University and Texas Christian University.

Hockey

The UAF Men’s Hockey team opened the season in Anchorage, competing in the annual Kendall Hockey Classic. The Nanooks played two games in the tournament, one on Friday, Oct. 11 and the other on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Nanooks beat the Air Force Falcons 6-1 on Friday scoring three goals in the first period alone. Sophomore right wingman and Business Administration student Nolan Huysmans scored the first goal of the game, and it only took him 12 seconds. Senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk scored two goals in this game to lead the Nanooks. Kunyk scored his first goal about 12 minutes after Huysmans’ goal. Kunyk scored his second goal about 10 minutes into the second period.

Junior left wingman and Business Administration student Jared Larson scored a short-handed goal in the first period with only four skaters on the ice to give the Nanooks a 3-0 lead.

Junior left wingman and Communication student Garrick Perry scored his first goal of the season in the second period, while freshman right wingman and Business Administration student Marcus Basara scored the first goal of his college career in the third period. The one goal that Air Force scored came in the second courtesy of junior forward George Michalke.

Sophomore goalie and Business Administration student John Keeney finished with 20 saves for the Nanooks.

The Nanooks hoped to carry some momentum into Saturday night’s game, but that was not the case. UAF lost 4-1 to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats on Saturday. The Bobcats scored their first two goals in the first period. The first one came from freshman defensemen Derek Smith while freshman forward Sam Anas scored the second.

Huysmans provided the lone goal for the Nanooks in the second period. Freshman defenseman Connor Clifton and senior forward Connor Jones scored the following two goals to help clinch the game for the Bobcats. Keeney finished with 17 saves in the Nanooks’ loss to the Bobcats.

Next weekend, the Nanooks will return to the Carlson Center for the Brice Alaska Goal Rush to play the Denver University Pioneers on Friday, Oct. 18 and the Western Michigan University Broncos on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Volleyball

The UAF Volleyball team played against the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at the Patty Center last Saturday night. Before Saturday’s game the Seawolves were in first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings, whereas the Nanooks were tied with the Western Oregon University Wolves for seventh.

The Seawolves beat the Nanooks in three sets. The final scores were 25-16 in the first set, 25-17 in the second and 25-10 in the third. The Nanooks scored four points in a row, earning a brief lead. After a Seawolf timeout UAA regained the lead which helped them to win the second set.

Sophomore outside hitter and Art student Sam Harthun finished with 13 kills to lead the Nanooks, while freshman setter and Nutrition student Katelyn Camp finished with 28 assists.

Next week, the Nanooks will play two awaygames. The first game will be on Thursday against the Western Washington University Vikings in Bellingham, Washington. The second game will be on Saturday against the Simon Fraser University Clan in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Cross-Country

The UAF Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams competed in the 40th annual Western Cross Country Classic on Saturday in Bellingham, Washington. The men’s team finished in seventh place out eight teams while the women’s team finished in ninth place out of 10 teams. Red-shirt sophomore Ross MacDougall finished 39th individually out of 109 total runners to lead the men’s team. Freshman Biological Sciences student Kali Striker finished in 53rd out of 99 runners to lead the women’s team.

On Saturday, Oct. 26 the Nanooks will take their talents to Monmouth, Oregon to compete for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship.

A Nanook swimmer gets herself ready for the backstroke event. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

A Nanook swimmer gets herself ready for the backstroke event. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

Swimming

The UAF Women’s Swimming team started its 2013 season with the annual Blue vs. Gold Pentathlon on Saturday, an event that featured six different types of races. Blue defeated Gold with a score of 450 to 370. Freshman Accounting student Victoria Adams earned the Swimmer of the Meet award after placing first in three different races, including the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard IM.

The first regular-season meet for the Nanooks will come in about two weeks when they take on the Biola University Eagles on Friday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 at noon. Both meets will take place at the Patty Center Pool.

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