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Second Varsity Four Named Athletes of the Week

  • By WVU Athletic Communications
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  • May 01, 2017 03:00 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -  After winning both of their races last weekend in Philadelphia, West Virginia University rowing’s second varsity four crew made up of coxswain Gabrielle Boylan, Gillian Downs, Hannah Hammon, Abbigail Rees and Sarah Williams have been named the WVU Student-Athletes of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
 
 
The second varsity four boat opened Saturday’s contest for West Virginia against Delaware and were able to take the race with a time of 7:57.50. The Blue Hens’ ‘A’ boat finished the race in 8:04.48, while the ‘B’ crew crossed the line at 8:14.65.
 
In the afternoon session, the crew of Boylan, Downs, Hammon, Rees and Williams, would finish in 8:11.46, 14 seconds ahead of their Temple counterparts.
 
This Week in Baseball: West Virginia’s eight-game homestand continues on Tuesday, May 2, against Eastern Michigan, at 6:30 p.m. ET … WVU then hosts No. 6 Texas Tech in the final Big 12 home series of the season … the series begins on Friday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. ET … Saturday’s first pitch is set for 4 p.m., while Sunday’s contest commences at 1 p.m. … tickets for all four games this week are still available, at 1-800-WVU GAME, WVUGAME.com or at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the WVU Coliseum or on gameday at Monongalia County Ballpark … there are multiple promotions set for all four games this week, which can be found on WVUsports.com/promotions … links to live streams, radio broadcasts and live stats for all four games this week can be found on the baseball schedule page on WVUsports.com.
 
Last Week in Baseball: West Virginia went 2-2 last week, with an 8-6 win at Virginia Tech followed by a series loss at home to Oklahoma … a six-run fourth inning and a dominant bullpen propelled WVU at VT … the Mountaineers trailed 5-0 early, but responded with six runs in the fourth, three of them unearned, before responding again with the winning run in the sixth … senior reliever Jackson Sigman picked up his second career win with 3.2 lights-out innings in relief, striking out a career-best eight batters while allowing just one hit with no runs … in a game that was suspended at the end of the fifth inning due to lightning on April 28, WVU rallied the following day with three runs on six hits to win the opener against OU, 4-2 … West Virginia was held to one run on six hits in Friday’s five innings, while Oklahoma scored both runs, and had five of its eight hits, before the suspension occurred … Sam Kessler pitched 2.2 relief innings to begin the resumption of play in game one and earned his first career win, allowing just two hits … in the second game of the doubleheader on April 29, WVU lost a pitcher’s duel, 3-1 … WVU had six hits, while OU had five, with all three runs coming on a seventh-inning, bases-clearing double … in the series finale on April 30, West Virginia rallied with two runs in the sixth and seventh innings to erase a 4-0 deficit, but lost in 10 innings, 7-4.
 
Notes: Following a 2-2 week, West Virginia improved to 25-17 on the season and is in third place in the Big 12 with a 10-8 record … WVU is one game out of second place and two games out of first place in the Big 12 standings … the Mountaineers are 8-4 against top-25 teams, with all but three games coming on the road … West Virginia was ranked in the top-25 for the second consecutive week last week, after entering the rankings for the first time since 1982 the previous week and being ranked nationally in four polls for the first time in program history … WVU appeared in three national polls last week, coming in as high as No. 25 by both the NCBWA and Baseball America … Jackson Sigman struck out a career-best eight batters at Virginia Tech … Kyle Davis hit two home runs this week, and is second on the team with seven this season … Sam Kessler picked up his first career win in WVU’s 4-2, series-opening win against Oklahoma … Braden Zarbnisky had two saves last week and has a team-best three this season … Jackson Cramer hit his team-leading eighth home run on Sunday vs. OU … A crowd of 2,929 saw Saturday’s game, the fifth-largest home crowd in program history.
 
This Week in Rowing: The Mountaineers are off this week ... West Virginia will return to the water on May 13 and 14 at  Melton Lake, Tennessee ... the Big 12 Championship is hosted by the Oak Ridge Rowing Association ... the Mountaineers will join Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and Big 12 affiliate members, Alabama, Old Dominion and Tennessee in the event.
 
Last Week in Rowing: WVU closed the 2017 regular season on Saturday by competing against Delaware and Temple on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia ... the second varsity eight and second varsity four crews outpaced Delaware in the morning session of racing … The second varsity four boat won its second race of the day, besting Temple in the afternoon session of Saturday’s event … the Owls went on to win the final four races of the contest. 
 
Coach Jimmy King after Saturday’s race: “We didn’t handle the wind as well as we could have, but some of that comes with experience racing in those conditions. Our young crews are starting to figure out how to make their boats go in good conditions, but they are still learning how to make changes on the fly in the middle of racing as the wind gusts. We would obviously like to earn more wins, but to do that we need to learn from each opportunity including today’s racing. Considering how young our varsity eights are, they have progressed rather well this season, but there’s a bit more speed to be gained in the lead-up to Big 12s.”
 
This Week in Track and Field: West Virginia will compete in its last regular-season meet on Friday, May 5 at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Indiana.
 
Last Week in Track and Field: The Mountaineers competed at the Virginia Grand Prix on Saturday … Amy Cashin of Werribee, Australia, won the women’s 1,500 meters with a career-best time of 4:21.18 … the senior shed 0.41 seconds off of her previous-best set during the 2015 outdoor season … senior Megan Yuan placed sixth in the event with a season-best time of 4:31.03, shedding 7.04 seconds off of her time set at this year’s Bison Outdoor Classic … Marseille McBeam posted a runner-up finish for WVU in the high jump, marking 1.69 meters (5’-6½”) … Shamoya McNeil placed second in the triple jump of 12.82 meters (42- ¾) … sophomore Chaqieta Robinson finished sixth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 1:03.31 … Robinson improved by .07 seconds from her time at the Bison Outdoor Classic … in the women’s 800-meter run, redshirt freshman Candace Jones placed seventh with a time of 2:09.96 … WVU’s freshman Amanda Barned placed seventh in the women’s pole vault, clearing a season best 3.73 meters (12’-2 ¾”) … junior Rebekah Lafata came in 13th with a mark of 3.28 meters (10-9).
 
Notes: Other Mountaineer finishers at UVA were junior Meghan Jean-Baptiste in the 100-meter hurdles, placing 17th with a season-best time, 14.79 … Jean-Baptiste improved by 0.13 seconds from her previous time set at the Virginia Challenge last weekend … in the women’s long jump, sophomore Danique Bryan placed 22nd, clearing 4.89 meters (16- ½). 
               
Coach Sean Cleary after Saturday’s meet: “We had some strong results this evening. Amy is coming along nicely. We have watched Amy get a little bit better each week after sustaining a back injury this past winter and early spring. Tonight’s run should provide a nice little confidence boost as we near the championship season. Megan (Yuan) ran a seasonal best time behind Amy. I know she is even better than tonight’s performance. This was a step in the right direction though. Candace (Jones) also had a nice night. A few more 800s and she will really be in peak shape. The jumpers have been tremendous this season but had an off night. We will learn from tonight’s performance and be better for that knowledge. Shamoya, while not quite as good as last week, still had some very good moments on the runway. We will now go home and attack finals before sending a very small group to compete next weekend.”
 
This Week in Tennis: The Mountaineers (4-16, 0-9 Big 12) have concluded the 2017 season.
 
Last Week in Tennis: WVU fell to Kansas on Thursday, 4-1, in the first round of the Big 12 Championship at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Oklahoma ... the Mountaineers dropped the doubles point as the Sooners were able to take two of the three matches ... in singles action, WVU was able to win the first match to tie the score at one apiece. However, the Jayhawks would go on the win the next three matches to claim the 4-1 victory over the Mountaineers.
 
Notes: Habiba Shaker led WVU with an 8-5 record at the No. 1 slot … Paula Goetz and Lyn Yuen Choo paced the Mountaineers with a 5-5 record in doubles play ... Goetz finished the season with a team-high nine doubles victories this spring.
 
This Week in Golf: The Mountaineers have concluded the 2017 season.
 
Last Week in Golf: West Virginia competed in its second-ever Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas … the Mountaineers made a 35-stroke improvement between the first and second rounds, but found themselves in hole after the third round ... they matched Iowa State in shooting 35 over par in the fourth round and finished 10th overall with a four-round total of 329-294-313-315=1251 for 131 over par … senior Chris Williams posted the best finish for the Mountaineers, taking 37th … he carded a trio of birdies in the final round, shooting eight over par and totaling 83-70-79-78=310 for 30 over par … fellow senior Alan Cooke capped his collegiate career, finishing tied for 40th at 34 over par … he carded an 83 in the final round to finish with a 72-hole score of 80-76-75-83-314.
 
Notes: Sophomore Max Sear set a Big 12 record for best improvement between rounds … after carding a 92 in the first round, Sear shaved 19 strokes off his score with a 73 in the second round … teammate Tristan Nicholls owned the previous record, set at the 2016 Big 12 Championship … Alan Cooke ends the season with as the team leader in scoring average at 74.03 … Max Sear ranks second with a stroke average of 74.09, while Chris Williams is third with a 74.44 … Cooke, Sear, Tristan Nicholls and Etienne Papineau have all recorded rounds in the 60s this year … Sear leads the team in subpar holes with eight, while Cooke, Papineau, Nicholls and Chris Williams are tied with six each … Williams finished with a team-best three eagles … Sear led the team in birdies at 110 … Cooke and Williams earned Big 12 All-Academic Team for the second year in a row.