At UW Dawg Pound, you will usually find news and analysis regarding solely Washington's basketball and football teams, but there may be some of you out there interested in the school's performance in other sports. Here's a quick roundup on how the different spring sport teams fared this year:
Make that a three-peat. The Huskies dominated the 111th Annual IRA National Championships in early June. Entering the competition at No. 1, the Huskies won its third consecutive and 16th overall national championship at Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Credit head coach Michael Callahan for much of the team's success. The Huskies did not fall in the trap of complacency this season and stayed motivated behind the coaching of Callahan. Read a full recap of the championship meet at GoHuskies.com.
The Huskies finished sixth overall at the NCAA championships, benefiting from a bronze medal performance by their varsity four squad. The varsity four consisted of sophomore Hannah Lukanuski, senior Monqiue Moore, sophomore Giuliana Chilczuk, sophomore Natalie Harshman and sophomore Elizabeth Vogt; they finished behind USC and Ohio State in the grand final. The team improved upon their seventh place performance from last season. Here is the meet's full game story.
So close! The Huskies finished tied for third at the Women's College World Series this year. The No. 11 Huskies fell to No. 1 Oklahoma in the semifinals. UW compiled a 45-17 record and finished a Pac-12 best in the WCWS with two series wins over Nebraska and Michigan before advancing to face Oklahoma. This year was the Huskies' best finish since winning it all in 2009.
The team made its 10th NCAA championship in 12 years, but for the first time since 2009, did not make the cutline to participate in head-to-head match play. The Huskies were led this past Spring by senior Chris Williams and sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan. Entering the NCAA Championships, Williams was the No. 1 amateur in the world and as of this week he still sits at No. 1. Williams took home the 2013 Ben Hogan Award honoring the top player in college and amateur golf. Not to be outdone, Pan has opened eyes at the U.S. Open this past weekend; the amateur was only two shots off the lead after two rounds of play.
The Huskies got its best performance from freshman Ying Luo who finished tied for 50th, finishing at +13 at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The team will return its entire roster in 2013-14, including junior Kelli Bowers who was injured all spring. The team will have more experience next year as all of its top five players were either sophomores or freshmen this season.
Kyle McMorrow finished his career by making the sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. McMorrow entered the tournament ranked no. 17, carrying a 100-35 career record and a season record of 25-7. The All-Pac-12 First Team member was the eighth All-American in Washington's program history in the sport.
Despite the doubles team of sophomore Natali Coronel and freshman Grace Ysidora, the Huskies were unable to secure an invitation to the NCAA tournament. Considered a bubble team at 13-9, the Huskies were the highest ranked team in the country (42) to be left out of the tournament. The entire roster returns next season.
The Huskies stumbled to 24-32 overall record and 15-15 Pac-12 record. The team finished tied for fifth overall in a competitive Pac-12 conference; four teams made it to NCAA Regionals with UCLA and Oregon State still alive in the College World Series. The program's focus now shifts toward new work being done at Husky Ballpark; a new playing surface and stadium grandstand will be built in time for the beginning of next season in February 2014. Other recent news includes three Huskies being taken in the Major League Baseball draft: junior right-handed pitcher Austin Voth (Washington Nationals, 5th round: 166th overall), junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Kane (Miami Marlins, 38th round: 1,132 overall), senior shortstop Ty Afenir (New York Yankees, 39th round: 1,184th overall).
Track and Field
The men's team finished 28th overall, while the women's team finished 29th overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Oregon. Jeremy Taiwo was responsible for the men's team's eight points, finishing second in the decatholon. On the women's side, Megan Goethals earned the team all nine of their points by finishing fourth in the 10,000m and fifth in the 5,000m. A full recap of the team's performance here.