Volume 18 • Issue 2

Athletics

Southwestern Prepares to Host Spring Sports Festival

Southwestern University is the host of the 2007 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Spring Sports Festival. Every year, the conference championships for baseball, softball, golf, track and field, and tennis are all held on the same weekend at a host institution. The festival will be held from April 26-29. The baseball championship will be played at Rockwell Field on Southwestern’s campus, the golf championships at White Wing Golf Club in Sun City and the tennis championships will take place in Waco at the Waco Tennis Center. Track and field, and softball will be hosted by Trinity University in San Antonio.

Photo by Andrew Loehman

Men’s Basketball Qualifies for Conference Tournament

The Southwestern men’s basketball team completed the regular season with an overall record of 11-14 and a 5-9 mark in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The team ranked second in the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 62.2 points per game.

A pair of juniors led the way offensively for the Pirates with Matt Caplan averaging 11.3 points per game and Mike Powell scoring 10.4 per contest. A number of first-year players made a significant impact on the team as three different players combined to make 18 starts during the season.

Photo by Andrew Loehman

Women’s Basketball Continues Improvement Under Coach Ruder

The SU women’s basketball team closed out the season with a 13-12 overall record, marking the first year the Pirates have reached the .500 mark since the 2003-2004 season when they went 15-11.

This season, senior Kendal George became the third Southwestern women’s player to score 1,000 points in a career since SU joined the SCAC in 1994. George scored her 1,000th point at home against Oglethorpe University on Jan. 26, and her current total of 1,137 career points ranked 36th on the all-time SCAC scoring list.

Bergfield Leaves Mark on SCAC Record Books

Sophomore Alana Bergfield set a pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference records at the SCAC Swimming and Diving Championships in February.

On Feb. 9, Bergfield broke the conference record in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning the individual title with a time of 1:06.89. The following day, the sophomore set a new record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:27.23. She won her second individual championship of the meet and reached the NCAA B qualifying mark in both events.