Sophomore Brittany Johnson (Oxford, Mich.) lowered the school record in the 1,500m finishing with an NCAA provisional time of 4:34.34 on Sunday. A few hours later, Johnson nearly equaled her previous school mark for 800m with a time of 2:16.88, just .17 off her time from a year ago at the Eastern Michigan Twilight. Johnson's 1,500m time is the 25th fastest in Division II this year.
Redshirt sophomore Alex Kinch (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Pioneer) continued his solid season with another complete game win, his most recent one coming against Northwood on Saturday. Kinch pitched all eight innings while throwing 113 pitches to improve to 4-1. He struck out six Timberwolves and did not allow an earned run. Kinch has a season ERA of 2.29.
Senior Michael FitzGerald (Grosse Ile, Mich.) won all three singles matches in straight sets and five of six matches overall this past weekend as Wayne State opened GLIAC play 2-1 in three road matches in Ohio. FitzGerald earned his doubles wins at the second flight with freshman Clement Charriere, posting wins over Findlay and No. 47 Ohio Dominican.
Senior Clayton Ruch (Pemberville, Ohio / Eastwood) earned his eighth save of the season Saturday in Wayne State's 5-4 win over Minnesota Duluth. Ruch has eight saves already in 2014 and needs one save to tie Billy Hurley for the program record with 19.
Senior fencer Kaja Klodawska medaled at the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday, placing third overall in the sabre. It was her best finish at the NCAA Regionals in her four-year Wayne State fencing career. Klodawska reached the semifinals, before falling to the No. 1 seed. She rebounded with an 15-11 win in the third place match to medal.
Senior Jen Rock (Macomb, Mich. / Utica Eisenhower) placed second in the 5,000 meter run (17:29.94) to place second and earn eight points in the opening day of the GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. Rock also had a personal best time in the 3,000 meter run Sunday, finishing ninth with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 10:04.21.
Junior pitcher Briana Lee recorded a pair of complete game victories over the weekend as the Warrior softball team improved to 9-1 on the season. Lee struck out 25 batters overall across 15 innings, while allowing just five hits and one unearned run. In a 1-0 shutout win over Wisconsin-Parkside, Lee posted 15 strikeouts in seven innings and faced just four batters over the minimum.
For the season, Lee improved to 4-0 and has a 0.45 ERA.
Senior Chene Phillips (Detroit, Mich. / Renaissance) had back-to-back 11 assist games last week as the Warriors went 1-1. In a victory over Northwood on Feb. 6, Phillips had 22 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. He followed it up with nearly another triple-double, posting 19 points, 11 assists and seven boards in a loss to Saginaw Valley on Feb. 8.
Senior Gerald Williams-Taylor (Flint, Mich. / Northern) scored a career-high 21 points Saturday to help lead the Warriors to a 69-64 overtime win at Grand Valley State. He had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday's win over Ferris State as Wayne State went 2-0 last week.
Junior Kayla Bridges (Canton, Mich.) scored a career-high 27 points to help lead the Warriors to a 75-72 victory over Northern Michigan on Saturday. Bridges averaged 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds last week as WSU (14-2, 11-1 GLIAC) jumped into first place in the GLIAC North Division.
Women's Swimming & Diving
In her first meet of the season, junior Gloria Martinez Perez won three individual events Saturday to help lead the Warriors to a 178-122 victory over Grand Valley.
Brown was named Tournament MVP of the Bellmarmine Classic after averaging 22.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 6.0 steals per game in WSU's two victories over Bellarmine and Southern Indiana.
Bryan Coleman averaged 24.0 points over two games last week as the Warriors earned victories over Kalamazoo College and Lake Erie College. He had 26 points, seven rebounds and four blocks against the Hornets on Wednesday and followed it up with 22 points and four rebounds Saturday vs. the Storm.
Freshman Zuzanna Sobczak won two titles Sunday at the 2013 Danosi Open. She recored an 18-1 record and earned titles in the women's epee and women's foil.
Gavin Toma scored 19 points for the second straight game Saturday in a 78-57 loss at Lewis. The sophomore guard is the Warriors leading scorer with 38 points through two games, surpassing his entire output from last year. Toma is also shooting 53.8 percent from the field.
Sophomore Jayson Hansen won three individual events Saturday to help Wayne State beat Ashland in its first home meet of the season. Hansen won the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM against the Eagles.
Women's Swimming & Diving
Freshman Elizabeth Rawlings won the 1-meter diving competition Saturday in her first collegiate meet. She also cleared a NCAA qualifying standard on both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, placing second in the 3-meter event.
Captain center Thom Box and his offensive line led the Warriors to a 38-27 win on Saturday. The Green & Gold ran for 324 yards.