Wayne State University junior Chelsea Johnson (Oxford, Mich.) not only broke the school record in the 3,000m steeplechase at Friday nights NCAA Championship finals in the event, she also became the first runner in the three-year history of women's track at WSU to finish in the top five at the national championships. Johnson, who was seeded fourth after her Thursday prelim time of 10:32.73, shaved seven seconds off that time in breaking her own school record of 10:26.40 set at last month's GLIAC Championship, by recording a fifth-place time of 10:25.23.
Sophomore Elizabeth Herriman (Adrian, Mich. / Sand Creek) broke her own school record in the javelin with a provisional toss of 44.39m (145-08) at the GVSU Last Chance Meet on Saturday. That thow ranks 13th nationally. Herriman also participated in two other events in Saturday. She had a toss of 12.69m (41-07.75) in the shot put, and 41.86m (137-04) in the discus.
Sophomore Devin Hentschel (Wyoming, Mich. / Rogers) hit .533 (8-for-15) to help lead Wayne State to its fourth straight GLIAC Tournament title and secured its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. She scored four runs, hit two doubles and drove in the game-winning run against SVSU in the winner-take-all title game. She posted a .667 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base percentage while not making an error.
Lyndsay Butler (Cambridge, Ont. / Centennial C.V.I.) went 3-1 last week with the only setback being a 1-0 decision in nine innings at Saginaw Valley State on Sunday. She was selected GLIAC Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this year as announced by the league on April 27th. She was also named GLIAC Player of the Week once earlier this campaign.She struck out 34 batters in 27.2 innings, while compiling a 0.76 earned-run average. Her WHIP (walk + hits per inning) was 0.79 as Butler allowed 18 hits and four walks.
Since the start of April, Butler is 11-1 with two saves in 15 appearances. She has struck out 119 batters while walking 10 and surrendering just six extra-base hits (all doubles) in 85.1 innings. Butler has compiled a 0.49 ERA with an opponent batting average of .146.
Wayne State won the GLIAC regular-season title and will enter this weekend's conference tournament as the No. 1 seed. WSU will play the eighth-seeded Tiffin Dragons at 10 a.m. on Friday in the opening round.
Senior Jeff Sorenson helped baseball to a series victory over Northwood this past week. He lowered his season ERA to 1.11 by not allowing an earned run over five 1/3 innings. He earned wins over Northwood on Saturday and Sunday and struck out a career-high six batters on April 18. The Warriors' closer has five saves on the season and opponents are hitting just .169 off the left-hander.
Wayne State University junior third baseman Jade McGarr (Guelph, Ont. / St. James Catholic) has been selected GLIAC Player of the Week.McGarr batted a team-leading .688 (11-for-16) as WSU went 6-0 during the week to take over first place in the GLIAC standings with an 11-2 conference record. She had a hit in all six contests, including four consecutive multiple-hit affairs. McGarr had five extra-base hits for a 1.125 slugging percentage along wtih 10 RBI and a stolen base. She did not strikeout in 18 plate appearances. McGarr drove in the first run of the game one win at Lake Erie, then had four RBI in the nightcap (first RBI tied the game at 1-1; second RBI put WSU ahead 2-1, then smacked a two-run home run to make it 4-1). In the doubleheader sweep of then GLIAC leading Walsh, McGarr scored the first run of the game, then had an RBI single to make it 3-0. She had a two-out, two-run double in the top of the first in game two vs. Walsh. McGarr had a leadoff single in the fourth, stole second and scored to make it 3-0, then had a double and scored in the sixth to make it 4-2. In the game one win over Malone, McGarr had a two-out single and scored the game's first run in the fourth, then drove in WSU's second run in the sixth. In the top of the first of the nightcap, she had an RBI single to make it 2-0 as the Warriors scored nine times in the frame.
Redshirt sophomore Jordan Andrus (Pinckney, Mich.) led the men's golf team at the second Midwest Regional of the season hosted by Bellarmine at The Jewell at Elks Runs Golf Course in Batavia, Ohio. He tied for fifth with a 143 (72,71). It was his fourth career top-five finish and fifth top-ten finish.
Redshirt sophomore Lyndsay Butler tossed a complete-game victory at #24 Ashland in game one of a doubleheader. She struck out eight and walked one while allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. Butler earned the save in the nightcap by tossing three scoreless innings with two strikeouts and no walks and facing just 10 batters. For the twinbill, Butler went 1-0 with a save, a 0.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts to one walk.
Offensively, she batted .500 (4-for-8) with three runs scored and an RBI single that put WSU ahead 2-0 in game one. Butler also played errorless defense.
Sophomore fencer Zuzanna Sobczak (Gdansk, Poland) earned Honorable Mention All-American accolades with her 11th-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
Sobczak won six of her eight bouts on Sunday to finish with a 12-11 record. The 12 victoires put her in a four-way tie for ninth with touch differential deciding the final finishes.
Sophomore Soren Holm (Rodovre, Denmark) had a very productive week in Indianapolis at the 2015 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Prior to the meet, Holm received the NCAA Elite 89 Award at the championship banquet on Tuesday night. He then went to swim on two national championship relay teams (200 medley and 200 free relay). In total, Holm was a six-time First Team All-American. He helped the men's swimming & diving team finish fourth.
Five members of the Wayne State University men's fencing program participated in the 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional on March 7 hosted by Northwestern University.
Redshirt freshman Ziad Elsissy (Alexandria, Egypt), who entered the sabre event seeded second, claimed first place with an 11-2 record and +36 in touches (60-24). One of his losses was 5-4 to Notre Dame's Jonathan Fitzgerald, who placed fourth. Elsissy finished in a three-way tie for first with Notre Dame's Jonah Shainberg (11-2, +34) and Ohio State's Frederik Koch (11-2, +32), but won on touch differential. By virtue of his regional championship title, Elissy has qualified for the 2015 NCAA National Championships to be held at Ohio State on March 19-20 (for men).
Junior Kayla Balfour (St. Clair, Mich.) helped WSU finish seventh at the 2015 GLIAC Indoor Championships at SVSU on Feb. 28 and March 1. She finished fourth in the 5,000-meter with a time of 17:10.77. Also, on the first day of competition she helped the distance medley relay (Leah Coonrod, Payton Julian and Chelsea Johnson) finish sixth in a time of 12:12.21. On Sunday, she placed seventh in the 3,000-meter with a time of 9:55.91.
The Warriors posted their best finish and recorded the most points in program history at the event.
Sophomore Clark Bishop (Detroit, Mich. / Renaissance) had a career-best scoring weekend. On Thursday against Malone, Bishop scored a career-high 20 points and he topped himself on Saturday at Walsh by tallying 27 points including a 10-for-10 clip from the free throw line.
Senior diver Dylan Szegedi (Oregon, Ohio , St. Francis de Sales) was named GLIAC Male Diver of the Year this past weekend for the second consecutive year and the third time in his career. He won one-meter dive with a score of 515.15 and the three-meter dive with a score of 502.8. He has won the one-meter dive all four years of competition and the three-meter dive three out of four years. He will look for his fourth straight All-American caliber season at next month's NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
Shareta Brown helped her team win three games this past week to imprvoe the women's basketball overall record to 19-2 and clinch a GLIAC Tournament berth in the process. She was named GLIAC South Player of the Week. Brown recorded the second triple-double in women's history at WSU in Monday's win over Findlay with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, plus five steals. She followed with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists in just 21 minutes against Tiffin. In Saturday's road victory at Ohio Dominican, Brown totaled 33 points, 20 rebounds and four assists. For the week, she averaged 23.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg, 6.0 assists per game, while shooting 61 percent (30-of-49) from the floor.
Freshman saberist Julie Saint-Cricq (Pau, France) posted a recored of 16-2 at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, Il. on Saturday.
Junior Chelsea Johnson (Oxford, Mich.) helped the Wayne State University indoor track & field open the season with solid results at the Dragon Open on Saturday.
Johnson won the 800-meter (2:21.97) and also the mile (5:13.40).
Redshirt senior Piotr Jachowicz was named GLIAC Swimmer of the Week after he recorded wins in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.24 and the 200 IM (1:55.62). He also helped the Warriors win the 200 relay with a 24.91 split as the quartet of Molina Perez, Jachowicz, Holm and Barthel posted a 1:31.53 earning NCAA "B" qualifying standards.
Women's Swimming & Diving
Senior Kristina Novichenko (Seversk, Russia) won all three events she swam in as WSU earned a 206.5 to 93.5 victory on Saturday over Grand Valley State. She claimed first place in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:23.69 and the 200 butterfly touching in 2:02.99 earning an NCAA "B" cut qualifying standard. Novichenko swam the 100 butterfly in 57.93. The win was the Warriors sixth straight over the Lakers. WSU took first place in 13 of the events against GVSU.
Senior Shareta Brown led WSU to its fourth and fifth straight wins on Friday and Sunday with 49 points, 37 rebounds, five steals and five assists. Aginst #17 GVSU, she finished with 32 points and the third most rebounds in program history at 24. She shot .800 from the floor each game. She also was named GLIAC South Division Player of the Week for the fourth consecutive time this season.
Redshirt sophomore Michael Lewis helped WSU to convincing win (67-43) at Northern Michigan on Monday with a career-high 17 points and five rebounds while going 8-for-7 from the floor including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. He also had a team-best three steals.
Senior Shareta Brown helped women's basketball to victories over Lake Superior State and Northwood this past week, collecting 50 points, 33 rebounds and seven steals in the two games. During the first half on Sunday, Brown eclipsed the 2,000-point and 1,000-rrebound mark for her career. On the season she is averaging 21.5 points and 15 rebounds per game while shotting 60% from the floor. She was also named GLIAC South Division Player of the Week for her efforts.
Senior Lauren Gagnon (Waterford, Mich. / Waterford Mott) completed the 6K race in a time of 21:23.3 to earn 11th place, helping the Warriors finish third out of 30 squads on Saturday at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, held at Angel Mounds Course and hosted by the University of Southern Indiana. By placing third at the regional meet, the Warriors have earned a spot in the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship meet which will be held in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, December 6th. The NCAA National Championship appearance will be the fifth in school history and the first since the 2008 squad placed 12th at the NCAAs and were led by All-American Rachelle Malette, who placed sixth individually.
Junior Destiny Lavita-Stephens led the Warriors with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting including 5-of-6 from behind the arc in the 77-59 win over GLVC-power Indianapolis on Friday. WSU is ranked 17th is the USA Today Coaches Poll to begin the season after reaching its second straight Sweet Sixteen last season. Lavita-Stephens and the Warriors won the first outright GLIAC Championship since 1980-81 a season ago.
Senior Sean Guinane (St. Joseph, Mich.) was 15-for-25 for a career-best 225 yards and a touchdown to help the Warriors to their sixth win in just his fourth career start.
Women's Swimming & Diving
Senior Elly Maleski (Cedar, Mich. / Traverse City West) won the 50 yard backstroke with a time of 26.91 and came in second on the 100 yard backstroke (58.56) this past weekend at Oakland on Saturday afternoon.
Junior quarterback Carl Roscoe helped the Warriors cruise past Walsh 52-17 on Saturday by going 10-of-13 for 239 yards and three touchdowns with a long of 73 yards as Wayne State passed for 250 yards and four scores with no sacks or interceptions.
Warrior of the Week is extended to the entire 2014-15 women's tennis team for claiming GLIAC regular-season championship.
Anne Li Briand has been an intricate part to the Warriors undefeated season by recording 10-2 victories in singles and with the assistance of Yahsha Moore won 11 of 12 doubles matches at the top flight.
Briand is currently 79-12 overall in singles placing her third overall in most singles victories of the women's tennis program.
Senior Austin Hill (Troy, Mich. / Avondale) fired the lowest round of the final day of the GLIAC Championships at Cherry Blossom Golf Course on Sunday. Hill improved each day and finished with a 214 (76, 72, 66) to finish in fifth place. His round of 66 is tied for second all-time in program history and is just the fifth round of 66 or 67 in program history. The Wayne State University men's golf team fell one spot to fifth place with an 873 (294, 289, 290) as the fall schedule concluded. The 54-hole total is the program's all-time low for the event.
Junior Brittany Johnson led the pack this weekend at the 3rd Annual John Flamer Invitational for the Warriors. She placed second overall setting a personal record time for the six thousand-meter race of 22:20.39.
Yahsha Moore was seeded No. 4 in the A singles flight at ITA Midwest Regionals. She went 4-1 in singles and 3-1 in A doubles with Anne Li Briand. Her current record this season is 10-2 in singles and 10-1 in doubles.
Freshman Hannah Moore (Louisville, Ky. Assumption) has been named GLIAC North Player of the Week and now Warrior of the Week following her performance this past weekend as Wayne State went 1-1 with a win over Tiffin on Saturday afternoon. Moore helped the Warriors win a thrilling five-set match over the Dragons with solid and efficient play for WSU's first league win.All Moore has ever done is win. She was part of national powerhouse and four-time Kentucky State Champion at Assumption High School. She brings that winning attitude to a young WSU program. She finished the weekend with 32 kills (3/56/set) while hitting an impressive .329 on 82 total swings. Moore also did her part to help the defense with 24 digs (2.67/set).She currently ranks third in the conference in total attacks with 270 and 12th in kills with 76.
Senior captain running back Desmond Martin (
Redford, Mich. / Thurston) was named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the football team to a 41-31 win over #13 Carson-Newman. Martin set career-highs for rushing attempts (30), rushing yards (235) and rushing touchdowns (3) with two of his three scores coming in the decisive fourth quarter as WSU turned a 31-27 deficit into a 41-31 victory. Martin's 30 carries were the first time an opposing tailback rushed that many times against CNU since Northern Colorado's Billy Holmes ran 30 times for 136 yards in the 1996 national title game. His 235 rushing yards were the most allowed by CNU to an opponent since Elon's Bobby Hedrick gained 252 yards on 36 carries on Nov. 17, 1979 (12,720 days, 408 games). In terms of the WSU record book, Martin's 235 rushing yards were the 13th highest total with Joique Bell having seven of the top 12 all-time marks (ranging from 252 to 318). The other five totals were by Toney Davis (326), Randy Holmes (314), A.J. Vaughn (271), Joe Gough (258) and Mike Stankovich (237).
Highlighted by a first-place finish by junior Irvin Wyche, the Wayne State University men's cross country team took home third out of 12 overall Saturday at the 28th annual Detroit Titan Invitational, held at Cass-Benton Park. Wyche (Chesterfield, Mich. / L'Anse Creuse North) took home hist first career race-victory by completing the four-mile event with a time of 20:20.76. The Warriors finished with 64 points overall in their season-opening meet to finish just behind Bucknell (38) and Eastern Michigan (56). WSU finished ahead of Division I schools Detroit (90) and Oakland (148).
In just the second year of the Wayne State University women's outdoor track squad, graduate student Jen Rock (Macomb, Mich./Utica Eisenhower) became the first All-American in program history by placing sixth in the 10K event at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Kyle Zimmerman (Frankfort, Mich.) led the Warriors to a win over #18 Drury in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional on Thursday as he pitched a 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the GLVC Champion Panthers and striking out seven, allowing just five hits.
Senior Logan White (Brantford, Ont. / Johnson C.V.I.) went 5-for-9 and hit her second career home run to help lead the Warriors to the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional #2 title on Sunday. White, who has started and played in all 217 games in her WSU career, scored three runs and led the team with nine total bases. She totaled two hits and a walk in four plate appearances in Sunday's final game and upped her team-leading average to .395 over the weekend.
Junior Yahsha Moore (West Bloomfield, Mich.) won both of her matches in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Monday. She earned an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles with fellow co-captain Anne Li Briand and earned a 7-5, 6-3 victory at the top flight in singles. The Warriors earned their first victory in the NCAA Tournament since 2010 with the win over Missouri-St. Louis. Moore also tied a single-season school record with 24th victories in doubles.
Redshirt freshman pitcher Lyndsay Butler (Cambridge, Ont. / Centennial C.V.I.) went 4-0 with a save in her five appearances with two no-hitters and one near perfect game. For the week, she struck out 43 and walked three in 27.2 innings while allowing six hits for an opponent batting average of .063. She had three complete shutouts plus shared another allowing just two unearned runs at Ferris State.
She struck out six in her six innings at Ferris State last Tuesday. Butler came back the next day to toss a six-inning no-hitter vs. Lake Erie striking out 13.
Over the weekend, she surrendered three hits to Lake Superior while striking out 11. In the Northwood game on Sunday, Butler retired 18 of NU's 19 batters (only a fielding error) prevented a perfect game with eight strikeouts and no walks.
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.
Jordan Andrus helped the WSU men's golf team win the 30-team Purgatory Midwest Regional on Monday with his tied for second place finish. Andrus shot a career low 69 during Sunday's first round and was named GLIAC Golfer of the Week for the second time in his career for his efforts.
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.
Zach Johnson (Grandville, Mich.) drove in five runs on Sunday as the Warriors swept the doubleheader. The Michigan transfer helped the Warriors take game one against Saginaw Valley, 15-0, going 2-for-3 with five RBI and a run scored. The catcher/first baseman hit .500 for the week.
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.
Senior guard Chene Phillips (Detriot, Mich. / Renaissance) led WSU with 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals at Saginaw Valley in a 68-61 win on Saturday. He went 11-for-16 from the free-throw line at SVSU. On Thursday, he paced the Green & Gold with 16 points at Northwood. Phillips leads the conference in minutes per game (36.1) and ranks eighth in assists (55).
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.
Senior Kristen Bulkiewicz tallied 18 kills and nine digs to help Wayne State beat Tiffin 3-1 on Saturday. With 36 kills total over the weekend, she moved into fourth place on the all-time kills list (1,246) in Warrior history.
Senior Kayla Gagnon finished 13th at the 2013 GLIAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, earning Second Team All-GLIAC honors in the process. She helped lead the Warriors to a share of fifth place as a team.
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.