The Brits took on Aurora University (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov. 14, in their final game of the season. Pinckney, Mich., senior Dominic Bona threw for 234 yards and added 121 rushing yards, Southfield, Mich., senior Colin Parks ran for 89 yards and Trenton, Mich., senior Mike Czarnecki finished with 111 rushing yards in the Brits’ 42-14 victory. With their victory, Albion has punched its ticket to the NCAA DIII playoffs for the eleventh time in school history.
The Brits’ finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, which is the best record that Head Coach Craig Rundle has had in his 19-year career with the Brits.
With Parks running for 89 yards and Czarnecki for 111, both are now have over 1,000 rushing yards for the year, a first for Albion.
The co-champions of the MIAA have drawn Wabash College for their first game of the NCAA DIII playoffs. The game is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Brits hit the pool in Kalamazoo to take on the Hornets in a MIAA dual meet. Grand Rapids first-year Nate Kozycki, Lima, Peru, first-year Gerardo Huidobro and Holland, Mich., junior Derek Bosko all finished first in multiple events for the Brits. Along with the three, Estado de Mexico junior Sebastian Tostado helped the team to a first place victory in the 200-yard medley relay. Marshall senior Blake Blair and Naperville, Ill., sophomore Lucas Harder finished first and second in the 1,000 freestyle. Along with the first place finishes, Marshall first-year Henry Swett achieved a regional qualifying score in the 3-meter dive.
Albion won 14 of 16 events in their 201-99 victory over the Hornets. The Brits are ranked 24th in the nation, according to collegeswimming.com.
Albion won’t have any meets until Dec. 4 and 5 when they travel to Kenosha, Wis., for the Carthage Invitational.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
The women were also in the pool against Kalamazoo on Saturday, Nov. 14. Royal Oak, Mich., first-year Katie Ferraro, Bloomfield Hills sophomore Sarah Kilbride and Battle Creek first-year Anna Moore all won events on Saturday, but it wouldn’t be enough to defeat the Hornets who took down the Brits 187-112.
Ferraro won the 500-freestyle and Kilbride won the 200 breaststroke. Moore won the 200 backstroke and also finished second in the 200 freestyle.
The Brits will also be in Kenosha, Wis., for the Carthage Invitational, which will take place on Dec. 4 and 5.
Men’s Cross Country
On Saturday, Nov. 14, the men competed in the NCAA DIII Great Lakes Regional Championship and finished with 521 points, good enough for 19th place overall. Plymouth, Mich., senior Mitch Clinton was the first Brit to complete the course and did so with a time of 26:57. Grand Rapids first-year Andrew Wittland followed Clinton. Behind Wittland were Marshall first-year Kurt Swaton, Brownstown Township, Mich., first-year Mark Klingel and Grosse Ile sophomore Alex Dermody.
The completion of the race marked the finish line for the Brits’ 2015 campaign.
Women’s Cross Country
As a team, the Brits finished 17th at the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Nov. 14. However, Allegan, Mich., junior Jessica Shaw finished the race in 22:04 for fifth place overall. With her top five finish, Shaw has paved her way to the NCAA DIII Championship for the second time in her career.
Rounding out Albion’s top five were Dublin, Ohio, sophomore Leanne Wegley, Royal Oak junior Morgan Button, Albion sophomore Allison Snyder and Leslie, Mich., first-year Leah Sinnaeve.
Shaw will race as an individual at the national championship on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Winneconne, Wis.
The lady Brits’ basketball season is underway with their first game in University Heights, Ohio, against John Carroll University. The ladies started strong with an 18-3 lead after the first quarter, and they took a 38-20 lead into halftime. However, John Carroll put a stop to the scoring quickly. The Brits’ only amounted 14 points in the third and fourth quarters and were unable to hang onto the lead. John Carroll put up 40 points in the last two quarters and went on to win 60-52.
Dearborn Heights junior Oreyana Curry made her first three shots and had 10 points early and finished with 13 on the night. Wyandotte, Mich., junior Emily Zgoda led the team in points (14) and assists (4).
The Brits will look to earn their first victory of the season when they take on Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Friday, Nov. 20.