The men’s basketball team had two games this past week. Their first was on Wednesday, Jan. 27, when they hosted Trine University in MIAA action. Although the Brits were down 37-29 at the half, they stormed back with a vengeance and out-scored Trine 45-28 in the second half for a 74-65 victory. Flint, Mich., first-year Jaylin Fordham led the way with 21 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Holt, Mich., senior Jordan Herron also tallied up nine rebounds.
On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Brits hosted the number eight ranked team in Division III, Hope College. In a quick-paced, aggressive game, the Brits matched the Flying Dutchmen shot for shot through the first half. However, Hope was able to pull away in the last two minutes of the second half and earn a hard-fought 74-66 victory. Herron had seven rebounds and three assists on the day, and Detroit sophomore Corey Wheeler had a team-high of 15 points.
The Brits take a 9-10 record to Calvin College on Wednesday, Feb. 3, looking to improve their record to 5-4 in conference play.
The women’s basketball team also played two games this past week. In their first game, they traveled to Kalamazoo to take on the Hornets on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Albion was down 37-30 at the half, but a hard push from the offense helped them outscore the Hornets 24-12 in the third quarter and pick up a 74-68 victory. Macomb, Mich., junior Olivia Savage had a career-high of 10 rebounds, and the Brits extended their winning streak to four games. Each win was on the road.
The Brits traveled to Olivet College to face the Comets on Saturday, Jan. 30. Olivet came out strong, leading 20-9 after the first quarter, and an 8-0 scoring run would secure the win for the Comets, 76-61. The loss for Albion snapped their four-game winning streak. Lisle, Ill., senior Darian Payne led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds in her third 20-point game of the season.
Albion is now 8-11 overall and 4-6 in MIAA play. They will host Calvin College on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Swimming and Diving
The men’s swimming and diving team was in Olivet this past weekend for a meet against Olivet College and the College of Wooster. In all three of his individual events, Estado de Mexico junior Sebastian Tostado achieved Olivet pool records and helped the Brits charge to victory over both Olivet (230-42) and Wooster (156-141).
Tostado’s records were in the 100 freestyle (46.90), 200 freestyle (1:44.51) and 200 individual medley (1:57.69). Along with Tostado’s finishes, Albion finished one-two in the 100-yard butterfly, with Grand Rapids, Mich., first-year Nate Kozycki and Lima, Peru, first-year Gerardo Huidobro leading the way. Tostado and Kozycki were also the top two finishers in the 200 freestyle relay. Chelsea, Mich., first-year Jake Burris also beat a school record in the one-meter dive with a score of 313.85.
Albion will host Olivet College on Friday, Feb. 5, in a non-league dual meet.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
The women’s swimming and diving team was also at Olivet College this past weekend to take on the Comets, as well as the College of Wooster. The Brits were able to defeat Olivet 222-49 but took a tough loss against Wooster, 165-120.
Battle Creek, Mich., first-year Anna Moore continued her amazing first year as a collegiate swimmer this weekend with two first-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200 backstroke. Moore was also a part of the winning 200 freestyle relay, which included Kalamazoo, Mich., junior Kylene Slocum, Milan, Mich., senior Anna Hargrove and Woodhaven, Mich., senior Lauren Pawelec. Lake Orion, Mich., first-year diver Lauren Young achieved a personal best score of 197.35 in the one-meter dive.
The Brits will also host Olivet College at the Dean Aquatic center on Friday, Feb. 5.
The women’s tennis team hosted Baldwin Wallace College on Saturday, Jan. 30, in a non-league match. The Brits were out-matched by Baldwin Wallace and suffered an 8-1 defeat.
Ann Arbor junior Lauren Rasmussen won her first set 6-2, and her opponent retired as she was leading the second set. Ann Arbor senior Heather Vogt and Flushing, Mich., sophomore Olivia Conover both won sets in their respective matches.
The Brits will be at home again when they take on Cornerstone University on Saturday, Feb. 6.