Britons Weekly: This Past Week in Briton Sports

Men’s Swimming and Diving

On Friday, Feb. 17, Marshall, Mich., first-year diver Henry Swett and Chelsea, Mich., first-year diver Jake Burris traveled to Granville, Ohio, for the NCAA DIII Region One Championships. Swett earned a fourth-place finish in the three-meter dive with a total score of 473.50, and he averaged 43.05 per round. Swett’s strong finish will punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships next month.

Along with Swett, Burris also qualified for the NCAA Championships. He finished eleventh in the one-meter dive with a total score of 442.65. Burris scored at least 52 on three of his dives.

Swett and Burris include two of the nine representatives that Albion College will have at the NCAA Championships, which take place in Greensboro, N.C., from March 16-19.


Men’s Basketball

The men’s basketball team traveled to Holland, Mich., for the MIAA tournament where they would take on Alma College in a semi-final game. Although Holt, Mich., senior Jordan Herron would post a double-double, the MIAA MVP Scott Nikodemski had eight assists that helped lift the Scots to a 77-64 victory.

Herron posted 25 points, a career high and 13 rebounds for his eleventh double-double of the season. He also finished his career with 813 rebounds, which is second-most in Albion College history.

Muskegon, Mich., senior Travell Oakes had 16 points and nine rebounds, just one shy of a double-double. In his final game as a Brit, he ranked tenth on Albion’s all-time rebound list with 535.


Men’s Track and Field

In a third-place finish at the MIAA Indoor Championships, Detroit, Mich., senior Justin Meredith earned two first-place finishes in the 60 meter sprint and the 200 meter sprint. Meredith ran the 60 in 6.96 seconds and the 200 in 22.34 seconds.

Naples, Fla., first-year Richard Annorat took first-place in the high jump at 6’4”. Traverse City, Mich., first-year Jephte Jean-Claude also had a first-place finish in the triple jump, as well as a sixth place finish in the 60 hurdles.

Plymouth, Mich., senior Mitch Clinton finished third in the 3000 meter, only 13-hundredths shy of second place.

On Saturday, March 5, the Brits will be in Stevens Point, Wis., for the Stevens Point Qualifier.


Women’s Track and Field

As a team, the Brits accumulated 67 points and a fourth-place finish in the MIAA Indoor Championships. The Brits had second and third-place finishes in the triple jump from Jenison, Mich., senior Camille Sawicki and Albion senior Rhiki Swinton.

Along with Sawicki and Swinton, Allegan, Mich., junior Jessica Shaw finished third in the 5000 meter with a time of 18:17.74. Kenockee, Mich., first-year Emilee Kinney finished fourth in the 60 and 200 meter events.

The women will join the men in Stevens Point, Wis., on Saturday, March 5, for the Stevens Point Qualifier.


Men’s Lacrosse

The Brits traveled to Gambier, Ohio, to take on Kenyon College on Saturday, Feb. 27, and while they were tied through the first two quarters, Kenyon was able to outscore the Brits 9-4 in the third and fourth quarters, topping the Brits 14-9.

Albion had three players who scored two goals apiece, including Bowmanville, Ontario senior Cameron Braun; Northville, Mich., first-year David DiRado and Brighton, Mich., senior Dylan Neal.

The Brits outshot Kenyon 60-45, and they had a two more shots on goal (28-26). They also finished with a 46-24 edge in groundballs, as Howell, Mich., sophomore scooped up 17 grounders.

Albion will have their home opener on Saturday, March 5, when they host Wittenberg University.


Women’s Lacrosse

The Brits had two games this past weekend, the first coming in Danville, Ken., against Centre College. Although Farmington Hills, Mich., senior Julie Wood had a hat-trick, the Brits took a tough 17-5 loss.

Ajax, Ontario senior Victoria Della Pia finished with nine saves and four fielded groundballs.

After a tough loss, the Brits were looking to get their first win of the season against Berry College on Saturday, Feb. 28. Albion had a 5-4 lead after the first half, but Berry would come storming back and earn a 10-7 victory over the Brits.

Brighton, Mich., sophomore Shannon Kahl netted a hat-trick and pulled the Brits within one, but Berry wouldn’t let them get any closer. Della Pia had 13 saves for the game, as well as 10 groundballs.

The Brits will make their home debut on Saturday, March 5, against Elmhurst (Ill.) College.

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Steven Marowski is a senior from Farmington Hills, Michigan, and is a professional writing and philosophy double major. Steve loves to talk sports, preferably baseball and hockey, and owns over 140 different hats. Follow him on Twitter at @Steve_Marowski

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