Men’s Swimming and Diving
At the NCAA DIII National Championships, Albion finished 24th with 40 points, the most ever in school history. On Friday, March 18, Chelsea, Mich., first-year Jake Burris set a record by finishing sixth in the one-meter dive, the best that any Albion College diver has ever done. Burris became the first all-American diver since Dan Fradeneck, who finished seventh in the one-meter dive in 2005.
Along with Burris, Albion added another strong finish and a school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Estado de Mexico junior Sebastian Tostado, Holland, Mich., junior Derek Bosko, Livonia, Mich., sophomore Parker Belmore and Grandville, Mich., junior Tom Parsons were the competitors for Albion in the relay. They finished with a time of 6:45.53, earning them 13th place.
Bosko also picked up honorable mentions in the 100-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Tostado, Belmore and Parsons were also on the relay that finished 14th. Marshall first-year Henry Swett finished 15th in the one-meter dive as well.
The end of the NCAA DIII Championships marked the end of the season for the Brits’ swimming and diving teams.
On Saturday, March 19, the Brits traveled to Defiance, Ohio, for a doubleheader against Defiance College. The Brits won the first game by a score of 7-4 but were unable to complete the sweep, as they took a 6-2 loss in the second game.
Valencia, Calif., senior Michael Fischbach had three hits on the day, as well as a pair of walks. In the first game, Holly, Mich., junior Mitch Lasceski led homered to right field, and Birmingham, Mich., sophomore Justin Dennis had two hits.
Mancelona, Mich., senior Craig Conway threw 5.2 scoreless innings to gain his first victory of the year. Clarkston, Mich., sophomore Steven Scott threw 1.1 innings to close out the game.
Next up for the Brits is a game with Bluffton University, in Bluffton, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 22.
The men’s lacrosse team hosted Aurora University on Saturday, March 19, looking to get their first win of the season. With 53 seconds left in regulation, Northville, Mich., first-year David DiRado scored to tie the game and send it to overtime. In overtime, Grand Blanc, Mich., junior Dominic Hamper scored to lift the Brits to a 14-13 victory.
Bowmanville, Ontario, senior Cameron Braun and Hamper both had three goals apiece in the victory. Monroe, Mich., sophomore Brandon Tata had four saves in the game, and Howell, Mich., sophomore Kyle DeCamp fielded eight ground balls and also had two goals.
The Brits will host John Carroll University in a non-league contest on Wednesday, March 23.
The Brits were in Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday, March 19 to take on Otterbein University. The highlight of the day would be Grand Blanc, Mich., junior Zach McKenzie picking up a singles match victory, as the Brits fell 8-1.
Macomb, Mich., first-year Josh McGarry and Traverse City first-year Peter Pappas sent their doubles match into a tiebreaker but came up short in a 9-8 loss.
The next match for the team will be on Saturday, April 2 at Calvin College.
The women’s tennis team was also in Westerville, Ohio, for a match against Otterbein University on Saturday, March 19. However, Trenton, Mich., first-year Lauren Solano was the only victor for Albion, as the Cardinals topped the Brits 7-1.
In a doubles match, Ann Arbor junior Lauren Rasmussen and Ann Arbor senior Heather Vogt came close but lost 8-6.
The Brits will have two weeks off before they host Adrian College on Tuesday, March 5.