Carmen Maria Salazar | Staff Reporter
Posted May 27, 2014; 8:45 a.m.
The spring of 2014 was filled with good news for LU student life sports. Throughout the semester, many of the LU athletic teams qualified for national competitions and brought home a winner. Because of the multiple winnings, LU’s athletics are becoming more well known, according to Junior Christie Sielfleisch.
“I have always known our athletic department was outstanding,” Sielfleisch said. “But now some of my family members and friends from other schools are starting to comment on LU sports teams. My dad and brother even drove all the way to campus to watch a soccer game.”
Four teams ended their seasons as national champions.
- Men’s bowling got first at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, followed by the women’s bowling team which won a national third-place title.
- Roller hockey took the title at the IceWorks Arena in Aston, Pennsylvania. This was the team’s tenth time in program history winning the ultimate title.
For the first time after 34 years, neither Stanford nor Ohio State University won the synchronized swimming title.
- The lady lions dove into the Miami University pool in Oxford, Ohio, and brought home the national title.
- Shotgun sports won the 11th straight national title at San Antonio, Texas.
Other sports also did well in the spring semester.
- Cycling achieved second place during the national championship in Richmond, Virginia. Brandon Feehery, one of the riders, got the men’s criterium–a one-day bicycle race on a circuit road course–and overall individual omnium–a track cycling competition consisting of a number of contests of different types, both races and time trials.
- Men’s rugby advanced to the D1A semifinals.
- Women’s water polo won first place during the conference.
- Cheerleading advanced three squads to the finals during Nationals.
- In women’s wrestling, Victoria Francis ranked internationally among the top 20 in the 75 kilogram (165 pound) weight class.
During the summer, many of these teams are in the off season, preparing for the upcoming seasons.
To learn more about Lindenwood student life sports, visit the student life sports website.