Schlesinger, Davis pace Vikings at MFC Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nathan Schlesinger and Joe Davis both finished sixth Saturday to lead Lawrence University during the individual competition at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships at Ohio State University.

Schlesinger, competing in foil, won three bouts before falling to Stas Sudilovsky of Ohio State 15-8 in the quarterfinals. Schlesinger beat Michigan State’s Nicholas Jenkins 15-8, topped Cleveland State’s Logan Eskew 15-5 and defeated Case Western Reserve’s Jared Paine 15-4 to reach the quarterfinals.

Competing in sabre, Davis also picked off three victories before falling in the quarterfinals 15-3 to Ohio State’s Fredrick Koch. Davis blitzed Denison’s Dylan Tallman 15-0, defeated Toledo’s Khalid Abdl-Haleem 15-8 and downed Wayne State’s Michael Karpinski 15-10.

Also competing in foil, Kai Kramer placed ninth. He won a pair of bouts before falling to Ohio State’s Leon Cao 15-10 in the round of 16. Jakub Nowak also placed ninth in epee. He won two bouts before falling to Northwestern’s Alistair Murray 15-10 in the round of 16.

The top finishers on the women’s side were Allison Kim and Erin Paxson in sabre and Natalie Hagopian in foil.

Kim, who finished 14th, went 6-0 in pool play and then won two bouts before falling to Northwestern’s Alisha Gomez-Shah 15-2. Paxson grabbed 15th place after going 5-1 in pool play and winning two elimination bouts. She lost in the round of 16 to Northwestern’s Madeline Curzon 15-8.

Hagopian, who finished 15th, went 5-0 in her pool. She then won a pair of bouts to reach the round of 16. Ohio State’s Alanna Goldie finally ended Hagopian’s run with a 15-5 loss.

In women’s sabre, Annabelle Tsai, Jasper Olsen and Lauren Phillips finished 16th, 17th and 18th, respectively.

Shea leaps to triple jump title at MWC Championships; named Newcomer of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Lawrence University track and field standout Noah Shea leaped to the title in the triple jump Saturday and was named the Newcomer of the Year at the Midwest Conference Championships.

Shea uncorked his longest jump of the season at 44 feet, 4 inches, to win the title by more than nine inches. Beloit College’s Dewight Walker was second at 43-7.75. It marked the first conference title for Shea and it is the first time Lawrence won the triple jump since All-American Kolade Agbaje-Williams did it in 2006.

Shea also won the league’s Newcomer of the Year Award and was the only freshman to win an individual title at the conference championships.

Distance star Josh Janusiak was going for his second title of the weekend as he ran the 3,000 meters on Saturday. The sophomore led from the start until the final 300 meters when he was overtaken by a trio of Cornell College runners, none of whom ran the 5,000 that Janusiak won on Friday. Janusiak had to settle for fourth in 8:52.29 as Cornell’s Mason Wicker won in 8:49.15.

Dan Sandacz grabbed a fifth place for the Vikings in the 60 hurdles in 9.04 seconds, Jackson Straughan grabbed seventh in the weight throw at 45-7 and Will Nichols raced to eighth in the 400 in 51.62 seconds.

Lawrence’s distance medley relay team of Shea, Ben Schaefer, Terrell Myers and Max Edwards placed eighth in 11:24.96.

The Lawrence men finished in eighth place with 40 points, and Monmouth College won the title with 156.

On the women’s side, Lawrence finished eighth with 30 points, and St. Norbert College took the title with 209.5.

Hannah Kinzer capped a great weekend by placing fourth in the 3,000 meters in a personal-best time of 10:54.28. Kinzer grabbed third in the 5,000 on Friday.

Lawrence’s two relays also had great runs as the distance medley relay was third and the 4×400 was fourth.

The distance medley relay team of Amy Hutchings, Mikaela Hintz, Christina Sedall and Kate Kilgus ran its fastest time of the season at 13:15.09 to take third. The 4×400 team of Kilgus, Hintz, Hutchings and Janey Degnan also had a season-best time of 4:17.35 to take fourth.

Sedall also picked up an eighth place in the 800 in 2:33.59.

Men’s results

Women’s results

Janusiak runs to title in 5,000 on opening day of MWC Championships

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Lawrence University track and field star Josh Janusiak ran to victory in the 5,000 meters Friday to pace the Vikings on the opening day of the Midwest Conference Championships at King Field House.

Janusiak, a sophomore from South Milwaukee, charged to the win in 15:18.88 and won by nearly 12 seconds over Grinnell College’s John Lennon, who was second in 15:30.34. Lawrence’s Ben Schaefer finished seventh in the event in 16:15.73.

It the first track conference track title for Janusiak, who won the league’s cross country crown last fall.

Lawrence got two other individual placements on the day as Wes Hetcher took seventh in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches, and Jackson Straughan took seventh in the shotput at 41-6.

The men’s 4×200 relay of Will Nichols, Noah Shea, Terrell Myers and Dan Sandacz took eighth in 1:34.43.

Hannah Kinzer grabbed all-conference honors in the women’s 5,000 as she raced to third place in 18:54.54. Cornell College’s Abrah Masterson won the event in a conference record time of 17:51.61.

Kate Kilgus placed in one event and was part of a place-winning relay team. Kilgus ran to seventh in the mile with a time of 5:23.44. Kilgus was joined by Janey Degnan, Fanita Robins and Mikaela Hintz on the sprint medley relay team that placed fourth in 4:33.40.

The Lawrence men are in seventh place with 17 points, and Monmouth College leads with 62. The Lawrence women are in seventh with 13 points, and St. Norbert College is first with 91.5.


Inside LU Athletics: Vikings set to step up at MWC Championships

Lawrence’s Josh Janusiak, left, holds the top times in the Midwest Conference in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University track and field coach Jason Fast is a little like a kid on Christmas morning. He’s staring at the presents and just can’t wait to rip off the wrapping paper.

Fast and his Vikings are heading to the Midwest Conference Championships at Illinois College this weekend, and the expectations are higher for the men’s team than they have been in some time.

“Everyone is excited for the possibilities. We’re not a team that’s strong in one event or another. We’re a more well-rounded team,” said Fast, whose men’s team was picked to finish sixth in a preseason poll.

“The conference week is always the longest because you want it to get here. It’s more so when you know your teams are ready and primed to go. We’re aiming to be top five. I think if we just perform to our potential, we’re there.”

The last time the Vikings finished as high as fifth during the indoor season there was still a country called East Germany. That was 1990.

Super sophomore Josh Janusiak leads the Vikings into the meet and holds the top times in the league in both the 3,000 (8:51.59) and 5,000 meters (15:22.20). Janusiak’s excellent running mate, freshman Joe Kortenhof, has battled through injury during the indoor season but will compete this weekend.

“We want him to win both, to hold serve as it were,” Fast said of Janusiak. “He’s really come into his own this year. He’s embracing the role of the favorite. He’s not afraid to get out in front and lead.”

The most versatile Viking is freshman Will Nichols, who will likely compete in six events this weekend. Nichols just broke the school record in the 200 meters at 22.81 seconds and will be a factor in the 400 as well. Nichols, who had never triple-jumped before this year, has jumped over 40 feet this season.

“That’s the scary part about him right now,” Fast said of Nichols, who will run on three relays. “He’s just starting to figure out how to be successful in track. Little things like how to run on an indoor track and really just perfecting his start.”

Another rookie, Noah Shea, is ranked second in the league in the triple jump at 43 feet, 10.5 inches. He also will run the 4×200, 4×400, sprint medley and distance medley relays.

The Vikings also have other contenders in Jackson Straughn (weight throw, shot put), Wes Hetcher (pole vault) and Dan Sandacz (60 hurdles).

Another factor in Lawrence’s success during the indoor season has been the weather. Since Lawrence doesn’t have an indoor track, the Vikings practice outside. The unseasonable weather has been a boon.

“More than anything, the warmth and sunshine helps with everyone’s mentality and having two weeks of spectacular weather and being able to practice on our outdoor track,” Fast said. “In the last five years, we’ve maybe had three or four practices on the outdoor track, and we’ve had more than that in the last two weeks.”

Cline chosen for NCHA All-Freshmen Team

Evan Cline

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University’s Evan Cline has been named to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association All-Freshmen Team in a vote by league coaches.

The rookie goaltender put together a stellar season and tied the Lawrence record for season save percentage.

Cline (Freeland, Mich./Saginaw Heritage) posted a .924 save percentage to tie the record set by Peter Emery in the 2011-12 season. Cline posted the third-best goals against average in Lawrence history at 2.63.

Cline posted a 3-7-3 record, but the Vikings averaged just 2.3 goals per game with him in net.

Cline earned his first career win with a 2-1 victory over Marian University in which he made 38 saves. He had one shutout this season as he made 16 saves in a 4-0 win over Finlandia University. Cline also picked up a 1-1 tie with No. 2-ranked St. Norbert College as he stopped a season-high 49 shots against the Green Knights.

Cline is the first Lawrence player to be honored on the All-Freshmen Team since forward Blake Roubos was picked in 2013-14.

The Week Ahead: February 20-26

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University track and field teams and fencing squads compete in their conference championships this weekend.

The Lawrence thinclads head to Jacksonville, Ill., for the Midwest Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday looking to bring home some individual titles. The Lawrence fencers are off to Columbus, Ohio, for the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships at Ohio State.


Event: Midwest Conference Championships

When and Where: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, King Field House, Jacksonville, Ill. Competition begins Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

Webcast: Midwest Conference Championships

Fast Fact: The Vikings have several title contenders, led by distance standouts Josh Janusiak and Joe Kortenhof. Look for a pair of rookies, Will Nichols and Noah Shea, to have a big impact as well. Nichols, fresh off breaking the school record in the 200 meters, will compete in multiple events, and Shea is one of the league’s top triple jumpers.


Opponent: Lawrence vs. Lakeland (0-0)

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Fox Cities Racquet Club.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: The Vikings look to snap a two-match losing skid after falling to UW-La Crosse and Concordia Wisconsin. Bill Schuman-Kline remains unbeaten in singles on young season as he improved to 3-0 at No. 2.


Event: Midwest Fencing Conference Championships

When and Where: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, all day, French Field House, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: The Vikings are looking to improve on their combined fourth-place finish at the 2016 MFC Championships. The men grabbed second place last season, and the women were fifth. The top returning individual finishers for the Vikings are Nathan Schlesinger, who was sixth in foil, and Natalie Hagopian, who took 12th in foil.


Lawrence women second, men fourth at MWC Championships

GRINNELL, Iowa — The Lawrence University women’s swimming team grabbed second place and the men finished fourth as the Vikings wrapped up a stellar weekend at the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell College.

The Lawrence women finished with 572 points, edging past Lake Forest College, which finished with 534. This is Lawrence’s highest finish since the Vikings took second in 2009. Grinnell won the title with 981.5.

Sophomore Emmi Zheng was the top finisher on the day as she grabbed second in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.35. Lake Forest’s Lauren Dalecky took the title in 2:24.15. Lawrence’s Rosie Bauer was sixth and Rebecca Schachtman took eighth in the event.

Paige Witter, Elise Riggle and Danielle Millin all posted third-place finishes for Lawrence.

Witter took third in the 200 butterfly in 2:13.03 and teammate Sarah Schweickart was seventh. Riggle swam to third in the 1,650 freestyle in 18:27.09, and teammate Emei Thompson was sixth. Millin grabbed third in the 200 backstroke in 2:08.50.

The women’s 400 freestyle relay team of Millin, Thompson, Bridget Duero and Eryn Blagg took fourth in 3:41.88.

On the men’s side, Lawrence finished fourth with 303.5 points and nearly overtook Monmouth College for third. Lawrence, which was picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, posted its highest finish since taking fourth in 2012. Grinnell won the title with 949.

Max Stahl was the top finisher for the Vikings as he took fourth in the 200 backstroke in 1:58.62. The 400 freestyle relay team of Stahl, Travis Charlow, Liam Wulfman and Christian Bell took fifth in 3:16.79.


Zheng, Wulfman pace Vikings on second day of MWC Championships

GRINNELL, Iowa — Lawrence University swimming stars Emmi Zheng and Liam Wulfman led the Vikings Saturday on the second day of the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell College.

Zheng posted a runner-up finish in the 100-yard breaststroke to pace all Lawrence finishers on the day. Zheng finished second in 1:07.49, less than a second behind top finisher Lauren Dalecky of Lake Forest College, who won in 1:06.53.

Danielle Millin and Paige Witter both captured third-place finishes. Millin was third in the 100 backstroke in 59.48 seconds, and Witter grabbed third in the 100 butterfly in 59.50 seconds. Elise Riggle swam to fourth in the 400 individual medley in 4:44.99.

Lawrence also got a pair of third-place finishes from its two relays. The 800 freestyle relay of Witter, Eryn Blagg, Bridget Duero and Emei Thompson took third in 8:00.47. The 200 medley relay team of Miller, Zheng, Witter and Blagg were third in 1:50.77.

Lawrence is in third place in the team standings with 379 points. Grinnell leads at 672.5.

Wulfman led the men by taking fourth in the 100 backstroke in 53.69 seconds and seventh in the 100 butterfly in 53.78 seconds.

Tom Goldberg grabbed fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 59.97 seconds, and Travis Charlow was eighth in the 200 freestyle in 1:49.69.

The 200 medley relay team of Wulfman, Goldberg, Charlow and Christian Bell took third in 1:38.57. The 800 freestyle relay team of Charlow, Wulfman, Max Stahl and Jordan Spalding was third in 7:23.38.

Lawrence moved up to third place in the team standings with 236.5 points, and Grinnell is first with 636.

The meet concludes on Sunday.


Foresters jump on Vikings early

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Lake Forest College scored three times in the first period Saturday and went on to a 6-1 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Lawrence University at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.

Bron Loiselle scored twice for Lake Forest, and Billy Cooper made 19 saves to pick up the win.

The Foresters (16-9-0, 12-8-0 NCHA) scored twice in a span of 1:03 early in the game to take control. Jimmy Cusan scored at the 4:48 mark, and Loiselle got his first goal of the game at 5:51 for a 2-0 edge.

Jack Lewis made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at the 16:22 mark of the first, and Vito Aluia made it 4-0 early in the second.

Lawrence (6-16-3, 5-12-3) got its lone score on Blake Roubos’ power-play goal at the 5:11 mark of the second. Loiselle got his second goal of the game on the power play at 16:39 to give Lake Forest a 5-1 lead after two periods.


The Foresters were 2-for-10 on the power play, and Lawrence finished 1-for-6.

Senior Mattias Soderqvist made 28 saves and took the loss in his final game for the Vikings.

The game ended on an ugly note as 18 penalties were whistled against the teams in the final nine minutes.

Box score

Nichols shatters Lawrence record in 200

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Lawrence University rookie Will Nichols shattered the school record in the 200 meters on Saturday at the UW-Oshkosh Titan Challenge at Kolf Sports Center.

Nichols, a freshman from Virginia, raced to third place in a time of 22.81 seconds, cruising past the 13-year-old school record of 23.06. The mark was set by Adrell Bullock back in 2004.

Led by Nichols, the Vikings finished seventh with 13 points.

Another freshman, Noah Shea, grabbed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 42 feet, 11.5 inches. Ben Schaefer ran to eighth place in the 5,000 in 16:40.23, and the 4×400 relay team was eighth in 3:34.45.

On the women’s side, Hannah Kinzer paced the Vikings by taking third place in the 3,000 in 11:03.69. The 4×400 relay team raced to sixth place in 4:25.79.

The women were 10th in the team standings with 12 points.