Notes: Bard, Gallaudet adds sports
Sports sponsorship: Bard will sponsor men’s and women’s varsity lacrosse programs beginning in 2010, giving the Skyline Conference its seventh program in each sport. The Bard teams will play in 2009 at the club level. “The college has had lacrosse on its radar for several years,” said Kristen Hall, Bard director of athletics. “Our administration supports complementing our sports sponsorship with one of the fastest growing intercollegiate programs in the country. Moving directly into Skyline competition will provide fine opportunities for our student-athletes.” With seven teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse, the Skyline Conference will be eligible for automatic qualification into Division III championships in those sports … Gallaudet plans to reinstate men’s and women’s cross country this fall, according to an announcement on the Capital Athletic Conference Web site. The school last competed in the league’s cross country championships in 2003.
Milestones: Jeff Jenkins earned his 500th coaching victory in baseball when Rose-Hulman defeated Bluffton last Saturday. All but 45 of those wins have been recorded during Jenkins’ 19 years as the Engineers’ coach. The coach also serves as the school’s athletics director … Bonny Brown-Denico collected her 300th career win in softball when Southern Maine beat New England in the second game of a doubleheader April 3. She is the school’s most victorious coach in the sport in the midst of her 13th season … Kean baseball coach Neil Ioviero recorded his 300th victory April 3 when the defending Division III champion Cougars downed William Paterson in a New Jersey Athletic Conference game. He is in his 11th season at the school.
Miscellaneous: Rhodes pitcher Sara Bowen set a Division III single-game softball record for strikeouts last Saturday in a 13-inning loss to Austin. She struck out 23 batters to eclipse a year-old record held by Jennifer Martinez of St. Joseph’s (Long Island) of 21 strikeouts in a game of any length. Meanwhile, Martinez, now a senior, still holds the Division III record for strikeouts in a seven-inning game. She fanned 21 in a 2006 regulation game against Mount St. Mary (New York), then matched the mark in an extra-innings game last year (nine innings). Martinez has struck out 17 or more batters in six games this season, including two 20-strikeout performances … Karen Corey, women’s volleyball coach at Bowdoin, will serve as assistant coach for the All-Navy women’s volleyball team. The Naval Academy graduate played on the All-Navy team in 1998 and 1999. Corey has been head coach at Bowdoin since 2006. “It will be amazing to coach and prepare the (All-Navy) team for two national-championship competitions,” she said … Vaughn Forsythe, a swimmer at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is competing this week for his home country of Barbados at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Manchester, England. He has been a member of the Barbados teams competing in the Caribbean and South American region over the past seven years and is entered in three events in England -- the 100-meter individual medley and 200- and 400-meter freestyle. “Manchester to me is big steps because it will be my first big international swim meet and I will be racing against the best in the world, which is a dream that I have had since the age of about 13.”
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