I just got back from Indianapolis where the IATCCC (Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches) held their annual track conference. For several years I have been in charge of introductions for the speakers at this conference. Over 750 Indiana coaches attended this year.One of the speakers on Saturday was Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Koeppen. Chuck still holds the state record for boys and girls combined state titles. For over 2 decades the Carmel Greyhounds ruled the state cross country meet. Chuck is now retired but he still draws a sizable audience any time he speaks.In my 50+ years of coaching track it is amazing how the sport has gone from just lining up runners and seeing who is the fastest to testing for fast or slow muscle twitch, emphasis on nutrition, plus all the areas of technology that coaches use to get the absolute maximum out of their athletes. I listened to a pole vault expert talk about how to hold the pole while you are running so you don’t lose speed coming down the runway! That is how technical it has become.
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In any sport, the last event held at home of the season can always spark some emotions. For the Wisconsin swim and dive team, Friday night marks the last races in the UW Natatorium for four women and three men as UW takes on Northwestern. But rather than focusing on their last home meet as Badgers, the men’s and women’s team will continue to keep focus on the remainder of the season.Early success, continued awardsThe swim and dive team found early success in the season by earning the win in their first dual meet against UW-Milwaukee. The women’s swim team was able to win all 13 events, finishing the night off with a 166-66 lead over Milwaukee. The men’s side was able to cap the night off with a 146-84 win.The dominating results over Milwaukee led Wisconsin to be awarded two titles. Sophomore Daniel Lester was awarded the Big Ten swimmer of the week award alongside fellow sophomore Michael Ross, who was named the Big Ten diver of the week for his first place finishes in the 1-meter and 3-meter competition.But they didn’t win the award just once. Lester and Ross were awarded the same titles the following week. With a pair of athletes earning consecutive Big Ten swimmer of the week and Big Ten diver of the week titles, Lester and Ross tied a previous record set in 2002-2003 by swimmers at Michigan State.But Ross is diving too well to stop there. He picked up one more Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award, bringing his season total to three and career total to four. The four honors match the UW record.Sophomore Ashley Wanland and standout freshman Rebecka Palm can also call themselves Big Ten Swimmer of the Week within just five weeks of the season.“I was surprised,” Palm said of the award after flawless meet against Minnesota. “I didn’t really know what that was, and didn’t know that I was chosen as swimmer of the week until other swimmers told me. I wasn’t aware of it at all … It’s always exciting.”Emphasis on time, not placeAlthough the men’s team is finding individual success, the team isn’t earning the ‘W’ at all their dual meets. Lester notes, however, that it is more important to see individual swimmers improving their time.“Everyone’s striving to get up to the top. The place things aren’t so important; it’s more about the times we’re looking at,” Lester said. “We’re swimming very tired. Some teams rest for some events, some don’t, and same with us. It’s more about times at this point in the season, and everyone’s looking really good.”Northwestern competitionLast year against Northwestern, Wisconsin had split results. The men’s swim and dive team outscored their opponent 153-144, while the women’s 143 points wasn’t enough to overcome the 157 points Northwestern earned.In order for this weekend to result in a double-win for Wisconsin, the same attention to detail and sharp races must be prevalent, as it has been the past five weeks.“We’re going to have to definitely be on our ‘A’ game, be as sharp as we have been all season,” Meyer said. “Northwestern has a great program and they’re definitely going to be tough, but I think if our girls all swim to the potential that they can swim right now, I think that we definitely have a great chance of taking away the win.”
The USC golf teams both begin tournaments today, with the women taking on top competition at the Windy City Collegiate Classic and the men teeing off in the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational.Above par · Sophomore Rico Hoey is off to a strong start in the 2014 season, with a top-three finish in only his second event of the year. The Rancho Cucamonga, California, native now has 10 career top-10 finishes. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe No. 1 Women of Troy, last year’s NCAA runner-up, finished in sixth place at the season-opening ANNIKA Intercollegiate without several key players. Junior Annie Park, a two-time All-American, will return to the team this week, while junior Kyung Kim is still out of the lineup.Senior Doris Chen and sophomore Karen Chung led the way for USC in Kim and Park’s absence, tying for 11th individually at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate with scores of 1-under. Chen, Chung, Park and sophomores Elizabeth Doty and Gabriella Then will make up the lineup for the Women of Troy in this week’s tournament. Doty, a transfer from Wake Forest, shot a combined 3-over in her first event with USC, good for a 25th-place tie.Joining the Women of Troy at the Westmoreland C.C. in Wilmette, Illinois, will be No. 9 Arizona, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 18 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Ohio State. Last season, USC overcame a dramatic scorecard error from Park to outlast Oklahoma and win the Windy City Classic. This year’s event will run through Tuesday and can be followed on golfstat.com.The No. 23 men’s team has already found success this season, recording top-two finishes in both of its first two tournaments. Sophomore standout Rico Hoey built upon an outstanding rookie campaign in last week’s Itani Quality Homes Collegiate hosted by Washington State. Hoey tied for third place individually while the Trojans fell to Oregon in a two-team playoff.At this week’s Nike Collegiate Invitational, USC will face host TCU, along with a collection of top teams that includes No. 2 Stanford and No. 8 Washington. The Cardinal made it all the way to the NCAA semifinals last season, while the Trojans finished in 30th.Along with Hoey, head coach Chris Zambri’s lineup features senior Eric Sugimoto, junior Bobby Gojuangco, and freshmen Jonah Texeira and Sean Crocker. Texeira was excellent at last week’s event, tying with Gojuangco for 10th-place at 1-under in only his second collegiate event. The score was also a career-best for Gojuangco, a transfer from San Diego State who joined Zambri’s squad last season.The Trojans will play two full rounds today with another to come on Tuesday. Play at the Colonial C.C. in Fort Worth, Texas, can also be followed on golfstat.com.