SMU Sports Teams Updates

Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer

SMU Saints Athletics is in full swing as 11 sports are officially in season

As the spring season approaches a new schedule is in place for fall, winter, and spring sports at Saint Martin’s University. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes who participate in fall and winter sports had their schedules adjusted in the current 2020-2021 year. 

Sports like soccer, golf, and track and field all saw changes to their normal fall schedule. Golf will now begin their season on the eighth of March as both the men and women head to Northwest Nazarene University for the Nighthawk Invitational. Men’s Golf is led by GNAC all-conference selections Max Turnquist and Tyler Fitchett. Turnquist earned a first-team nod last season after shooting a 73.1 stroke average throughout six events and 18 rounds. Fitchett, a second-team selection, shot an average of 73.6. Last season marked the ninth straight time Men’s Golf had two or more selections to the all-conference team. As for the women’s side, Kathryn Crimp looks to take her second-team all-conference selection into her sophomore season. Crimp averaged a 79.7 scoring average over five events and 11 total rounds shot. 

Moving to the pitch, Women’s and Men’s soccer look to get their seasons going as well. The men will host Northwest Nazarene on Mar. 4, while the women host Corban and Western Oregon on Feb. 26 and Mar. 5. Following the departure of their program’s first All-American, Brandon Madsen, the men will look to continue their success after a winning season last year. As for the women, Ali Campigotto and Lexi Caceres are coming off all-conference selections after Campigotto was named to the second-team as a goalie. Caceres was an honorable mention midfielder after recording over 1,400 minutes of action. 

Volleyball also begins their season at a time that they are not accustomed to. On Mar. 2 the team will play host to Seattle Pacific for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.. Following the new hiring of coach Dan Behnke, the team looks to a successful 2021. In her final season at SMU, Mackenzie Carter looks to add to her resume. Carter, a GNAC all-conference honorable mention in 2019, looks to finish her senior season the way she ended her junior one as she led the Saints in kills and points. Although she missed 20 sets due to injury, Carter logged 273 kills and 298.5 points as the team’s outside hitter.

Unfortunately for the track and field team, there is currently no set schedule as the season soon approaches, yet there are meets in the works and they are optimistic that they will get to compete.

Of course, Men’s and Women’s basketball are in full swing as the end of their season approaches. The men look to finish strong in their final two games against Central Washington on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. They are currently 1-8 overall as the season wraps up in one week. As for the women, their season end is also near with four games  remaining. They look to defeat Western Washington at home on Feb. 26 and then on the road the following day. After this, on Mar. 5 and Mar. 6 they look to complete their season against Central Washington. They currently sit at 5-4 overall and look to end the season with a winning record. 

To wrap things up on the diamond, coming off a GNAC player of the week nod, Kylee Vanderbout of Softball is off to a great start after a doubleheader sweep of Division III opponent Pacific University last week. Vanderbout had 5 runs batted in (RBI) and a two-run home run that helped propel the Saints to victory number two on Feb. 20. The Saints will play host on Feb.27 and Feb. 28 against another Division III opponent in Whitworth University.

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