A pair of University student-athletes will attend a highly selective NCAA forum next month in Indianapolis. Jennifer Larrick, who will be a redshirt junior on the soccer team, and Katherine Windsor, a senior on the rowing team, will represent the University at the NCAA’s Career in Sports Forum. Larrick and Windsor were among 200 student-athletes selected from a pool of more than 1,100 applicants. This is the first time Gophers athletes have been selected to the forum, according to the University.
The University of Minnesota’s new Siebert Field, which opened last year, lit up the sky for the first time in the stadium’s history Friday night as the Gophers baseball team took on Penn State. The Foundation for Minnesota Baseball, headed by Chairman Dr. Dan Courneya, raised $500,000 for the stadium’s new lights. Courneya and several others were honored before Friday’s game.
A proposal to allow unlimited meals and snacks for student-athletes appears to have widespread support, including the backing of three former Gophers football players. The NCAA Division I Legislative Council last Tuesday approved the measure, which aims to help Division I student-athletes meet their nutritional needs. The association’s leadership could make the measure official this week. Current NCAA rules allow schools to provide three meals per day, nutritional supplements and snacks to student-athletes.
TCF Bank Stadium looked like a construction site Tuesday as workers donning hard hats ripped up chunks of turf. This process began Monday and marked the first step in a multimillion-dollar upgrade to prepare the stadium for hosting Minnesota Vikings games this fall.
Nebraska continued its Big Ten dominance over the Gophers this weekend, sweeping Minnesota with a 3-2 win in 10 innings Sunday at Siebert Field. Cornhuskers shortstop Steven Reveles hit a single that scored a run with two outs in the 10th inning, and Nebraska reliever Josh Roeder held the Gophers scoreless in the bottom of the inning to pick up the save.
The Gophers women’s soccer team spent its spring break overseas, immersing itself in one of the world’s most soccer-crazed cities. Minnesota’s entire team traveled to Barcelona, Spain, during the break, where it played three games, toured the city and even caught an FC Barcelona game. “It was amazing — definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” captain Katie Thyken said. Minnesota head coach Stefanie Golan said she spoke with a few donors about the trip at the beginning of last year.
Minnesota junior captain Carmen Laguna rebounded from a lackluster performance two weeks ago with a fourth-place finish at the Mountain View Collegiate Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Her fourth-place finish paced the Gophers women’s golf team to a fifth-place finish. Minnesota finished with an aggregate team score of 23-over par over the course of the 54-hole tournament. It finished just 13 strokes behind first-place Nebraska. Laguna led the team with an even-par 216 about two weeks after shooting a 20-over par 236 at the BYU Entrada Classic.
The University of Minnesota’s premier hockey facility turned into a basketball arena for two days last week. Mariucci Arena hosted 10 Minnesota State High School League girls’ basketball state tournament games after a hockey tournament and potential Gophers basketball games forced the MSHSL to consider different venues. “We played as much as we could at Williams Arena,” said Kevin Merkle, an associate director for the MSHSL, “but in order to make it work, we had to also use Mariucci.”
A Hennepin County judge last week awarded almost $360,000 to a former University of Minnesota associate women’s head golf coach who claimed the school’s former golf director curtailed her responsibilities after learning of her sexual orientation. Hennepin County District Judge Thomas Sipkins ruled that former University Director of Golf John Harris’ discrimination against Katie Brenny created an intolerable work environment that led to Brenny’s resignation in October 2010.
While the cold weather may not indicate it, spring has arrived — for the Gophers football team, at least. Minnesota held its first of 15 spring practices Tuesday at the Gibson-Nagurski Football Complex. Those practices will culminate with the annual spring game, which is slated for April 12 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers started their spring season after a successful 2013 season, which ended just 68 days ago.
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