Winter Sports Wrap-Up

Mar 23, 2018 12:50 PM

Bobcat men and women fought hard this winter in the pool, on the basketball court and across the many indoor track & field events. Remarkably, all six teams advanced to their respective championships and tournaments, where some managed the highest-ever finishes in Frostburg history!

Women’s Swimming

Highlight: Women take third at CAC Championships.

Recap: The Frostburg women’s swimming team capped off a 12-win season by posting its highest-ever finish at the CAC Championships, taking third place with 401 points. The Bobcats opened the season with four straight wins and closed the season prior to the championships with four consecutive wins. Senior Macey Nitchie captured the CAC’s Female Swimmer of the Year honor for the second straight season and earned three First Team All-CAC awards. Nitchie finished the championships a perfect 3-for-3 in individual wins along with two school records and two NCAA “B” cut times. Junior Maddie Weinberger earned her first-ever CAC Championship with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.98), followed by another victory in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:24.85) earning her two First Team All-CAC awards. Both of her times broke her previous school records.

Next Season: Nitchie graduates in May, but Weinberger and a host of talented swimmers return to the roster for head coach Justin Anderson.

Men’s Swimming

Highlight: Bobcats finish fifth at CAC Championships.

Recap: The Frostburg men’s swimming team posted 10 wins on the season and finished off its ’17-’18 campaign with fifth place at the CAC Championships and its highest-ever point total (331 pts.). The Bobcats opened the season at 4-0 and won three of four meets to finish off the regular season. Senior Christian March was awarded the CAC’s Male Swimmer of the Year honor for the second consecutive season. He finished the four-day CACs with four individual school-records, two NCAA “B” cut qualifying marks, one First Team All-CAC honor and two Second Team All-CAC awards. First-year Luke Holloway garnered First Team All-CAC honors as he swam his way to victory and a new school record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.94. Holloway was awarded Second Team All-CAC honors in the 200-yard freestyle with a second-place finish at 1:43.72.

Next Season: While March graduates and leaves a void in the roster, young, talented swimmers like Holloway and first-year Anthony Giuseppetti will carry the Bobcat men in the future.

Women’s Basketball

Record: 12-14 Overall, 8-10 CAC

Highlight: Frostburg advances to CAC Tournament.

Recap: The Frostburg women’s basketball team advanced to the CAC Tournament for the second straight season this winter and again posted 12 wins. The Bobcats, who won the Jim Crawley Tournament to open the season, captured eight league wins and earned the sixth seed in the CAC Tournament. The Bobcats capped their season ranked third in the CAC with 162 three-pointers and fifth in scoring by averaging 63.0 points per contest. Sophomore Victoria Diggs was named the CAC and ECAC South Rookie of the Year last season and followed it up with First Team All-CAC honors this season. Diggs led the CAC in points per game (15.6) and finished second in total points (375).

Next Season: Carrie Saunders’ club loses just one senior and returns four of its top-five scorers and top-five rebounders for 2018-19.

Men’s Basketball

Record: 11-15 Overall, 9-9 CAC

Highlight: Frostburg advances to CAC Tournament.

Recap: The Frostburg men’s basketball team advanced to the CAC Tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season and was awarded the fifth seed after posting nine league wins. FSU capped the year as the league’s second-highest scoring team at 76.8 points per contest. The Bobcats led the CAC in rebounding (40.6), offensive rebounds (13.9) and blocks (5.0) and finished second in the conference in field goals (755) and assists (16.0). Senior Tyler Michael and junior Edwin Cole were named to the All-CAC Second Team. Michael was fifth in the league in points (461) and finished third in scoring (17.7). He surpassed 1,000 career points early in the season and ends his career ranked seventh all-time with 1,410 points. Cole finished 10th in the nation in blocks (2.62), fourth in the Division III in offensive rebounds per game (4.27), 10th in total blocks (68) and 22nd in total rebounds (274).

Next Season: Despite the loss of Michael, Frostburg returns Cole, along with sophomores Lawrence Pettis and Daniel Alexander to next year’s roster.

Women’s Track & Field

Highlight: Bobcat women take fifth at ECAC Championships.

Recap: The Frostburg women took home fifth place of 29 teams at the ECAC Championships behind three wins, despite having just seven competitors. Senior Kayla Truesdel took home two individual titles by successfully defending her 60-meter dash title with a season-best 7.78 showing. She raced to her second ECAC Championship in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best and school-record time of 25.20. Truesdel also joined sophomore Keileen Estrada, senior Destiny Logan and first-year Maddison Watson for an ECAC crown in the 4x400-meter relay in a school-record 3:56.43. Two weeks earlier, Truesdel was named the CAC Indoor Female Athlete of the Year after winning both 60 and 200 titles and helping the 4x400 to another victory. Truesdel also competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the third straight year as she earned a spot in the 200. The 4x400 foursome garnered First Team All-CAC honors after taking the league title in 4:04.79. Individually, Logan was awarded Second Team All-CAC honors after finishing runner-up in the 400 at the CAC Championships.

Next Season: All four runners head into the outdoor season with plenty of momentum, while Truesdel will be fighting for her second straight CAC Outdoor Female Athlete of the Year honor.

Men’s Track & Field

Highlight: Men capture seventh at CAC Championships.

Recap: The Frostburg men’s track & field team captured seventh place at the CAC Championships to wrap up its ’17-’18 indoor season. The Bobcats finished the CACs with three ECAC-qualifying times, a pair of top-five finishes and 11 top-15 efforts. Two weeks later, coach Dale Luy sent seven of his athletes to the ECAC Championships. Sophomore John Kerns led the Bobcats at the ECACs as he matched his school record and was crowned ECAC champion in the weight throw with a toss of 16.85 meters (55 ft. 3.50 in.). Junior Robert Romano took third place for the Bobcats in the mile run with a season-best 4:22.83, while junior Shamar Nelson appeared in the 60-meter dash finals on the men's side, and placed seventh, clocking in at 7.43. Kerns successful season landed him on the USTFCCCA All-Mideast Region team as he is ranked third in the region in the weight throw.

Next Season: The trio of Kerns, Romano and Nelson will help carry the Bobcats during the 2018 outdoor campaign.

– By Noah Becker M'06