June 19, 2024

UMW Swimmer Brings Home Two National Championships

On the heels of claiming a new NCAA record and two national championships, University of Mary Washington junior Alex Anderson claimed another prize on Saturday, March 22: Swimmer of the Meet at the NCAA Division III National Championships. Alex_pool Anderson finished second in the nation in the 200 yard IM on Wednesday, and on Thursday, he broke his own national record in the 400 IM at 3:49.25, more than a second faster than his previous mark. On Friday, he claimed the national title in the 200 yard butterfly. The reigning UMW Male Athlete of the Year, Anderson is the first multiple national champion individual in any sport in the university’s history, as he now has three national championships on his mantel. Senior Jessica Singer gained All-America Honors and set a Capital Athletic Conference record in the 1650 yard free. “I am so proud of all my swimmers for the way they competed here in Indianapolis this week,” said Coach Abby Brethauer. “They made me proud to be called their coach.”

Deena Applebury Named Top DIII Coach in Atlantic Region

Deena Applebury, coach of the women’s basketball team, is the Atlantic Region women’s basketball coach of the year. Applebury led the Eagles to a 30–1 record and a trip to the NCAA Division III tournament’s Elite Eight.

UMW Eagles to Host NCAA Sectionals This Weekend

The undefeated UMW women’s basketball team will host the sectional rounds of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in Fredericksburg on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10. On Friday, George Fox University will take on Bowdoin College at 5 p.m., with Mary Washington facing Lebanon Valley College at 7 p.m. On Saturday, March 10, the two winners will meet with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

The seventh-ranked UMW team beat Messiah College in the second round of the tournament on Saturday, March 3.

Tickets for each day will cost $7 for adults and $4 for students. Senior citizens and all UMW faculty, staff and students with a valid I.D. will be admitted free of charge.

UMW Women’s Basketball to Host NCAA Tournament 1st & 2nd Rounds This Weekend

The University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division III tournament this weekend at the William M. Anderson Center. On Friday, March 2, the Eagles will host Keuka (N.Y.) College at 7 p.m., with Messiah College taking on Kean University at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, the winners of Friday’s games will meet at 7 p.m. with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.

Tickets will cost $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and all UMW faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with a valid I.D.

The Lady Eagles (27-0) are ranked seventh in the nation after a win over York College to claim the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship.

Seniors Jenna McRae and Katie Wimmer were named to the First Team All-CAC team, and Coach Deena Applebury is CAC Coach of the Year.


At a recent basketball game, a six-year-old Eagle fan showed her support of the teams by picking up trash and recyclables from the stands:

UMW’s Lady Eagles Capture CAC Championship

Senior guard Katie Wimmer scored 15 points, and classmate Jenna McRae added 14 to pace the seventh-ranked University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team to a 50-46 win over visiting York College to claim the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon at the William M. Anderson Center. The Eagles improve to 27-0 on the year, tying the school record for consecutive wins with 27, and gain an automatic bid to next weekend’s NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles, in much the same way they played Thursday night in the CAC semifinals, played from behind throughout much of the first half, trailing by as many as six on two occasions. But a late 4-0 spurt gave UMW the lead at 24-23 at halftime, punctuated by a McRae three pointer.

In the second half, the lead changed hands five times before UMW took the lead at 34-33 with 9:50 remaining on a three-point basket by Sarah Jones. The Eagles then used a jumper by McRae and a layup from Aby Diop to build the lead to five, at 38-33, with 7:43 to play. York responded with a pair of buckets to cut the deficit back to one at 40-39 with 4:20 to play.

Baskets by McRae and Wimmer built the lead back to five at 44-39 with 3:18 to go. The Spartans were able to cut the deficit to one at 47-46 with 26 seconds left, but McRae hit a free throw, and Aby Diop carmoed the second shot miss off a York player to keep possession for UMW. Wimmer sank a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to clinch the title for UMW, their fourth in the past six years.

Wimmer made four field goals and went 7-8 from the line en route to 15 points, and added five assists, three rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. McRae went 6-13 from the field, and added eight rebounds for the Eagles. Sophomore point guard Sam Partonen led UMW with 10 rebounds.

The Eagles shot 36.5% from the floor, making 2-12 three pointers, but went 10-14 from the free throw line. York shot 34%, with 3-14 three pointers, with a 9-11 effort from the stripe. UMW led in rebounds, 40-28, and forced 13 Spartan turnovers.

UMW will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the past eight years. The Eagles will take on Keuka College on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Anderson Center.