Tori Foster, Sports Editor

The UMSL Tritons kicked off the fall semester with a bang.

The men’s golf team started the week off right with a win. The team won the Arch Cup on Tuesday, Sept. 3, held at the Gateway National Golf Links course. They had a strong first round and were determined to win despite the weather surpassing 100 degrees. The Tritons pulled together a team score of 579 (282-297) the second round and finished two-under the first 18 holes to own a nine-stroke lead in the final round.

Sophomore Juan Antonio Padilla shot a career-best 140 (68-72) and Joel Sylven, sophomore, finished in fifth place with a score of 142 (68-74).

During the men’s golf preseason, the Golf Coaches Association of American announced UMSL is ranked No. 11 in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Last season, the men’s golf team finished 10th place at the NCAA DII Championship.

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Preseason Coaches’ Poll also announced the women’s golf team is ranked No. 25. The women’s golf team have appeared in three NCAA DII Championships.

The 11-year head coach Troy Halterman has great plans for his teams in the 2019 season.

Later in the week on Thursday, Sept. 5, the UMSL women’s soccer team fell short 0-1 to the Golden Bears in Concordia-St. Paul for the 2019 season opener.

Freshman Casey Clark attempted to take two shots but unfortunately it did not make it in. Clark’s team tried to support her by taking a shot too.

Thursday night UMSL’s women’s volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a 3-0 win. The Tritons defeated Arkansas Tech University in Rolla, Missouri.

The women’s sets scores were 25-16, 25-14, 25-19.

The team’s star players for the night were: Selena Nolte, senior, she had 13 kills with no errors, hitting at a .500 clip; Charlotte Richards, sophomore, with nine kills and digs; Raquel Kessler, freshman, who finished with nine kills in her college debut; sophomore Megan Wall who collected 16 digs; and Kaileen Herman, junior, who dished out 29 assists and added five digs and three kills.

UMSL athletic teams are not just making history throughout preseason but also on their offseason.

This year the men’s and women’s swimming team participated in a national fundraiser called “Swim Across America.” The organization is a nonprofit that is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment. The event was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Lake Alpine at Innsbrook Resort in Wright City, Missouri.

The Tritons raised $6,194 for the Siteman Cancer Center, contributing to the more than $180,000 raised by the Swim Across America St. Louis chapter.

UMSL contributed 2.4 miles. The top swimmers were Sergio Santisteban (:49.22) and freshman Rebecca Bechtel (:57.27) and freshman Jon Osa (:24.59) and sophomore Seela Wang (:29.39) in the 1.2 miles group. In addition, senior Merel Visser and junior Abriana Herndon  were angel swimmers, which are provided to give support to swimmers less comfortable in open water.

UMSL do transform lives. Great things are ahead for us.