Tori Foster, Sports Editor
It has been an amazing week for the University of Missouri–St. Louis athletic teams.
The swim team has cracked the College Swimming and Diving Association of America/TYR Top 25 Division II Poll. UMSL is tied for No. 23 with West Chester University of Pennsylvania for 14 points.
The purpose of the poll aims is to measure the top teams in head-to-head competition. The rankings are voted on by CSCAA-members coaches.
The Tritons have competed in two meets where they placed fourth at the St. Louis Showcase and eighth at the Show-Me Showdown.
UMSL men’s swim team returns to the pool October 25, hosting William Jewell and Maryville.
Magnus Andersen, senior, international business, has been named the United Soccer Coaches NCAA DII Men’s National Player of the Week.
Andersen was also tabbed the GLVC Offensive Player of the Week. He scored four goals in two games for the Tritons, including the game-winner in a 1-0 upset victory over previously No. 2 ranked and unbeaten Maryville on Friday, Oct. 11. Andersen followed up that performance with three goals despite an overtime loss at Missouri S&T last Sunday.
The women’s basketball team was picked to finish ninth in the Great Valley Lakes Conference Preseason Poll last Wednesday. UMSL women’s totaled 119 points.
The GLVC regular season consist of 16-teams with a round robin format for eight pairs of travel partners with each team playing a second game against its travel partner and four other opponents for a total of 20 games. The top-eight teams with the most points derived from the GLVC Point Rating System at the end of the regular season will earn a berth to the GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament on March 5-8 at the Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, Illinois, on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Katie Vaughn, eighth-year head coach, plans on improving last year’s record (12-15, GLVC 6-12). The 2019-20 season will be led by Alex LaPorta, junior, business, a Second Team All-GLVC honoree, who led the league in rebounding with 10.1 boards per game, while also averaging 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. Redshirt senior Laura Szorenyi, grad student, (7.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Kiara Stewart, sophomore, business marketing, (5.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and McKenzie Lathrom, sophomore, physical education, (6.6 ppg, 36 3FGs) also return after getting some starting time last season.
UMSL will play an exhibition game at Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday, Nov. 5, before tipping off its 46th season at home on Friday, November 8, against Grand Valley State.
The men’s basketball has been picked to finish seventh in the GLVC Preseason Poll. UMSL men’s team totaled 141 points.
Seventh-year head coach Bob Sundvold’s men’s team is coming off a 20-9 record, its best finish since the 1990-91 season, which included an 11-7 GLVC record. Three starters return from that team, including Jason Towery, redshirt senior, communication and liberal arts, who averaged 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.3 percent from the field, which ranked 10th in the GLVC. Steve Webb, redshirt sophomore, business, also returns after being named to the GLVC All-Defensive and All-Freshman Teams a year ago in which he averaged 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Shane Wissink, junior, business, led the team with 98 assists, an average of 3.4 per game, which ranked 11th in the league, and 41 steals, which was sixth in the GLVC.
The men’s team will be the 2019-20 season on Wednesday, Octo. 30, with an exhibition game at NCAA DI Eastern Illinois. The season then officially tips off No. 9-10 at Tiffin for the GLVC-GMAC Crossover, where the Tritons will face the host school and Walsh. UMSL hosts William Woods on Nov. 16 in its home opener, which also begins a five-game homestand.
The men’s golf team finished eighth place at the National Preview held last Monday and Tuesday. The Tournament is being held at the Country Club of St. Albans, site of the 2020 NCAA DII Championship in May.
The Tritons turned in an 889 (292-294-303). They were led by Joel Sylven, sophomore, sports management, who carded a 216, shooting rounds of 75, 75 and 67 to finish in a tie for 10th place. Sylven entered the day in a tie for 40th place, but moved up 30 spots with his final 18 round of five-under par.
T10. Joel Sylven, sophomore, sports management, (75-74-69 – 216)
T24. Chris Ferris, senior, history, (76-67-77 – 220)
T54. Juan Antonio Padilla, sophomore, business, (73-79-77 – 229)
T59. Reilly Ahearn, junior, accounting, (74-74-82 – 230)
T63. Michael Brothers, redshirt sophomore, supply chain and international business, (70-79-83 – 232)
Emma Thorngren, senior, mathematics, tied for sixth place at the DII National Preview, held last Monday and Tuesday.
Thorngren posted rounds of 74, 77 and 77 to finish with a 227, 10 strokes behind the medalist.
As a team, UMSL turned in a tie for seventh place showing in the 14-team field with a 953 (317-316-320).
T6. Emma Thorngren (74-77-76 – 227)
T36. Alesia Gonzales, sophomore, international business (83-80-80 – 243)
T40. Koranis Boonmadee, freshman, business management (82-79-84 – 245)
T49. Amber Wilson, sophomore, sports management (87-80-84 – 247)
T58. Tove Rosengren, freshman, finance (78-87-85 – 250)
Fall is a great season for UMSL athletes and sports.