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LGBT college roundup: Illinois gymnast, Miami diver finish careers, out coach leads UCLA

Fred Hartville finished an illustrious career at the Univ. of Illinois as Tanner Wilfong retires from diving. Plus, Randy Lane leads UCLA to a top-five finish and Jenny Allard has Harvard softball on a roll.

Fred Hartville completes his strong career for Illinois.
Fred Hartville completes his strong career for Illinois.
Illinois Athletics Communications Department

University of Illinois senior gymnast Fred Hartville experienced a moment at the NCAA National Championships where he paused. After finishing his vault, Hartville looked around the Columbus, Ohio, arena and took it in as he realized his career was complete.

The 2013 NCAA vault champion and two-time Big Ten vault champion was not competing for individual honors this time. Injuries, particularly a torn Achilles tendon that kept him out the start of the 2016 season, meant his role was to help Illinois' team score.

Hartville scored 14.750, which was the second best score on the Illini team. And with that, his career ended April 16.

"It was my moment of, ‘That's it,' " said Hartville, who came out publicly as gay in 2015. "You've done it, you've lived it, it's over, be happy about it because that's all you get."

Hartville's score helped Illinois finish fourth in the team standings. It matched Illinois' fourth-place finish Hartville's sophomore year for the best team finish during his Illini career.

He competed at this year's national championships despite having strep throat. Even with that, Hartville posted his best vault score of the season during the April 15 preliminary competition, with a 14.950, to help Illinois reach the Team Finals.

Even though he didn't score as well the next day, Hartville takes pride that he landed his career's final vault.

"The vault on Saturday was a little rougher than on Friday, but one of the biggest things I've dealt with over my past four years is fighting for landings," Hartville said. "For me to stay on my feet, even though historically I would have fallen with the vault I did Saturday, to me meant a lot."

At the NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, UCLA assistant coach Randy Lane (right, in photo below) helped the Bruins to a fifth-place finish as a team. It was their best finish since 2013.

The women on the team jumped and celebrated like they won when their fifth-place finish was announced. UCLA entered the national championships ranked No. 8.

"Our team was kind of this anomaly in the sense that we were just there having a good time. No matter where we finished, it was a great accomplishment," said Lane, who primarily coached vault this season. "Seeing their jubilation at the end was really genuine, and it leaves a real warm spot in your heart."

Lane, who has been coaching college gymnastics since 1992, said he has been out to employers and athletes since he started coaching. He did his first interview about being gay in 2013 with the GymCastic Podcast.

"I've been very comfortable with who I am and in my skin for a long time," Lane said. "It's just a part of me."

Names in bold are people that have announced publicly they identify as LGBT.

Division I

Konrad Eiring (freshman, Illinois men's track and field) helped the 4x400-meter relay (3 minutes, 14.3 seconds) to a third-place finish at Long Beach State on April 16. He ran the 800 meters April 15 in 1:51.88 at the Bryan Clay Invite. During Saturday's home meet, Eiring finished second in the 800 (1:50.95)

Lauren Miranda (senior, Duke women's rowing) helped the No. 2 Varsity 8 boat win two races against Saturday at the Dale England Cup Regatta near Bloomington, Indiana. Her boat had times of 6:47.3 against Indiana and 6:45.5 against Notre Dame.

Cavender Salvadori (redshirt sophomore, William & Mary men's track and field) took eighth in the 1,500 meters (3:58.73) and 12th in the 800 (1:59.88) at the New Captain Classic on April 17. At the Virginia Challenge on Friday, he took 27th with a personal-record time the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:19.37).

Jazmine Sosa (senior, UCLA softball) and Kirk Walker (assistant coach, UCLA softball) helped the No. 14-ranked Bruins (29-13-1 overall, 10-5-1 Pac 12) go 5-2 the last two weeks

Tanner Wilfong (redshirt junior, Miami men's diving) announced on Facebook on April 11 that a persistent back injury has forced him to end his diving career. Wilfong had qualified to compete at this U.S. Olympic Trials in June, but he will not compete in the trials now or use his final year of eligibility at Miami. Wilfong finished second in platform diving at the ACC Championships in 2014 and 2016.

Tanner Williams (senior, Oklahoma men's track and field) took second place Friday in pole vault (17 feet, 0 inches) during his final home meet, the John Jacobs Invitational.

Jenny Allard (head coach, Harvard softball) has her team playing well. The Crimson (25-14 overall, 13-3 Ivy League) are on a six-game win streak and have lost once in their last 15 games.

Simon Thibodeau (head coach, Santa Barbara women's tennis) guided his team to wins in its final two regular season matches April 16 and 17, which locked up a second-place regular season finish in the Big West Conference. The Gauchos (15-7 overall, 7-1 Big West) start the Big West tournament April 28.

Division II

Alanna Carvalho (sophomore, Erskine women's lacrosse) scored her team's goal in a 21-1 loss to Limestone on April 19 as the Flying Fleet went 0-3 the last two weeks to finish the season 0-10. Carvalho scored 19 goals and had three assists in those 10 games.

Ian Davies (freshman, Shippensburg men's track) ran to a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters (4:02.52) and took 16th in the 800 meters (2:06.68) in a home meet April 20. At Bucknell's Bison Open on April 16 and 17, Davies finished 53rd in the 1,500 (4:06.20), 117th in the 800 (2:00.46), and helped take ninth in the 4x800 relay (8:10.59).

Division III

Greg Arther (sophomore, Wisconsin-Platteville men's track and field) decided to not compete the entire outdoor track and field season because of academic opportunities that arose, which included a geography conference in San Francisco.

Ryan Beene (junior, Texas Lutheran men's tennis) wrapped up his season Saturday with his team's 5-3 loss to Austin College in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Beene won his doubles match but lost in singles against Austin. Texas Lutheran ends the year 9-12 overall.

Michael Drougas (sophomore, Oberlin men's tennis) won his No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles matches Saturday against Allegheny to end the regular season. The Yeomen (14-7 overall) enter the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, which starts April 29, as the No. 4 seed.

Max Korten (senior, Moravian men's track & field) missed the last two meets with a bone bruise on his knee. Korten expects to return before the end of the season.

Mark Kroll (senior, Coe men's tennis) played singles for the first time this year, and he earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles April 13 against C.J. Cliff of Central College. Kroll went 2-1 in doubles the last two weeks, and is 7-4 this season in doubles.

Ben Larison (senior, Coe baseball) played in nine of 10 games as the Kohawks went 4-6 the last two weeks. In Larison's best game, he went 2-for-3 with three runs, a stolen base and an RBI against Buena Vista on April 12.

Michael Martin (freshman, Wilson men's soccer) played in a pair of spring games Saturday, beating Frederick Community College 3-1 and losing to Hood College 4-1.

Chandler Whitney (junior, Mitchell baseball) started in left field all 11 games the last two weeks as the team went 5-6. Saturday's loss against Lesley was one of Whitney's best game, as he had a double, a triple, and scored twice.

T.J. Greggs (head coach, Agnes Scott women's tennis) went 2-0 with his team to conclude the regular season. The Scotties (9-8 overall) open the Great South Conference tournament April 29.

NAIA

Andres Bustani (senior, Lewis-Clark men's tennis) contributed to his team winning the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament April 21 to earn a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. Bustani lost in singles and doubles during his team's 5-2 championship win against Westmont. In the April 20 semifinal, Bustani won in doubles and did not finish his singles match. The NAIA tournament pairings are scheduled to be announced May 9.

Jack Strickland (junior, Friends men's track and field) took 20th in the 110-meter hurdles (15.63 seconds) and 19th in the 400-meter hurdles (59.01 seconds) on April 16 during the K.T. Woodman Classic at Wichita State.

Nick Clark (head coach, Clarke men's volleyball) earned an at-large berth to the eight-team national tournament. No. 8-seeded Clarke lost to No. 5 seed St. Ambrose 25-21, 25-19, 25-17 on April 20 in the tournament's opening game. Clarke finished the season 20-11 overall.

Lauren Lappin (assistant coach, Roosevelt softball) saw her team go 3-7 the last two weeks. The Lakers are 10-29 overall.

Erik Hall can be reached via email at hallerik7@gmail.com or on Twitter @HallErik or on Facebook. If you are an out LGBT athlete or coach and want your accomplishments recognized, email Erik.

Photo of Randy Lane is with athlete Mikaela Gerber. Photo by Blaine Ohigashi, UCLA Photography.