The Texas men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each captured Big 12 Conference Championship team titles with the help of LGBTQ athletes.
Men’s diver Jacob Cornish, who is gay, and Kennedy Lohman, a lesbian, played key roles in helping their teams take first place.
Both championships were in Austin, Tex., from Feb. 27 to March 2.
Cornish helped the Longhorns by placing second on both 1-meter springboard (365.1 points) and platform (399.55).
Lohman competed in four events. She won the 100-yard breaststroke (59.991 seconds), and she was on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. Lohman also finished 28th in the 50 freestyle.
The 100 breaststroke win gave Lohman a second consecutive Big 12 title in that event.
The Texas women scored 1,073.5 points, and Kansas finished second with 754.5 points. The women’s team title is the Longhorns’ seventh consecutive Big 12 title.
The Texas men scored 1,028 points, and West Virginia came in second with 849.5 points. The Longhorn men have won 40 consecutive conference titles with the last 23 being in the Big 12.
Lohman received more good news recently. She learned March 6 that she qualified in the 100 breaststroke for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which are March 20-23 in Austin.
Cornish is competing in the NCAA Zone Diving Meet on March 11-13 in Austin. He’s trying to qualify for the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which are March 27-30 in Austin.
Jacob Cornish is a junior diver at Texas, and he can be found on Instagram @Jake.Cornish. Kennedy Lohman is a junior swimmer at Texas, and she can be found on Instagram @KLo_74.
Names in bold are people that have announced publicly they identify as LGBTQ. Results are for competitions that took place Feb. 25-March 10.
Joey Bonanno (senior, Ohio State men’s gymnastics) tied for third on floor (14.400) and tied for eighth on vault (14.350) during Friday’s three-team meet, which No. 5 Minnesota won and No. 7 Ohio State took second ahead of No. 8 Nebraska. On March 2, Bonanno took fourth on floor (14.300) and 12th on vault (13.300) as Ohio State beat No. 6 Penn State 413.15-409.
Abrahm DeVine (senior, Stanford men’s swimming) and Patrick Jeffrey (Stanford diving coach) helped the Cardinal capture second place at the Pac-12 Conference Championships, which concluded Saturday in Federal Way, Wash. DeVine competed in seven events led by third place in the 200-yard individual medley (1:42.77), ninth in the 400 IM (3:43.42), and 10th in the 100 freestyle (43.02 seconds).
Jeffrey saw a men’s diver finish top two in all three diving disciplines, and Stanford freshman Conor Casey won the 3-meter springboard. A Stanford women’s diver finished top three in all three competitions led by Mia Paulsen’s platform title, which helped the Stanford women capture the Pac-12 Conference Championships team title.
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Taylor Emery (senior, Virginia Tech women’s basketball) scored 35 points, the fourth-highest point total in ACC women’s basketball tournament history, during the Hokies’ 80-79 overtime loss to Clemson in the tournament’s second round on March 7. “[I am] a senior, and we needed this game,” Emery told The Roanoke Times. “I told them that I’m going to carry us, so get me the ball and I’ll make it happen.” Virginia Tech (20-11 overall, 6-10 ACC) went 3-1 the last two weeks. Virginia Tech wasn’t selected for the NCAA tournament but hosts the Furman Paladins in the NIT Thursday, March 21.
On March 5, Emery received All-ACC First Team honors, the first time a Virginia Tech women’s basketball player has received the honor.
Eric Holley (senior, Oklahoma men’s gymnastics) took ninth on vault (14.100) to help No. 1-ranked Oklahoma beat No. 5 Illinois 425.7-415.7 on Saturday in Norman, Okla. Holley was recognized after the meet as part of Senior Day festivities.
Bree Horrocks (redshirt senior, Vanderbilt women’s basketball), Stephanie White (head coach, Vanderbilt women’s basketball) and Kelly Komara (assistant coach, Vanderbilt women’s basketball) ended the season with a 74-57 loss to Alabama in the SEC Tournament on March 6. Vanderbilt finished 7-23 overall.
Sam Lewis (sophomore, Southern California men’s volleyball) recorded four kills, four blocks and three aces in a five-set win against Penn State on Friday. The No. 11-ranked Trojans went 4-0 the last two weeks.
Justice Lord (senior, Barton men’s volleyball) recorded six kills and four blocks in a four-set win against Belmont Abbey on March 1.
Ben Magliato (senior, Northwestern men’s diving), Jack Thorne (senior, men’s swimming) and Jesse Moore (assistant coach, Minnesota men’s swimming) took part in the Big Ten Conference Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, from Feb. 27 to March 2.
Magliato finished 21st on 3-meter (319.2), 22nd on platform (291.3) and 27th on 1-meter (289.85). Thorne tied for 12th in the 200-yard backstroke (1 minute, 44.39 seconds) and took 24th in the 100 backstroke (48.25) with a 69th place in the 50 freestyle (21.09 seconds). Northwestern came in ninth and Minnesota was fifth in the team standings.
Charlie Minns (junior, Princeton men’s diving) helped the Tigers take second at the Ivy League Championships, which took place Feb. 27 to March 2 in Providence, R.I. He came in third on 1-meter springboard (316.25) and sixth on 3-meter (311).
Ryan Russi (senior, Wyoming men’s diving) helped the Cowboys finish third at the Western Athletic Conference Championships, which took place Feb. 27 to March 2 in Houston. Russi took second on 3-meter springboard (342.05, a personal record), third on 1-meter (297.0), and fourth on platform (280.4). During the platform prelims, he scored a personal record of 300.9.
Jenny Allard (head coach, Harvard softball) guided the Crimson (5-4 overall) to go 3-1 the last two weeks.
Lee-J Mirasolo (assistant coach, Harvard women’s hockey) ended the season by losing to No. 9-ranked Colgate 2-1 in a best-of-three series during the ECAC Quarterfinals on March 1-3. Harvard finished the season 12-15-5.
Colleen Mullen (head coach, Albany women’s basketball) guided the Great Danes (13-18 overall) to go 2-2 the last two weeks. Albany’s season ended with a 66-51 loss to Maine in the America East Conference Tournament semifinals.
Simon Thibodeau (head coach, UC-Santa Barbara women’s tennis) led the Gauchos to go 1-3 the past two weeks with the win coming 5-1 against UC Davis on March 3.
Jordan Gaines (junior, Alabama-Huntsville women’s lacrosse) recovered four groundballs in a 12-5 win against Montevallo on Feb. 27.
Mike Holland (junior, Felician baseball) allowed three hits and two runs in 2/3 of an inning pitched during a 24-5 loss to Florida Southern on March 6. Felician (3-9 overall) went 2-3 the last two weeks.
CeCe Telfer (senior, Franklin Pierce women’s track & field) finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.57 seconds) and 12th in the 200 meters (24.46 seconds) during the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday in Pittsburgh, Kan. Telfer earned First Team All-American honors in her hurdles race and Second Team All-American honors in the 200.
Shawn Becker (head coach, Missouri Western women’s tennis) guided the Griffons (7-4 overall) to go 3-2 the last two weeks.
DJ Slifer (assistant coach, Texas A&M-Kingsville women’s basketball) saw the season end with Friday’s 74-51 loss to West Texas A&M in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament. Texas A&M-Kingsville finishes the season 9-19 overall.
Faith Carson (senior, Ursinus softball) provided a hit, a run and an RBI as a pinch hitter in Sunday’s season-opening 11-0 win against Roger Williams.
Alec Donovan (redshirt junior, Centenary wrestling) went 0-2 at the NCAA Division III National Championship meet on March 8-9 in Roanoke, Va. Competing at 165 pounds, he lost his opening bout 6-5 and then lost 11-6 in his second bout.
Lindsey Farrell (senior, McDaniel women’s lacrosse) scored five goals with one assist in Saturday’s 19-4 win against Frostburg. McDaniel (2-3 overall) went 2-2 the last two weeks.
Abram Gregory (sophomore, Vassar men’s fencing) went 6-2 to place 12th in epee at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference Championships on March 2. He came in 37th in epee at Sunday’s NCAA Northeast Regional in Poughkeepsie, N.Y..
JoAnnah Lim (junior, Alverania softball) started at shortstop in nine of 10 games the last two weeks. In one of her best games in that span, she went 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs in a 19-2 win against Wittenburg on March 4. The Golden Wolves (7-5 overall) went 6-4 the last two weeks.
Nathan Matthews (senior, Wittenberg men’s volleyball) provided seven digs and two assists in a five-set loss to Medaile on March 2. The Tigers (12-10 overall) went 2-3 the last two weeks.
Katie Poe (junior, Illinois College softball) started for the first time this season at designated hitter in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Hood. She enjoyed more success as a pinch hitter against Penn State-Behrend on March 5 when she went 1-for-1 with a game-tying RBI in the seventh inning to make it 6-6 before Illinois College added a run to win 7-6.
Felipe Oliveira (senior, Cardinal Stritch men’s volleyball) recorded 23 kills and 16 digs in a five-set loss to Carthage on March 6. The Wolves (6-11 overall) went 4-2 the last two weeks, and Oliveira had at least 11 kills in five of the six matches.
Nick Clark (head coach, Clarke men’s volleyball) led the Pride (9-9 overall) to go 3-2 the last two weeks.
Lexie Gerson (head coach, Harcum women’s basketball) ended the season with a 66-59 loss to Lackawanna in the Region XIX semifinals on March 2. Harcum finished the season 20-8 overall.
Layne Ingram (head coach, Lansing women’s basketball) ended the season with an 81-59 win against Kellogg Community College on Feb. 27. The Stars finish 9-20 overall.
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