It’s been a long time since our last non-revenue update. We promise to do better, starting right now.
The Hannah Kim Show is back! Northwestern’s best golfer won the Silverado Showdown in Chula Vista, California on April 11th. Well, okay, she tied for first at 8-under, but it was still impressive enough to earn her Big Ten Golfer of the Week Honors for the sixth time in three seasons. She shot 208 over 54 holes, which is mighty impressive. As a team, Northwestern finished fifth overall behind a strong showing from Sarah Cho, who finished tied for eleventh at 2-under.
This weekend, Big Ten Network will be broadcasting the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships from TPC River Bend in Maineville, Ohio. Northwestern, ranked No. 15 in the country and 12th by the statheads at Golfstat, is the favorite to win the tournament. The Wildcats have split the last two Big Ten titles and are looking for an outright win.
You can’t sleep on the men’s golf team though. While not quite as stacked as the women’s team, men’s golf has put together some solid performances. Behind junior Dylan Wu’s overall victory, the team finished second to Iowa State by one stroke at the Seattle Redhawk Invitational. Wu played the best golf of the season thus far and shot a 66 in the first-round while his teammate Conor Richardson shot a career-best 69. The team then went to the Boilermaker Invitational on April 15-16 and finished third.
Golfstat’s rankings have Northwestern at 35th in the country heading into Big Ten Championships on April 28-30. The Championships will be hosted by Maryland and held at Baltimore Country Club.
The Wildcats crushed the Big Ten in March and April, winning seven straight matchups between March 25 and April 14. Unfortunately, the streak came to an end with a 7-0 loss to No. 4 Ohio State in Evanston, but women’s tennis is still 12-9 on the season and is playing well. The team hasn’t won a match over a top-10 opponent, but has taken care of business otherwise.
Erin Larner, Northwestern’s number-one singles’ player, has put together a 15-10 record in 2017 and a 17-6 record in doubles.
Track is not listed on the NUSports Website because, technically, Northwestern does not have a fully-fledged women’s track team (it’s a travesty, believe me). I would put “track and field” in the headline, but there’s no field program, so it would be rather disingenuous. Northwestern is still sending its distance runners to major invitationals though!
On April 15th, sophomore Kelly O’Brien broke a school record in the 1500m run with a 4:26.56 at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University. That translates to a 4:47 mile, for you non-track nerds. That’s really freakin’ fast, needless to say. Aubrey Roberts ran a 4:35 1500m in the same meet.
In the 5000m, Sarah Nicholson set a personal record after running a 16:29, which was also the second-fastest time in school history. The team will next compete at the Virginia Challenge on April 21.
Northwestern sent two fencers to the NCAA Fencing Championships in late March. Pauline Hamilton finished 15th in the epee and senior Stephanie Chan ended her career with a 23rd-place finish in the foil. The team ended the season with a second-placed finish at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships
Softball has had a rough go of things in 2017. After a strong finish led Northwestern to the NCAA Championships in 2016, Northwestern has struggled in conference play this season. The team currently sits at 16-23, having just gotten swept by a combined score of 17-4 at No. 6 Minnesota. The main problem has been the offense, as the team has a .662 OPS on the season. Last year, the team’s OPS was .796. It’s a problem.
Northwestern will not be making the NCAA Tournament this year, but it does have a long homestand coming up against DePaul, Purdue and Notre Dame this week.