We are all familiar with the ranking for basketball and football. They are constantly on Sportcenter and posted all over social media. Mainly because they are the two biggest revenue sports. At Louisville, we are proud of the success of both the football and basketball programs but we are also proud of the accomplishments of the less publicized non revenue sports. As U of L fans, we love and appreciate all our student athletes. Sometimes its hard to keep up with all the sports and their seasons. So here is a quick hitter list of some ranking and accomplishments of sports currently in season.
Rowing – The rowing team is currently ranked 15th in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I poll. That is the highest ranking in school history. Last weekend at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge hosted by the University of Indiana on Lake Lemon, Louisville rowers earned a pair of wins out of the eight races. On Saturday (4/16) and Sunday (4/17) the Cards will be in Clemson, S.C. for the Clemson Invitational.
Lacrosse – The ladies have fallen one spot to 6th in the latest poll after a loss to 3rd ranked North Carolina. The loss snapped a five game winning streak. Their next game match will be on Saturday (4/16) vs17th ranked Virginia at 12:00 PM. It will be played at The U of L Lacrosse Stadium.
Swimming and Diving – Kelsi Worrell defended her 100-fly National Championship and set an American record at the NCAA Women’s National Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.
Per gocards.com ,”After coming within .07 of her own American record in prelims, Louisville senior Kelsi Worrell powered past that mark in the finals, going 49.43 to push closer to the 49-second barrier being the first-ever woman to go under 50-second, a milestone she hit for the first time in history at last year’s NCAA’s. She split 23.09 in the first 50 yards, almost half a second faster than she took out her record-setting race last year and then got into the wall in 49.43, an ACC and school record.” .
Worrell won her second NCAA Championship with a win in the 200-fly. Worrell was named the ACC swimmer of the year and she also won The Honda Sport award. “The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 40 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. With this honor, Worrell becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2016 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on June 27, 2016, in the Founders’ Room at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in downtown Los Angeles.Worrell was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools.” (per gocards.com)
The University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team finished in 8th place in the NCAA Women’s National Championships.
The University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team finished 11th to cap a successful meet at the 2016 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the McAuley Aquatic at Georgia Tech University.
Softball – The lady Cards are just outside the top 25 at 29th ( receiving 5 votes) in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll released on April 12th 2016. The Card just took 2 of 3 from Virginia Tech last weekend and defeated Indiana 12-2 Tuesday night in Bloomington, IN. Up next for the ladies will be a double header at Ulmer Stadium on Saturday (4/16) and a single game on Sunday (4/17) vs North Carolina Central.
Golf – Women’s golf is done with their regular season and will begin play in the ACC Women’s Golf Championship in Greensboro, N.C. as the 39th ranked team
They will play 54 holes,18 on Friday (4/15), 18 on Saturday (4/16), 18 on Sunday (4/17). ESPN3 will be broadcasting the tournament beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Good Luck ladies!
Men’s golf is not currently ranked in the GCAA Coaches poll. There are six ACC foes currently ranked so the ACC Men’s Golf Championship ,that begin on April22nd in London, N.C., will not be easy. The Cards finished 2nd in the Clemson Invitational this past weekend and Card golfer, Robin Sciot-Siegrist finished in second place.
Baseball – The Cards are currently ranked 7th in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll and 4th in the RPI. Louisville just came off of a mid-week victory of Kentucky in Lexington. Next up is a weekend Series vs. Clemson at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Tennis – Neither the men or women are currently ranked. The Louisville men enter the weekend with a 12-15 overall record and will play host to Belmont at 10 a.m. and Boston College at 4 p.m. in a doubleheader on Friday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Cards will wrap up the regular season on Sunday when they play host to No. 7 Wake Forest. The women’s tennis team will wrap up the regular season this weekend. The ladies will travel to Florida to take on the 57th ranked Florida State Seminoles on Friday at 4:00 p.m. and the 7th ranked Miami (FL) Hurricanes on Sunday at noon.