WWAY’s Thursday night sports – March 21

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Submitted: Fri, 03/22/2013 - 3:31am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:49am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We’ve posted scores and notes from Thursday’s high school action.




WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Due to anticipated bad weather on Sunday, UNCW and Georgia State will now play a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday. Friday’s twinbill is slated for 3 p.m. with game two following 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one. Saturday’s game remains a 2 p.m. start.

Fans should visit UNCWsports.com or follow the baseball on Twitter (@uncwbaseball) throughout the weekend to stay informed on any changes to game times due to weather.

Friday, March 22 – Doubleheader, game 1 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 – 2 p.m.


Note: Cari Blalock is a graduate of New Hanover High.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (UNC) — Sophomore Danielle Siverling finished seventh in the 500-yard freestyle and junior Cari Blalock set an ACC record in the 200-yard individual medley to lead the University of North Carolina on the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday at the IUPUI Natatorium.

The Tar Heels are in 14th place after the opening day of the championships with 23 points as Carolina scored in three events on the opening day.

“This group we have here is working so well together. It’s fitting that we had a great first day,” said UNC head coach Rich DeSelm. “They are loose, relaxed, focused and enjoying being here.”

“We started off with two great 500s this morning,” DeSelm said. “Danielle Siverling put up a huge drop from her conference time and her personal best and came back tonight and went even faster. She made the championship final in 500 free and represented UNC extremely well.”

Siverling, from Chester Springs, Pa., took nearly five seconds off her previous career best time in the 500 free during her two swims on Thursday. She qualified in sixth place in the preliminaries by going 4:38.39, more than four seconds faster than her previous personal best set in her freshman season at 4:42.51.

Siverling swam even faster in the evening session even though she dropped one spot from her prelim placing to finish in seventh place overall. Her evening time was 4:37.57 and she now trails only Stephanie Peacock on UNC’s all-time depth chart in the event. Peacock’s school record time is 4:34.42 set earlier this year at the Ohio State Invitational. Siverling passed both Katura Harvey and Whitney Sprague on the UNC all-time depth chart into second place.

Blalock, a native of Wilmington, N.C., had two brilliant swims of her own on Thursday and in the process became the new ACC record holder in the 200-yard individual medley. Blalock finished 10th in the consolation final in 1:55.86, eclipsing the previous ACC mark of 1:56.17 set by Virginia’s Megan Evo on February 19, 2009.

“In the 200 IM, Cari Blalock did a lifetime best time and school record this morning in the heats and qualified for the consolation final,” said DeSelm. “Tonight she dropped over another second and broke a four-year-old conference record and finished just short of winning the consolation final.”

Blalock came into the meet with a previous career best time of 1:57.87 she set as a sophomore. In the preliminaries, she placed 12th in 1:57.04 and in the process broke Layne Brodie’s previous school record of 1:57.56 set in 2011. Blalock would go on to take 1.18 seconds more off her own record in her evening swim and took down the conference mark in the process.

Carolina was the only ACC school to qualify for the finals in the 400-yard medley relay, posting similar times in both the preliminaries and finals. The UNC relay of Carly Smith (53.86), Katie Rechsteiner (1:01.90), Katie Nolan (51.16) and Lauren Earp (48.71) combined for a 3:35.63 time and a 15th-place finish in the event.

“We were the last-seeded team going into the 400 medley relay and qualified for the consolation final and had some really fine swims this morning,” said DeSelm. “Carly Smith wasn’t as good as she could be on the front end but she has 100 back tomorrow. Katie Rechsteiner is appearing in her first NCAA Championships and is going home an All-America. Katie Nolan had two of fastest fly splits in the entire meet and freshman Lauren Earp did a great job finishing up the relay. It was a great day for us and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”

Two other Tar Heels competed Thursday in individual events. Senior Jackie Rudolph placed 39th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:46.23. Freshman Hannah Lincoln took 42nd place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.83 seconds.
In the 400-yard medley relay preliminaries, Carolina qualified 13th in a time of 3:35.29, the second best time in the ACC this year. The relay consisted of Carly Smith (53.51), Katie Rechsteiner (1:02.17), Katie Nolan (51.05) and Lauren Earp (48.56).


INDIANAPOLIS, In (UNCW) — UNCW’s Carly Tanner missed reaching the finals of the 50-yard Freestyle in her NCAA debut early Thursday when she placed 46th in the event on the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis.

Tanner, a senior from Manassas, Va., was ranked 37th in the 50 Free heading into the race and clocked a 22.89 time She competes in her best event – the 100 Breaststroke – Friday on the second day of the meet that is being hosted by IUPUI and the Indiana Sports Commission.

“Carly had a very good swim today and got a swim under her belt,” said 36-year veteran coach Dave Allen. “She’s going up against the best competition there is and today’s swim will help in a meet like this. She was able to work out a few jitters, so that will help her tomorrow.”

Arizona’s Margo Geer posted the best time in the 50 Free prelims with a 21.73 result. Megan Romano of Georgia and Maddy Schaefer of Stanford recorded identical 21.99 times behind Geer. The top 16 swimmers in the 56-swimmer field compete in the finals tonight at 7 p.m.

Tanner is only the second swimmer in the history of the women’s program to compete in the NCAA meet. Caitlin Kirsteier finished 39th in the 50 Freestyle (22.67), 32nd in the 100 Butterfly (53.81) and 45th in the 100 Freestyle (49.98) at the 2010 meet at the Purdue Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.

A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) are competing in the Hoosier State. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered.

Live results are available through NCAA.com and CollegeSwimming.com and live video coverage of the finals will be available on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, on ESPN3.com, beginning at 7 p.m. ESPNU will air a tape-delayed 90-minute show on Wednesday, March 27, at 8 p.m.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Vander Blue’s layup with one second left capped Marquette’s rally from a nine-point deficit and gave the third-seeded Golden Eagles a 59-58 victory over Davidson Thursday in the NCAA tournament.

Blue and Jamil Wilson made consecutive 3-pointers to bring Marquette within 58-57 with 11 seconds left. The Golden Eagles then caught a huge break when De’Mon Brooks’ long inbounds pass went out of bounds at midcourt with 5.5 seconds left, providing another opportunity.

Blue took full advantage after getting Wilson’s inbounds pass, driving left and finding room for the winning basket. He then sealed Marquette’s improbable win by stealing Davidson’s last-ditch inbounds pass at midcourt to set off a celebration among players and Golden Eagles fans at Rupp Arena.

Blue scored seven of Marquette’s final 11 points to finish with 16. Wilson added 14 points as the Golden Eagles (24-8) won for the fifth time in six games and advanced to face Butler in Saturday’s third-round game.

The Bulldogs beat Bucknell, 68-56.

Jake Cohen’s 20 points led Davidson (26-8), who seemed in control leading 49-40 with 6½ minutes left before Marquette rallied.

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