CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina women’s swim team, fresh off a second-place performance at the ACC championships, earned invitations for 13 individuals to compete at the NCAA Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis on March 20-22.
Ten Tar Heels earned invitations for individual swims and another three qualified as alternates for invited relays. North Carolina is eligible to swim four of the five relays. UNC’s eligible relays are the 200-yard freestyle, the 200 medley, and the 800 and 400 freestyle relays.
Carolina’s invited individuals are: Cari Blalock, Lauren Earp, Annie Harrison, Meredith Hoover, Sarah Koucheki, Hannah Lincoln, Emma Nunn, Stephanie Peacock, Danielle Siverling and Carly Smith. Tar Heels who will be making the trip as alternates for relays are Ally Hardesty, Sarah Hitchens and Katie Rechsteiner.
Track and Field
St. Augustine’s: Nineteen athletes qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Winston-Salem on March 14-15.
Sprinter Jermaine Jones and hurdler Moussa Dembele head the men’s participants, joined by jumper DeJon Wilkinson, sprinter Josh Edmonds, relay members Edmonds, James Quarles, Burkheart Ellis Jr. and Roxroy Cato.
The women are led by sprinter Kandace Thomas and jumper Shakinah Brooks. The 4x400 relay team has Akeisha Dumont, Sherri-Ann Ashman, Tia-Adana Belle and Cherrisse Lynch.
Duke: Redshirt senior Curtis Beach was named the Ronald McDonald House Duke Charities Student-Athlete of the Week after being crowned the ACC heptathlon champion at the ACC Indoor Championships in Clemson, S.C., on Friday.
N.C. State: Sophomore Brittni Watkins was named East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Week for the fourth time this season, which leads the conference in most times receiving the honor. It also marks the fifth time this season an N.C. State gymnast has gotten the award.
Watkins finished first in three out of her four events Friday and posted the top score in the all-around competition. She captured the title on vault with a career-best score of 9.925, marking the seventh time this season she has scored a 9.900 or better on an event. In addition, she claimed first on bars (9.850) and floor (9.875), and finished with a 39.400 to stand atop the podium in the all-around.
N.C. State: Sporting Kansas City signed 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft selection Alex Martinez, 22, a midfielder who will occupy one of the team's three available supplemental roster spots.
Martinez was selected in the third round out of N.C. State. After a strong showing at the MLS Player Combine, he saw minutes in seven of Sporting Kansas City’s 10 preseason matches and contributed three assists.
Elon: Kelsey Harris, Jenifer Rhodes and Lauren Brown earned all-Southern Conference honors by both the coaches and media, and Rhodes was named the league’s freshman of the year by the coaches.
Wake Forest: A $7.5 million gift in support of the football program from alumnus Bob McCreary (’61) adds momentum to Wake Forest Athletics’ plans to move forward with a 95,000-square-foot sports performance center.
Designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports, the four-story sports performance center will be located behind Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus.
McCreary grew up in rural Caldwell County and went to Wake Forest on a football scholarship.
After a brief professional football career, McCreary worked for 20 years in sales and marketing in the furniture industry before founding his own furniture company, McCreary Modern, in 1986.